Coronavirus (COVID-19) related information

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

SQE1 and SQE2 written COVID related measures

Our test partner, Pearson VUE, continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and, in accordance with government and local authorities, adjust test centre operations as needed. Pearson VUE’s website provides general information regarding exam requirements, health and safety practices, and any country-specific impacts. You can search for a specific test centre or by country to see if you need to wear a face mask.

Learn more: Pearson VUE COVID related information for testing 


SQE2 oral assessments COVID related measures, including face masks

Face coverings and other assessment day arrangements

In line with the latest government advice and for the safety of all participants, all candidates and staff (including examiners) will continue to be required to wear face masks, unless exempt, during the SQE2 oral assessments. If you believe you are exempt please contact the candidate services team before you book an assessment. Hand sanitisers will also be widely available and we will undertake additional cleaning of the assessment venues in between assessments.

You should be aware that you will be in rooms with other candidates for the assessment briefings, preparation for both the Interviewing and Advocacy, and to complete the Attendance note/legal analysis on each day of the SQE2 oral assessments. You will be in individual assessment rooms with an examiner to deliver their Advocacy and Interviewing assessments.

You should also be aware that you may need to remain in a waiting room with other candidates for an extended period of time if needed based on exam scheduling.

Travel to the UK

The UK government has recently announced changes to the quarantine requirements for those who are arriving into the UK from abroad. We strongly recommend that candidates monitor all and any changes which may impact upon their plans for SQE assessments.

Learn more:

Government guidance for England

Government Guidance for Wales

We will follow government guidelines in place at the time of the assessment.

Get in touch

If you have any questions relating to the covid arrangements, or any aspect of the SQE, please contact Candidate Services.

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

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