Section A: Argumentative Analysis Tips
The following information about LNAT Results is taken from The Ultimate LNAT Guide: 400 Practice Questions
This tests your ability to understand the different parts of a passage. It is important to understand what constitutes a good argument:
1. Evidence: Arguments which are heavily based on value judgements and subjective statements tend to be weaker than those based on facts, statistics and the available evidence.
2. Logic: A good argument should flow and the constituent parts should fit well into an overriding view or belief.
3. Balance: A good argument must concede that there are other views or beliefs (counter-argument). The key is to carefully dismantle these ideas and explain why they are wrong.
Sometimes, the question requires you to consider whether an argument is ‘strong’ or ‘weak’. All arguments include reasons (premises) which aim to support a conclusion. Here, we are considering whether the reasons provide weak or strong support.
Your State of Mind
This is the first section of the LNAT, so you’re bound to have some nerves. Ensure that you have been to the toilet because once the exam starts you cannot simply pause and go. Take a few deep breaths and calm yourself down. Try to shut out distractions and get yourself into your exam mindset. If you’re well prepared, you can remind yourself of that to help keep calm. See it as a job to do and look at the test as an opportunity. If you perform well it will boost your chances of getting into good law schools. If the worst happens, there are plenty of good law schools that do not use LNAT, so all is not lost.
Even if you finish the questions before the 95 minutes runs out, you cannot use any of this extra time on Section B – you can only use this 95 minutes on Section A so you might as well go back through any questions that you found difficult or whether you were uncertain in any areas.
Read the Question First
Different strategies work well for different people but indeed, having a look at the questions before going through the passage can help you focus on the important details in the passage in the first reading of it, thereby saving you time.
Be a Lawyer
Put on your most critical and analytical hat for this section! Carefully analyse the statements like you’re in a court room. Then look for the evidence! Examine the passage closely, looking for evidence that either supports or contradicts the statement. Remember you’re making decisions based on ONLY the passage, not using any prior knowledge. Does the passage agree or disagree? If there isn’t enough evidence to decide, don’t be afraid to say “cannot tell”.