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What is an AAT synoptic assessment?

Kaplan AQ2016 Syllabus

A synoptic assessment tests the knowledge you have gained throughout the level, covering multiple (but not all) units. It is a computer based exam that you will attempt once you have completed the other core units within the qualification.

It should demonstrate your knowledge of core accountancy skills, your ability to apply them in the workplace and further show employers your status as a Qualified Accounting Technician - beyond just passing exams.

Synoptic assessments for the Level 3 Advanced and Level 4 Professional qualifications will be available to sit at 6 fixed times of the year, but our tutors will help you plan your studies around this.

How long are the synoptic assessments?

The duration of the synoptic assessment will vary depending on the qualification:

  • Foundation synoptic assessment is 2 hours
  • Advanced synoptic assessment is 3 hours
  • Professional synoptic assessment is 3 hours

What does a synoptic assessment look like?

Synoptic assessments are not trying to catch you out and therefore the style and the look of these questions will be similar to what you have already seen in the individual units assessments. Each synoptic assessment examines new content, so the whole exam itself is not based purely on the other units.

When will I get my marks for the synoptic assessment?

All synoptic assessments for each qualification have an element of human marking, so it will take up to six weeks for the results to be available.

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