Supporting all candidates to sit the SQE

Published July 2020
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Yes, it will be published shortly on this website.

If you have a disability, health problem or mental health issue, we can help you by making reasonable adjustments to remove or reduce barriers you might be facing.

The table below illustrates some of the adjustments made by our assessment provider, Kaplan for the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme test, another professional legal assessment, since it was introduced.

This is not an exhaustive list or an exact description of the adjustments that would be made for the SQE nor of the disability or condition that a candidate may have. We recognise that a candidate may have other disabilities or conditions and may be affected in different ways.

For each condition or disability identified below, one or more, but not necessarily all, of the reasonable adjustments shown could be made for an SQE candidate or an alternative adjustment could be made. . Any adjustments will be made on a case by case basis, in accordance with the SQE reasonable adjustments policy and subject to the supporting evidence provided.

Example of condition or disability Reasonable adjustment
Arthritis Additional time, use of computer/laptop for written assessments, candidate may bring and take medication
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Additional time and breaks, use of earplugs
Cerebral palsy Additional time, separate invigilation
Chronic pain Additional time, candidate may bring and take medication
Depression Additional time, use of computer/laptop for written assessments
Dyslexia Additional time, enlarged/coloured assessments, use of computer/laptop for written assessments
Food intolerance Candidate may bring and take medication
Hypoglycaemia Candidate may bring appropriate snacks to the assessment
Migraines Candidate may bring water and medication to the assessment
Mobility issues A personal assistant, an amanuensis, additional time, use of computer/laptop for written exams, elevated monitor
Pregnancy Pregnant candidates are not disabled within the meaning of the Equality Act. However, if we are aware of their condition, we will make any arrangements which are medically advised
PTSD Additional time, use of computer/laptop for written assessments
Spondylitis Additional time, use of candidate’s own back support
Tendonitis Use of computer/laptop for written assessments, use of candidate’s own wrist brace, use of own pen
Visual impairment A reader, additional time, a separate room and invigilation, large-print copies of materials provided in printed format, use of software eg to magnify the text and a variety of different contrast options

Candidates with a disability or other condition will be able to apply to Kaplan for reasonable adjustments. More information on how they can do this will be available in the SQE reasonable adjustments policy which will be published shortly.

SQE1 and the written elements of SQE2 (legal writing, legal research, legal drafting and case and matter analysis) will be available across a wide geographic area at Pearson VUE test centres in the UK, as well as some international locations.

For the oral elements of SQE2 (advocacy and client interviewing and the linked written attendance note/legal analysis), candidates will be able to sit at a limited number of test centres in England and Wales. This will increase once the SQE is fully established. More information on these test centres will be available in the future.

Pearson Professional Centres in England and Wales comply with the disability access requirements of the Equality Act 2010. The test centres can accommodate a range of alternative arrangements for candidates with special requirements or the need for reasonable adjustments

For more information on the Pearson VUE test centres, please visit their website.

The Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) can help you cover some of the extra costs you have in studying because of a mental health problem, long term illness or any other disability.

The DSAs is not ours or Kaplan’s scheme. The SQE is an exam not a course. However an SQE-related course may qualify for the DSAs but that is for the Government to decide. We and Kaplan are not involved in setting eligibility criteria or deciding who receives the allowance.

We do not offer travel support. However, it could be available from other sources, such as: