The LAT is a two-hour computer-based written test. Candidates can access the online sample Preparation Material through the Manage Registration section of their LAT account. Please note responses in the online sample test are not saved and will disappear once you click Finish. Candidates can access the paper version of the sample online test on the Practice material page.
You should try to complete the writing tasks in two hours under 'test conditions'. Once completed, it is often helpful to ask someone else to read the answers and to suggest improvements or alternative approaches to the prompts (note that it is not necessary to agree with the prompts). It can also be useful to put the tasks aside for several days before re-reading them to look for ways to make improvements. Note: for the interactive version, candidates will have to print out a copy of their responses.
Candidates are often concerned about the expected length of the writing tasks. Within reason, the quality of the writing is much more important than the length. Candidates only have 60 minutes to plan and answer each task, and the examiners do not have unrealistic expectations of what can be produced in that time.
The following questions will be considered in assessing the writing of candidates:
- What kinds of ideas has the candidate developed in response to the prompt?
- To what extent and how well has the candidate explored the ideas and issues in the prompt?
- Has the candidate developed a structured and organised piece of writing?
- Has the candidate written clearly and fluently?
- Is the language used by the candidate precise and appropriate?
Please note the following:
Responses to the prompts are to be typed directly on the online response form for each question. Candidates should use the reverse page of the printed admission ticket to plan their reponses.