Written by Natalie Whitham, Y13 student.
Friday was perhaps one of the biggest, most important days of my life. Alongside my UCAS application and as part of the admissions process for university, I was required to complete the National Admissions Test for Law, or affectionately known as the LNAT. This is an aptitude test used by a series of universities in order to select the best applicants for undergraduate study in law and helps them to make fair choices from many highly qualified students. For myself, it was compulsory for two of my five choices: University of Oxford and King’s College London. The test is split into two parts: multiple choice questions based on passages of text, and an essay. These sections are used to test your ability to comprehend passages of text and to demonstrate skills such as verbal reasoning, logic and deduction, as well as the ability to construct a persuasive, coherent argument.
After registering for the test in August, I was equipped with the task of preparing for this daunting assessment of skill. It isn’t really possible to revise for a test like this, so to prepare I practiced each section using the past papers and the simulator on the LNAT website to enhance the skills that the universities are looking for. One of the vital methods of preparation was to regularly read a broadsheet newspaper e.g. The Guardian to gain a better understanding of the rigour of academic writing that could feature in the multiple choice passages and to maximise the ability to complete one of the three presented essays. The test is notoriously difficult so this was necessary!
Friday finally came and I was a bundle of nerves, anxiety and excitement. I had to reassure myself for the entire journey to Manchester that I was prepared enough to tackle it, but I couldn’t help but think about how important it actually is in order for me to have a chance of getting in to university. Once I entered the test centre, the anxiety was gone and 135 minutes later the LNAT was completed. It was a lot better than I expected it to be, however the only downside is that the results are not delivered to me until February 2017. Let the waiting game begin!