SQE2 preparation course

Our expert tutors and practical resources will prepare you for success in your SQE2 exam

The SQE2 resources you need to succeed

SQE2 is designed to assess your practical legal skills across a number of practice areas, so our preparation courses focus on just that. To pass, you need to demonstrate your ability to accurately advise clients and apply the law to different circumstances.

This includes interviewing clients, making advocacy presentations to the court, writing legal advice, identifying the right documents to use and being able to draft them yourself.

Our SQE2 preparation courses focus on getting you ready for the practical elements of the assessment, alongside further developing your legal knowledge and skills.

You wouldn’t be ready for a driving test without spending some time in a car and it’s the same for SQE2; you can’t just rely on reading a book — you need to practise too. Our experienced tutors and abundant resources will make sure you’re ready for the exam.

Your study plan will include access to:

  • Course guide
  • Summary notes
  • Legal skills video workshops with tutors’ instruction
  • SQE Video Library, recorded and delivered by experienced instructors
  • SQE Skills Online
  • Digital flash cards
  • English writing tasks
  • Practice questions
  • Mock exams with model answers
  • Exam technique videos with tutors’ tips for success
  • One-on-one mock practice stations with personal tutor feedback

We update our resources regularly to reflect any changes in the law or the SQE syllabus.

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Your SQE2 learning journey

Our SQE2 preparation courses provide comprehensive support, including personalised tutor assistance, to help you learn and practise the essential techniques needed to pass.

The SQE2 course includes four stages:

Stage Your Study Tools
I – understanding the style, format and procedures of the SQE2 assessment SQE2 exam day resources, course guide
II – studying substantive and procedural law Summary notes, flash cards, SQE video library
III – learning and understanding the six skills Practice questions, SQE Skills Online, legal skills video workshops with tutors’ instruction, English writing tasks
IV – developing and practising your legal skills Kaplan sample questions and suggested solutions, exam technique videos, summaries, 120/300 mock exams for self-assessment, mock practice stations with personal tutor feedback

If you follow your study plan and your tutor advice, you will be well-prepared for the SQE2 assessment.

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A closer look at your resources

Depending on which course package you choose, you’ll have access to a range of different learning resources and levels of tutor assistance.

The questions in the practice areas assessed in SQE2 may draw on underlying black letter law in the Functioning Legal Knowledge (FLK), that candidates have studied in SQE1 or the LPC. You’ll therefore also have access to the relevant SQE1 course materials that cover the substantive and procedural law tested in SQE2.

Course guide

Find out everything you need to know about the SQE2 assessment including the structure, marking criteria, and test protocols and policies. There are study guides too, so you’ll have everything you need to plan your preparation time and how to utilise the course content.

Summary notes

Divided into sections and covering the main topics tested in SQE2, these notes will cut the time you spend on revision. The summaries cover property law, wills and the administration of estates, dispute resolution, criminal litigation, and business law.

You can download and print out the notes, add annotations, highlight text and make your own notes.

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Legal skills video workshops

100+ video workshops summarising the key points for each of the six legal skills you’ll be tested on in SQE2 are led by experienced solicitors and skills trainers, all of whom are qualified in England and Wales. These experts are dedicated to guiding you to master the skills required to succeed in SQE2. At the same time, there are videos that cover exam technique and summaries of the key points you’ll need to master to pass SQE2.

You’ll be able to learn from practical demonstrations of the skills in action, leaving you better prepared for your assessment. The videos showcase best practice scenarios as well as what not to do, ensuring you understand exactly what’s expected of you to pass.

Watch our expert tutors deliver skill explanations through engaging interview-style lectures, carefully designed to decode the exam criteria and equip you with strategic tips for success

All materials are recorded and available for you to access online anytime throughout the course, allowing you to watch them anywhere, any time, on your computer, tablet, or phone.

Client interviewing

Simulations of client interviews that cover the topics you’re likely to face in your assessment.

Watch role-plays that show solicitors building rapport, dealing with emotional clients, asking questions, taking notes and closing the interview.

Watch the sample clip to see what good looks like when it comes to client interviewing.

