TOLES Exam Preparation Courses

The TOLES Test of Legal English Skills exams are now online – and there is only one school that can prepare you fully for any of the three exams. Find out more about how we have helped thousands of lawyers and law students to navigate these exams and power up their careers.

Legal English UK teachers have prepared hundreds of lawyers and law students for the TOLES Test of Legal English Skills.

Our world-class team of Legal English teachers has helped thousands of legal professionals to prepare for the TOLES Test of Legal English Skills. Whether you are a complete beginner or a skilled communicator, we can aid you in your quest for success in any of the three exams available.

You can take our courses online via Skype, MS Teams, What’s App, Facebook or Zoom or you can study with us in London. Course materials are provided to aid your learning and we will always be on hand to answer any questions that you have.

TOLES Foundation Preparation Course

The TOLES Foundation exam is the first step in your journey to mastery of legal English.

  • Basic level TOLES exam
  • Elementary/pre-intermediate legal English exam
  • 90-minute online exam
  • Tests English legal vocabulary
  • Tests essential elementary/lower intermediate English grammar
  • The maximum score possible at Foundation level is 100
  • TOLES Foundation certificate awarded with grade explanation

The focus of the exam is on testing the linguistic accuracy required of lawyers in modern-day international offices. This tests accuracy in two areas: technical legal vocabulary and grammar. This includes vocabulary from commercial deals, company documents, commercial contracts, intellectual property agreements, financial documents and forms of business.

TOLES Higher Preparation Course

The TOLES Higher exam is stage two in your journey to mastering legal English.

  • Intermediate legal English exam
  • 90-minute online exam
  • Tests English legal vocabulary
  • Tests some intermediate/upper intermediate English grammar
  • The maximum score possible at Higher level is 100
  • TOLES Higher certificate awarded with grade explanation

The Higher exam requires a more pro-active use of the English language than the Foundation exam and requires learners to deal confidently with complex and recent commercially relevant case studies, extracts from contracts and other professional correspondence.

It will test practical and useful legal vocabulary and requires the ability to provide precise definitions for common words from commercial law. The test also asks for some knowledge of the appropriate register of language.

TOLES Advanced Preparation Course

The TOLES Advanced exam is the third and final step to mastery of legal English.

  • Upper intermediate/advanced legal English exam
  • 120-minute online exam
  • Tests English legal vocabulary, phrases and idioms
  • Tests upper intermediate/advanced English grammar
  • The maximum score possible at Advanced level is 200
  • TOLES Advanced certificate awarded with grade explanation

The Advanced exam measures a candidate’s skills against a native English-speaking lawyer. By way of measurement, any candidate scoring over 81% in this exam has similar legal English skills to a native English-speaking lawyer.

The exam places a strong 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 law firms. Candidates who score well at this level show an appreciation of the huge importance of absolute accuracy when working in law, as well as having a good 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 lawyer’s life.

You can choose to take one particular TOLES exam depending on your current level or you can take all three. Our teachers will be with you on every step of your learning journey to ensure that you are fully prepared for any of the papers.

Contact us today to find out more about your course.


Thank you for helping with the TOLES exam. Your lessons and passion for the subject enabled me to tackle the test with gusto.

Maria-Jose Vilca


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