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Frequently Asked Questions About the Licensing Exams
Does the test centre I select matter?

Although there is no substantial difference in the test centre selected, test centres located in smaller regions have historically attracted a comparatively smaller number of students than larger regions. Accordingly there are two main advantages to writing the licensing exam in smaller test centres. First, it takes less time to go through the screening process each time the test area is entered (for example at the beginning of the licensing exam) or exited (for example at the beginning of the lunch break). Second, test takers in smaller centres have found the licensing exams less intimidating when written with just a couple hundred fellow students compared to more than a thousand students. However, for those who don’t live near a smaller test centre these advantages have to be balanced against the additional costs of travel and lodging.


What do you recommend I bring to the licensing exams?

The Law Society publishes detailed exam rules and protocols to be observed by all test takers. It’s important you familiarize yourself with these rules and protocols prior to the licensing exams as they detail, among other things, the items permitted into and prohibited from the licensing exam area. Prohibited personal belongings will have to be coat-checked at your own expense.


What is a plain-faced watch?

In the past Law Society proctors have interpreted “a plain-faced watch” to mean an “analogue” watch and have denied entry to non-programmable, silent digital watches. Thus, we recommend you err on the side of caution and bring a silent, non-programmable analogue watch to the exam or verify with the Law Society that the watch you intend to bring into the licensing exam area is acceptable.


How long are the licensing exams?

Taking into account the duration of the licensing exams as well as the expected early arrival and late departure of each test taker at the test centre, each licensing exam spans the entire day from as early as 07:00 to as late as 18:30. Accordingly, the licensing exams are not only a test of your understanding and familiarity with the substantive content of the material, they are also an endurance test. But fear not! LawExams.ca has been designed with that in mind. Each of our practice exams consists of 150 questions, which translates into roughly 4 and a half hours of exam material. Writing our practice exams under exam conditions, uninterrupted and without stopping our timer, will help build up your exam stamina. Unlike other students who will be running out of steam part-way through the exam, you’ll have the experience needed to maintain your energy levels for the duration of the entire licensing exam. For more information on the benefits of our practice exams and how we can help you refine your test taking strategy, refer to WHY CHOOSE US?


Where can I find information about the licensing exams?

Your first point of reference should be the Law Society of Upper Canada website; apart from being a great source of information, it is a requirement of the licensing process that the rules and protocols published by the Law Society be reviewed by all test takers prior to the licensing exams. However, don’t discount the wealth of knowledge of upper year law students who have already written the licensing exams. Upper year law students have been in your position and will be able to answer your questions from a sympathetic point of view.


Do law students actually fail the licensing exams?

Yes, students have failed the licensing exams. There is no data to share on failure rates, but it has happened and will continue to happen to those who don’t effectively prepare. Passing the licensing exams is a daunting task, but LawExams.ca is here to help. Our practice exams with a built-in countdown timer give you an opportunity to monitor the speed at which you search and respond to questions, thereby improving your exam-time allocation practices. Our questions, though different from those of the Law Society, cover a range of difficulty levels and will help you get into the mind-frame of answering legal issues as multiple-choice questions. Like the licensing exam, our Professional Responsibility questions are spread out throughout the practice exams forcing you to practice your ability to switch between the core legal subjects (such as Criminal Law, Family Law, Business Law, etc.) and legal ethics. Lastly, our exam metrics are designed to help you optimize your performance; by knowing your performance overall and broken down by subject matter you can target your weaknesses or bolster your strengths. For more information on the benefits of our practice exams and how we can help you refine your test taking strategy, refer to WHY CHOOSE US?.


How can I calm my nerves before the licensing exams?

Understandably, there is a lot of anxiety surrounding the licensing exams process. In our opinion, the best way to reduce your stress level is to be as prepared as possible; familiarize yourself with the Law Society rules and protocols, talk to senior law students that have written the licensing exams, and use your study time effectively by taking the LawExam.ca practice exams. More importantly, try to relax. You’ve made it this far and with continued dedication and hard work you’ll raise the bar to your exam success!


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