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Q: What level of general English do students need to take the TOLES exams?
The Foundation Exam is an entry-level exam and will suit even pre-intermediate learners of English as it is more about building up legal vocabulary. There is less use of complicated grammatical structures in this paper. If you are taking the Higher exam, you will need an intermediate level of English; and if you are taking the Advanced exam you will need to be of upper-intermediate or advanced level. Your tutor will be able to help you with this.
Q: Should I pass the Foundation level first?
The exams are separate and so one does not need to pass one exam before moving on to the next. Some advanced speakers of English might find the Foundation exam too simple, but it can serve as a grounding in Legal English. It is best to discuss this with your tutor beforehand.
Q: How many hours of study must I do before I take the exams?
This is a difficult question to answer as we all learn at our own pace. You should talk with your Legal English instructor to determine how many hours of self-study and classroom time you should have. By way of example, one student recently took two hours per day over two weeks while another takes two hours a week each week.
Q: How do the exams fit on the Common European Framework?
As the exams are more about legal vocabulary and the language of the law, they do not fit within the CEF. As we mentioned previously, the TOLES Foundation Exam is for pre-intermediate students of English, the TOLES Higher Exam is for intermediate students and the TOLES Advanced Exam is for upper-intermediate and advanced students.
Q: Can you arrange for me to take the TOLES test?
Yes, we can arrange it and you can take the test near to our office in Wimbledon.
Q: Why is there no speaking element to the TOLES exams?
Our classes are highly discursive, but law firms and legal departments prefer that their employees have a good knowledge of written Legal English. A lawyer's oral skills can be tested at interview, but their skills at writing need to be tested over a greater period of time.
Q: Does the TOLES exam ‘expire’ after a certain period of time?
No, it does not.
Q: How can I prepare for the TOLES exam?
Study with a Legal English teacher, read the law sections of various newspapers and legal magazines. Immerse yourself in the language and constantly enquire and be curious.
Q: When are the dates for the TOLES exam in 2016?
21 January 2016
17 March 2016
23 June 2016
25 August 2016
24 November 2016
There are five dates per year when you can take the TOLES test.
If you are thinking of taking a TOLES Preparation Course with our Legal English teachers, please contact us on 020 3566 0145, by email or by filling in the form on this screen.
Of the various English language courses for Law that we offer at Legal English UK, the Test of Legal English Skills is one of the most popular. This is an examination for legal practitioners who wish to work at law firms and corporate legal departments in English-speaking countries, and several one-to-one sessions are recommended.
In this article, we look at some of the questions our students ask frequently about the exam.