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wajoda2002
wajoda2002 Registered Posts: 28 Regular contributor ⭐
Hi Everyone,

I sat my FNST exam 2 weeks ago. This is my last exam to become MAAT and has been since November last year. I have since sat it twice and failed, however this time (not had my results yet) I have just had an email from MAAT to say whilst I am waiting for my results, I can ''Start your full membership application now and save''

This has made me feel sick as I have never had this before :crying:. I don't want to get my hopes up, but was wondering if anyone else had this then passed or if it is just standard for AAT now?

It's very cruel if it's just a mail shot as I have now sat this exam 3 times and am really struggling with it lol

Thanks

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  • uknitty
    uknitty Registered Posts: 591 Epic contributor 🐘
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    As far as I am aware it is an email that is automatically sent out when you are waiting for the results of your final assessment.
  • wajoda2002
    wajoda2002 Registered Posts: 28 Regular contributor ⭐
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    I thought that as well, but I have sit this as my final assesment twice beofre this and have never had this email...it's so unfair if they do it automatically and I fail again :(
  • Joe Barraclough
    Joe Barraclough Registered Posts: 69 Epic contributor 🐘
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    haha i got this as well, but i dont know if it works like that as i am waiting for my results of my first 2 exams of level 4 so i am no where near finishing.
  • wajoda2002
    wajoda2002 Registered Posts: 28 Regular contributor ⭐
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    That answers my question :( CRUEL CRUEL AAT!!!!!
  • iskcel
    iskcel Registered Posts: 34 Regular contributor ⭐
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    I have to say I thought the same thing!

    I sat FNST in July and failed (it was my last one I needed to pass level 4). I didn't get an email then but a few weeks ago I finally decided to resit the exam and did so last Monday. Today I got the message about registering for full membership and thought "I didn't get one of those last time, I wonder if this is a sign that I am going to pass!".
    However I suspect they have sent the same email to loads of people!

    Goodluck for the exam result though.
  • Jo Clark
    Jo Clark Registered Posts: 2,525 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
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    uknitty wrote: »
    As far as I am aware it is an email that is automatically sent out when you are waiting for the results of your final assessment.


    I also received this email today. I am awaiting the results of a Level 4 exam, but it was not my last exam.
    ~ An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest ~
    Benjamin Franklin
  • Becky V
    Becky V Registered Posts: 374 Dedicated contributor 🦉
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    I had this email about 2 weeks ago and i was awaiting budgeting results which i have now received but still need to sit financial performance.
  • Chelle
    Chelle Registered Posts: 163 Dedicated contributor 🦉
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    I had the email earlier and wasn't sure what to do about it!

    I sat FNPF last Thursday and still have PTX and Budgeting to do yet, so not sure as to why I would receive it?
  • nicd1981
    nicd1981 Registered Posts: 243 Dedicated contributor 🦉
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    I got this today, i sat fnst on monday and still have cgmt and ptx left

    thinkits just generic

    xx
    Nicola Donnelly ,MAAT, MIP, CIMA Dip MA

    Email: donnellynicola7@gmail.com
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    Blog: http://wannabeanaccountant.blogspot.co.uk
    Twitter: @mendaccounting
    Website: http://www.mendaccounting.co.uk
  • Roro1303
    Roro1303 Registered Posts: 38 Epic contributor 🐘
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    i had the same email too, i am also waiting for my FNPF exam(which i can bet my hand on it that it will be not competent) and also have ICAS,EXA & FNST to do.

    but i felt: maybe i did not do that bad with my FNPF, that maybe it's a pass:) who knows!!
    i then took the opportunity to submit my application, i am in the process of getting my experience verified, at least this will be done by end of July which i have set as a target to finish Level 4.

    cheers
  • pirate
    pirate Registered Posts: 469 Dedicated contributor 🦉
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    I had this about 12 months ago before my final 2 exams for Level 4 and before I finished the skills tests.

