Tips for tackling AAT synoptic assessments

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Synoptic assessments allow AAT to check that you have a good all-round knowledge and understanding of accounting. This means not only having a good grasp of the numbers, but also being able to explain what the numbers mean, what makes up the numbers and the impact that the numbers may have on a business in a real-life situation.

Passing your synoptic assessment is a great way to enhance your career progression, move towards working for yourself, or to change your job role.

Before you book your synoptic assessment make sure you:

  • Complete all the mandatory units and any coursework you have been set
  • Take note of the feedback you receive from your tutor – their input is invaluable
  • Use all the resources available to you from Eagle and AAT
  • Are consistent with your studies. Little and often is better than long periods every now and then.
    During your assessment make sure you:

    • Read the question carefully, and make sure you understand it before you try to answer.
    • Plan how much time you will spend on each question – remember, don’t spend too much time on low-marked questions, you don’t want to run out of time.
    • Structure any long answers so the examiner can understand your train of thought.

    No matter what qualification you’re aiming for. If you’re ready for your next level, or a new qualification, check out our AAT, ACCA, or CIMA pages for more information. Good luck!