How to prepare for the TOLES Advanced examination

Legal reading, writing and drafting

Before you start any preparation for the TOLES Advanced examination, find out the format of the exam: how many exercises there are and what you are expected to do in each. Candidates may also find it useful to check the areas of law that they are tested on during the exam. These are all provided on the Boost your Legal English platform.

There are 9 (nine) exercises called Questions. The time allowed for this examination is 2 hours (120 minutes).

Questions 1- 10

This is a typical multiple choice question where you need to choose one correct answer out of 4. The texts may come from contractual provisions or a description of a case. The missing words are part of a proper legal collocation. When preparing for this part make sure you know your phrases well and no synonym or close synonym can distract or confuse you.

On the Legal English Boost platform there are exercises called Collocations which draw your attention to the proper legal combinations.

Questions 11-20

This is a standard open cloze exercise. There are 10 gaps in a text where you can only provide one word in each. The text may describe real-life cases or concepts from a variety of legal areas. The missing word mostly forms part of a legal phrase. At times the phrases may be closer to business or general English.

On the Legal English Boost platform there are exercises called Collocations which draw your attention to the proper legal combinations.

Question 21 and Question 22

There is a contractual provision in which four phrases have been underlined. You need to define each briefly in the context provided. This task checks your understanding of the contractual phrases and ability to explain them using simple English.

On the Legal English Boost platform there are exercises called Informal style practice which show you examples of the possible definitions on flashcards.

Questions 23-32

There are unrelated 10 sentences with gaps where a missing word is part of a legal phrase. The phrases may come from a wide variety of legal areas and concepts.

On the Legal English Boost platform there are exercises called Collocations which draw your attention to the proper legal combinations.

Questions 33-42

There are ten sentences with one missing preposition in each. These sentences check your knowledge of business, financial and legal prepositional phrases.

On the Legal English Boost platform there are exercises called Prepositions where you can test your knowledge and prepare better for this exam task.

Questions 43

There is an example of an email written by a lawyer to another colleague or a client. There are 20 underlined phrases which require correction. You may either change a word or delete it to make the phrase grammatically correct, to use a proper professional style and a legal phrase.

On the Legal English Boost platform there are exercises called Formal style practice which show you possible formal and legal alternatives to simpler phrases.

Questions 44-53

This is a typical word formation exercise. In the text there are 10 gaps where you need to form a correct word from the one given at the end of the line.This exercise tests your accuracy and precision when using legal phrases.

On the Legal English Boost platform there are exercises called Collocations which draw your attention to the proper legal combinations.

Questions 54-58

There is a part of a conversation between a lawyer and a client, or two lawyers. There are 5 idiomatic expressions underlined. Your task is to explain their meaning using simple English. This Question tests your understanding of the spoken and colloquial language.

To prepare better for this Question you need to listen to authentic and natural conversations in English. You can find them in business podcasts, interviews or films/ series you can follow online.

Question 59

There are usually three clauses from the contract that your friend asks you to explain and rephrase. Your task is to explain the meaning of the contractual language to a non-professional. You need to write full sentences in a modern and plain English style showing that you understand the legal collocations used.

On the Legal English Boost platform there are exercises called Informal style practice where you have numerous examples of formal legal phrases and their simpler equivalents on flashcards.



TOLES Advanced examination