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Max Wright

What is TOLES?

The Test of Legal English Skills (TOLES) assess the English language skills required by the legal profession and sectors related to law. You can take a TOLES exam with the British Council, please read the details below.

TOLES tests the following skills:

  • knowledge and use of vocabulary relevant in the global commercial market
  • writing formal letters and communicating by email
  • the ability to follow a course of legal study where the instruction is in English
  • reading and writing complex law documentation
  • the language of negotiating
  • grammatical accuracy.

TOLES is offered at three different levels:

  • TOLES Foundation: general English level: Elementary–Advanced 
  • TOLES Higher: general English level: Intermediate–Advanced
  • TOLES Advanced: general English level: Upper-Intermediate–Advanced

TOLES dates, fees and locations

Since 2022, TOLES is delivered online with remote proctoring - you will take the test at home, on your own computer.

TOLES Level Exam date Exam fee in PLN Registration deadline
TOLES Foundation 26/05/2022 780 29/04/2022
TOLES Higher 26/05/2022 810 29/04/2022
TOLES Advanced 26/05/2022 900 29/04/2022
TOLES Foundation 30/06/2022 780 03/06/2022
TOLES Higher 30/06/2022 810 03/06/2022
TOLES Advanced 30/06/2022 900 03/06/2022
TOLES Foundation 25/08/2022 780 29/07/2022
TOLES Higher 25/08/2022 810 29/07/2022
TOLES Advanced 25/08/2022 900 29/07/2022
TOLES Foundation 24/11/2022 780 28/10/2022
TOLES Higher 24/11/2022 810 28/10/2022
TOLES Advanced 24/11/2022 900 28/10/2022

How to register for TOLES?

Follow these three steps to complete your registration:

STEP 1

Fill in the registration form for TOLES.

STEP 2

You can pay the examination fee in one of two ways:

  • bank transfer or web banking through your own bank to the British Council account at the Bank Handlowy S.A. The details are:

Bank account no: 68 1030 1061 0000 0000 3018 9000
Bank name: Bank Handlowy S. A., II O/Warszawa
Bank owner: The British Council
Bank owner address: Koszykowa 54, 00-675 Warszawa

In the REFERENCE section of your payment please write: [Exam Name/Candidate’s Name and Surname/date of exam]
e.g. TOLES/KRA/PAWEŁ KOMAR/7/01/13

STEP 3

Send the completed application form and a proof of payment to the British Council by fax, email or post to:

Fundacja British Council
Koszykowa 54
00-675 Warszawa
Fax: +48 22 621 99 55
Email: exams@britishcouncil.pl

STEP 4

Before the exam, every candidate will receive an e-mail from the Synap platform with the log in details and test day information. 

Your results

TOLES exam papers are marked in the UK by Global Legal English. The board does not make these papers accessible to candidates, schools or examination centres.

Hence, your TOLES results are available approximately ten weeks after the exam session and they are published on certificates. The certificates are sent to the British Council in Warsaw and Krakow from where you can collect them in person. We can also send your TOLES diploma to you by registered post or courier at your expense.