SQE2 assessment days

What happens on the day

SQE2 written assessment day

Assessment centres and arrival times

After you have booked your SQE2 written assessment, we will send you an email that includes:

  • confirmation of the address of the assessment centre
  • the time you must report to the assessment centre to go through the booking in process
  • the start time of the assessment
  • the length of the assessment day.

You must be on time. If you are late, you cannot enter the assessment.

Arriving at the test centre before the start of the assessment

When you arrive, you will register and complete ID and security checks. Please check the information in your booking confirmation email before setting off for your assessment.

Watch a video showing what happens when you arrive at the assessment centre.

Once you are seated at your workstation, you must make a Fit to Sit declaration and confirm that you understand that the content of the assessment is confidential, and that you are bound by the Assessment Regulations.

Learn more: Fit to Sit Policy
Learn more: Candidate Confidentiality Policy
Learn more: Assessment Regulations

You won’t be allowed to take the assessment if you don’t complete these requirements. Once you have sat the assessment, if you feel that something has happened that could affect your performance during the assessment, you can submit a claim for mitigating circumstances.

Pearson VUE testing rules

Key points in the Pearson VUE testing rules:

No personal items (including but not limited to mobile phones, other electronic devices, watches, purses, books and notes) are allowed in the assessment room. There will be a secure place to store your items during the assessment.

You will be provided with an erasable whiteboard notepad and marker pen to be used only during the assessment. These must be handed in at the end of the assessment.

The test administrator will:

  • log you onto your assigned workstation
  • verify that you are taking the intended assessment
  • start the assessment.

Once the assessment has started, you must remain in your assigned seat until escorted out by a test administrator.

You must not eat, drink, chew gum, smoke or make noise that disturbs other candidates during the assessment. 

You will be monitored at all times during the assessment. This can include CCTV recordings.

You must leave the assessment room during all breaks. After all breaks ID checks are carried out before you will be readmitted to the assessment room.

During any unscheduled breaks:

  • the assessment timer is not stopped.
  • you are not permitted to have access to personal belongings.

You must notify the test administrator immediately of any problems or distractions which affect your ability to do the assessment by raising your hand.

Test administrators cannot answer questions about the content of the assessment.

Materials, pens and calculators

You will be provided with all necessary materials and equipment, including an online calculator. You must bring your own pen. You may not use any other equipment.

Personal possessions

Please do not bring personal possessions into the assessment. Your booking confirmation email has more information about what to expect in a Pearson VUE Test centre.

As storage space is limited, you should bring only a small bag. All personal belongings must be put in the secure lockers provided.

Dress code

There is no dress code for SQE2 written assessments. You can wear what you feel comfortable in, but you may be asked to remove bulky external clothing during security checks.

Length of SQE2 written assessment

It consists of 12 assessments that are taken over three separate days. On each day, you will sit four assessments. On each day there will be two sessions, each consisting of two assessments.

Session 1: 1 hour 30 minutes
Scheduled break: 15 minutes
Session 2: 1 hour 45 minutes

Leaving the assessment room during the assessment

You may only leave the assessment room to use the bathroom, have a drink of water or obtain medication. If you think you will need to take medication during the assessment, please contact us in advance.

 

Leaving early

You cannot leave the assessment early.

Scheduled break between the assessment sessions

A 15-minute scheduled break is provided at the end of Session 1.

During this time you are not permitted to:

  • leave the assessment centre
  • have access to your personal belongings. 

Refreshments

Refreshments aren't provided for the assessments. You must make your own arrangements for food and other refreshments for the scheduled break. If in doubt, please bring your own supplies. Water and refreshments are not permitted in the assessment room.

Length of each SQE2 written day

The booking confirmation email will confirm the length of your day; the total amount of time is given in minutes and includes the:

  • explanatory tutorial
  • time allowed to complete the Fit to Sit declaration and the NDA
  • 15 minute scheduled break.

SQE2 oral assessment in London, Manchester or Cardiff

Assessment centres and arrival times

We will send you an email after you book your SQE2 oral assessments confirming the assessment dates and the location of the assessment centre.

We will send you an email with joining instructions, containing details of what time you must report at the assessment centre, approximately two weeks before the assessment.

You must arrive on time. If you are late, you cannot enter the assessment.

Arriving at the test centre before the start of the assessment

On each day you will be required to:

  • leave all personal possessions in the secure storage area
  • register for the assessment day
  • verify your ID and undergo security checks
  • sign a Fit to Sit Declaration and confirm that you understand that the content of the assessment is confidential and that you are bound by the Assessment Regulations
  • collect your identification badge. You must wear your ID badge at all times when you are in the assessment centre.

After the security check you must not leave the assessment centre until you are instructed to do so at the end of your assessment day.

Materials, pens and calculators

You will be provided with all necessary materials and equipment, including a calculator. You must bring your own pen. You may not use any other equipment.

Personal possessions

Please do not bring personal possessions into the assessment. You should bring only a small bag as storage space is limited. All personal belongings must be put in the secure lockers provided.

Permitted materials, pens and calculators

There are no permitted materials in the SQE2 oral. You will be provided with all necessary materials and equipment, including pens and calculators. You may not use any of your own equipment.

Leaving the assessment room during the assessment

You may only leave the assessment room during the scheduled breaks.

Leaving early

You cannot leave the assessment centres until you are instructed to do so at the end of your assessment. Please take this into account when making travel arrangements or other plans for later in the day. If in doubt, you should travel on the day after the end of the SQE2 oral assessment.

Dress code for SQE2 oral assessment

Please wear clothing suitable for a business environment.

You should bring a warm item of clothing (e.g. a scarf) that can be removed easily in the assessment room. You may find the temperature at the assessment centre comfortable, but this gives you the option of making adjustments.

Refreshments

Water is available in the assessment rooms. No other refreshments will be provided.

You will not have access to refreshments once you have put your belongings away. If you require refreshments for medical reasons please contact us.

Length of SQE2 oral assessment day

Each assessment day is approximately 3.5 hours long (from your report time). You must stay at the assessment centre for the entire time, and cannot leave earlier.

The assessment is two hours long per day but additional time is needed to:

  • maintain the security of the assessment
  • complete registration and security checks
  • move groups between assessment rooms
  • allow a break between the assessments.

What to expect at the assessment centre

SQE2 written

SQE does not have exclusive occupancy of Pearson VUE centres. You should be aware that rooms may be occupied by candidates who are sitting an assessment of a different length.

SQE2 oral

The oral assessments are administered by Kaplan SQE directly, and are not held at Pearson VUE centres.

Every effort is made to provide a quiet environment for all assessments. But assessment centres are sited in city centres, and we have no control over building or traffic noise which may occur outside.


Identification and security

You will need to provide ID and go through security checks before you take your assessment.

Learn more: ID verification

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Ready to register for the SQE?

Create your personal SQE account and book your assessments.

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Have you passed the SQE?

Find out what happens after passing the SQE and admission to the roll of solicitors.

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