    I would do the steps to complete it so that as soon as you finish your last exam it will all go through
  • guinea pig
    guinea pig Registered Posts: 402 Dedicated contributor 🦉
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    Hi all, has anyone actually completed and sent their application in advance?
    I completed the forms, but did not want to get them signed off by my manager, or sent, until I actually managed to pass the final exam.
    The e-mail says "if you complete your online application before you complete the level, we'll waive the £45.00 admission fee"
    I must admit, I didn't read it thoroughly, and left it, until thankfully, I got my final pass this week. I have just sent my application in, there was a discount (for applying within I think 3 months) and its cost £25.00.
    So if anyone is nearly there, and wants to potentially save £25.00, get your application in now!
    GP
  • anniem
    anniem Registered Posts: 1,326 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
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    I can recommend starting your application early; it isn't stupid to start the process when you begin studying and keep getting it verified as you go along.

    To achieve MIP you will need to prove experience which can't be backdated, so can only be dated from the date you become a student member. If you work part-time your experience is prorated, so if you work 24 hours a week and only 50% of that is accountancy related you will only qualify for 12 hours/week experience. I seem to recall that I had to have about 18 months to achieve the required experience for my MIP, because I worked part time.

    Also, get it verified by managers, external accountants, or whoever as you go along. This helps you keep it up to date and means that you have everything you need if you change jobs. It is much harder to go back to a previous accountant if you no longer work for the organisation you are requesting your experience to be verified for!

    Definitely keep on top of it and review it as you go along.

    Good luck
    FMAAT - AAT Licensed Member in Practice - Pewsey, Wiltshire
  • Jo Clark
    Jo Clark Registered Posts: 2,525 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
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    anniem wrote: »
    To achieve MIP you will need to prove experience which can't be backdated, so can only be dated from the date you become a student member. If you work part-time your experience is prorated, so if you work 24 hours a week and only 50% of that is accountancy related you will only qualify for 12 hours/week experience. I seem to recall that I had to have about 18 months to achieve the required experience for my MIP, because I worked part time.

    If you are only wanting to have MAAT after your name but not become a MIP, what experience do you need to detail on the application, and is it the same application?
    ~ An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest ~
    Benjamin Franklin
  • anniem
    anniem Registered Posts: 1,326 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
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    Jo Clark wrote: »
    If you are only wanting to have MAAT after your name but not become a MIP, what experience do you need to detail on the application, and is it the same application?

    Hi Jo

    This might help: http://forums.aat.org.uk/showthread.php?28141-Becoming-a-full-member
    FMAAT - AAT Licensed Member in Practice - Pewsey, Wiltshire
  • Jo Clark
    Jo Clark Registered Posts: 2,525 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
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    Thanks Annie :o
    ~ An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest ~
    Benjamin Franklin
  • guinea pig
    guinea pig Registered Posts: 402 Dedicated contributor 🦉
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    Hi Jo,
    I've just applied for AAT membership, as I work in the finance office of a large organisation. I don't think that I would have the right experience to apply for "Member in Practice" as I have never actually worked in an accountancy practice, and am not planning to do so.
    I do wonder though, as a "plan B" if it would be possible to get appropriate experience, and then set up self-employed as a book-keeper or whatever? Its always good to have lots of options!
    I was mainly highlighting this thread again, as some students nearing completion might like to save the application fee.
    Good luck with BTX,
    GP
  • Jo Clark
    Jo Clark Registered Posts: 2,525 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
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    Thanks GP

    I'm not sure I will have relevant experience to gain MAAT let alone become MIP.

    However, I must say that having studied the AAT qualification I have found it invaluable and should I ever be in the position of looking for work it will be great to have this on any CV and/or application.

    I think I will contact my old manager to see what they think and whether they would sign off/sponsor me in the application. Alternatively, I can wait a while and ask my new manager if they will sign/sponsor me based on my new role.

    Thanks for the good luck - had a good study session at the library today and am thinking of doing an hour later as not long till the exam.


    JC :o
    ~ An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest ~
    Benjamin Franklin
  • anniem
    anniem Registered Posts: 1,326 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
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    I've just had another thought on this.

    If you are thinking of delaying your MAAT application through lack of relevant experience I would find out if there is a timescale for applying for MAAT status.

    I have a sneaky suspicion/recollection that you need to apply within a certain number of years after completing your exams or there is a risk you may have to re-take exams.

    Ring up the AAT and double check the situation. You might find that it's worth doing some voluntary work for the local playgroup, school committee or something to gain valuable experience towards your MAAT.

