How Do You Register to Take the QLTS Assessments?
The assessments are administered by a sole assessment provider, Kaplan QLTS, which has been appointed for this purpose by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).
Following your registration and booking to sit the QLTS assessments, you will be sent an acknowledgement letter or email with an examinee number by the assessment provider. This letter or email will also include more information about testing centre locations and a detailed exam schedule.
Candidates with special needs requiring specific examination arrangements should supply full details of their disability, together with supporting documentation, at the time of applying to take the exam, or as soon as reasonably possible thereafter.
Some candidates may be eligible for exemptions to certain elements of each or all of the assessments. If so, the assessment provider will offer relevant special arrangements to such candidates, however assessment fees will still be payable in full.
When and Where will the Assessments Take Place?
All the assessments are offered twice a year in the UK. From February 2016, the MCT is delivered by computer-based assessment in conjunction with Pearson VUE in several locations outside the UK:
*You must first pass the MCT before enrolling for the OSCE.
**Booking on the MCT involves a two stage process: first registration with Kaplan and secondly booking with Pearson. Booking with Pearson can only take place once Kaplan has passed your detail to Pearson and this process can take up to 21 days.
***The registration for the July 2017 MCT is now open. Deadline for registration with Kaplan is on May 9 2017 and with Pearson VUE on May 31 2016. Note that spaces are limited and subject to availability so candidates are advised to book early to guarantee a place.
Kaplan will open additional bookings for OSCE Part I on June 8-10 2017, if the other dates on the June sitting are full and there is sufficient demand. Booking deadline with Kaplan for the June 2017 OSCE is set for April 18 2017.
MCT assessment results are usually made available within 2-3 weeks after the assessment date, while OSCE results become available 12-14 weeks following the assessment.
Assessment Results and Admission to the Roll of Solicitors
Once you have passed the MCT and the OSCE and fulfilled any other outstanding requirements set by the SRA (see the 'Eligibility' page), you may apply for admission to the Roll of Solicitors of England and Wales.
You will need to complete an AD1: Application for admission as a solicitor form, and enclose several documents, such as a copy of your QLTS assessment results confirming your successful completion of the QLTS.
The SRA will also carry out a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) standard disclosure at the point of admission, so the SRA could check if you have a criminal background.
The SRA will also conduct a character and suitability check and require a Certificate of Good Standing from your home professional body or regulator which must have been issued no more than three months before the SRA receives your application for admission.
Once the SRA has received a satisfactory result from these checks, it will be able to process your application for admission to the Roll of Solicitors.
If you do not intend to practise in England and Wales following successful completion of the assessments, you can still maintain your name on the Roll of Solicitors. You do not need a practising certificate for this purpose.
How to Get Started?
The process of becoming an English solicitor through the QLTS route involves a few steps that may take several months to complete. Each step is dealt with by a different body and has its own requirements which must be satisfied.
The steps can be summarised as follows:
- Ensure you potentially meet the eligibility criteria and request an early assessment from the SRA if appropriate
- Sign up for a training course with QLTS School
- Register to take the assessments with Kaplan
- After passing, apply for admission to the Roll of Solicitors with the SRA
QLTS School offers you the most effective and creditable preparation courses for the QLTS assessments, combining comprehensive textbooks, video tutorials, online resources, mock exams and tutor support. Our course programme will give you everything you need to complete the assessments successfully on your first attempt and become an English solicitor.
There are no formal pre-conditions in order to take the assessments, meaning that you can start your preparation straight away and sign up to take the assessments at any time, enabling you to become a dual-qualified English solicitor in just a few months, on your terms.