Sample essays

Sample essay questions and suggested reading

Here are a few sample essay questions for you to think about. Remember that you get 40 minutes to write a maximum of 750 words – ideally about 500-600 words.  We also have sample answers to some of these questions. See download links at bottom of this page.

  • How should judges be appointed?
  • Make the best case you can for public funding of the arts. Answer
  • Does it matter if some animal and plant species die out? Answer
  • ‘It is right that students should contribute to the cost of their degrees.’ Do you agree?
  • What disciplinary sanctions should teachers be allowed to use?
  • ‘We must be prepared to sacrifice traditional liberties to defeat terrorism.’ Discuss.
  • Should the law require people to vote in general elections?
  • Should private cars be rationed? If so, how?
  • What is ‘political correctness’ and why does it matter? Answer
  • There are more essay topics on our practice tests.

As part of your preparation you may also like to look at some materials on critical thinking. Here is a selection. Some of them include exercises that can help you develop your LNAT skills.

A. Fisher, Critical Thinking: An Introduction (Cambridge University Press 2001) ISBN 0521009847

R. van den Brink-Budgen, Critical Thinking for Students (How to Books 2000) ISBN 1857036344

N. Warburton, Thinking From A to Z (Routledge 2000) ISBN 0415222818

P. Gardner, New Directions: Reading, Writing, and Critical Thinking(Cambridge University Press 2006) ISBN 0521541727 (mainly for those who have English as a second language)