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Who is LEA for?

Lawyers and legal support staff who use English regularly in their work in an international, commercial law context.

What does LEA test?

LEA tests the full range of communication skills required by legal practitioners: reading, listening, writing and speaking. The test is based on realistic tasks of the kind legal practitioners face on a daily basis. LEA is set at an advanced level of the Council of Europe’s assessment (CEFR) scale for modern languages.

How long does LEA take to complete?

Approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes.

The full Legal English Audit of your language skills

It's easy to make mistakes in diagnosing language levels and skills ‐ mistakes that can result in lost time and money. TransLegal's online diagnostic legal language tests take the guesswork out of planning language training. By reliably diagnosing language levels and skills, the tests give you the information you need to plan a course of study. TransLegal offers a free online vocabulary quiz and 3 different online diagnostic language tests, depending on your budget and needs. All of the tests are on‐demand diagnostic tests of Legal English in a commercial law context set at an intermediate to advanced level covering levels B1‐C1 of the Council of Europe's CEFR scale.The results are provided in a language report which can be conveniently used to determine whether you are at an appropriate level to take the Cambridge International Legal English Certificate (ILEC) or whether study is required and, if so, what courses are best suited for you. The tests are based on realistic tasks of the kind legal practitioners face on a daily basis.


Reading

Accurate assessment of Legal English reading skills requires a delicate balance between specific legal terminology, general English terminology and comprehension of complex text.

Writing

Writing is an essential tool but, for many reasons, it is very difficult to test. The keys are establishing the right criteria to be assessed and providing the test-taker with authentic tasks in which to produce original texts..

Listening

A test of listening is often avoided because it is so difficult to design. Receptive tasks and some form of productive tasks are needed. Assessment at an intermediate – advanced level requires testing the test-takers understanding of specific information, gist, attitude and opinion of the speaker(s).

Speaking

Speaking requires establishing fair and unbiased assessment criteria that are well-defined and appropriate to ensure reliable results. When assessing speaking, the experience of the examiner is crucial for the accurate assessment of criteria such as tone, register, pronunciation, grammar, discourse management and specific vocabulary.

LEA gives you the right assessment tool to make your human resource decisions

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