September 29, 2023
Have you received your SQE1 results for July 2023 and are feeling a bit daunted? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! We’ll provide an overview of the results and what they mean, compare them to the SQE1 results from July 2022, and give some resources for further understanding. 

What Were The Latest SQE1 Results?

The SQEs are an important exam for anyone looking to pursue a career in the legal industry. It is a standardised test that assesses an individual’s knowledge and understanding of legal principles, concepts, and practice. The July 2023 SQE1 results provide an overview of how well you performed on the exam.

Let’s start by taking a look at the facts and figures from the July 2023 results. The total number of candidates was 3475 with a pass rate of 53%, which is fairly typical for this exam. The average score for FLK1 was slightly higher than FLK2, at a mean of 56.9% compared to 52.8% and a median of 58% vs 54%.

Understanding the SRA SQE1 results

The SQE1 consists of four parts: Part 1 covers Legal Principles, Part 2 covers Legal Practice and Procedure, Part 3 covers Law-Making and Dispute Resolution Processes, and Part 4 covers Professional Skills. Each part has multiple choice questions as well as written responses. The total number of questions vary from month to month but generally range from 75-85 questions per part.

The July 2023 SQE1 results are scored out of 100 points across all four parts with a minimum passing score set at 70 points or above. The maximum score achievable for each part is 25 points with scores ranging from 0 (failed) to 24 (passed). The overall score is then compiled by taking the average score across all four parts. To pass the overall exam, you must achieve an average score of 70 or higher across all four sections.

Interpreting your SQE1 results requires more than just looking at your total score; you must also look at how well you did on each individual section, as this will give you a better understanding of where your strengths and weaknesses lie when it comes to legal knowledge and practice.

Achieving a perfect 24/25 in one section could mean that you have some particular strength in that area whereas scoring below 14/25 could indicate some areas where you need improvement or further study. This information can be invaluable when it comes to self-assessment or preparing for future exams or job applications.


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Comparison to 2022 SQE scores

It is important to compare the latest SQE1 results to those from July 2022 in order to understand any changes or trends in the exam. A huge difference between the two years is the number of candidates – only 1829 took it last year, in comparison to 3475 this year (almost double).

Interestingly, the pass rate was identical at 53%. However, the mean scores for FLK1 and 2 this year were lower at 56.9% and 52.8% vs 59.1% and 56.1% last year. The range was also much higher this year at 88% and 89% compared to 71% and 68% last year.

This year’s exam also saw an increase in the use of multiple-choice questions compared with last year’s exam, which had more essay-style questions. This could indicate that SQE1 examiners are placing greater emphasis on testing legal knowledge rather than practical skills and analytical thinking.

Finally, it is important to consider how SQE1 scores are used for admission into law programs and professional practice courses across England and Wales. While there has been no change to minimum entry requirements since last year’s exam, some universities have begun taking into account other factors such as work experience when assessing applicants with lower SQE1 scores than those expected for their program. This suggests that universities may be taking a more holistic approach when considering potential students for admissions decisions.

Comparing the SQE1 results from July 2022 and 2023 provides valuable insight into any changes or trends in legal knowledge testing standards over time and how these results are used for admission decisions at universities across England and Wales. 

Further Resources For Understanding Your SQE Score

The July 2023 SQE1 results can be daunting to understand, but there are a number of resources available that can provide further insight into the results and how to interpret them.

The SRA website provides an overview of the SQE1 results for July 2023, including details on individual part scores and pass rates. It also offers advice on preparing for future attempts at the exam, as well as tips on understanding the results. Additionally, it includes a list of approved universities that accept SQE1 scores when assessing applicants for their programs.

The Law Society also offers resources for understanding SQE1 results and interpreting them in light of their own expectations. These include guidelines on how to assess legal knowledge acquired through education and work experience, as well as advice on what constitutes good professional practice when managing cases or providing legal advice.

The SRA YouTube channel has been recently updated with videos offering guidance on interpreting SQE1 results for various types of learners, as well as providing advice from both experienced lawyers and those who are new to studying law. The channel also contains a series of webinars where viewers can ask questions directly related to their individual situation or query regarding the results they received in July 2023.


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