Suitable for advanced level. Focus on near- native grammar and vocabulary. The gold standard exam for lawyers.
Summary of TOLES Exam
The Advanced Exam is the THIRD step in successful professional development with TOLES
The Advanced Exam was created and then developed in consultation with leading commercial law firms and is considered to be the gold standard of legal English achievement.
TOLES Advanced was initially created at the request of a major commercial law firm in London who required a method of testing the English of international interns and new associates in its international offices.
This required researching the tasks international lawyers were required to carry out in English and making a careful analysis of how best to test proficiency in those areas.
The result was the TOLES Advanced Exam. Since its creation it has been trusted by legal employers everywhere as a measure of a lawyer’s commercial legal English skills rather than his or her academic legal English skills.
Length of Study:
12 weeks training + 120 minute exam
Dates & Hours:
1 x 90 minute online session per week with trainer (via Zoom) for 12 weeks
Dates and times of lessons can be arranged around your schedule.
Training takes place in private or via small groups depending on numbers.
The exam has one paper: legal reading and writing. The exam measures a candidate’s skills against a native English-speaking lawyer.
In other words, any candidate scoring in our ‘Gold’ category genuinely has very similar legal English skills to a native English-speaking solicitor, barrister or attorney.
The exam has a heavy focus on the vocabulary and grammar required for contract drafting.
It also encourages knowledge of the plain English style of writing favoured these days by leading commercial law firms.
A working knowledge of the difference between ‘legalese’ and ‘plain English’ is essential to doing well in this exam.
The candidates who score very well at Advanced level show an appreciation of the huge importance of absolute accuracy when working in law, as well as having a strong grasp of technical legal vocabulary.
The exam also requires sensitivity to register and an understanding of how formal and informal English is used in a professional workplace
Language of Instruction:
Time allowed: 120 minutes
Skills tested: Legal reading, writing and drafting, knowledge of register and business idiom
Focus: Practical reading, writing and drafting skills in authentic legal situations
Appropriate level of general English: Upper Intermediate – Advanced
The trainer is Ms. Pamela A. Evangelou. Pamela 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.