The assessment day

SQE1

Your SQE1 assessments will take place in a Pearson VUE test centre. After you book your assessments, we will send you an email for each assessment day, confirming the time at which you must report to the assessment centre, the location, and duration of your assessment.

When you arrive at the Pearson VUE test centre, you will complete registration, including an ID check.

SQE1 consists of two assessments each of 180 questions. Each assessment takes place on a separate day. Each day is split into two sessions of 2 hours 33 minutes with 90 questions in each session. There will be a 60 minute break between the sessions, during which you may access personal belongings and leave the test centre.

Learn more: SQE1 assessment day

SQE2 assessments overview

SQE2 consists of a single exam. In order to pass SQE2 you must obtain the overall pass mark for SQE2. The SQE2 written and oral assessments must be completed in the same assessment window.

Learn more: SQE2 Assessment Specification 

SQE2 written assessments

Your SQE2 written assessments will take place in a Pearson VUE test centre. After you book your assessments, we will send you an email for each assessment day, confirming the time at which you must report to the assessment centre, the location, and duration of your assessment.

When you arrive at the Pearson VUE test centre, you will complete registration, including an ID check.

There are 12 SQE2 written assessment stations over three separate consecutive days. On each day, you will sit four assessments, split across two sessions.

Learn more: SQE2 assessment days

SQE2 oral assessments

Your SQE2 oral assessments will take place in an oral assessment centre, either in London, Manchester or Cardiff. When SQE in Welsh is available, the SQE2 Welsh oral assessment will only be held in Cardiff.

Learn more: SQE in Welsh

After you book your assessments, we will send you an email for each assessment day, confirming the time at which you must report to the assessment centre, the location, and duration of your assessment.

When you arrive at the oral assessment test centre, you will complete registration, including an ID check.

The SQE2 oral assessments take place over two consecutive half-days.

Learn more: SQE2 assessment days

COVID-19 related information

Please review the information on covid related measures for the assessments.

Learn more: Coronavirus (COVID-19) related information

Candidates are advised to familiarise themselves with the government requirements of where they intend to sit an assessment.

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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