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Critical reasoning tests, such as the LNAT, ask you to identify assumptions, inferences and the points made within “overall” arguments.
LNAT Practice Tips
The LNAT allows applicants to demonstrate natural critical thinking abilities – comprehension, interpretation, analysis, synthesis, deduction – which are a core skill for the legal profession. It is not designed to assess any knowledge of laws or any legal ability. Whilst there are seven subject areas for the passages (philosophy, education, law, politics, media, science and ethics) you are not expected to have any background knowledge of these.
You need to answer 42 questions and will be expected to interpret shades of meaning and the “grey” areas within the arguments outlined in 12 passages.
Although there is no pass mark, your LNAT grade is used as part of the selection process for taking a Masters law degree. In a similar fashion to how American Law Schools use the LSAT and the GMAT; both of which also contain critical thinking tests.
It’s highly recommended to practise and familiarise yourself with the test format in advance. There are plenty of excellent LNAT-specific practise testing books available – in addition to the practice test materials that are available on the official website. Self-directed and disciplined practice is likely to prove more fruitful than paying for an LNAT coach.
There’s also useful advice on the official LNAT practice site.
Top Tips for LNAT Practice
– Read through each passage and make a mental note of those statements that are facts and those “weaker” statements which only express an opinion.
– Any verbal reasoning test requires careful reading of both the passage and each question. Critical verbal reasoning tests require even more careful reading!
– Look out for key words in the questions and ensure that you pick up on any questions that are phrased negatively. For example, the critical reasoning item, All of the following are assumptions made by the author, except for which one?
– Sometimes a question will highlight particular words in bold text. Here you need to ensure that this emphasis is recognized by your answer.
Critical verbal reasoning tests
In many job roles that require verbal reasoning skills one of the specific abilities required is that of critical reasoning. Thus there are a number of critical reasoning tests that are used to test an individual’s ability in this area. Critical reasoning is quite literally applying a critic’s eye (i.e. critical analysis) to verbal information.
Job roles and professions that involve assessing complex written and oral evidence require finely-tuned critical reasoning skills. Informed decisions need to be made by assessing all of the available information with a critical eye.
The purpose of a critical verbal reasoning test is to assess reasoning abilities when applied to a complex passage of text. You also need to analyse the different points within the passage. How would you evaluate each of these points? What logical conclusions can you draw from the information that you have read?