Qualifying Lawyers Transfer Scheme Candidates Transitioning to SQE

If you successfully complete 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.

SQE2

The first sitting of SQE2 is in April 2022. You must pass the MCT and SQE2 and apply for admission to the SRA no later than 31 August 2023.

If you wish to combine the 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 to determine your eligibility to undertake the SQE.

OSCE

The final 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 are granted a full exemption from the MCT, you must take the OSCE no later than July 2021. If successful, you must apply for a waiver from the SRA requirements to have applied 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 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 and book your assessment.

You have failed the MCT.

Retake the MCT or take SQE1. The last sitting of the MCT will be in July 2021. The booking deadline for the July 2021 MCT is 17:00 on 26 May 2021.

To book the OSCE, visit Kaplan QLTS.

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, completing all steps in the registration process, including a diversity survey.

After you register, please book your SQE2 assessment. You will not have the option to book an SQE1 assessment.

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.

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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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