TOLES – The Test of Legal English Skills is a series of practical and industry-led English examinations that assess the English language skills required by the legal profession and sectors related to law. The exams are designed to be vocational exams. The TOLES exams are not formally placed on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages as the legal content of the exam is too high.

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TOLES tests

TOLES - The Test of Legal English Skills. Prawniczy język angielski Legales Englisch. OpoleThe tests the following skills:

  • knowledge and use of vocabulary relevant in the global commercial market
  • writing formal letters and communicating by email
  • the ability to follow a course of legal study where the instruction is in English
  • reading and writing complex law documentation
  • the language of negotiating
  • grammatical accuracy.

The test is offered at three different levels:

  • Foundation: level Elementary – Intermediate = A2 – B1 on the CEFR
  • Higher: level Intermediate – Upper Intermediate = B1 – B2 on the CEFR
  • Advanced: Advanced – Proficient = B2 – C2 on the CEFR

The Advanced is a no-fail exam.  Whatever your score, you will get a certificate demonstrating your level. The test does not require you to produce legal documents.  Your skills are demonstrated by changing the style or register on a document.  This can be helpful for less experienced lawyers. This is an extremely advanced and challenging level requiring certain language proficiency

Comparing the TOLES with ILEC

The TOLES test is broader and gives students an opportunity to achieve a greater level of language proficiency with the advanced exam. The ILEC has one exam and three different grades: C1 with merit, C1 and B2 pass. This exam targets students, trainees and fully qualified lawyers, and does not require previous intensive knowledge of legal English; it focuses on the linguistic skills as well as a certain range of legal topics


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TOLES is the World's Leading Provider of English Exams for International Lawyers and Law Students. Test of Legal English skills. Legislation.

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Piers Midwinter

Director, Corporate Trainer and Freelance Teacher at Best Language
I am a director and a friendly Native English Speaking Teacher. I teach all kinds of English. I have organised Business English Courses for companies in the Opolskie region. I have been employed by TU Dresden to teach Business English to Masters students since October 2014.
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I am a sole trader and freelancer. My company: Best Language is a registered Language School. I have thus been able to work with Companies in Poland, Germany and England. Regon: 161579995 NIP: 5213439515 Registered address: Reymonta 1/12, Opole 45-065, Poland