One of our clients has kindly given permission for us to publish his feedback after having sat the first ever SQE2 exam - in April 2002. Many have asked questions about the exam. So, here is what one person said about their experience. We have put this post up on the hope that it is of some help.
“The first tranche of exams is the written portion. That's four written assessments each day for three consecutive days. It's less of a brain drain than the multiple choice testing method [SQE1 exam], but timing is everything. Then comes the Easter break.
The oral portion consists of four assessments over two days: civil advocacy, criminal advocacy, a property practice client interview and a wills and probate client interview (one client interview and one advocacy assessment per day). Once again, timing is everything. On day one, because of nerves, I didn't look at the clock and note my start time, so I was driving blind and finished early for both assessments. Silly. Don't leave vacant minutes of point-scoring, unless you're supremely confident in your abilities (I learned from my mistake on day two).
So: sixteen assessments in all, four of which are oral. The standard is that of a 'day one solicitor', which I understand to be imported from the USA's uniform bar exam (though this doesn't have an oral component). Quite whether I demonstrated that I met the standard remains a mystery to me, and will remain so until August.”
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