PTAX

Why is does AAT gives SO little time for people to complete PTAX exam? I did it today the exam was not hard but I had to read some of the questions over and over again. For task 2 there were EIGHT questions all calculation questions. The exam has 11 tasks, with some having up to EIGHT tasks. In the Credit Control exam its 2.5 HRS, and it is fewer tasks, in the Budgeting exam its 2.5 HRS FOR 8 TASKS. WHERE is the logic in that. I would like someone from the AAT to explain this to me, its so STUPID. They say they listen to our feedback, but they do nothing about it. I am really annoyed about this. I am not sure i have passed, not because I didn't know what to do but I had to rush so much. This is not fair. So many people have complained still they do nothing. Something needs to done.
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Comments

  • nicfan1
    nicfan1 Registered Posts: 17
    Hi lepton

    I completely agree with you on the timing allowed. It took me 90 mins to complete tasks 1-6 so only leaving 30 mins for the final 5 tasks forcing me to rush. The online resources are not enough, there should be a couple more practice assessments at least to give more of an example of timescales.

    It's going to be a long 6 weeks!!! Best of luck to you :-)
  • leption
    leption Registered Posts: 36
    Hi nicfan1

    I think they give that amount of time because they know if we had more time a lot more people would pass, and they wont get as much on resits fees. Its not as if they ask the questions in plain English.
  • CeeJaySix
    CeeJaySix Registered Posts: 645
    It's not about resit fees; all exams have timings designed to assess your competence in a subject. As you get into more advanced studies time pressure gets a LOT worse than AAT. The longer you have to think about something and play about with numbers, the more likely you are to get it right. Exams test how well you can apply knowledge under pressure. Plenty of people complete L4 exams with 30mins or more to spare, so I'm afraid the only reason you should struggle for time is if you fail to prepare fully or don't manage your time properly in the exam. If you get stuck on something, move on, you only need 70% to pass.
    Lelouch
  • leption
    leption Registered Posts: 36
    CeeJay Six. I prepared very very, well I understood all the questions. |The exam wasn't hard. It is what I prepared for. I just had to rush. I do agree with you on one point though, the more time people have to play about with figures the more likely they are to get it right and pass the exam, no resits.
  • CeeJaySix
    CeeJaySix Registered Posts: 645
    Leption, please don't think that was a dig at you personally. There have been a lot of posts lately moaning about time pressure. Ultimately if it were easy everyone would do it and it wouldn't be a respected qualification/profession. Exams are tested on sample candidates to ensure they are reasonable in terms of requirements and time. My point is that the exams aren't designed to fail you to get you to pay more fees for resits, they are there to test that you are at the required standard.
  • Jules18
    Jules18 Registered, Tutor Posts: 102 Dedicated contributor ? ? ?
    Moan moan moan :( not enough time .... does anyone listen. Have you noticed the latest PTX mock to appear now gives a THREE hour time limit - wooooo
    leption
  • leption
    leption Registered Posts: 36
    CeeJaySix you are quite right, they can't make it too easy,it wouldn't be a respected qualification. I have said that so many times but still I moan.
  • Jules18
    Jules18 Registered, Tutor Posts: 102 Dedicated contributor ? ? ?
    Just noticed that the latest PTX mock has now been retimed back to 2.5 hours from 3 hours.
  • leption
    leption Registered Posts: 36
    I've passed PTAX :). Second time lucky. Really, they give 2.5hrs now, wow moaning must have helped then. I have also passed FS on my first attempt can't believe that, I was sure i failed.
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