What is the SQE?
Who is the SQE for?
Costs and fees
Dates and locations
The assessment day
Results and resits
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The total candidate fee for the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) is currently £3,980.
All fees are VAT exempt.
The SRA has agreed an increase in the candidate fee for the SQE assessment. Across the two exams this means SQE1 will go up from £1,558 to £1,622 and SQE2 from £2,422 to £2,493 (overall increase of 3.4%). This fee rise will come into effect for anyone booking to take the SQE2 in October 2022 and subsequent assessments.
This below-inflation increase will pay for SQE assessment developments such as remote proctoring arrangements. This was an additional requirement following the Covid-19 pandemic. This could be deployed if there were widespread test centre closures, or major restrictions on international travel impacting a large number of candidates.
The SRA has a rigorous annual monitoring process in place to review candidate fees with Kaplan. This is to make sure the SQE continues to offer good value for money and any increase in fees is justified.
SQE1: £1,622 (effective for SQE1 January 2023)
SQE2: £2,493 (effective for SQE2 October 2022)
You must book FLK1 and FLK2 separately but pay for them both in a single payment at time of booking. FLK1 and FLK2 must be taken in the same assessment window (unless an exemption applies).
You must book both the written and oral assessments together, and pay at the time of booking.
The fees you pay will depend on whether you have an exemption and what your exemption is for.
Learn more: Exemptions
Learn more: Payment methods
If you cancel your exam after you have paid for it, you may be charged a cancellation fee based on when you instruct us to cancel your booking. You must tell us in writing that you want to cancel your current booking.
Learn more: SQE Assessment Terms and Conditions
The cancellation charges are based on the timing of when you instruct us to cancel the booking.
Please note: we require requests for cancellation to be in writing via email, and suggest the use of the Model Cancellation Form (see Schedule 1 of the SQE Assessment Terms and Conditions for a copy).
To resit your exam, you will pay the fees shown below:
You can request a clerical check for errors in the calculation or collation of your exam score. There is a one-off charge of £100. This will be refunded if an error is found.
Learn more: Appeals policy
To appeal the decision of the SQE Award Board, you will pay the fees shown below:
Create your personal SQE account and book your assessments.
Find out what happens after passing the SQE and admission to the roll of solicitors.