Advocacy

Learn what is involved in contentious advocacy so you can competently demonstrate the role in both civil and criminal courts. This video series is designed to supplement your preparation for the advocacy assessment by providing examples of how some of the common applications which are assessed could play out on assessment day.

Watch the sample clip to see advocacy best practice in action.

Legal writing

One of our experienced tutors will walk you through the most important things to focus on when writing a letter or email of advice, an internal memo, or an attendance note.

You’ll also learn some of the basics of English legal writing, such as using plain English that avoids jargon or ‘legalese’.

Check out the clip to see a sample on how to write letters.

Legal drafting

Learn more about drafting commonly used documents in some of the contexts you’ll face as part of your assessment. These videos cover a claim form, particulars of claim, property transfer and first registration forms, defence and witness statements, contracts, shareholders’ and partnership agreements, limited company and LLP incorporation, board minutes and more.

Find out more about legal drafting in our sample video.

Case and matter analysis

Discover how to analyse your work and make sure it’s the best it can be. Find out about processes including identifying the relevant facts and using preliminary tools of analysis, carrying out legal analysis, considering strategies for negotiation, assessing risks and client’s needs, advising on the next steps, and reporting to the supervising partner.

A sample tutor’s commentary on case and matter analysis is available in the video on the right.

Legal research

Watch walkthroughs that go into detail about tackling legal research.

These videos cover the steps you’ll need to take, from understanding the parameters of the task to writing a research letter of advice or memo to the partner or the client.

A sample tutor’s commentary on legal research is available in the video on the right.

SQE video library

More than 80 video lectures, recorded and delivered by experienced instructors, provide you with a broad overview of the entire syllabus, including both substantive and procedural law. Access them whenever and wherever you like to dig deeper into all the areas covered in your assessment.

To give you an idea of what to expect, check out our playlist of preview videos.

SQE Skills Online

This interactive online module will complement your other studies, building on the theory and giving you chance to put it into practice. You’ll cover legal writing and drafting, advocacy and oral presentation, interviewing and advising, legal research and case and matter analysis in different legal contexts.

SQE Skills Online combines explainer videos with a digital book and more than 60 interactive exercises to prepare you for your SQE2 assessment. You’ll feel confident having put your skills to test in practical simulations that mirror what’s expected of you in the assessment.

sqe skills online

Digital flash cards

Our digital flash cards are organised by topic and include short questions and answers. You can use them to revise the law in chunks, focusing on areas you’re struggling with while saving time by skipping topics you already know. A great way to refresh your knowledge ahead of mock exams or real exams, too.

Practice questions

The practice questions include multiple exercises with proposed solutions that are based on a single scenario/case study common to that practice area.

The questions come with a variety of documents and forms which you may see in the formal SQE2 exam, such as a letter of claim and particulars of claim; board and members’ resolutions; defence and witness statements; a bail application; wills, IHT forms, and probate applications; transfer deeds, a copy of the register and site plan, and purchase and sale contracts.

SQE2 mock exams

Our 300 SQE2 mock exams with model answers give you the unique chance to master exam techniques with simulations that mirror the real thing. We have created a unique platform which resembles the SQE2 exam functionality on Pearson VUE for the written assessments, which are completed online, so you can get the feeling of a real exam environment.

Familiarising yourself with the question pattern and getting used to the time restrictions are essential parts of your preparation. At the same time, you’ll be able to identify any gaps in your knowledge or practical application of it through mock exams.

The mock exams cover all the legal practice areas and the skills tested in SQE2 (check the matrix to see the topics/skills covered by each of the tasks). Conversely, other providers may provide a restricted selection of practice exams, possibly missing out on extensive coverage of the potential topics that could be tested.

Covering the whole syllabus, our mock exams include all the supporting documents you’ll need to find the right answer. You can also access instructions for interviewers, giving you the opportunity to practise the role-play aspect of the assessment.

The mock exams include model answers crafted by legal experts, setting a benchmark for the SRA’s minimum threshold and aiding in self-assessment. This resource allows you to identify areas for improvement, ensuring your responses meet the high standards required for success in the actual SQE2 exam.

Try our sample mock exams to experience the unique preparation we offer for the SQE2 exam environment.

