Exam access requirements
Candidates with examination access requirements should register for the LNAT online, but not book their test online.
Examination access requirements include additional time to sit the test (e.g. for dyslexia) or the use of a reader recorder (someone who reads the questions for you and types in your responses, e.g. for candidates with impaired vision). Candidates need to notify us of their examination access requirements and provide appropriate documentary evidence before they book their test.
No adjustments can be made at the test centre on the day unless they have been approved using the Examination Access Requirements form, which must be submitted well in advance of the test.
Test bookings made before special acess requirements have been applied for and approved will need to be cancelled and rebooked once approval has been received.
Please note that the usual terms and conditions regarding cancellation and rebooking of tests will apply in these circumstances. For more information on amending a test booking see the Rescheduling Policy on our LNAT Costs page.
How to apply for Examination Access Arrangements
Candidates should complete the Examination Access Requirements form and send it to us with appropriate documentary evidence, following the instructions on the form.
Once we have received your form we may contact you to discuss your requirements and how best to meet them. We will confirm the arrangements to you and notify Pearson VUE.
We will send you details of how to contact Pearson VUE to book your test. You will need to pay for the test when you book it using a credit card, debit card, or LNAT voucher or bursary. Full instructions will be provided in the confirmation email we send to you.
What evidence to send
The evidence you send depends on what you need to demonstrate. If you have a severe disability you may have some official documents (such as a letter from the Benefits Agency or from your Local Education Authority) that explain the nature of the disability and the associated requirements. If not, you may need to ask your family doctor (or another suitable health professional registered with the relevant professional body, such as a physiotherapist) to explain the nature of the disability and your associated requirements in a note that you can forward to us.
In some cases – where your school or college has enough detailed knowledge of your disability and its associated requirements – we may be able to accept a letter from your school’s head teacher or your college’s principal instead.
In cases of dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysgraphia, dysorthographia, or working memory deficit, we would normally expect a SHORT report from an educational psychologist registered with the relevant professional body, a specialist teacher who holds a valid Assessment Practising Certificate and registered with the SASC, or at least a report from your school’s head teacher to the effect that the school has seen a report from such an educational psychologist or specialist teacher and is satisfied with it. It can delay your application if your requirements are not clearly stated in the evidence you provide (e.g. if you have extra time, how much extra time?).
Do NOT send long reports from a psychologist detailing all the tests carried out.
If you do not include your evidence when sending us your special access requirements form it will delay the processing of your application. If you are having problems with supplying evidence, or are not sure what to send, please contact us.
How long the application takes
Please note that some examination access arrangements, such as extra time, can be verified and accommodated within a few days. Others such as booking a reader recorder will take at least three weeks. Please allow for this extra time when planning to take your LNAT.
If we cannot meet your requirements
We believe that we can meet most examination access requirements in the test centres. If we cannot meet a demonstrated requirement by making reasonable adjustments, we will assist you in contacting the LNAT-participating universities to which you have applied and in obtaining their consent to exempt you from the test. For example, it might be necessary to exempt a candidate altogether if he or she is confined to hospital, as we cannot administer the test outside our secure test centres. The decision as whether or not to allow an exemption is up to each individual university and the LNAT Consortium cannot grant an exemption on their behalf.
Please note: Paper versions of the test are not available under any circumstances.
Taking your arrangements into account when assessing your LNAT score
The LNAT universities to which you have applied will be informed of your examination access arrangements and will be able to take these into consideration when evaluating your LNAT result.
Taking your test without making access arrangements
If you have examination access requirements and take your test without finalising in advance arrangements to accommodate them, the interpretation of your LNAT result is at the discretion of universities to which you have applied.
The LNAT Consortium cannot deal with retrospective requests for special access requirements to be taken into account. You should contact each university separately to explain the situation. Your result will not be adjusted by the LNAT Consortium or Pearson VUE.
Taking medication during your test
If you need to take medication during your test please indicate this on the form. If the procedure is likely to be complicated or time-consuming please also advise us of this on the form.
Breaks will not be allowed unless approved in advance as a special access requirement for which appropriate evidence has been provided. You should take your medication with you to the test centre and mention it at the time of checking in. When you need to take the medicine raise your hand and the invigilator will assist you.
Notes on using a Reader Recorder
A reader-recorder is a person who reads the questions to you and/or types in your responses. For more information on working with a reader recorder see the fact sheet Reader Recorder Guidelines.