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Taking the SQE Assessments with Kaplan

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Taking the SQE Assessments with Kaplan

Registration to Take SQE1 with Kaplan and Pearson VUE

Registration to take SQE1 with Kaplan and Pearson VUE

The SQE exams are administered by a sole assessment provider, Kaplan, which has been appointed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). 

Taking the SQE1 exam involves three steps:

  • Registration at the SQE website with Kaplan
  • Pre-booking
  • Booking with Pearson VUE

Registration

Before you can book your spot for the assessments, you will first need to register with Kaplan at the SQE website.

To register with Kaplan, you will need a valid photo image of your government-issued ID for authentication and verification reasons. A copy of your ID will be kept on file with Kaplan as long as your account remains active, or until you sit and pass the SQE exams.

Examples of a valid photo ID include:

  • Passport (recommended)
  • Photocard driving licence
  • Other official (government-issued) photograph photo ID (e.g. national identification card or biometric residence permit)

Pre-Booking

Once you have registered with Kaplan, you can then proceed to the pre-booking requirements. While registration and booking will not be open until July 2021 for SQE1, you can put the necessary documents that you will need for registration in order now so that you can be ready once registration opens. This is important to do as soon as possible to allow yourself enough time to complete the pre-booking steps.

Pre-booking requirements are:

1 – completing a diversity survey

The monitoring and maximising diversity survey covers a range of areas, including questions about your education, background, and ethnicity, but no part of the survey is mandatory. The answers provided will help the SRA with SQE equality and diversity monitoring.

2 – telling the SRA about exemptions you might have

Only qualified lawyers will be able to apply for exemptions from the SQE exams.

3 – requesting reasonable adjustments needed to sit your assessments

Before booking, please contact Kaplan if you expect to need any help or assistance sitting for your exams. Doing this as early as possible will allow for sufficient time to review your request and organise any agreed adjustments.

Booking

SQE1 is delivered by computer-based assessment, through a network of test centres administered by Pearson VUE in conjunction with Kaplan.

Booking the assessments can begin once registration and the pre-booking requirements with Kaplan have been completed.

You should book your space with Pearson VUE as soon as possible as space is limited and based on a first come first served basis. Once booking is open, sign into your SQE account and view what assessments and locations are available for you at the Pearson VUE website. You will only be shown the assessments you are able to sit.

A confirmation email will be sent to you confirming the details of the assessment that you have booked. Rescheduling or cancelling your assessment is possible, but a fee may be assessed when you cancel.

All bookings (including payment) must be made by the booking deadline with Pearson VUE, and not with Kaplan. You must book FLK1 and FLK 2 separately but pay in a single payment. Fees will depend on whether or not you have an exemption and the reason. Payments will be made securely using a debit or credit card, or a prepaid voucher provided by your employer or training provider.

Pearson Professional Centres in England and Wales comply with the disability access requirements of the Equality Act 2010. The test centres can accommodate a range of alternative arrangements for candidates with special requirements or the need for reasonable adjustments. You may visit Pearson VUE’s website for more information, but please note that you cannot book your assessment on Pearson VUE’s website.

SQE1 assessment day will take place in your scheduled Pearson VUE test centre at the time and date confirmed in your booking confirmation email. Upon arrival, you will complete registration and an ID check.

The SQE1 exam involves two assessments, 180 questions each, on a separate day. Each day is split into two sessions of 2 hours 33 minutes, with 90 questions in each session, with a 60-minute break between the sessions. You may access your personal belongings and leave the test centre during your breaks.

You are allowed three attempts at SQE1, taken within six years from the first attempt of an SQE assessment.

A notification email will be sent when your results are available in your SQE account with Kaplan. Results will only be posted within your account and will not be sent out to you, allowing you to save them as a PDF.

Registration to Take SQE2 with Kaplan and Pearson VUE

You must pass SQE1 before you can sit SQE2.

Similar to registering and booking for the SQE1, for SQE2 you will need to be registered with Kaplan before you can book the SQE2 assessment. All pre-booking items must also be completed. If you made special arrangements for SQE1, you will need to make arrangements again for SQE2.

