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SQE2 is the second part of the SQE assessment and tests practical legal skills and functioning legal knowledge. You will take 16 assessments in SQE2. To pass SQE2 you will need to obtain the overall pass mark for SQE2.
We provide a range of sample questions to help you prepare for SQE2. The sample questions will also help education providers plan SQE training. These questions will help you understand the content and format of the assessment, as well as giving an idea of its level and breadth. They are not an indication that all SQE2 assessments follow a precise style in format or content. We provide a discussion of the answer for each question so you can see what is expected of you when you sit your assessment.
Provision of some of the same sample questions have also been provided for those candidates who wish to review these in Welsh.
The links below go to a summary of each question and answer, along with a PDF of the complete question, additional papers, and discussion of an answer.
You can review and attempt the sample questions using the on-line Pearson VUE test platform. This includes the search function for the sources for legal research.
Please note that the copy and paste function for the SEQ2 written assessments is slightly different to the functionality in the PearsonVue test platform example in the link below. For a full explanation of how the copy and paste function works in the assessments, please see the SQE2 written assessments copy and paste functionality which explains with the use of screenshots and text how you can copy and paste from the question and PDF documents.
There is no spell check or highlighting function for the SQE2 written assessment. The assessment criteria for the SQE2 written assessments refer to clear, precise, concise and acceptable language rather than correct spelling. Guidance on this is provided in the SQE2 assessment specification. Minor spelling mistakes are not penalised and the focus is on the assessment criteria mentioned and how spelling mistakes impact that. Performance in each of the assessment criteria is assessed by trained assessors making professional judgments related to the required standard for the assessment.
Please note however that if you are viewing the SQE2 sample question on your own computer or device, your own browser may add tools such as predictive text or a spell check. The assessments are undertaken on the Pearson VUE assessment platform which is a closed platform and does not permit browsers or access to the internet. This means that it is unlikely to have the same functions as those allowed by your own browser.
Formatting (e.g. paragraph spacing, bullet points, font etc) in written exams will not be taken into consideration by markers.
Learn more: SQE2 exam functionality on Pearson VUE
Dysgu mwy: Ymarferoldeb arholiad SQE2 ar Pearson VUE
Learn more: SQE2 written assessments copy and paste functionality
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