The TOLES Advanced Exam


About the Course

Our Advanced Exam is the THIRD step in successful professional development with TOLES.

Reaching the standard employers demand

The Advanced Exam was created and then developed in consultation with leading commercial law firms and is considered to be the gold standard of legal English achievement. TOLES Advanced was initially created at the request of a major commercial law firm in London who required a method of testing the English of international interns and new associates in its international offices. This required researching the tasks international lawyers were required to carry out in English and making a careful analysis of how best to test proficiency in those areas. The result was the TOLES Advanced Exam. Since its creation it has been trusted by legal employers everywhere as a measure of a lawyer’s commercial legal English skills rather than his or her academic legal English skills.

Content

The exam has one paper: legal reading and writing. The exam measures a candidate’s skills against a native English-speaking lawyer. In other words, any candidate scoring in our ‘Gold’ category genuinely has very similar legal English skills to a native English-speaking solicitor, barrister or attorney. The exam has a heavy focus on the vocabulary and grammar required for contract drafting. It also encourages knowledge of the plain English style of writing favoured these days by leading commercial law firms. A working knowledge of the difference between ‘legalese’ and ‘plain English’ is essential to doing well in this exam. The candidates who score very well at Advanced level show an appreciation of the huge importance of absolute accuracy when working in law, as well as having a strong grasp of technical legal vocabulary. The exam also requires sensitivity to register and an understanding of how formal and informal English is used in a professional workplace.

Level of general English

The level of English needed for this exam is Upper Intermediate-Advanced level. The exam measures a candidate’s legal English skills against the standard required of native English-speaking lawyers.


Basics

  • Time allowed: 120 minutes
  • Skills tested: Legal reading, writing and drafting, knowledge of register and business idiom
  • Focus: Practical reading, writing and drafting skills in authentic legal situations
  • Appropriate level of general English: Upper Intermediate – Advanced
  • Training materials: ‘The Lawyer’s English Language Coursebook’ and other legal English books/materials available at an advanced level. Some study of commercial contracts and standard terms and conditions is recommended at this level.
  • Score: The maximum score possible at Advanced level is 500
  • Certificate: TOLES Advanced with grade explanation

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Advanced Syllabus

‘We invested a lot of time in researching the training needs of law firms in the emerging economies; China, Brazil, and India. They told us repeatedly that what lawyers in those rapidly-developing markets need very urgently is English language training as part of the development of real skills such as contract drafting, negotiating and client care. When we spoke to local law firms who were successful in developing skills, two words of recommendation came up time and time again: ‘TOLES Advanced’.’
Project Manager, legal training company, London.

About the TOLES Advanced Syllabus

The major aim of the Advanced Exam is to equip lawyers who do not have English as a first language with the skills they need to work in a modern commercial legal environment at the very highest level. The training for TOLES Advanced together is the final step in our programme in achieving the standard employers require.

Priorities

The focus of all of the TOLES exams is absolute accuracy, a strong legal vocabulary and familiarisation with modern legal style. All of these elements come together at the highest level with this Stage 3 exam. The priority of the TOLES Advanced Exam is to give learners an opportunity to genuinely test themselves at the most challenging level possible and to provide employers with a certificate they can trust.

Requirements

The TOLES Advanced Exam requires little or no knowledge of British or American law but learners who do well at this level usually have a strong awareness of commercial realities when dealing with the UK and the USA. Commercial awareness is an essential skill when it comes to scoring well in the TOLES Advanced Exam and some background reading and knowledge of current events in the international legal market is vital. Extra material on best practice in the profession in key areas is highly recommended. The exam requires knowledge of essential, international legal terminology, a mastery of complex grammar and complete sensitivity to use of register in the following general areas:

  • basic legal negotiations
  • pre-contractual documents
  • commercial contracts
  • banking
  • companies
  • other forms of business
  • bankruptcy and insolvency
  • employment law and contracts
  • the litigation process
  • essential contract law
  • the law of tort
  • intellectual property
  • real estate
  • oral contracts
  • an introduction to the common law
  • letter writing skills

Study Materials

The following materials are useful for learners who are preparing for TOLES Advanced:

Practice Papers for TOLES Foundation and Higher: Practice Book One

toles practice book one

ISBN: 978-0-9540714-5-5
Author: Global Legal English
Publisher: Global Legal English

