Overview and Structure

The QLTS examinations is assessed in 2 stages:
1. Multiple-Choice Test (MCT)
2. Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)

MCT Stage

The Multiple-Choice Test (“MCT”) consists of 180 multiple-choice questions. The questions test Part A of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) Day One Outcomes and the 180 questions are divided roughly equally between the content covered by those Part A Outcomes.

Each of the questions on the test is followed by 5 possible answers. Candidates should choose the best answer from the stated alternatives. Each question is designed to be answered by applying fundamental legal principles to the given fact patterns. Candidates should mark only 1 answer for each question. Multiple answers will not be counted. Marks are based on the number of questions answered correctly.

Candidates can sit for the MCT assessments in a number of locations and these are indicated during the booking process. Candidates are advised to register and book early for the widest choice of locations including Malaysia and Singapore.

Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)

The OSCE stage is essentially a collection of practical skills-based assessments. It examines Outcomes C, D and F of the SRA's Day One Outcomes. Candidates are examined in the 3 practice areas of:

live Business Law

Business Law

Property Law and Probate

Property Law and Probate

Civil Litigation and Criminal Litigation

Civil Litigation and Criminal Litigation

In each of these practice areas, candidates are assessed once on each of the following legal skills assessments: 

  1. Client interview
  2. Completion of attendance note/case analysis
  3. Advocacy/oral presentation
  4. Legal drafting
  5. Legal research
  6. Legal writing

Therefore, candidates undertake 18 assessments in total:

  • 6 in Business Law;
  • 6 in Property Law and Probate; and
  • 6 in Civil Litigation and Criminal Litigation.

The client interview and completion of attendance note /case analysis are linked in that the attendance note/ case analysis is based on the information acquired during the client interview. The other exercises are based on scenarios that are not linked.

The following table illustrates how the OSCE is organised in terms of exam duration:

Activity

Duration of time

Client interview

Preparation

10 minutes

Client Interview

25 minutes

Completion of attendance note/case analysis

25 minutes

Advocacy/Oral Presentation

Preparation

15 minutes

Advocacy/oral presentation

45 minutes

Legal Drafting

45 minutes

On-line legal research

60 minutes

Legal Writing

30 minutes

In order to pass the OSCE assessments, candidates must obtain an overall pass mark for the OSCE. This overall pass mark will be set using the borderline regression method. For the avoidance of doubt, there is no grading and there is only one single pass mark for the OSCE as a whole.

For more information, please visit https://qlts.kaplan.co.uk/the-assessment/osce