Booking and paying for assessments

Once you’ve registered for your SQE account it’s quick and easy to book and pay for your assessment.

If you are an apprentice, your employer or training provider will book your assessment for you.

If you’re an employer and want to book assessments for a number of candidates we can organise a bulk booking for you.

Before you book your assessment

Before you book your assessment you will need to have done the following pre-booking tasks:

  • Completed the monitoring and maximising diversity survey - the survey is compulsory. But if you don’t want to answer any of the questions you can opt out. You can review your answers and change your responses at any time.
  • Confirmed any exemptions - if you have applied for and had any exemptions confirmed by the SRA you must enter your SRA exemption number in your SQE account. You can skip this step if you’ve not applied for or been granted an exemption.
  • Requested reasonable adjustments - if you need any reasonable adjustments you must request them before booking your assessment.

You will need to complete all of the above every time you book an assessment. We recommend that you complete all the pre-booking steps as soon as possible. You do not have to wait until the booking window has opened before starting the pre-booking tasks.

When you can book your assessment

You will find details of when the booking window for an assessment will open on the dates and locations page. We will send you an email when booking is open for an assessment. We recommend that you book as early as possible as booking is on a first come first served basis. If you need to apply for a Reasonable Adjustment, doing so early will give us enough time to review and organise any agreed adjustments.

Dates will be published about 12 months before each assessment.

Learn more: Dates and locations

There are a limited number of places available for each assessment. They will be assigned on a first come first served basis.

If the test centre you choose is fully booked you will need to choose an alternative centre. It is possible to reschedule your test centre at a later date if your preferred location becomes available. This can be done in the assessment bookings section of your SQE account.

Please note that, unless you have an appropriate exemption, you must pass SQE1 before you can book a place for SQE2.

Booking your assessment

When a booking window opens, you can:

  • Log in into your SQE account and see what assessments are available for you. You will only be shown the ones you are able to sit.
  • You must pay when you book your assessment.

Learn more: Assessment terms and conditions

We will send you an email confirming the details of your assessment booking and further details about the assessment.

You can reschedule or cancel your assessment if you need to. Please be aware that a fee may be payable based on when you request a cancellation. 

Pearson VUE test centres

You can check the location and facilities of Pearson VUE test centres before booking your assessment. Please be aware that you may not be able to sit your assessment at your nearest centre. Seats are allocated based on availability and on a first come first serve basis. Note that you can not book your assessment directly through Pearson VUE.

Note: Pearson VUE test centres in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia are currently closed. We will therefore not offer SQE1 in these countries when the July 2022 SQE1 booking window opens on 17 March 2022. We will review this should the position change.

Learn more: Pearson VUE test centres

Payment methods

You must pay securely at the time of booking with a debit or credit card, or using a prepaid voucher supplied by your employer or training provider.

Learn more: Payment methods

Booking your assessment if you have reasonable adjustments

The test centres can accommodate a range of alternative arrangements for candidates with whom reasonable adjustments have been agreed, and who have individual requirements.

A member of our team will work with you to identify a test centre which can accommodate your agreed reasonable adjustment, and is as near to you as possible, and will reserve a place for you there. You then book the place by making the required payment. If you need to make a Reasonable Adjustment request for both SQE1 and SQE2 you must do these separately when you book each assessment. This is because the assessment methods for SQE1 and SQE2 are not the same, so adjustments made for one may not be appropriate for the other.

Learn more: Reasonable adjustments 

Booking your assessment if you’re an apprentice

Your training provider should book your assessment for you, unless told otherwise. In most cases your training provider will want to nominate assessment dates and locations, but they may be happy for you to book your assessment yourself, using a prepaid voucher. You shouldn’t pay for the assessment yourself.

Learn more: The SQE for apprentices

Information for employers and training providers

Employers and training providers can purchase vouchers for their candidates to use to pay for their assessment(s).

Learn more: Voucher payments

Bulk bookings

The simplest way for training providers and employers to pay for a group of candidates is to purchase vouchers. These can be provided to the candidate in advance of the booking window opening, in order for them to book their own assessment on their candidate account.

However, if you are a training provider or employer and want to book for a number of candidates to sit assessments, we offer a bulk booking service. This is an invoice only service therefore we will require your company to complete a credit application. Please contact us to request a Credit Application Form and it will be emailed to you by the Candidate Services team upon request. Once the credit application form has been completed, you must email it to the Candidate Services team to begin the credit application process.

Once the credit application form has been processed, the Candidate Services team will provide details regarding the status of the form. If the credit limit has been approved, you will be able to request the Candidate Booking Form to complete with information about the candidates you want to book on to assessment(s). As a training provider or employer, you will only be able to book up to the value of your credit limit. The minimum number we accept as a bulk booking is 10 candidates.

Individual candidates must complete the registration process including the ID verification, as well as the pre-booking steps including the diversity survey, confirming any exemptions, and letting us know if they need any reasonable adjustments requests, before any booking can be completed on their behalf.

We are unable to make any bookings prior to the booking opening date. Candidate booking forms will be processed in chronological order once the booking window has opened. We are not able to confirm  places until the bookings have been processed by our team. Upon the completion of the booking process the candidates will be sent a booking confirmation email. The Training Provider or Employer will not receive booking confirmation.

It is not possible for a candidate to book onto an SQE2 assessment before they have passed SQE1 (FLK1 and FLK2) and their results are known. This applies for bulk booking and individual booking. Therefore only candidates that have passed SQE1 can be included on a bulk booking request for SQE2.

Please contact Candidate Services to discuss the bulk booking service and to request a Credit Application Form and Candidate Booking Form.

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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