TOLES

ILEC


NAME
Test of Legal English Skills
International Legal English Certificate

ORGANISER
Global Legal English Ltd.
Cambridge ESOL

SESSIONS
five times a year
twice a year

LEVELS
three levels – three different exams:

  • TOLES Foundation – descriptive mark
  • TOLES Higher – descriptive mark
  • TOLES Advanced – descriptive mark
one exam – three different grades:

  • C1 pass with merit
  • C1 pass
  • B2 pass

THE COURSE
at each level the preparation course takes 30 meetings (90 minutes)
one course, two semesters 30 meetings (90 minutes)

COURSE PARICIPANTS
TOLES
The level of the course and exam depends on how advanced your general English is and how much experience you have had with legal English

  • TOLES Foundation – intermediate/ upper-intermediate, little or no contact with legal English
  • TOLES Higher – upper-intermediate/ FCE/ CAE, little or some previous contact with legal English, however, no systematic knowledge of different legal areas yet
  • TOLES Advanced – FCE+/ CAE and higher, most frequently course participants use legal English daily, read and draft contracts, have contact with English speaking clients; an extremely advanced and challenging level requiring certain language proficiency
ILEC
– 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.

SYLLABUS
TOLES – At each particular level there are more areas of law introduced and tested, the range of topics is comparable (even slightly wider) to ILEC, however, these are not identical.
ILEC – the range of topics tested is specified in the course syllabus, however, greater emphasis is placed on examination techniques as such.

EXAM PARTS
There is no speaking exam at any TOLES examination level.

  • TOLES Foundation
    – Reading and writing part, 10 sections, 90 minutes
  • TOLES Higher
    – Part 1 Listening – 3 sections, 40 minutes
    – Part 2 Reading and writing – 6 sections, 90 minutes
  • TOLES Advanced
    – Legal reading, writing and drafting, 9 tasks, 120 minutes
ILEC – 4 parts:

  • Reading – 6 exercises, 75 minutes
  • Writing – 2 tasks, 75 minutes
  • Listening – 4 exercises, 40 minutes
  • Speaking – 4 tasks, 16 minutes

COST
varies depending on the level PLN 400-600
PLN 700-800

THE EXAMINATION VENUE
Any authorised TOLES examination centre in Poland,
for example LEC in Poznań
Warsaw and Cracow,
British Council centres

EXAMPLE