Why are the vast majority of AATers very weak at maths?
*Data Input* officer
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Intelligence, ignorance, a combination of both, or other?
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I am A grade Maths and Physics at A level, as were a couple on my course. But many had A levels and degrees in completely different subjects which did not disadvantage them at all. Accountancy and maths are two different subjects.
There are also multiple forms of intelligence. Logical, mathematics type intelligence is not the be all and end all.
Why have you decided to troll today?0 
its an accountancy course the level of maths required is below GCSE level, even at ACCA level it only scraps AS level and i have maths, physics and further maths at a level0

So long as you know the method for calculation, maths is not really required, just knowledge of how to use a calculator.
Troll off!0 
I am rubbish at maths. But as others have said as long as you know the calculations and know your way around a calculator you should be fine:001_smile:. I dont think it matters whether your good at maths or not.0

I haven't met even half the people who are AAT qualified, but I see over 200 candidates prior to each exam.
If your question is based on facts, then I am very fortunate.
Based on my experience, I have found a small number of candidates who are weak at maths but I have also found a vast majority who can do maths and do maths well.
Given your apparent expertise at maths, please could you tell me whether you tested everyone, or a sample? If it was a sample, how large was the sample that you used?0 
I don't think there's much point anyone further answering the OP's question as it was a trolling thread to begin with. I'm also not sure if Data Input Officer is still an active member of the forums following the tirade they launched elsewhere at the time...0

Maths was never really my strong point, however when I started (and completed) my AAT qualification I found this helped my maths to no end. But you should not forget that accountancy is not all about maths. Yes I need to be able to press buttons on a calculator and calculate ratios, but I also need to be able to interpret the information and that is half the battle. Once I had figured out what the information was telling me, the maths fell into place.
I now tutor my nephew in maths. Although I am not a qualified maths teacher neither is the teacher he currently has. My nephew is a film star (litterally) and spends most of his time on film sets with a useless tutor who cannot tell one end of his chalk from the other. I have ended up boosting my nephews knowledge.
Speegs
PS I am not telling anyone who my nephew is (confidientiality).0 
I bet your nephew is.....
Harry Potter???????0 
Or little Liam from Shameless?0

I have never been good at maths but have always passed accounts and numeracy tests! Hasn't affectred my ability in an accounts role!
I think uit is different and as long as you can use a calculator you are fine :001_smile:0 
As I said before this was a trolling thread to start with and the OP doesn't look like they're around any longer to read the replies anyway...
... but...
... the difference here is that accountants generally use a higher working standard of arithmatic (i.e. the four symbols +  * & / ) rather than mathematics (i.e. algebra, algorythms and logarythms etc) though most nonnumeric people don't distinguish between the two.0
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