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The Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) is a single rigorous assessment for all aspiring solicitors. It consists of two parts: SQE1 which tests candidates’ functioning legal knowledge and SQE2 which tests candidates’ practical legal skills.
This report includes statistics that provide some simple feedback on the January 2023 SQE1 assessments and their performance. The table below shows the number of candidates, the passing score, and the overall pass rate for FLK1 and FLK2. It also shows the number of candidates who sat both parts of SQE1 and their pass rate.
The following table shows the average (mean) score, the standard deviation, median,
minimum, maximum and range of observed scores for FLK1 and FLK2.
These charts show the distribution of scores for FLK1 and FLK2, with a red line showing the passing score required for
Y axis showing Frequency
X axis showingScore (%)
Y axis showing Test
Graph key showing Quintile
These charts show the scores for the different practice areas within FLK1 and FLK2, with a minimum possible score of 0% and a maximum possible score of 100%. A fifth of candidates fall within each quintile, with Q1 showing the top fifth and Q5 showing the bottom fifth of candidates.
Y axis showing Practice area
Graph key showingQuintile
The SRA collects diversity and socio-economic data to help understand how candidates with different characteristics and backgrounds perform in the assessments. The data categories are consistent with data collected by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the Social Mobility Commission.
Based on responses to the online diversity survey, completed ahead of assessment registration, the following is provided in each table for FLK1 and FLK2:
The proportion of candidates along with the pass rate is also provided for SQE1.
These tables provide data for the first attempt candidates, with data not reported for groups with fewer than 10 candidates (rows in grey). Performance of all candidates, including resitting candidates, will be presented in the SQE Annual Report.
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