Personal tutor assistance

Work with a tutor to get even more guidance on your studies. Our expert tutors can help you assess your knowledge and steer your study by:

  • Identifying your knowledge and experience, plus how much time you may need to study, during an initial consultation
  • Creating a personalised study plan for you, complete with a roadmap for how to get started, and suggested milestone dates so you can keep your progress on track
  • Providing personal feedback on your performance within simulated practice stations in both client interviewing and advocacy
  • Checking your progress during the mock practice station meetings, giving you the opportunity to address any questions you may have
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Once you’ve enroled in the course, we’ll ask you to complete a questionnaire and tell us your background, legal qualifications and experience. Your tutor will review this information ahead of your first meeting. It doesn’t matter where you’re based — you can work with your tutor over email, Teams, Zoom, phone etc. at times convenient for you both.

One-on-one mock practice stations with personal tutor feedback

A key part of the SQE2 assessment is the “practice stations” during which your skills are tested in real situations (using actors).

It’s important to prepare for this so you know exactly what to expect, so you can practise one-on-one with one of our experienced tutors. The tutor will assess your skills in client interviewing and advocacy, then give you constructive feedback based on the SRA’s marking criteria.

In the past, candidates have found these sessions to be the most helpful prep tool for their SQE2 assessment.

The sessions help you assess your level of knowledge, professional skills, and understanding of legal practice, showing you areas where you might need to do more work before taking the real assessment.

Your mock practice stations will be scheduled at times and dates mutually agreed upon with your tutors, ensuring your convenience and flexibility, in contrast to other providers that operate on pre-set dates or on a first-come, first-served basis.

Watch a demo mock station to find out more.

English writing tasks

Part of SQE2 will see you complete written tasks like writing a memo or drafting advice to a client using appropriate, clear and precise English. Practise the writing tasks before your mock exams and assessments to improve your confidence.

We’ve got 15 tasks for you to try, covering administrative and procedural writing such as emails or formal letters. Each one includes an assignment, a sample letter to work from and commentary to help you learn.

Find out everything you need to know about the SQE2 assessment including the structure, marking criteria, and test protocols and policies. There are study guides too, so you’ll have everything you need to plan your preparation time and how to utilise the course content.

Divided into sections and covering the main topics tested in SQE2, these notes will cut the time you spend on revision. The summaries cover property law, wills and the administration of estates, dispute resolution, criminal litigation, and business law.

You can download and print out the notes, add annotations, highlight text and make your own notes.

100+ video workshops summarising the key points for each of the six legal skills you’ll be tested on in SQE2 are led by experienced solicitors and skills trainers, all of whom are qualified in England and Wales.

These experts are dedicated to guiding you to master the skills required to succeed in SQE2. At the same time, there are videos that cover exam technique and summaries of the key points you’ll need to master to pass SQE2.

You’ll be able to learn from practical demonstrations of the skills in action, leaving you better prepared for your assessment. The videos showcase best practice scenarios as well as what not to do, ensuring you understand exactly what’s expected of you to pass.

Watch our expert tutors deliver skill explanations through engaging interview-style lectures, carefully designed to decode the exam criteria and equip you with strategic tips for success

All materials are recorded and available for you to access online anytime throughout the course, allowing you to watch them anywhere, any time, on your computer, tablet, or phone.

client interviewing

Simulations of client interviews that cover the topics you’re likely to face in your assessment.

Watch role-plays that show solicitors building rapport, dealing with emotional clients, asking questions, taking notes and closing the interview.

Watch the sample clip to see what good looks like when it comes to client interviewing.

Advocacy

Learn what is involved in contentious advocacy so you can competently demonstrate the role in both civil and criminal courts. This video series is designed to supplement your preparation for the advocacy assessment by providing examples of how some of the common applications which are assessed could play out on assessment day.

Watch the sample clip to see advocacy best practice in action.

Legal writing

One of our experienced tutors will walk you through the most important things to focus on when writing a letter or email of advice, an internal memo, or an attendance note.

You’ll also learn some of the basics of English legal writing, such as using plain English that avoids jargon or ‘legalese’.

Check out the clip to see a sample on how to write letters.