SQE2 written and oral assessments must be booked and paid together, too. Fees will depend on whether or not you have an exemption and the reason. Payments will securely be made using a debit or credit card, or a prepaid voucher provided by your employer or training provider.

As with SQE1, Pearson Professional Centres in England and Wales comply with the disability access requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and offer reasonable adjustments for candidates with special requirements.

Once you have booked your spot for SQE2, a confirmation email will be sent to you confirming the details of the assessment that you have booked. Rescheduling or cancelling your assessment is possible, but a fee may be assessed when you cancel.

If you are an apprentice, your training provider should book your assessment for you, unless otherwise noted, and you should not have to pay for the assessment yourself.

Bulk bookings can be made by employers who wish to pay for a group of candidates by purchasing vouchers, allowing for the candidate to book their own assessments through their candidate account they registered.

SQE2 assessment day will follow a similar procedure as SQE1, but the SQE2 oral assessment takes place over two consecutive half-days.

You are allowed three attempts at SQE2, taken within six years from the first attempt of an SQE assessment.

A notification email will be sent when your results are available in your SQE account. You could then log in to your account, access your results and save them as a PDF.

SQE Assessments: Venues and Fees

Kaplan’s plan is to offer the SQE assessments twice a year. The SQE1 FLK assessments will be available in designated examination centres of Pearson VUE in the UK and internationally, such as in New York, China, India, South Africa, Russia, and selected cities in mainland Europe.

Sitting your assessment outside of the UK will depend on the timing of booking your assessment, as there will be varied start times for the SQE exams held at international centres.

The SQE2 written assessments can be taken at Pearson VUE test centres in the UK and further centres available internationally. The SQE2 oral assessment will initially only be available by Kaplan in Cardiff, London and Manchester, with additional locations to follow in the future.

To check a test centre availability, use the Seat Availability function on the Pearson VUE SQE website.

YearAssessmentDate
2021SQE18 November (FLK1) and & November (FLK2)
2022SQE211-13 April (oral), 19-20 & 20-21 April (written)
2022SQE1July
2022SQE2October
2023SQE1January
2023SQE2April
2023SQE1July
2023SQE2July

The cost to sit the SQE1 exam is £1,558 and the SQE2 exam is £2,422. Candidates do not have to pay VAT on SQE exam fees.

Registratoin for the SQE is now open. Booking for the November SQE1 2021 exam will open in September 2021. The deadline for registration with Kaplan and booking with Pearson VUE will be published soon. Note that spaces are limited and subject to availability so candidates are advised to book early to guarantee a place.

SQE Assessment Results

You will receive your SQE assessment results by email directly from Kaplan.

SQE1 assessment results will be made available by Kaplan within 6-8 weeks after the examination date, while SQE2 results become available within 14 weeks following the exam.

Candidates will receive their raw score and standardised score for each of the SQE assessments directly from Kaplan. The individual scores of named candidates will not be made publicly available. Recruiters and employers are free to request SQE scores from candidates, who may disclose and otherwise use them if they wish.

When you have successfully completed both SQE1 and SQE2, you may then apply for admission to become a solicitor with the SRA.

How to Get Started?

The process of becoming an English solicitor through the SQE route involves a few steps that may take several months or even years 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 could meet the eligibility criteria
  • Sign up for a preparation course with QLTS School (courses are not mandatory)
  • Register to take the SQE assessments with Kaplan and Pearson VUE
  • Complete the two years QWE
  • Apply for admission to the Roll of Solicitors with the SRA

SQE Preparation

QLTS School offers you comprehensive and flexible preparation courses for the SQE exams, based on over a decade of experience in providing preparation courses for the QLTS exams, which form the model for the SQE examinations.

Our preparation courses feature a full suite of comprehensive textbooks, video tutorials, interactive online resources, skills workshops, mock exams for self-assessments, and tutor support.

All our custom-written materials precisely reflect the SQE Assessment Specification and provide you with everything you need to develop your legal knowledge, skills, assessment technique so that you can confidently pass the SQE on your first attempt.

There are no formal pre-conditions in order to take the SQE assessments with Kaplan. This means you can sign up for the exams and start your preparation at any time, enabling you to become a qualified English solicitor in just a few months, on your terms.

 
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