Taking SQE in Welsh

The ability to sit SQE in Welsh will be phased in. Candidates have had the opportunity to provide written answers for SQE2 since April 2022. See below for the phased breakdown of what elements of SQE can be taken in Welsh and from when.

When the booking window is open for SQE2, you will be asked to choose English or Welsh as the language of your choice to undertake SQE. Please note that for SQE2 oral assessments, the only test centre that is available in which to take the oral assessments in Welsh will be in Cardiff. If Cardiff is unsuitable for you, then you should reconsider choosing Welsh as your preferred option. For the SQE2 written assessments, taken over three days, and SQE1, taken over two days, you are able to take the assessments at any Pearson test centre available.

If you change your mind about sitting the assessment in Welsh, you can cancel your booking and rebook to take the assessment in English, as long as you do so before the booking deadline, subject to our terms and conditions and availability. Please note that there is no guarantee you will be able to rebook the same seat or location if you rebook.

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It is important to understand that the only aspects of the exam that will be in Welsh will be the questions and your answers. There is no guarantee that any other part of the exam day will be in Welsh. Your assessment guidance and results will usually be provided in English and the staff, outside of those examiners who will be asking you questions, will communicate with you in English.

On the day of the assessment the question text will be in Welsh, but where appropriate there will be English legal terms next to the equivalent Welsh legal terms. There may not be an English legal term side by side in every case if the Welsh legal term is widely used.

The Welsh equivalent exam will not be open book nor will you have the English equivalent assessment side by side to refer to. You will not be penalised if you provide an answer or response in English because you find yourself stuck and unable to answer in Welsh. However, it should be noted that if you choose to sit SQE in Welsh you are expected to provide your answers in Welsh. You cannot change your mind about taking your exam in Welsh on the day of the exam. Once the booking window has closed you will be unable to change from Welsh to English. Therefore you are strongly advised to consider carefully if you wish to sit the exam in Welsh prior to the booking window closing and consider your fluency of the Welsh language.

Examiners undertaking each of the Interview skills exam and the Advocacy skills exam will be bilingual.

You will be able to access a glossary of specific legal terms, an example of which will be available on the SQE website. This list is not currently available but will be published for your information.

Information in Welsh

There are a number of key policies that have been translated into Welsh, these can be found alongside the English versions.

A few SQE2 sample questions have also been translated into Welsh, again these can be found alongside the English versions.

SQE1 and SQE2 Welsh Pilots

In June 2023 we held a pilot to test the operational aspects of conducting the SQE1 in Welsh. It involved candidates answering a set of multiple choice questions over the course of a morning session.

A pilot was also held to test the operational aspects of conducting SQE2 in Welsh in September 2021. It involved written and oral legal skills assessments.

When you’ll be able to take the SQE in Welsh

SQE2

All the SQE2 assessments (both the oral and written papers) may now be taken in Welsh.

The written assessments (taken over three days) may be taken at any Pearson Vue test centre available.

The oral assessments may only be taken in Welsh for one sitting at the test centre in Cardiff.

SQE1

From 1 September 2024, the SQE1 assessment will be provided in Welsh. This will be both the questions and answers.

Payment

There is no cost difference between the English and Welsh versions. You have the same options to pay for the Welsh version as you do for the English.

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The Welsh and English versions of the SQE have the same cancellation terms.

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