Legal drafting

Learn more about drafting commonly used documents in some of the contexts you’ll face as part of your assessment. These videos cover a claim form, particulars of claim, property transfer and first registration forms, defence and witness statements, contracts, shareholders’ and partnership agreements, limited company and LLP incorporation, board minutes and more.

Find out more about legal drafting in our sample video.

Case and matter analysis

Discover how to analyse your work and make sure it’s the best it can be. Find out about processes including identifying the relevant facts and using preliminary tools of analysis, carrying out legal analysis, considering strategies for negotiation, assessing risks and client’s needs, advising on the next steps, and reporting to the supervising partner.

A sample tutor’s commentary on case and matter analysis is available in the video below.

Legal research

Discover how to analyse your work and make sure it’s the best it can be. Find out about processes including identifying the relevant facts and using preliminary tools of analysis, carrying out legal analysis, considering strategies for negotiation, assessing risks and client’s needs, advising on the next steps, and reporting to the supervising partner.

A sample tutor’s commentary on case and matter analysis is available in the video below.

More than 80 video lectures, recorded and delivered by experienced instructors, provide you with a broad overview of the entire syllabus, including both substantive and procedural law. Access them whenever and wherever you like to dig deeper into all the areas covered in your assessment.

To give you an idea of what to expect, check out our playlist of preview videos.

This interactive online module will complement your other studies, building on the theory and giving you chance to put it into practice. You’ll cover legal writing and drafting, advocacy and oral presentation, interviewing and advising, legal research and case and matter analysis in different legal contexts.

SQE Skills Online combines explainer videos with a digital book and more than 60 interactive exercises to prepare you for your SQE2 assessment. You’ll feel confident having put your skills to test in practical simulations that mirror what’s expected of you in the assessment.

Our digital flash cards are organised by topic and include short questions and answers. You can use them to revise the law in chunks, focusing on areas you’re struggling with while saving time by skipping topics you already know. A great way to refresh your knowledge ahead of mock exams or real exams, too.

The practice questions include multiple exercises with proposed solutions that are based on a single scenario/case study common to that practice area.

The questions come with a variety of documents and forms which you may see in the formal SQE2 exam, such as a letter of claim and particulars of claim; board and members’ resolutions; defence and witness statements; a bail application; wills, IHT forms, and probate applications; transfer deeds, a copy of the register and site plan, and purchase and sale contracts.

Our 300 mock exams with model answers give you the unique chance to master exam techniques with simulations that mirror the real thing. We have created a unique platform which resembles the SQE2 exam functionality on Pearson VUE for the written assessments, which are completed online, so you can get the feeling of a real exam environment.

Familiarising yourself with the question pattern and getting used to the time restrictions are essential parts of your preparation. At the same time, you’ll be able to identify any gaps in your knowledge or practical application of it through mock exams.

The mock exams cover all the legal practice areas and the skills tested in SQE2 (check the matrix to see the topics/skills covered by each of the tasks). Conversely, other providers may provide a restricted selection of practice exams, possibly missing out on extensive coverage of the potential topics that could be tested.

Covering the whole syllabus, our mock exams include all the supporting documents you’ll need to find the right answer. You can also access instructions for interviewers, giving you the opportunity to practise the role-play aspect of the assessment.

The mock exams include model answers crafted by legal experts, setting a benchmark for the SRA’s minimum threshold and aiding in self-assessment. This resource allows you to identify areas for improvement, ensuring your responses meet the high standards required for success in the actual SQE2 exam.

Try our sample mock exams to experience the unique preparation we offer for the SQE2 exam environment.

Work with a tutor to get even more guidance on your studies. Our expert tutors can help you assess your knowledge and steer your study by:

  • Identifying your knowledge and experience, plus how much time you may need to study, during an initial consultation
  • Creating a personalised study plan for you, complete with a roadmap for how to get started, and suggested milestone dates so you can keep your progress on track
  • Providing personal feedback on your performance within simulated practice stations in both client interviewing and advocacy
  • Checking your progress during the mock practice station meetings, giving you the opportunity to address any questions you may have

Once you’ve enroled in the course, we’ll ask you to complete a questionnaire and tell us your background, legal qualifications and experience. Your tutor will review this information ahead of your first meeting. It doesn’t matter where you’re based — you can work with your tutor over email, Teams, Zoom, phone etc. at times convenient for you both.

