The TOLES Test of Legal English

Demonstrate your legal English competence to employers and clients by obtaining a Test of Legal English Skills Certificate   

I am a TOLES certified examination center. I offer training in preparation for the exam,

and when you are ready, I can offer you the examination itself.

  • Tests legal reading and writing (90 minutes)

  • Legal vocabulary as used in authentic situations; basic grammar

  •  Elementary-Advanced English level

  • Training materials: ‘The Lawyer’s English Language Coursebook’ and other introductory-level materials 

  • TOLES Foundation Certificate, including a grade explanation

See the TOLES Foundation Exam page for more details. Click here for a sample Foundation paper.

Foundation Exam

Higher Exam

  • Tests legal reading and writing (90 minutes); legal listening (30-45 minutes)

  • Practical reading, writing and listening skills in authentic legal situations

  • Intermediate-Advanced English level

  • Training materials: ‘The Lawyer’s English Language Coursebook’ and other Intermediate level materials, in addition to supplementary grammar study

  • TOLES Higher Certificate, including a grade explanation

See the TOLES Higher Exam page for more details. Click here for a sample Higher paper.

Advanced Exam

  • Tests legal reading, writing and drafting, knowledge of register and business idioms (120 minutes)

  • Practical reading, writing and drafting skills in authentic legal situations

  • Upper Intermediate–Advanced English level

  • Training materials: ‘The Lawyer’s English Language Coursebook’, ‘Advanced Legal English’ and advanced level materials in addition to study of commercial contracts and standard terms and conditions

  • TOLES Advanced Certificate, including a grade explanation