This post will explain the process of you receiving your LNAT results and how these results will be used by your chosen universities.
The LNAT has two sections, each testing different skills, and the way in which each section is used will vary amongst the LNAT universities.
When are the LNAT Results Published?
Once you finish the test, your score is calculated by the computer. For all tests taken before 20th October, the universities that require the LNAT will receive the result directly from the test provider on the 21st October. On any day after 20th October, your test result will be sent directly to the LNAT universities within 24 hours of you taking the test.
If you sit the LNAT by the 20th January deadline, you will receive your results by email in early February 2017. You will just receive your score of Section A and the average score for the cohort in the admissions cycle.
Section B is not marked by Pearson but is in fact marked by the universities’ admissions tutors themselves. Accordingly, you will not get a mark back on Section B (but it is still taken into account in the admissions process).
Section A of the LNAT has a duration of 95 minutes and tests your verbal reasoning skills through a series of 42 multiple choice questions. Therefore, when people talk about your ‘LNAT results’ they will usually be referring to your numerical score out of 42 on section A (as section B does not generate such a score).
This score will not be given to you immediately after you finish the test (unlike some other admissions tests, e.g. the ukcat). Rather, it will be emailed to you at some point subsequent to the test. The time period (no exact date is guaranteed) when you will receive your results depends on when you sit the test, as demonstrated by the table below:
|Date of sitting LNAT||When results are received|
|On or before 20th January 2019||Mid-February 2019|
|After 20th January 2019||Early August 2019|
Whilst the way in which your LNAT section 1 results are used will depend on the university applied to, usually there will not be an official ‘cut-off’ score below which your application won’t be considered – rather, your LNAT results will be taken into account along with all the other elements of your application, including your predicted grades, school reference and personal statement. The average score varies from year to year but is generally around 20-22 out of 42.
Section B of the LNAT has a duration of 40 minutes and consists of a short essay, choosing one question from 3 questions on a range of subjects. This section is not centrally marked – rather, it is sent to your chosen universities who consider it alongside your section A LNAT results and the rest of your application. As with section A, there is no automatic fixed weighting of the LNAT essay and the use of it in consideration of your application depends on each university’s admissions policy. In addition, some universities may refer to your essay during interview.
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