How is the Cambridge Law Test marked?

The Cambridge Law Test (CLT) is used in conjunction with a number of other aspects of your application to assess your suitability to study law at Cambridge. In order to be able to compare candidates across colleges, it is necessary to standardise the process of assessing candidates.

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The CLT is no longer being used for Cambridge Law. The LNAT is used instead for 2022 Law Applicants. 

The Cambridge Law Test (CLT) is used alongside a number of other aspects in your application in order to assess your suitability to study Law at Cambridge.

To compare candidates across different colleges, it is necessary to standardise the process of assessing candidates. Admissions tutors will be looking for a number of features of students’ essays if they are to be successful. Let’s go into what the features are. 

What is Cambridge looking for?

It is certainly the case that admissions tutors are looking for well-reasoned and logical answers. Lawyers need to be able to argue their case strongly, marshalling evidence in order to present a compelling case to the reader. 

Therefore, displaying these qualities in the exam is extremely important to be successful. So in the Cambridge Law Test, you are assessed on the clarity of your response, how well you are able to engage with the issues in the question, and your ability to construct a well-written, structured, and coherent argument.

Cambridge states that the following criteria are what examiners take into account when evaluating candidates’ responses:

The marking criteria of the Cambridge law test

In terms of marking, as well as these more subjective measures mentioned above, there is also a more objective criterion used. The Cambridge Law Test is marked out of 10 – the same way interviewees are assessed. The marks are as follows:

10

Exceptional applicant – must take

9

Very strong – definitely worth an offer

8

Strong – worth an offer

7

Probably worth an offer

6

Possibly worth an offer

5

Doubtful of an offer

4

Weak

1-3

Probably unacceptable

What does this mean for my preparation?

Consider the key qualities and attributes mentioned earlier. These are what the examiners and admissions tutors are looking for from the essays you produce. Make sure you focus on these criteria when you are planning and writing your essays, and ask yourself whether you think you are providing logical and well-reasoned answers.

Having a structure is extremely important for the CLT, so make sure you plan your answers thoroughly. Too often, students rush to get their essays down on paper and want to write as much as possible. A strong answer will be concise and effectively deploy the evidence to construct a sense of an argument.

Final words

We hope this guide has highlighted what the examiners are looking for when you write your CLT essays. Keep reminding yourself that it’s important to keep the marking criteria in mind when taking the test. Whilst you can’t possibly know what mark you’ll actually be given, it’s a good indicator of how much they expect from candidates, and it will give you confidence that you are always answering the essay questions in a way that the examiners are looking for. 

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