Existing Qualifying Lawyers Transfer Scheme candidates

If you successfully completed the QLTS multiple choice test (MCT) assessment before 1 September 2021, you can complete your qualifications and apply for admission either by passing the QLTS Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), or by passing SQE2. If you have passed the MCT with the benefit of a partial exemption before 1 September 2021, this information will also apply to you.

Using SQE2 as an alternative to the QLTS OSCE

If you use this route, you must pass the QLTS MCT and SQE2 and apply for admission to the SRA no later than 31 August 2023. You do not need to sit SQE1.

If you wish to combine the QLTS MCT and SQE2 you will have three attempts to complete SQE2 and apply for admission before 31 August 2023. (It does not matter how many times you have attempted the QLTS OSCE).

If you have not passed the SQE2 and applied for admission by 31 August 2023, you will need to apply to the SRA for a waiver to confirm your eligibility to undertake the SQE from the beginning (starting with SQE1).

QLTS OSCE

The final QLTS OSCE assessment will be in April 2022. You must pass the MCT and OSCE and apply for admission to the SRA no later than 31 August 2022. More information about QLTS OSCE assessments can be found on the Kaplan QLTS website.

If you were granted a full exemption from the MCT, you must have taken the QLTS OSCE no later than July 2021. If successful, you must have applied for a waiver from the SRA for admission before 1 September 2021. You must apply for the waiver by 31 December 2021. MCT exemptions are managed and administered by the SRA.

Failure to successfully complete the assessments and/or to apply for admission by the relevant deadline

You will need to pass SQE1 and SQE2 before applying for admission to the SRA if you do not either:

  • successfully complete the OSCE and apply for admission by 31 August 2022; or
  • successfully complete SQE2 and apply for admission by 31 August 2023.

You can still apply to the SRA for an exemption. The SRA will determine whether you meet the criteria for exemption from SQE1 and/or SQE2.

Example scenarios

You have successfully completed the QLTS MCT (including candidates who have undertaken the MCT with the benefit of a partial exemption).

You can choose to sit either the QLTS OSCE (until April 2022) or SQE2 (from April 2022 until spring 2023). You do not need to sit SQE1.

To book the OSCE, visit Kaplan QLTS.

To take SQE2, register for an SQE account, register that you have passed the QLTS MCT to bypass SQE1, and book your assessment.

You have failed the MCT

You can no longer take the QLTS MCT. The last sitting of the MCT was in July 2021.

To take SQE1, register for an SQE account and book your assessment.

Registering and booking SQE2

Before you can sit the SQE2 assessment, you must register online as an SQE candidate, completing all steps in the registration process, including a diversity survey.

After you register as a candidate, you will be given the option to add your QLTS ID. You were provided with this when you registered for the QLTS. You will not be given the option to book an SQE1 assessment and you can proceed to book SQE2. You simply add your QLTS ID and click the confirmation button to determine whether you are eligible to transition from QLTS to SQE2.

Follow the online booking instructions for SQE2 and complete the payment process. On the day of the exam, bring the same form of identification that you used to register.

Learn more: Exemptions and using SQE2 as an equivalence

Learn more: Registering and booking

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Ready to register for the SQE?

Create your personal SQE account and book your assessments.

Register for SQE 

Have you passed the SQE?

Find out what happens after passing the SQE and admission to the roll of solicitors.

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