AAT Exams And Assessments

The AAT qualification is about proving you are competent to carry out an accounting technician role. 

This is why you will be assessed using exams and practical assessments, which will show you that you can remember calculations and also apply them to real-life situations.

You will be assessed by:

These paper-based exams are set by the AAT and take place twice a year, in June and December. The exams are designed to test your knowledge and understanding in the context of case studies and last for approximately three hours, with an initial 15 minutes' reading time. Results are available in August and February respectively. The results are sent to all students and are available on the AAT website.

We will liaise with the AAT on your behalf if you have any special requirements. This can include extra time, enlarged type, a scriber or reader, or anything else according to your needs.

The AAT has introduced computer based exams (CBE's) at both Diploma and NVQ pathways for some of the units.

The CBEs are a more flexible assessment system. They give you the choice and control to take your CBE at any time when you feel ready and confident to do so, without waiting for the traditional June and December exam sittings.
CBEs are available for:
  • Unit 30 IAC
  • Unit 3 PLB
  • Unit 5 FRA
  • Unit 6 ECR
All our BPP training centres have a dedicated CBE room, which means you are likely to sit your CBE at a date and time that's convenient to you. Helping you progress quicker through your qualification and on to the next stage.

A newly qualified AAT member can expect to earn an average of £21,600. Some accounting technicians work as accounts clerks, others go on to become managing directors or finance directors of well-known companies. Some go to work as a self employed accountant as AAT allows the student to become Chartered.

Skills tests are where you prove competence by either submitting work-based evidence or sitting a simulation. Students on the NVQ pathway will build a portfolio of evidence as the basis of this assessment. Portfolios can include real life examples from the workplace and from voluntary activities. Students on the Diploma pathway will sit skills tests (simulations) in a simulated environment.

The aim of the tests is to assess your ability to carry out specific tasks and to operate effectively in the workplace to the required standards. Skills tests may take place at any time, mutually agreed between you and your training centre. Dates for simulations are timetabled into classroom courses. However, you must sit them when you are fully prepared. Classroom students must sit them at their chosen BPP training centre. Distance learning students can sit them at either their chosen place of work (under invigilation of a supervisor, registered with us), or at a local BPP training centre (charges may apply).

Project based units will require you to undertake a report based on your workplace. You will need to select a problem area, analyse it, highlight the weaknesses and give your recommendation. The approximate word length is 3,000 to 4,000 words.

Depending on the unit you will either have a mock skills test or mock exam. These mocks will prepare you for the actual skills tests and exams and give you valuable practise for the real one. You will receive the markers' assessment forms with feedback and suggested solutions.

You will be assessed by:

This is an online assessment taken at any of our AAT recognised Approved Assessment Centres (AAC). It consists of 50 questions which need to be completed within two hours.