A key part of the SQE2 assessment is the “practice stations” during which your skills are tested in real situations (using actors).

It’s important to prepare for this so you know exactly what to expect, so you can practise one-on-one with one of our experienced tutors. The tutor will assess your skills in client interviewing and advocacy, then give you constructive feedback based on the SRA’s marking criteria.

In the past, candidates have found these sessions to be the most helpful prep tool for their SQE2 assessment.

The sessions help you assess your level of knowledge, professional skills, and understanding of legal practice, showing you areas where you might need to do more work before taking the real assessment.

Your mock practice stations will be scheduled at times and dates mutually agreed upon with your tutors, ensuring your convenience and flexibility, in contrast to other providers that operate on pre-set dates or on a first-come, first-served basis.

Watch a demo mock station to find out more.

Part of SQE2 will see you complete written tasks like writing a memo or drafting advice to a client using appropriate, clear and precise English. Practise the writing tasks before your mock exams and assessments to improve your confidence.

We’ve got 15 tasks for you to try, covering administrative and procedural writing such as emails or formal letters. Each one includes an assignment, a sample letter to work from and commentary to help you learn.

Download our SQE2 Toolkit: a comprehensive document which covers everything you need to know about the practical legal skills assessment of the SQE exams.

How you’ll study

All of our resources for the SQE2 course are digital so you’ll access them through our proprietary online training system, SQE Learning. Once you’ve chosen your course package and checked out, you’ll be given a username and password to log in.

Studying online means you can access materials whenever and wherever you want. Our content is mobile-ready too, so you can study from your laptop, tablet or mobile phone. You’ll follow a customised study plan prepared by your tutor, and have the option to book your practice stations directly with your tutor at a time that suits you best.

If you’d like to know more, you can watch our video to get an in-depth overview of our SQE2 courses.

What sets QLTS’s SQE2 preparation course apart from other training providers?

QLTS’s SQE2 preparation courses stand out from other training providers for several reasons:

  • Our SQE2 preparation course includes mock practice stations with real-time and online feedback from tutors, scheduled at your convenience. This contrasts with other providers who may offer fixed schedules or operate on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • The course’s design is inherently flexible, not confined to a specific number of weeks or days, allowing it to seamlessly integrate into your busy schedule without the stress of falling behind.
  • You’ll have access to 300 mock exams with model answers, providing extensive preparation for the variety of questions you might encounter on the SQE2 exam. This is in contrast to other providers who may provide considerably fewer mock exams, possibly missing out on full topic coverage.
  • You can begin the course at any time throughout the year. In your initial consultation, your tutor will assist in determining the optimal time for you to sit your exams, planning around Kaplan’s SQE2 exam dates, which occur four times a year. This gives you the freedom to decide the duration of your preparation, unlike other providers who may require adherence to a fixed exam date.
  • The option to defer your exam is available if needed, and you can retain access to the course throughout its validity period without any requirement to complete a certain portion of the course before retaking the exam. This is a more flexible approach compared to other providers who may impose conditions on deferring your course.
  • Our courses feature a comprehensive suite of resources, drawing on over a decade of experience in the field after training thousands of candidates for the QLTS and SQE.

Thinking about when to start your SQE2 prep?

We recommend a study period of 3-4 months for SQE2, dedicating about 15-20 hours each week. Some candidates might prefer to allow themselves a bit more time for preparation, and that’s perfectly acceptable. In fact, some individuals take up to 8 months to prepare for the SQE2 exam.

What’s more, there’s no fixed enrolment date. You can join the course at any time throughout the year that suits you. Plus, from 2024, Kaplan will be offering SQE2 four times a year. This gives you the flexibility to choose a study duration that aligns with your preferred preparation timeframe.

You don’t have to determine the timing of your exam at this moment. Your tutor will provide guidance during your initial consultation to help you pursue the most optimal approach.

As our SQE2 course isn’t rigidly structured around a set number of weeks or days for lecture attendance, there’s no need to worry about missing a lesson due to a busy schedule.

