The January 2023 SQE1 assessment booking window will open from 10am (GMT, UK time) on 22 September 2022. We strongly suggest that candidates who plan to sit the January 2023 SQE1 assessment read this article carefully as it contains useful information which will help you book the SQE1 assessment smoothly and secure your exam place successfully. Note: Please be reminded that all step-by-step explanations in this article are based on the previous July 2022 SQE1 assessment registration process. There is always a possibility that minor adjustments may occur and therefore this article is for your reference only. The SRA has announced that the January 2023 SQE1 exam information is currently as follows: FLK1: 26 January 2023 FLK2: 30 January 2023 Assessment booking window: from 10am (GMT, UK time), 22 September 2022 to 5pm (GMT, UK time), 19 December 2022. We kindly recommend that you log into the SRA website and book the assessment as early as possible to secure your preferred test location and avoid any potential complications which may arise from Pearson VUE locations being fully booked.
Ⅰ.Preparation (Pre-booking stage)
1.Create your account
Please create an account in advance anytime prior to the booking window opening. This will save you time when you register for the SQE1 assessment on the booking date and increase the chance of securing your preferred exam locations. The procedure for creating your account is as follows:
Open the SRA official website and click the ‘Register for SQE’ button located on the top right of the website. You can access the official website by clicking on the link below.
At the ID verification stage, although it is stated on the SRA website that driving licences may be used to register for the SQE1 assessment, this only applies to an ID document with a machine-readable zone (see Figure 2), such as a UK driving licence, rather than a driving licence issued in Hong Kong or other places. Therefore, it is a safer method to use your passport to register for the SQE1 assessment, and we recommend you do so.
After your account has been created (see Figure 3), please remember to check your email inbox and use the link in the confirmation email to activate your account. After the activation, you will be able to log into your account (see Figure 4).
If you have any special circumstances or need assistance, you may request reasonable adjustments and contact the SRA at email@example.com before you book each assessment (see Figure 5). Further details and information about reasonable adjustments can be seen on the SRA website. You can access the adjustments page by clicking on the link below.
3.Consider your preferred test centres prior to the registration
Before the SQE1 registration, candidates can choose three preferred test centres from the SRA website (see Figure 6). Choosing a preferred test centre in advance could save you time when choosing test locations on the booking date and increase the chance of securing your preferred test centre.
Ⅱ.Dos and Don'ts during the registration
1.Watch the page for updates while waiting
During the registration process, it is highly likely that there will be a long queue, and you will have to wait a long time to enter the website. If you see the below webpage (Figure 7), please do not close the window. Please be sure to wait patiently, leave the page open and check the updated status time. Normally, the waiting time could vary anywhere between 30 minutes to four hours, depending on how many candidates register for the SQE1 assessment and how the SRA servers manage the demand.
After entering the website and confirming some basic information, you will enter the Assessment Bookings page (see Figure 8).
3.Choose test centres
After choosing the country where you wish to take the assessment, you will be able to choose three test centres and see each test centre's detailed information and available appointments (see Figure 9).
4.Select assessment date
If there is no appointment available, it will show 'None available' in the 'Morning' section. If there are available appointments, you will see the time slot as shown in Figure 10.
5.Change test center
After booking the FLK1 and FLK2 appointments, you will enter the webpage as shown in Figure 11. If you wish to change the test centre, you may click 'Re-schedule'.
6.Complete your registration
After making the payment, you will see the webpage in Figure 12, with the ‘status of booking’ updated and showing: ‘Booked and paid.’ You will also receive a confirmation email to confirm the booking status.
After this you will have reached the end of the SQE1 assessment registration, and candidates who have registered for the SQE1 assessment may continue to prepare for the coming exams. We at PASS SQE hope this guidance document was useful and you can book your preferred test centres successfully. We wish you the best of luck in the January 2023 SQE1 assessments! If you find this article helpful, please feel free to share it with your SQE study buddies! Note: cited figures and screenshots in this article are taken directly from the SRA website at the time of writing: https://sqe.sra.org.uk/registering-and-booking
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