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TOLES Exam Preparation Course

As a lawyer, law student or translator you will want to know your level of Legal English. The TOLES exams (TOLES Foundation, TOLES Higher and TOLES Advanced) will provide you with a benchmark for where your legal language skills are.

WHAT IS TOLES?

TOLES is the ‘Test of Legal English Skills’. Legal English UK's TOLES programme consists of a structured course of legal English lessons and training materials supported by three levels of professional exams. The exam levels are progressive steps towards reaching the standard of legal English required by employers such as international commercial law firms, in-house legal teams in private companies and top-class translators. TOLES legal English training materials and exams have been developed following the advice of experienced commercial lawyers. The top requirements of employers are excellent drafting skills, first-class negotiating skills and a strong sense of commercial awareness.


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HOW CAN LEGAL ENGLISH TEACHERS HELP ME TO PREPARE?

Legal English Language Training is the world's best language school for lawyers and law professionals seeking relevant tutoring in the three TOLES Legal English exams. Students who take our TOLES lessons will improve their skills in Legal English and learn how to do well in the tests.


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WHO IS THE TOLES EXAM FOR AND WHY SHOULD I TAKE IT?

TOLES is intended to assist working lawyers,  law students, and legal translators who are not native speakers of the English language.  TOLES exams were developed in 2000 as a direct solution to the problem of law graduates lacking the level of English required to carry out essential legal tasks.  TOLES provides working lawyers with some of the skills, accuracy and confidence they may need when using English at work. The exam is not endorsed by Legal English UK.


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WHAT IS THE FORMAT OF THE EXAM?

TOLES Level 1 legal English exam
Foundation: Suitable for beginner level. Focus on basic grammar and vocabulary. Encourages commercial awareness.
Time allowed: 90 minutes
Skills tested: Legal reading and writing (90 minutes)
Focus: Practical legal vocabulary in authentic situations; consolidation of basic grammar
Appropriate level of general English: Elementary-Advanced


TOLES Level 2 legal English exam
Higher: Suitable for intermediate level. Focus on intermediate grammar and vocabulary. A realistic introduction to legal work.
Time allowed: 135 minutes approximately (depending on variations in the listening test)
Skills tested: Legal reading and writing (90 minutes); legal listening (30-45 minutes)
Focus: Practical reading, writing and listening skills in authentic legal situations
Appropriate level of general English: Intermediate-Advanced


TOLES Level 3 legal English exam
Advanced: Suitable for advanced level. Focus on near-native level grammar and vocabulary.
Time allowed: 120 minutes
Skills tested: Legal reading, writing and drafting, knowledge of register and business English language skills.
Focus: Practical reading, writing and drafting skills in authentic legal situations
Appropriate level of general English: Upper Intermediate – Advanced
There is no speaking element in the final exams.


YOUR RESULT

Foundation: The maximum score possible at Foundation level is 100
Higher: The maximum score possible at Higher level is 100
Advanced: The maximum score possible at Advanced level is 500


These scores cannot be compared with other English language exams using the Common European Framework results.


Your TOLES certificate is valid for life.


WHERE CAN I TAKE THE TOLES EXAM?

The exam can be taken at the London Exam Centre just ten minutes by foot from our office in Wimbledon. It can also be taken at many exam centres around the UK and globally. The fees vary from £115 to £150 (please ask contact our TOLES office for current exact fees) and dates for the examination vary. Our office will help you with your application and you can learn close to our Language Training Centre in London.


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