AAT – your exam questions, answered

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Got a question about your AAT course?

We’ve put together a list of the most common questions we get asked – saving you a phone call.



Q: How long will it take to get results?

A: Level 2 & 3 unit assessments will receive results within 24 hours.

Level 3 synoptic take 6 weeks.

UACS and level 2 synoptic take 6 weeks.

Level 4 results take 6 weeks.


Q: Can I re-sit straight away?

A: There isn’t an official timeline for resitting for results you get. We’d suggest going through your feedback sheet, as this will indicate where the weaknesses are, then fill the gaps in your knowledge and resit.

You have to wait for your results before you can resit.


Q: I’m struggling with time in the exam?

A: If you need more time in the exam due to special circumstances, you’ll need to speak to your AAT Approved Centre in advance of your exam. This will also give them chance to arrange additional support if required.

Any requests must be approved by the AAT.


Q: Where can I re-sit the exam?

A: You can re-sit your exams at any AAT approved centre.


Q: How much does it cost to re-sit the exam?

A: A resit exam costs the same as your initial exam; there aren’t extra charges. In some cases an admin fee applies.


Q: Is there a maximum amount of retakes I can do?

A: No there isn’t a maximum number of retakes you can do.


Q: How should I approach answering the questions in my exam?

A: We would suggest not spending too much time on a question. Leave it to the end but remember to go back. Make sure you answer all questions, and re read the questions before submitting.


Q: Will all the areas of the syllabus be examined?

A: With computer based tests, questions are selected from a large database. You should be familiar with all topics in the syllabus.


Q: Are the computer based test questions random?

A: Yes, although the structure of the exam is the same. Even the student you are sat next to will have questions in a different order from you.


Q: Will the questions be like those I’ve seen in my text books and on the AAT website?

A: The question styles seen in the material are based on expert knowledge and information provided by the AAT practice assessments. You need to have a full understanding of the syllabus and be prepared for anything. Practice makes perfect.


Q: Do I need to do the subjects in a set order?

A: We encourage you to complete the modules in the order that your mentor has listed on your assessment plan.


Q: Do I have to renew my student membership with AAT if I am just waiting for my final exam result to come through?

A: Yes. The AAT will not release exam results if your student membership is not up to date. However, the student membership renewal will last for 12 months.


Q: Is there a time limit on qualifying?

A: We offer 18 months of support for our accounting courses and 12 months with our bookkeeping courses. With this there’s: unlimited support, marking and academic support. It’s a generous amount of time and allows you to study at a suitable pace.

You can continue alone, once support has expired.


Q: If I take a break from studying do I still need to pay my membership fees?

A: The AAT membership fee is for 12 months of membership, rather than for each level of the qualification. So it’s dependent on how long you break for.


Q: What should I do if I am struggling with a particular area of the syllabus?

A: If you were learning Spanish, you wouldn’t expect to remember everything straight away! Accounts is the same, you have to be willing to take your time. It’s natural for you to find things difficult at first, so solve those problems one by one and you’ll start to remember and understand everything.

If possible, try and think of fun ways to practice – perhaps hold a quiz with colleagues who are also studying. Learn in groups or keep referring back to your Study Buddy.


Q: What can I take into the exam room?

A: Pens/pencils, a calculator (for any number-based exams) and photographic ID.

The invigilators will probably not have met you before so it’s essential you’re able to prove who you are. If you don’t have ID with you you’ll will be refused entry.

Your calculator must not have a printout facility or programmable function.
You may wish to take a watch too – although there is a timer on the screen.

You are NOT permitted to take in the exam room with you: mobile phone, pencil case, books/notes or any other papers/notebooks.


Q: How long are the CBT exams?

A: It depends on the unit you’re sitting. Refer back to your course notes and text books for this information. You should arrive at the exam location 30 minutes before the start time.


Q: What do I do at the start of the exam?

A: Follow the instructions on screen. This will include entering a keycode which will be given to you by your invigilator.


Q: What happens after I get my exam result?

A: If you passed – celebrate immediately. Your result will automatically be uploaded onto your MyAAT – see first question for a breakdown of exam result timings.

If you were unsuccessful, arrange a re-sit. You’ll get there!


Exam ready?

We hope you put these tips into practice and get the exam success you want. If you have any further queries do not hesitate to contact us anytime.