You do not require any documents to register for the exam or for a BARBRI preparation course. Once you have passed your MCT and OSCE exams, you need to apply to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to join the Roll of Solicitors. At this point you would need to produce a Certificate of Good Standing from your home jurisdiction as part of your application.
You must pass the MCT before you can take the OSCE, unless you are MCT-exempt.
MCT (Multiple-Choice Test)
The MCT aims to assess your substantive legal knowledge via multiple choice questions. You can find the list of outcomes for it here (A1 – A11). This is a one-day computer-based exam split into two sessions, 2 hours and 45 minutes each with a one-hour break in between. Each session covers 90 questions for a total of 180 questions.
The exam is sat in PearsonVUE centres across the globe. These are normally sat at the beginning of January and July each year.
You can check the Kaplan website here for further information on the MCT.
OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination)
The OSCE is a six half-day exam made up of 18 exercises; these are split into two parts:
Part 1: Face-to-face skills
Completion of attendance note/case analysis
Part 2: Written skills
They are assessed in the context of:
Property and Probate
Civil and Criminal Litigation
You can refer to the list of outcomes for it here (C, D and E).
This exam is only administered in London, so you must make arrangements to travel if necessary. These are normally sat in May and November of each year. In 2020, Kaplan added an additional exam in July.
Due to Covid-19 the May 2020 exam has been posted to August 2020.
You can check the Kaplan website here for more information on the OSCE.
What is the role of SRA, Kaplan, PearsonVUE and BARBRI?
The SRA (Solicitors Regulation Authority) is the regulatory body for solicitors in England and Wales. It sets the outcomes that assess QLTS candidates to the necessary standard for admission as a solicitor in England and Wales.
Kaplan is the sole exam provider for the QLTS. It deals with the administration and delivery of both parts of the exam.
PearsonVUE is the test centre for the QLTS MCT exam. They have assessment centres across the world and you can find your nearest one here. When booking your exam, you will have to book separately for your PearsonVUE location.
BARBRI is a training provider for the QLTS. Our courses prepare you for both stages of the exam. We have a part-time, 6-month course and a full-time, 3-month course available for preparation for the MCT, and a 12-week course in preparation for the OSCE.
What are the English Language requirements for the QLTS?
There are no formal English language requirements for the QLTS, however, a 7.5 IELTS score is recommended.
What if I come from a civil law background?
The QLTS is designed to assess whether you can apply the law and skills expected of a newly-qualified solicitor in England and Wales. A broad understanding of the key principles is required, rather than an in-depth knowledge you might need for an academic qualification. It is important to understand what the examiner is looking for and ensure that your preparation is exam-focused.
BARBRI provides just the right amount of information to obtain the best understanding without overwhelming candidates with a huge amount of content.
I am a qualified lawyer in Europe with an ambition to dual-qualify as a solicitor through the QLTS – how will Brexit affect me?
Currently, there have been no changes to the way the exam is assessed or its content in relation to Brexit. There is no evidence to suggest that this would impact the admittance of any lawyers from jurisdictions within the European Union.
Will I have time to study for the QLTS?
Most QLTS candidates are working professionals or have other full-time commitments.
For this reason, our courses have flexible options and are delivered online. They are easy to follow, with a Personal Study Plan (PSP) that sets out everything you need to cover on a weekly basis.
You also have your personal mentor to help keep you motivated throughout the course, as well as your community of fellow students for accountability and support.
For MCT, there is a 6-month part-time course option which requires 10 to 15 hours of study per week. There is also a 3-month full-time course option which requires 25 to 30 hours of study per week. For OSCE, there is a 12-week course, which requires 20 hours of study per week.
What are the costs of the QLTS Exams?
MCT (Multiple-Choice Test)
July 2020 exam: £565 + VAT
January 2020 exam & onwards: £588 + VAT
OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination)
£3,042 + VAT
These are the Kaplan examination fees, payable directly to Kaplan. You can check their website for more details here.
For the full breakdown of BARBRI preparation course fees, instalment plans and any available discounts, please visit our payment details page here.
What is the role of the mentor and tutor? How do the two differ?
The mentor is assigned individually to you for your MCT course and their role is to provide motivation and guidance throughout your study. You can address any questions or concerns with them, on an unlimited basis, either over email or scheduled calls.
For the OSCE, you are assigned a tutor who assists your learning process (one-on-one) as you practice your face-to-face skills with them in scheduled practice sessions. You will also have four scheduled tutor calls. Any written practice submissions will receive personalised feedback from your tutor.
For more information on the difference between the two roles and how they support you throughout the two courses, please check out this blog here.
This video highlights BARBRI approach to mentoring across all of our programmes.
What happens after the QLTS?
Once you have passed your MCT and OSCE exams, you need to apply to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to join the Roll of Solicitors. At this point you would need to produce a Certificate of Good Standing from your home jurisdiction as part of your application. If you wish to have our step-by-step guide to admission under the QLTS, feel free to reach out to our team for that here.
How many attempts do I get to pass the QLTS?
There are no limits to how many times you can attempt the MCT or the OSCE exam before you pass it, however, your chances are limited to how many remaining QLTS exams there will be before this scheme is replaced by the new system, the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE). The SQE is currently planned to begin from Autumn 2021 which means that, for the MCT, you have until the last session of July 2021 to sit and pass it. If you pass it by then, or have previously passed it, you have until May 2022 to complete your OSCE.
If, however, you are MCT-exempt, you would have to complete your OSCE by May 2021.
What is the difference between the QLTS and the SQE?
The QLTS and SQE are similar in structure – both have a first stage that involves a multiple-choice test and second stage that assesses practical legal skills.
The key differences are that the SQE will be a longer exam, with double the amount of questions than the QLTS has on the MCT. More subjects will be covered and individual questions may mix topics within the question. The SQE will have an English language requirement and will require two years of Qualifying Work Experience (QWE). It is also predicted to be more expensive than the QLTS.
Due to the reasons above, those considering dual-qualifying as a solicitor are choosing the QLTS whilst it is still available. For more on the differences between these two, check our blog on this here.
How do I enrol for the course and how do I register for the exam? Which shall I do first?
Kaplan exam booking windows are usually open for the next available sitting (and PearsonVUE for MCT) has its deadlines for these here.
BARBRI courses run for several months prior to the exams and therefore may require registration earlier than the booking of the exam. The deadlines for enrolment are always near the start of the respective courses. To ensure you are on time for the course deadline, please reach out to our team here.
You can find the enrolment link to register for the courses here.
What is the BARBRI guarantee?
The BARBRI guarantee ensures you are able to access the course once more if you did not manage to pass first time. This is available for both the MCT and the OSCE, however, for the OSCE, you would need to have attended at least 70% of your tutor feedback sessions and the mock exam to be eligible.