AAT Level 4 Synoptic (PDSY)

sanyaqayyumsanyaqayyum Posts: 3Registered, AAT Student
Hey guys.

This synoptic is my final paper and im really struggling!! I sat it on 4th May but it really didnt go well at all. I'm 95% sure it will be a fail. My results are on 15th June and the next sitting is week commencing 30th June and im already beginning to prepare for it now. Im absolutely dreading it because its the lengthy written questions that scare me off... which is practically the whole paper!!
I dont even know how to study for this as anything could come up as it'll be based on the given scenario.

Any tips or advice on how to pass this paper?! Thanks in advance.



  • stevesmithsstevesmiths Posts: 20Registered
    Forget about the past performance ,get prepared for upcoming exam, work on your negatives, be clear with industry and organisation, study topics from budgeting and decision and control, and how they could apply to the scenario, Analyse the financial information, practise more on how to compute ratios and consider the standards and how they apply.
  • sanyaqayyumsanyaqayyum Posts: 3Registered, AAT Student
    Thank you for your advice!
    I did financial statements recently so im confident on task 1.5 ratios, but the other exams i sat over a year ago and have forgotten everything! i have the osborne chapter activities for budgeting and decision and control, but i feel majority of it is calculations which barely come up in this paper?
    do you have any study material that you found particularly useful?
  • stevesmithsstevesmiths Posts: 20Registered
    Osborne books and Kaplan kits are really useful, as we can make out many things from it, don’t know about other materials. Spend time on relevant costing, learning SPAMSOAP, different types of budgeting, ratios and threats to accounting system, and other topics you are familiar with.
    Start off with the questions you are comfortable with, then you might feel to finish the studying process soon as you are already into it.

    List out which topics you are more confident, and questions you are less confident. First revise the topics you are confident at, and next for the other set of questions, focus more, you have more than a month, so schedule it accordingly, and then start doing it. For any topic, first understand the concept, then make bullet points, so that you have the clear picture on the question. In exams also, first do the questions you are comfortable with.

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