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Taking the Assessments

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).

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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.

When and Where will the Assessments Take Place?

All the assessments are offered twice a year in the UK. The MCT is delivered by computer-based assessment in conjunction with Pearson VUE in several locations outside the UK:

MCT7 July 2021London, US (New York), Singapore, Australia, China, Russia, Turkey, Brazil, India, South Africa, and a selection of cities in the UK and Europe. You may check the seat availability for the various locations on the booking page£588 + VAT
OSCEPart I – 14-16 & 25-27 April 2021, 29 April – 1 May 2021
Part II – 20 – 22 (23) April 2021
July and November 2021
Central London, UK£3,042 +VAT

*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 2021 MCT is now open. The registration deadline with Kaplan is 5pm UK Time on 20 April 2021. The booking deadline with Pearson VUE is 5pm UK Time on 26 May 2021. The registration cut-off date with Kaplan for the July 2021 OSCE is set for 5pm UK Time, 7 June 2021. Note that spaces are limited and subject to availability so candidates are advised to book early to guarantee a place.

MCT assessment results are usually made available within 3-5 weeks after the assessment date, while OSCE results become available 10-12 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 must apply for admission to the SRA by 31 August 2022 (inclusive).

If you have an exemption from the whole MCT and have passed the OSCE, you must meet the SRA requirements and apply for admission by 31 August 2021 (inclusive). This is unless you take and pass the July 2021 OSCE, in such a case, you must apply for admission by 31 August 2021 (inclusive).

You will need to complete an AD1: Application for admission as a solicitor form (now submitted online), 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. Membership is free and entitles you to vote in elections, use the facilities at Law Society Hall and take part in a range of Law Society activities.

If you are employed in connection with the provision of legal services, you will also need a practising certificate.

If you do not intend to practise in England and Wales following successful completion of the QLTS assessments, you can still maintain your name on the Roll of Solicitors, without a practising certificate or paying any annual fees.

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 Training

QLTS School offers you comprehensive and effective preparation courses for the QLTS assessments, combining professionally written textbooks, digital flash cards, video tutorials, online resources, mock exams, tutor support and live workshops. 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 to meet before you can take the assessments, meaning 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.

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