TOLES Advanced Overview


Title of Training Course: 


Test of Legal English Skills [TOLES] - Advanced 

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.


Accrediting Body:


  • TOLES 


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. 



 Course Content: 


  • 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:

  • English

  • Assessment:


  • Unseen exam 

  • 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


Exam Dates 2020: 


  • Exam dates for 2021 will be announced. 


Course Fee:

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

  • + 29 euros for textbook (including PP) 


Admission Requirements:


  • The level of English needed for this exam is Upper Intermediate-Advanced level. The exam measures a candidate’s legal English skills against the standard required of native English-speaking lawyers


Application Procedure: 


  • Email us at to inquire about this training course. 

Start dates and Application Deadline: 


  • To be announced 



  • 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. 

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