Excelling in SQE1: unlocking your success through mock tests

This article explains the importance of SQE1 mock tests as you prepare for the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), a pivotal step in your journey to becoming a solicitor in England and Wales.
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SQE1 exam structure explained

The first stage of the SQE exam is SQE1. This exam rigorously tests your functioning legal knowledge (FLK) across two separate assessments.

It assesses not just your legal knowledge, but also your ability to apply this knowledge practically, as would be expected of a newly qualified solicitor.

Ethical considerations and professional conduct are woven throughout both assessments.

FLK1 and FLK2: what’s covered?

The FLK1 and FLK2 assessments cover both substantive and procedural law, as well as evaluations of ethical judgment.

FLK1 encompasses the following topics:

  • the legal system of England and Wales
  • constitutional and administrative law
  • business law and practice
  • contract law
  • legal services
  • tort law
  • dispute resolution

FLK2, on the other hand, covers:

  • criminal law
  • criminal litigation
  • land law
  • property practice
  • solicitors' accounts
  • trusts
  • wills and the administration of estates

Exam format and duration

Both FLK assessments are conducted in a closed book format, using a computer-based, objective testing method with single best answer questions.

Each question presents a scenario, offering five potential answers, with only one being the correct choice.

Each FLK assessment comprises 180 multiple-choice questions (MCQs), split into two sessions (morning and afternoon), lasting two hours and 33 minutes each.

In total, the SQE1 exam includes 360 questions and spans approximately 10 hours.

Mastering the law: the role of SQE1 mock tests

Common preparation methods for the SQE exams include:

  • studying law textbooks
  • attending lectures
  • watching educational videos
  • completing practice questions
  • group study sessions

However, a crucial component to add to your study regimen is engaging with SQE1 mock tests.

Why SQE1 mock tests are essential

Memorising legislation and case law is one thing, but the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) expects candidates to apply this knowledge in practical scenarios, providing sound advice or deciding on an appropriate course of action as a practising solicitor.

Engaging with practice MCQs and taking SQE1 mock tests that mirror the actual assessment format is the best way to familiarise yourself with the expectations of the formal exam.

Practising with SQE1 mock tests also aids in identifying your weak areas, allowing you to focus your preparation efforts more effectively.

We recommend candidates to complete 30 mock tests in the final two weeks leading up to the SQE1 exam.

Finding and utilising SQE1 mock tests

Our SQE1 preparation course offers access to over 2,500 questions spanning all the assessed practice areas of SQE1, along with 30 mock tests comprising 90 questions each (totalling 2,700 questions).

Quality and format of our SQE1 mock tests

Crafted by experienced professionals well-versed in the SQE subject areas and aligned with the SRA assessment specification, our SQE1 mock tests are available in two formats:

  • immediate feedback: view the correct answer right after answering a question
  • feedback upon completion: receive feedback and correct answers after completing the entire test

Each mock test is timed, adhering to the two hours and 33 minutes limit, ensuring a realistic practice experience. The content across both formats is identical.


With a decade of experience aiding thousands of lawyers in preparing for the QLTS assessments – the precursor to the SQE – QLTS School provides all the necessary tools for success.

Feedback from former QLTS candidates, who have successfully navigated the exams, highlights the SQE1 mock tests as an invaluable component of their preparation, crucial to their success.

Explore our SQE sample materials today, and gain access to two free FLK1 and FLK2 mock tests.

For more information, visit the QLTS School website or request a free consultation with an SQE adviser.

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