Ready to begin? You can sign up now and start preparing for the July 2024 exam, or even for October 2024 or January 2025. If your schedule is full and you need more preparation time, you can use the course and take the exam in April 2025 at no extra cost.

The right SQE2 course for you

All our course packages include access to our SQE2 mock exams. This ensures you’ll be well-prepared and encounter no surprises on exam day.

Discover the best course package for you based on the content included, your background, and the level of tutor support you’ll need.

 
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SQE2 Basic Course
SQE2 Advantage Course
SQE2 Premium Course
 
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SQE2 Course GuideThe manual includes suggested study guide and also covers the structure, methodology and marking criteria , test administration procedures, protocols and policies
Practice area summariesThe SQE2 summaries include 400+ pages which provide the essential elements of the law and practice areas tested on SQE2
Periodic updates for the course materialsEven if you are not sure when you will be taking the assessment, you can still start your preparation right away and get updates to the course materials on a regular basis
Digital flash cardsThe flash cards cover the practice areas to help you reinforce your legal knowledge and understanding of the main legal principles
Access to the SQE Video LibraryOver 100 online tutorials with professional presentations, spanning 20+ hours of lectures, which over the substantive and procedural law
SQE2 practice questionsEach question includes multiple exercises which are based on a single scenario/case study common to that practice area
15 English writing tasksThe purpose of the tasks is to help you improve your English writing skills and demonstrate that you are able to use appropriate, clear, precise and acceptable English
Access to SQE Skills OnlineThis feature includes more than 60 interactive exercises covering all of the five skills, complemented by video and audio material and a 150-page accompanying textbook viewable online, ensuring that you are familiar with the various skills
Access to the 100+ Legal Skills Video WorkshopsThis innovative feature contains a suite of more than 100 video workshops, spanning nearly 20 hours in total, and summaries with key points
Initial guidance and a tailor-made study planYou will have a consultation with a tutor following which you will receive a tailor-made study plan designed specifically to meet your personal needs and requirements
Mock practice stations with personal tutor feedbackThe mock stations will be conducted via Teams or Skype and be personally marked by one of our tutors, who will provide you with feedback based on the SRA marking criteria
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6 mock stations
(interviewing and advocacy)
Mock exams with suggested solutions for self-assessmentThese are key to your success in the assessment - the mock exams with mode answers cover all legal practice areas and skills tested on the SQE2 assessment, and will provide ample opportunity for you to deepen your legal knowledge and hone your practical s
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We also offer flexible funding for our courses.

You will have the initial consultation with your tutor after we receive your completed questionnaire. Please allow your tutor 2-3 working days to review your questionnaire and prepare for your initial consultation call.

Access to the online training system covers the first four consecutive sittings of the SQE2 assessment administered by the assessment provider from the date of your registration to the course, or until the date on which you have passed the SQE2 assessment, whichever happens first.

If you have signed up for the SQE2 Basic Course, you can always upgrade to unlock access to additional 180 mock exams for self-assessment for £390.

Maximise your SQE2 success: unlock extended courses periods and gain a pre-prep advantage

Starting from June 2023, we are pleased to offer extended course periods. If you wish to begin your SQE2 preparation ahead of time (which is highly recommended), you have the option to purchase your course in the same calendar month as, or the calendar month immediately preceding, the first day of a scheduled SQE2 assessment. By doing so, you will be granted an optional pre-prep period.

During this period, you will have limited access to SQE Learning until the conclusion of the nearest SQE2 assessment following the purchase of your course, but your course will cover five consecutive sittings rather than four sittings (or earlier if you have passed SQE2). To exercise the pre-prep period option, you must notify us by email within seven days of purchasing the course.

Why study with us?

Our preparation courses are designed to bridge the gap between academic study and practical legal skills. The material has been developed specifically for SQE2, created by experienced tutors who understand the SRA’s requirements.

Our courses give you the chance to put your skills into practice, making sure you’re as prepared as you can be for the practical nature of the SQE2 assessment.

We’ve been helping aspiring solicitors prepare for and pass SQE and its predecessor, QLTS, for 10+ years. Our extensive experience will make sure you arrive prepared, calm and ready to pass when it’s time for your assessment.

Find out more about our track record and experience.

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