Three more universities are set to use the new National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT) as the test becomes mandatory for potential undergraduate law students at 11 UK institutions.

Glasgow, King’s College London and Manchester Metropolitan Universities are all planning on using the LNAT in next year’s admissions cycle for undergraduates. Last year the LNAT consortium of Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Durham, East Anglia, Nottingham, Oxford and University College London used the test for the first time.

In 2005-2006 the test will be mandatory for all potential law students applying to attend these universities, and will be completed electronically at computer terminals. Instead of students having to do the test on a set day, they will be able to take it at any time during the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) admissions cycle, running from 1 September to 30 June – although it is preferred that the test be taken before 15 January.

The LNAT is divided into two parts; a 30-question multiple choice paper and an essay. The essay is sent unmarked to universities the candidate is applying to, while the multiple choice paper is marked and the marks passed on to institutions.