Description: A book of 5 Foundation papers and 3 Higher papers for the TOLES exams. This book has a complete answer key, contains audio CDs and listening scripts for each Higher Exam. It also has an explaination of your exam score. 159 pages.
Price: £20 (excluding express postage)
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Practice Papers for TOLES Advanced: Practice Book One

ISBN: 978-0-9573589-7-3
Author: Global Legal English
Publisher: Global Legal English

Description: A book of 5 Advanced papers the TOLES exams. This book has a complete answer key. It also has an explaination of your exam score. 145 pages.
Price: £20 (excluding express postage)

An Essential A-Z of Business Law

ISBN: 978-0-9540714-7-9
Author: Catherine Mason
Publisher: Legal Fox
Description: Essential to you as an introduction to many of the most important words a working lawyer needs. 52 pages.
Price: £10.00 (excluding express postage)

Advanced Vocabulary Series: Employment Law

ISBN: 978-0-9573589-2-8
Author: Catherine Mason
Publisher: Legal Fox
Description: The Advanced Vocabulary Series presents essential legal vocabulary in an easy to use alphabetical progression. A transparent, plain English definition is provided for each word. Each definition is supported by a gap fill exercise to allow users to see the word in context. An answer key is provided and the series can be used for self-study or in the legal English classroom. This series is also very useful for any legal English student who is preparing for a legal English examination. This book teaches employment contract vocabulary.
Price: £20.00

Advanced Vocabulary Series: Commercial Contracts

az legal english

ISBN: 978-0-9573589-0-4
Author: Catherine Mason
Publisher: Legal Fox
Description: The Advanced Vocabulary Series presents essential legal vocabulary in an easy to use alphabetical progression. A transparent, plain English definition is provided for each word. Each definition is supported by a gap fill exercise to allow users to see the word in context. An answer key is provided and the series can be used for self-study or in the legal English classroom. This series is also very useful for any legal English student who is preparing for a legal English examination. This book teaches commercial contract vocabulary.
Price: £20.00

The Lawyer’s English Language Coursebook

ISBN: 978-0-9540714-6-2
Author: Catherine Mason
Publisher: Global Legal English
Description: A specialised coursebook in preparation for TOLES Foundation and TOLES Higher. Contains Audio CD and answer key.
Price: £34 (excluding express postage)

 

THOSE STUDENTS WHO SCORE VERY HIGHLY AT ADVANCED LEVEL USUALLY HAVE SOME OFFICE EXPERIENCE OR HAVE WORKED WITH AUTHENTIC MATERIALS FOR LAWYERS SUCH AS THOSE LISTED BELOW. WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU WORK WITH SOME OF THESE BOOKS IN ADDITION TO LEGAL ENGLISH MATERIALS AT ADVANCED LEVEL:

Material available from other suppliers:

The Longman Dictionary of Law

Paperback: 656 pages
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Language English
ISBN-10: 0582894263
ISBN-13: 978-0582894266

Writing and Drafting in Legal Practice

Paperback: 328 pages
Author: Paul Rylance
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN-10: 0199589895
ISBN-13: 978-0199589890

Successful Legal Writing

Paperback: 150 pages
Author: Edwina Higgins and Laura Tatham
Publisher: Sweet & Maxwell
ISBN-10: 0414041844
ISBN-13: 978-0414041844

Legal Writing in Plain English

Paperback: 256 pages
Author: Bryan A Garner
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: ISBN: 9780226284187
E-Book: ISBN: 9780226284200

The Elements of Style

Hardcover: 288 pages
Author: Bryan A Garner
Publisher: OUP USA
ISBN-10: 0195141628
ISBN-13: 978-0195141627

Drafting and Negotiating Commercial Contracts:

Hardcover: 336 pages
Author: Mark Anderson and Victor Warner
Publisher: Tottel Publishing
ISBN-10: 1845927842
ISBN-13: 978-1845927844

A-Z of Boilerplate and Commercial Clauses

Hardcover: 576 pages
Author: Mark Anderson and Victor Warner
Publisher: Tottel Publishing
ISBN-10: 1845920937
ISBN-13: 978-1845920937


Dates 2017

2017

The TOLES Advanced Exam is offered to training centres on the following dates in 2017:

26 January
23 March
22 June
24 August
23 November