• Duration: 135 minutes (dependent on variations during listening test)

  • Skills tested: reading and writing (90 minutes); listening (30-45 minutes)

  • Score: the maximum score is 100

  • Focus: skills of practical reading, writing and listening in authentic legal situations

  • General English level: intermediate - advanced

  • Certificate: TOLES Higher with mark explanation


The TOLES Higher Exam is the second step in successful professional development with TOLES. The major aim of this exam is to build on the knowledge and skills learners have acquired at Foundation level and take them on to the next level. Legal vocabulary acquired at Higher level is now tested in a series of very challenging tasks and learners are asked to deal with extracts from documents based on the types of examples suggested to us by leading law firms. Here are some following features:

  • Based on the linguistic skills and knowledge of legal terminology obtained at the Foundation level

  • Demands the competence to cope with more complex authentic legal documents and scenarios

  • Focuses on grammar precision


The exam consists of two parts: one part which tests reading and writing and a part which tests listening. Reading and listening demands more active language use than on the foundation level. Listening involves listening to a conversation between two or more lawyers or a lawyer and a client and answering questions based on comprehension.


The TOLES Higher Exam requires little or no knowledge of American or British law. It requires international legal terminology, knowledge of useful, a strong, active use of authentic grammar and a sensitivity to use of register in the following general areas:

  • Basic legal negotiations

  • Pre-contractual documents

  • Commercial contracts

  • Banking

  • Companies

  • Other forms of business

  • Bankruptcy and insolvency

  • Employment law and contracts

  • The litigation process

  • Essential contract law

  • The law of tort

  • Intellectual property

  • Real estate

  • Oral contracts

  • An introduction to the common law

  • Letter writing skills


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