SQE Exam Cost

Prospective candidates can find comprehensive information about the SQE exam cost and SQE registration for the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). It covers details on fees, payment methods, exemptions, and the appeal process, offering a comprehensive overview for prospective candidates.

SQE Fees for Assessment

SQE Exam Cost Update: April 2024

Starting in September 2024, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has announced that SQE exam fees will increase to £1,888 for SQE1 (previously £1,798) and £2,902 for SQE2 (previously £2,766), totalling £4,790.

These fees will apply to anyone taking the SQE2 in October 2024 and for further assessments throughout the 2024/25 academic year.

SQE1 Exam Cost

SQE1 exam cost – £1,798 (£899 for FLK1 and £899 for FLK2)

All fees are exempt from Value Added Tax (VAT).

Paying for the SQE1 Exam

You are required to make separate bookings for FLK1 and FLK2, but the payment for both assessments should be made in a single transaction when booking. FLK1 and FLK2 must be scheduled within the same assessment period, unless specific SQE exemption applies.

SQE2 Exam Cost

SQE2 exam cost – £2,766

All fees are exempt from VAT.

Paying for the SQE2 Exam

Both the written and oral assessments must be booked together, and payment should be made at the time of booking.

The amount you need to pay will vary based on whether you are exempt from fees and the reason for your exemption.

Click here to learn more about SQE exemptions.

Click here to learn more about SQE payment methods. 

SQE Cancellation fees

If you choose to cancel your exam after making the payment, there is a possibility of incurring a cancellation fee, which will depend on when you formally instruct the Solicitors Regulation Authority (“SRA”) to cancel your reservation.

You are required to notify the SRA in writing about your intention to cancel your current booking.

The cancellation fees are determined by when you officially instruct the SRA to cancel the reservation.

Further note that the SRA insist on cancellation requests being submitted to them in writing via email, and they recommend using the Model Cancellation Form, which can be found in Schedule 1 of the SQE Assessment Terms and Conditions for your convenience.

For additional information, please review Part D – Fees and Cancellation within the SQE Assessment Terms and Conditions.

SQE Resit Fees

SQE1 Resit Fees

Should you not pass either FLK1 or FLK2, you will incur a £899 fee to resit.

If you do not pass both FLK1 and FLK2, the full SQE1 fee of £1,798 will be applicable for retaking both exams.

SQE2 Resit Fees

If you do not pass SQE2, you will be required to pay the full sum of £2,766 for a re-sit of the exam.

Please note that all fees are exempt from VAT.

SQE Appeals

If you wish to challenge the decision made by the SQE Award Board, the associated fees are as follows:

  • First stage appeal: £350.00 (refundable if your appeal is successful)
  • Final appeal: £850.00 (refundable if your appeal is successful)

It’s important to note that if a candidate decides to file an appeal, a clerical check will be conducted as part of the appeal process.

For additional information, please refer to the SRA Appeals policy.

SQE Exam Dates

To find out more information about the SQE exam dates:

Book SQE Exam

Anybody wanting to take the SQE exams needs to register with the SRA by creating an account.

To start the SRA registration process:

SQE Notes and SQE Practice Questions

To purchase SQE notes and SQE practice questions for SQE1 and SQE2: 


Please note that the information provided herein is subject to change at any time without prior notice. Changes may occur due to modifications in policies, regulations, or other factors that impact the SQE assessments and related processes. We recommend regularly checking the official Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) website and SRA SQE Updates for the most up-to-date information. We are not responsible for any discrepancies between the information contained herein and the latest updates provided by the SRA or other official sources.

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