If you’ve landed on this page, you’re likely preparing for the SQE1 exam and are in search of mock tests due to a lack of confidence from studying with another provider, or from self-studying without any provider, realising that your preparation is lacking. If so, you’re not alone.
In this article, we will explain why it is essential that you take SQE1 mock tests as part of your preparation for the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) and your journey to qualify as a solicitor of England and Wales.
Stage 1 of the (SQE) is the first of two exams you will need to pass in order to become a solicitor. SQE1 focuses on testing Functioning Legal Knowledge (FLK) through two assessments.
This exam tests your knowledge of the law and how you would apply it in real-life situations as a solicitor. Ethics and Professional Conduct will be examined pervasively across the two assessments.
FLK1 and FLK2 integrate substantive and procedural law, along with testing of ethical judgment.
The two FLK assessments are closed book, and use computer-based, objective testing, employing single best answer questions. Each question includes a scenario, with five possible answers where only one is the best answer. Each FLK includes 180 multiple choice questions (MCQs) and is divided into two sessions of morning and afternoon of 2 hours and 33 minutes each. In total, the SQE1 exam includes 360 questions and lasts about 10 hours.
Reading law textbooks, attending live lectures, watching videos, or studying with a group of friends or students are all common ways to prepare for the SQE assessments. However, one element that you should add to your study programme is attempting to pass SQE1 mock tests.
While you can memorise every legislation and case law in the textbooks, in order to pass the SQE1 exam, the SRA expects you to apply your knowledge to a given context and identify the best advice you should give your client or the course of action you should take as a solicitor in practice.
Answering practice MCQs and taking SQE1 mock tests in a similar format to SQE1 is the best way to familiarise yourself with what you will be expected to demonstrate in the formal assessment.
Otherwise, how can you be certain that you are adequately prepared for a test that you have never experienced before?
While it is not possible to predict precisely what will appear in the exam, practising SQE1 mock tests similar in format, style, and structure to those administered formally, is your best method of study, and will increase your chances of success.
Attempting SQE1 practice MCQs will also help you identify your areas of weakness so you can work to improve them prior to sitting the exam.
Our recommendation is that candidates will complete the 3o mock tests in the last two weeks before the examination.
Where can you find SQE1 mock tests? QLTS School can help you with this.
Our SQE1 preparation course will give you the opportunity to attempt 2,500+ questions across all the practice areas assessed on SQE1, and to complete 30 mock tests with 90 questions each (2,700 questions in total).
Our SQE1 mock tests have been drafted by trained individuals with extensive experience in each of the SQE subject areas and in accordance with the SRA Assessment Specification.
The SQE1 mock tests are available in two formats:
There is a time limit of two hours and 33 minutes for each test. The content of the SQE1 mock tests is identical.
With a decade of experience in assisting thousands of lawyers to prepare for the QLTS assessments, which is the model on which the SRA based the SQE, you will get all the tools you need to succeed with our training programme.
Former QLTS candidates, who successfully sat and passed the QLTS exams, indicated that the mock tests were the most beneficial element in their preparation, and was the best method of study and vital to their success.
Every week, QLTS School will release a video with one SQE1 multiple choice question. The question will be presented by one of our tutors, who will analyse it and provide detailed feedback on how the correct answer was achieved, and the legal reasoning behind it. You can access the Question of Week on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
The videos will be available on our SQE Video Channel, and if you subscribe, you will be able to get notifications any time we release a new video.
More questions are available in our 30 SQE1 mock tests which we offer in our SQE preparation courses.