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23. A Step-by-Step Guide to SQE Exam Preparation

A Step-by-Step Guide to SQE Exam Preparation

Preparing for the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) can be a daunting task, but with the right strategies and resources, you can set yourself up for success. In this step-by-step guide, we will outline the key steps you need to take to ensure you are well-prepared and ready to tackle the SQE exam.

1. Understand the SQE Exam Format

Before diving into your preparation, it’s crucial to familiarize yourself with the SQE exam format. The exam is divided into two stages: SQE1 and SQE2. SQE1 tests your knowledge of the foundation of law and legal research skills, while SQE2 assesses your practical legal skills, such as advocacy and client interviewing.

To learn more about the SQE exam format, check out our article 23. Understanding the Grading System in SQE.

2. Create a Study Plan

Developing a study plan is crucial for efficient and effective preparation. Start by identifying your strengths and weaknesses to focus your efforts. Break down the study material into manageable chunks and allocate specific time slots for each topic or subject.

For tips on balancing work and SQE preparation, refer to our article 22. Balancing Work and SQE Prep: Strategies for Success.

3. Choose the Right Study Materials

With various SQE course providers available, it’s important to choose the one that best fits your learning style and needs. Research different providers and read reviews to find the one that offers comprehensive study materials and support.

If you need assistance in selecting the right SQE course provider, refer to our article 17. Review of SQE Course Providers: Choosing the Best Fit.

4. Practice with Mock Exams

Mock exams are a crucial part of your preparation. They simulate the real exam experience, allowing you to identify areas where you need improvement and familiarize yourself with the time constraints. Take advantage of SQE webinars and online resources to access expert insights and practice materials.

To unlock knowledge and gain expert insights through SQE webinars, check out our article 24. Unlocking Knowledge with SQE Webinars: Expert Insights at Your Fingertips.

5. Review and Revise

As the exam date approaches, focus on reviewing and revising the key concepts and topics. Prioritize topics that you find challenging and allocate more time to them. Create concise notes, flashcards, or mind maps to facilitate your revision process.

6. Take Care of Yourself

Remember to take care of yourself during the preparation phase. Get plenty of rest, eat well-balanced meals, and exercise regularly. Taking breaks and engaging in stress-relieving activities can help you maintain focus and prevent burnout.


By following these step-by-step guidelines, you can approach your SQE exam preparation with confidence and maximize your chances of success. Remember to create a study plan, choose the right study materials, practice with mock exams, review and revise, and prioritize self-care throughout the process.

For more information on the SRA syllabus for the SQE, read our article 4. Unveiling the SRA Syllabus for the SQE.