TOLES Higher Overview


Title of Training Course: 

Test of Legal English Skills [TOLES] - Higher 

Suitable for intermediate level English – A realistic introduction to work in the English language. 


Summary of TOLES Exam

  • The Higher Exam is the SECOND step in successful professional development with TOLES


  • The Higher Exam builds on the language skills and knowledge of practical legal vocabulary acquired at Foundation level. 


  • The Higher Exam moves learners to the next stage and requires the ability to deal with more complex authentic legal documents and scenarios while also continuing to focus on a strict attention to detail and grammatical accuracy.


  • The major aim of the Higher Exam is to build on the skills and knowledge learners have acquired at Foundation level and take them on to the next level. Legal vocabulary acquired at Foundation level is now tested in a series of very challenging tasks and learners are asked to deal with extracts from documents based on the types of examples suggested to us by leading law firms.

Accrediting Body:


  • TOLES 


Length of Study:


  • 10 weeks training + 135 minute exam 

Dates & Hours:

  • 1 x 90 minute online session per week with trainer (via Zoom) for 10 weeks 

  • Dates and times of lessons can be arranged around your schedule. 

  • Training takes place in private or via small groups depending on numbers. 



 Course Content: 


  • The exam has two papers: a reading and writing paper and a listening paper. 

  • The reading and writing paper requires a more active use of language than the Foundation Exam, and requires learners to deal confidently with complex and recent commercially-relevant case studies, extracts from contracts and a professional letter.

  • It continues to test practical and useful legal vocabulary and requires the ability to provide precise definitions for very common words from commercial practice. It also demands a good knowledge of the register of language, and asks learners to improve informal English and make it more appropriate and professional.

  • The listening paper consists of listening to conversations between two or more lawyers or a lawyer and a client and answer questions based on understanding. 

  • The topics covered are very current and deal with situations that working lawyers frequently experience or topics that are of international interest. 

  • This continues the idea of the TOLES exams encouraging commercial awareness rather than an academic or theoretical knowledge of law.

Language of Instruction:


  • English




  • Written unseen exam   

  • Time allowed: 135 minutes 

  • 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


Exam Dates 2020: 


  • 19/11/2020

  • (training course start date -10/09/2020)


Course Fee:


  • 600 euros + VAT (including trainer fee, registration fee and exam fee)



Admission Requirements:


  • The level of English needed for this exam is intermediate-upper intermediate level. The tasks at this level all use authentic, challenging general English and we recommend that exam candidates study some additional grammar as well as our training in legal English in order to score highly.



Ongoing  Progression:


  • TOLES Advanced (dates to be announced)


Application Procedure: 


  • Email us at to inquire about this training course. 


Start dates and Application Deadline: 

  • For 19/11/2020 exam 

    •  Course starts: 10/09/2020 

    • Application deadline 05/09/2020





  • The trainer is Ms. Pamela A. Evangelou. Pamela is a native speaker of English and holds both a BA in English and an LLB in Law. She is a seasoned lawyer making her the perfect trainer for an English language qualification with a legal focus. 

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