When you can take the SQE

You can register for an SQE candidate account at any time throughout the year.

You can only book and sit SQE2 after passing SQE1, or if you have been granted an exemption by the SRA for the whole of the SQE1.

If you want to sit your assessment outside of the UK, you should check the timing of your assessment when you book. There will be varied start times for assessments held in international centres.

Below are the planned assessment dates for 2024 to 2025, including the results date, where this has been confirmed, and the cut off date for examinable law and practice. All times stated are UK time on that date.

SQE assessment dates - 2024 to 2025

SQE1

Assessment Dates Booking opening Booking close First day of assessment window  Examinable law and practice cut off date (up to and including)  Results date
July 2024 FLK1: 15,16, 17, 18, 19 July 2024
FLK2: 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 July 2024
6pm, 10 April 2024* (see update below) 5pm, 22 May 2024 15 July 2024 15 March 2024 10 September 2024
 January 2025  FLK1: 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 January 2025
FLK2: 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 January 2025
10am, 1 October 2024 5pm, 14 November 2024 13 January 2025 13 September 2024 11 March 2025

*Updated in line with the new process. Please see the SQE News for more information. Bookings will be paused between 10 April until 10am (UK time) on 8 May.

SQE2

SQE2 oral assessments take place at exam venues in Birmingham, Cardiff, London, and Manchester. Please note that not all locations may be available for all sittings in an assessment window. The venues for the oral assessments are available when the booking window opens.

SQE2 written assessments take place at Pearson VUE locations in the UK and internationally.

Assessment Dates Booking opening Booking close First day of assessment window  Examinable law and practice  cut off date (up to and including Results date
January 2024 Written: 30 January - 1 February


Closed Closed 30 January 2024 30 September 2023 29 May 2024
  Oral: First sitting: 6-7 February          
  Oral: Second sitting: 8-9 February          
April 2024 Written - 30 April - 2 May
10am, 10 January 2024 5pm, 25 March 2024 30 April 2024 30 December 2023 28 August 2024
  Oral: First sitting: 7-8 May          
  Oral: Second sitting: 9-10 May          
  Oral: Third sitting: 14-15 May          
  Oral: Fourth sitting: 16-17 May          
July 2024 Oral: First sitting: 31 July - 1 August 
10am, 24 April 2024 5pm, 19 June 2024 31 July 2024 31 March 2024 26 November 2024
  Oral: Second sitting: 6-7 August          
  Oral: Third sitting: 8-9 August          
  Written: 13-15 August          
October 2024 Oral: First sitting: 23-24 October 2024 10am, 10 July 2024 5pm, 18 September 2024 23 October 2024 23 June 2024 20 February 2025
  Oral: Second sitting:  29-30 October 2024          
  Oral: Third sitting:  31 October - 1 November 2024          
  Written: 5-7 November 2024          
January 2025 Oral:  
First sitting: 30-31 January 2025
10am, 16 October 2024 5pm, 12 December 2024 30 January 2025 30 September 2024 28 May 2025
  Second sitting:  4-5 February 2025          
  Third  sitting: 6-7 February 2025            
  Written:
11-13 February 2025  
         
 April 2025 Oral: 
First sitting: 28-29 April
28 January 2025  20 March 2025  28 April 2025  28 December 2024  27 August 2025
  Second sitting: 30 April - 1 May          
  Third sitting: 13-14 May          
  Fourth sitting: 15-16 May          
  Written: 6-8 May          

Booking closing date

Booking for SQE1 and SQE2 closes approximately five weeks before the assessment sitting.

Results

SQE1 results will be published 5-6 weeks after the assessment. In most cases, results will be released while the booking window for the next SQE2 booking window is still open. A number of seats for SQE2 sittings will be made available to book after SQE1 results are released. This is to facilitate the transition from SQE1 to the next sitting of SQE2, for those candidates that want to follow this route. These may be released on the same day as SQE1 results or a few days later and will be subject to availability. We will confirm this closer to the time of the booking window.

SQE2 results will be published between 14-18 weeks after the assessment. Therefore, SQE2 resits will be at least 6 months apart. 

Planning ahead

Regular pattern of SQE sitting

SQE1 sittings have a regular pattern of two SQE1 sittings per year: January and July.

SQE2 sittings have a regular pattern of four SQE2 sittings per year: January, April, July, and October.

The week we aim to run assessments

To assist candidates, training providers and employers in their planning, the weeks we are aiming to start assessments for each relevant assessment window is as follows:

  • SQE1: third week of the month
  • SQE2: final week of the month

However, these are indicative only. Dates will be published 12 months before the relevant assessment. 

We will continue to monitor demand for introducing additional SQE1 sittings, for example in April and October, when appropriate. We will aim to announce any additional sittings 18 months before they are introduced. At present there are no plans to introduce any further sittings.

First day of the assessment window

The first day of the assessment window is the date of the first assessment for that window. Therefore, for SQE2, it will be the date of the first oral assessment or the date of the first written assessment for that window, whichever is earliest.

Length of the SQE2 assessment window

Currently SQE2 assessments take place over approximately two or three weeks. In 2024, we expect that SQE2 assessment windows will always be at least three weeks long. As candidate volumes increase, this may extend into four or possibly five weeks.

The order of SQE2 oral and written assessments

There is no fixed order between the written and oral assessments. In any given assessment window the written assessments could be before or after the oral assessments. The written assessments could also take place in between oral sittings. The timetable is determined by various considerations, and in particular securing dates to maximise the number of spaces for candidates.

Oral assessment sittings

You are only required to attend one sitting of the oral assessment and you will be able to select which sitting when booking opens, subject to availability.

When to take the SQE

You should consider carefully when you feel you will be ready to take the SQE. Please see the blog on “Preparing for SQE2” in the March 2022 edition of the SQE Update for some of the considerations when planning ahead, such as whether a period of qualifying work experience would be beneficial.

SQE time limit

You have six years in which to complete SQE1 and SQE2. The six-year period starts from the first day you sit your first SQE assessment. You have up to three attempts at SQE1 and SQE2 within this time.

Studying for the SQE

It is very likely you will need to study for the assessments. How you study for the SQE is up to you and will depend on factors such as your experience, your employer and your learning preferences. The SRA have information on choosing an SQE training provider that may be helpful.

To find out who delivers SQE education, tutoring or training services (or plans to in the future), or produces SQE-related study materials and resources (or plans to in the future), check the SRA’s list of training providers.

Please note that neither Kaplan nor the SRA regulates, accredits or endorses training providers or organisations.

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