    I might be barking up the wrong tree completely, but I have a niggling thought that there is a time limit for application.
    FMAAT - AAT Licensed Member in Practice - Pewsey, Wiltshire
  • Jo Clark
    Jo Clark Registered Posts: 2,525 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
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    Thanks again Annie.

    I'll make that call and follow it up with an email.
    ~ An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest ~
    Benjamin Franklin
  • wajoda2002
    wajoda2002 Registered Posts: 28 Regular contributor ⭐
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    Well, I failed my FNST so it wasn't a good sign!!!! Got my re sit 5th July and have no idea how to re approach studying. I have just bought Claire Finch's book and am waiting for it to be delivered, but other than that, I feel like giving up!!!!!!!!
  • Jo Clark
    Jo Clark Registered Posts: 2,525 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
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    Hello

    So sorry to hear your news. Don't give up!

    Whilst you wait for Claire Finch's book, have you read the article written by Steve Collings on how to approach this exam? Also, have you received the feedback so you can see what areas you need to focus on for the next exam?

    Good luck.


    JC
    ~ An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest ~
    Benjamin Franklin
  • wajoda2002
    wajoda2002 Registered Posts: 28 Regular contributor ⭐
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    Hi Jo,

    Yes - I printed steve's article yesterday and am reading through it now.

    I have my feedback.
    Exceeded

    1.2 Prepare a statement of comprehensive income/financial position/change in equity/cash flow

    Met

    1.1 Prepare a statement of comprehensive income/financial position/change in equity/cash flow

    Did not meet

    1.3 Interpretation of reporting standards/Intangible assets (written)

    1.4 Application of reporting standards

    1.5 Drafting consolidated financial statements

    2.1 Analysis of financial statements using ratios

    2.2 Interpretation of financial statements using ratios (written)

    2.3 Legal and regulatory framework (written)

    So in fairness I did fail it full stop...It's just not clicking into place at the moment!!! I have 16 days so goin to really really get my head down :)
  • Jo Clark
    Jo Clark Registered Posts: 2,525 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
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    anniem wrote: »
    I've just had another thought on this.

    If you are thinking of delaying your MAAT application through lack of relevant experience I would find out if there is a timescale for applying for MAAT status.

    I have a sneaky suspicion/recollection that you need to apply within a certain number of years after completing your exams or there is a risk you may have to re-take exams.

    Ring up the AAT and double check the situation. You might find that it's worth doing some voluntary work for the local playgroup, school committee or something to gain valuable experience towards your MAAT.

    I might be barking up the wrong tree completely, but I have a niggling thought that there is a time limit for application.


    I made a call to the AAT and was advised there is no time limit.

    I have completed stage 1 of my application and am waiting my old line manager agreeing to verify my work experience and be my professional reference. If they don't I guess I'll need to wait until I have been in my new job a year?

    I did a search for voluntary work via the Do-It Volunteering website but there is nothing currently advertised for my location.

    Ahh well... just wanted to let you know that the AAT told me no time deadline/restriction to apply after last exam.

    Thanks again Anna for raising this as I have worked hard and am so close to finishing :o


    JC
    ~ An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest ~
    Benjamin Franklin
  • MarieNoelle
    MarieNoelle Registered, Moderator Posts: 1,368
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    Hi Jo,
    I'm glad you had confirmation on this. I started my application as soon as I got the email from AAT - but I am working part-time and was surprised that I was only awarded 4 weeks for a year of being a treasurer at my local school's PTA - and the part-time job I have now in an accountancy practice (100% relevant experience) is also brutally pro-rated on hours worked. At this rate it will take me three years to achieve full membership...
    I gave AAT a call on this matter and they said that once I have achieved a minimum of 40 weeks experience I should contact them again and they may consider on a case by case basis whether to award me full membership...

    In the meantime I'll try to fit another part-time job to up my hours from September onwards as I won't have to go to college anymore!

    Good luck everyone with exams!

    MN
  • Bluewednesday
    Bluewednesday Registered Posts: 1,624 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
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    I had the same thing MarieNoelle, it took me a while after I passed my exams due to my working part time. I suppose it only makes sense to do it on an hours basis. When did you start registering your experience, because I registered it whilst studying so it took about 18 months after qualifying before I could apply for membership.

    I have the same problem with FMAAT as you need 5 years experience but prorata'd I won't have enough (not that I'm taking them up on the offer anyway)!
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