Home For AAT student members AQ 2016 Advanced Diploma in Accounting Synoptic Assessment - Advanced
Current updates regarding coronavirus (Covid-19) and the precautions AAT are taking will be continually updated on the below page.

Please check this link for the latest updates:
We hope you are all safe and well and if you need us we will be here. 💚


How long does it take to prepare for the Advanced Synoptic Exam?

Hi All

for those of you that has already taken the Advanced Synoptic Exam how long did it take you to prepare of the exam?? (including the revision phase)

The reason i'm asking is that i'm trying to work out if i'm going to give myself enough time to sit on the September-19 Synoptic window if i'm giving myself 10 Weeks to prepare ( still to sit FAPR/IDRX/MMAC)

If i go for the August Synoptic Window I'll be giving myself 7 weeks to prepare for the exam ( seems a bit of a stretch to me???)

I need to commit to the Synoptic soon as my local exam centre gets booked out so quickly!

BTW i'm a Distance Leaner using 'On Demand' facilities

Cheers
AAT

Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting - 30 Nov 18
Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting - 16 Oct 19
Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting - Currently studying

Comments

  • NorvydasNorvydas DevonMAAT Posts: 267
    @thelowendtheory18

    7 weeks it's plenty. It took me around 4-5 weeks to prepare for Advanced/Professional Synoptic.

    Remember, Synoptic tests your knowledge of previous exams you've already taken, therefore you won't be learning anything new, just going through and refreshing your knowledge of the past units you've already done.

    As I said 7 weeks it's plenty.
    Kind Regards,

    Norvydas Valavicius.
  • thelowendtheory18thelowendtheory18 Registered Posts: 234
    Norvydas said:

    @thelowendtheory18

    7 weeks it's plenty. It took me around 4-5 weeks to prepare for Advanced/Professional Synoptic.

    Remember, Synoptic tests your knowledge of previous exams you've already taken, therefore you won't be learning anything new, just going through and refreshing your knowledge of the past units you've already done.

    As I said 7 weeks it's plenty.

    Wouldn't there be a learning phase for the spreadsheet accounting? ( I'm not sure how detailed/complex the Excel element of the exam is?)
    AAT

    Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting - 30 Nov 18
    Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting - 16 Oct 19
    Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting - Currently studying
  • NorvydasNorvydas DevonMAAT Posts: 267
    @thelowendtheory18

    If you have basic knowledge of how to use excel and formulas you will be okay. Just practice goal-seek and IF.

    I work with Excel everyday, therefore I didn't struggle with any aspect of it and found it quite easy.

    The exam is based about formulas, goal-seek function, creating comparative charts and etc. It's not that difficult :)
    Kind Regards,

    Norvydas Valavicius.
  • thelowendtheory18thelowendtheory18 Registered Posts: 234
    OK, I already have at least a basic knowledge of excel so should be OK,

    The pass rate is only circa 50% so it seems like a lot of people struggle with it????
    AAT

    Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting - 30 Nov 18
    Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting - 16 Oct 19
    Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting - Currently studying
  • NorvydasNorvydas DevonMAAT Posts: 267
    @thelowendtheory18

    I think a lot of people struggle with Excel spreadsheets, as some of the people have never used/seen excel in their life, therefore it's hard for them to get used to it. Most people lose their marks on this section, also they run out time because they are not familiar with the layout of excel.

    Make sure you're familiar with Excel, when I started revising for spreadsheets and when I saw what formulas we required to learn or what charts we needed to produce, I skipped half of the revision as everything was extremely basic.
    Kind Regards,

    Norvydas Valavicius.
  • KLMKLM AAT Student Posts: 26
    edited February 2019
    Hi @Norvydas

    How much time did you spend on the Excel part of the assessment, if you don't mind me asking?

    I am quite familiar with the basics of Excel, but having read some of the comments on here, I am a little bit worried about it! I'm a distance learner with Premier Training as you were, so I'm interested to know how you found it.
  • NorvydasNorvydas DevonMAAT Posts: 267
    @KLM

    I can't exactly remember now because I've done it nearly a year ago so I don't want to misguide you. I think it took me around 45 minutes to 1 hour.

    Trust me it's nothing complicated, just know the main formulas i.e. SUM,IF,VLOOKUP etc, if you know how they work in your head already then it will be a lot easier for you. Also be confident with Goal-Seek and making charts. Again, for me this wasn't a problem as I already knew most of the stuff from my workplace, I think the only thing that I wasn't familiar with was Goal seek.
    Kind Regards,

    Norvydas Valavicius.
  • KLMKLM AAT Student Posts: 26
    @Norvydas

    Thanks for the advice.

    I haven't got much experience with charts or goal-seek, so I'll make sure I pay attention to these in particular.

    It just worried me with people saying they've run out of time and hadn't finished the Excel part of the assessment. I've found I've had plenty of time in the assessments I've completed so far, so didn't want to be unprepared with this one.

    Thanks again!
Sign In or Register to comment.