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 2022 to 2024, including the results date, where this has been confirmed. All times stated are UK time on that date.

SQE assessment dates - 2022 to 2024

SQE1

Assessment Dates Booking opening Booking close Results date
July 2022 FLK1: 21 July
FLK2: 25 July
Closed Closed 16 June 2022 5 October 2022. Results for this SQE1 sitting will be released after the booking window for October 2022 SQE2 will have closed. Find out what this means for sitting SQE2.
January 2023 FLK1: 26 January
FLK2: 30 January
10am, 22 September 2022* 5pm, 19 December 2022* 6-10 weeks after the assessment
July 2023 TBC 6-10 weeks after the assessment
January 2024 TBC 6-10 weeks after the assessment
July 2024 TBC 6-10 weeks after the assessment

*Please note that, although we do not expect this date to change, this is indicative and will be confirmed closer to the date.

SQE2

Assessment Dates Booking opening Booking close Results date
April 2022 Written: 11-13 April
Oral: First sitting: 19-20 April
Second sitting: 21-22 April
Third sitting: 26-27 April
Fourth sitting: 28-29 April
Closed Closed 7 March 2022 25 August
October 2022 Oral: First sitting: 24-25 October
Second sitting: 26-27 October
Third sitting: 31 October - 1 November
Written: 7-9 November
10am 20 June 2022 5pm 19 September 2022 14-18 weeks after the assessment
April 2023* Oral - First sitting: 25-26 April
Second sitting: 27-28 April
Third sitting: 2-3 May
Fourth sitting: 4-5 May
Written - 8-10 May
10am 8 December 2022 5pm 23 March 2023 14-18 weeks after the assessment
July 2023 Written - week commencing 31 July 2023
Oral - will start in the week commencing 7 August 2023
14-18 weeks after the assessment
October 2023 Oral - will start in the week commencing 23 October 2023
Written - week commencing 30 October 2023
14-18 weeks after the assessment
January 2024 TBC 14-18 weeks after the assessment
April 2024 TBC 14-18 weeks after the assessment
July 2024 TBC 14-18 weeks after the assessment
October 2024 TBC 14-18 weeks after the assessment

*Updated with exact dates

Booking closing date

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

Results

January 2023 SQE1 results will be released while the April 2023 SQE2 booking window is open should candidates want to follow that route.

SQE1 results will be published 6-10 weeks after the assessment. In most cases, results will be released while the booking window for the next SQE2 booking window is still open, with the exception of the July 2022 results (see SQE News).

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

We will add precise dates to the table above as they become available.

SQE2 oral assessments

SQE2 oral assessments will take place at locations in Cardiff, London and Manchester. Please note that not all oral sittings may be available in all locations.

Exact dates for each location will be available ahead of the booking window opening.

Further SQE2 oral assessment dates may be added at a later date if needed to meet demand.

Planning ahead

Regular pattern of SQE sitting

From 2023, SQE1 sittings will take on a regular pattern of two SQE1 sittings per year: January and July.

From 2024, SQE2 sittings will take on 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.

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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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.

Learn more