Three lawyers standing outside a building
Three lawyers standing outside a building ©

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

You can sit TOLES at all British Council examination centres in Poland.

TOLES Level Exam date Exam fee in PLN Registration deadline Exam Centre
TOLES Foundation 25/11/2021   620 05/11/2021 Częstochowa, Gdańsk, Katowice, Kielce, Kraków, Łódź, Lublin, Poznań, Rzeszów, Szczecin, Warszawa
TOLES Higher 25/11/2021  700 05/11/2021
TOLES Advanced 25/11/2021 790 05/11/2021

How to register for TOLES?

Follow these three steps to complete your registration:


Fill in the registration form for TOLES.


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/Centre Name/Candidate’s Name and Surname/date of exam]


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

Please note that if there are fewer than 10 candidates registered for a session the test will be cancelled. In such an eventuality, the British Council will offer candidates either a full reimbursement of the examination fee or transfer to the next available exam session.

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.