TOLES has three exams, based on skill level.

Foundation:
The TOLES Foundation exam is a 90 minute test of legal reading and writing. It requires accuracy in technical legal vocabulary and grammar and is based on accuracy, rather than fluency, in written legal English. Vocabulary from commercial deals, company documents, commercial contracts, intellectual property agreements, financial documents and forms of business, and legal terminology from other areas are tested. Practice papers may form part of the course and delegates will be fully prepared by LCLE to gain this internationally recognised qualification. Successful candidates will receive a certificate upon passing, included in the exam fee.
Higher:
The TOLES Higher exam lasts 120 minutes and consists of reading, writing, and listening sections. The topics covered are the same as the Foundation exam (commercial deals, company documents, commercial contracts, intellectual property agreements, financial documents and forms of business, legal terminology) at a more advanced level. Successful entrants will receive a certificate upon passing, included in the exam fee.
Advanced:
This exam is focused on reading and writing. The exam measures a candidate’s skills against those of a native English-speaking lawyer. A working knowledge of the difference between ‘legalese’ and ‘plain English’ is essential for doing well in this exam, and will form part of the preparation. Candidates who score very well at Advanced level show an appreciation of the importance of absolute grammatical accuracy when working in law, and a strong grasp of technical legal vocabulary. Successful entrants will receive a certificate upon passing, which is included in the exam fee.

FOUNDATION

Level 1 legal English exam. Suitable for beginner level. Focus on basic grammar and vocabulary. Encourages commercial awareness.
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HIGHER

Level 2 legal English exam. Suitable for intermediate level. Focus on intermediate grammarand vocabulary. A realistic introduction to work.
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ADVANCED

Level 3 legal English exam. Suitable for advanced level. Focus on near-native level grammarand vocabulary The gold standard exam forcommercial lawyers
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