How to prepare for the TOLES Foundation examination

Paper – Legal reading and writing

Before you start any preparation for the TOLES Foundation 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 10 exercises called Sections. The time allowed for this Paper is 90 minutes.

Section 1

There are five groups of words. In each group you need to find one word that is not related to the main topic. This Section tests your wide knowledge of legal vocabulary from a variety of topics.

The Legal English Boost platform offers exercises called Collocations where you learn a selection of topic-related phrases.

Section 2

There are five sentences with mistakes in each. Your task is to find an incorrect word or unnecessary word. The mistakes can be connected with the grammar of the phrase (countable v uncountable nouns, singular v plural nouns), the spelling or the tense of the sentence.

Section 3

There are five pairs of sentences. In each pair you need to decide which preposition is the correct one.

The Legal English Boost platform offers exercises called Prepositions where you can practise the proper phrases.

Section 4

There is a short text describing a real-life case. After reading it you need to decide where 5 statements given are True or False.

The Legal English Boost platform offers exercises called Collocations where you learn a selection of topic-related phrases.

Section 5

There is a conversation between a lawyer and a client or two lawyers. The sentences have been mixed up. Your task is to put them in the correct order.

Section 6

There are 12 phrases in the list and three areas of law. Your task is to put the phrases in the correct group. In this Section your extensive knowledge of legal phrases matters most.

The Legal English Boost platform offers exercises called Collocations where you learn a selection of topic-related phrases.

Section 7

There are 10 sentences with one word gap in each. You need to complete the sentences with one word provided from the list. Your knowledge of the correct legal phrases is tested in this Section.

The Legal English Boost platform offers exercises called Collocations where you learn a selection of topic-related phrases.

Section 8

There is a contractual provision with ten phrases underlined. You need to match the word from the text with the correct meaning given in the list. This Section checks your understanding of legal contractual phrases.

The Legal English Boost platform offers exercises called Informal style practice where you learn a selection of phrases typical of contracts. Their meanings are explained on flashcards.

Section 9

This is a standard open cloze exercise. There are 10 gaps in a text where you can only provide one word in each space. The first letter of a word is already provided. 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.

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

Section 10

There is a newspaper article describing a real-life case. You need to answer 10 questions about the text using a full sentence.



TOLES Foundation examination