Kaplan QLTS is the sole authorised assessment provider for the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) of assessments under The Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS). This website enables you to find out about the QLTS assessment and, if you are eligible, to book a place on that assessment.

QLTS provides a route for lawyers from other recognised jurisdictions, and barristers from England and Wales to qualify as solicitors of England and Wales.

Breaches of QLTS Assessment Regulations, SRA Principles and SRA Code of Conduct

We have been made aware of rumours that some candidates plan to attempt to cheat during the March/April 2022 OSCE assessment. Candidates are reminded that attempting to pass on, or to receive, information from other candidates about the assessment is a breach of the QLTS Assessment Regulations and a contravention of the SRA Principles and the SRA Code of Conduct. Candidates are also warned that attempts to sabotage the performance of fellow candidates by the dissemination of false or misleading information are also a breach of the SRA Principles and SRA Code of Conduct.

All candidates are reminded of the SRA Principles and in particular the principles of honesty and integrity. Further, candidates are advised of the SRA Code of Conduct and the obligation in Paragraph 7 and in particular 7.7: “You report promptly to the SRA or another approved regulator, as appropriate, any facts or matters that you reasonably believe are capable of amounting to a serious breach of their regulatory arrangements by any person regulated by them (including you).”

If candidates become aware of such attempts, the SRA Code of Conduct requires that they should be reported promptly to the SRA. They should also be reported immediately in confidence to qltsassessments@kaplan.co.uk. All reports should be supported by evidence including screen shots where appropriate.

Candidates are also reminded of the QLTS Assessment Regulations and are referred to the provisions governing Cheating and Improper Conduct. Where a finding of cheating or improper conduct is made the candidate will fail the assessment and the matter will be reported to the SRA.

COVID-19

Candidates are advised to familiarise themselves with the government requirements.

The UK government has recently announced changes to the quarantine requirements for those who are arriving into the UK from abroad. We strongly recommend that candidates monitor all and any changes which may impact upon their plans for the OSCE assessment. Kaplan QLTS will also monitor the situation. If there are any changes which may impact upon the OSCE assessments, we will email candidates who have confirmed bookings directly in due course.

Face coverings

We continue to require you to wear a face covering unless exempt (see below) at all times whilst you are present in an assessment venue for the OSCE assessment. If you do not, and you are not exempt, you could be refused entry, or asked to leave the assessment venue. If you think you are exempt you should contact us before the assessment to discuss the exemption.

The latest scientific advice says that face coverings can help reduce the chance of infecting others. Your face covering must cover both your mouth and nose but can be as simple as a cloth.

Face coverings exemptions

You do not need to wear a face covering if you have a good reason not to, such as if:

  • You have a physical or mental illness or impairment, or a disability that means you cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering
  • Putting on, wearing or removing a face covering would cause you severe distress
  • You are traveling with, or providing assistance to, someone who relies on lip reading to communicate

You may temporarily remove your face covering for a good reason such as if:

  • You need to remove it during your assessment to avoid harm or injury or the risk of harm or injury to yourself or others
  • You need to eat, drink, or take medication
  • You are asked to remove your face covering for the purpose of identification checks for the assessment

Our staff

Our staff will wear a face covering if they are working in a public area, unless they are exempt for medical reasons. You may notice our staff working in non-customer facing roles without a face covering. This could include staff carrying out maintenance or who are not involved in the Kaplan QLTS OSCE assessment delivery.


  • Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) Transitional Arrangements - Update and Extension

    The SQE was introduced on 1st September 2021, replacing the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS). More information on the SQE can be found on the SQE website.

    It is in the public interest for SQE to be introduced without unnecessary delay. However, it is recognised that the Covid-19 pandemic has affected candidates’ ability to sit QLTS assessments. The SRA have therefore reviewed their transitional arrangements for QLTS candidates who will have passed the multiple choice test (MCT) before 1 September 2021. These candidates will now be able to complete their qualifications and apply for admission EITHER by sitting and passing the OSCE OR by sitting and passing SQE2.

    If you have recently taken the QLTS OSCE and passed, you must apply to the SRA for admission as a solicitor by 31 August 2022 (inclusive). Find out more.

    If you have passed the MCT and want to sit the SQE2 as an alternative to the QLTS OSCE, the SRA have extended the admission date further due to the ongoing impact of Covid-19. This means you now have more opportunities to take the SQE2 exam - October 2022, April 2023, July 2023 and October 2023. Find out more.

    You have until 31 March 2024 (inclusive) to apply to the SRA to become a solicitor. Due to the time it takes to get your SQE2 results, this means your final opportunity to sit SQE2 will be October 2023. Find out more.

    More details on all of the amendments to the transitional arrangements can be found on the SRA website.

  • Coronavirus Legislation - April 2022 OSCE

    In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the governments of England and Wales have introduced primary and secondary legislation which amends or relaxes existing legislation.

    Candidates will NOT be assessed on any change to the law of England or Wales nor on the content of any other legal notices introduced in response to the coronavirus pandemic in the April 2022 OSCE. Assessment scenarios and characters in them should be treated as being unaffected by the coronavirus.

    Due to the changing nature of such legislation and the potential for further changes prior to the April 2022 assessments, it is not possible to provide a definitive list of coronavirus legislation but further information is available at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/coronavirus.

    Candidates are therefore not expected to familiarise themselves with changes introduced into the law as a result of the pandemic, and candidates should aim to answer assessment questions without taking account of these changes. However, if in an OSCE Part 2 assessment, your search in one of the legal databases provides you with legislative provisions which incorporate or reflect changes made in response to the pandemic, in the absence of any specific instructions in your assessment materials you would not be expected to find the pre-covid provision/s. Assessors marking the legal research, writing and drafting assessments will be aware of both the pre-covid and post-covid position and candidates will not be penalised where their answer reflects post-covid law, except where they have specifically been instructed to ignore it.

  • Training & Kaplan QLTS

    Kaplan is the authorised assessment provider for the SRA and accordingly Kaplan is not authorised to provide training courses preparing candidates to attempt the QLTS. Kaplan has recently become aware some candidates have been contacted by an entity purporting to be Kaplan QLTS offering training courses. Such person(s) are not associated with Kaplan. Both the SRA and Kaplan would ask candidates to refer all such communications to them for investigation.

  • EU Referendum

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority will require solicitors of England and Wales to continue to have a working knowledge of EU law in order to be able to advise clients in the short and medium term. Until specifically stated otherwise, QLTS candidates will be assessed on EU law as set out in SRA Day One Outcome A1.