Which parts of the Synoptic exam do you have to refer to the Pre-Release Material?



  • ConnorLConnorL MAAT Posts: 11
    Hi @gabriellenlewis

    Try and refer to the pre-release material in all of the written tasks if possible, you'll never get marked down for writing more so always a good idea to try and include some of the pre-release material in your answers.

    A good revision tip is to print off the material and highlight any area's where you think it might be related to a question which could be asked but of course you get this by a link in the exam and can always read through it in the exam when you have the question in-front of you to see what information could be used in your answer.

    Hope this helps.
  • c4n4riesc4n4ries Registered Posts: 3
    My exam is on Monday - I've studied over the MABU, MDCL and FSLC modules and the Accounting Controls for the Synoptic, but I struggle with preparing for the written questions, because it seems very open-ended as to what you could be asked on the day. Do you have any tips/hints of what the written questions are likely to be structured like?
  • CornishPixieCornishPixie Registered, MAAT, AATQB, AAT Licensed Accountant Posts: 66
    Hi c2n4ries, I haven't seen the current pre-release so not sure what it is about but below are my thoughts for task 2.

    For task 2, I would start by identifying what type of budget is being used, and give examples of how you have come to that decision. Then bearing in mind what the pre-release tells you about the company, give suggestions as to how this is or isn't plausible for that company - using information from the pre-release. Is that the best way forward or is there a better alternative given their particular circumstances? If there is a better way? If there is, suggest this, with examples and calculations. Always, always include detailed calculations in your response.

    Make sure that you know your action words (describe, examine etc) as without you answering the question according to these, you will drop very important marks.
  • Dorota_1680Dorota_1680 Registered Posts: 42
    Hi ! I have failed for the 3rd time now...the worse % so far...not happy at all as I thought that I have done it well In task 4 - relevant costing but I got Significantly below which is very surprising.... also for Task 2 Budgetary reporting I keep getting Significantly Below. Can someone explain to me what they expecting us to write in Task 2 as I have written a lot but obviously that was incorrect? Can you recommend practice example or some sort of help in better understanding what they expecting to include there? Also for Cost Benefit analyse is there any practice tests available? I have Osbourne, BPP and Kaplan materials and I didn't come across in any of them.
  • Dorota_1680Dorota_1680 Registered Posts: 42
    Task 4 relevant Costing. How can I refer to Pre-Release Materials if I had to do some calculations and make a recommendation which location (UK or India) to use. I would not need to refer to Pre-Release Materials if I have all information given in the task plus it was very similar to Practice Assessment 2 on AAT site / Task 4 so I know I have done all calculation right and answers questions about which costs are relevant or not. In their model answers they did not refer to pre-release materials in this task...
  • CornishPixieCornishPixie Registered, MAAT, AATQB, AAT Licensed Accountant Posts: 66
    But I think you will find that none of the model answers refer to the pre-release. It is up to you to make that connection between what question you have in front of you and what you know about the company from the pre-release.
  • Dorota_1680Dorota_1680 Registered Posts: 42
    edited July 5
    @CornishPixie In their model answers on AAT web site they did not refer to pre-release material to answer this particular question and there was no need to as you based your calculations on information /figures provided in the task and not in pre-release materials...
  • rachmcfcrachmcfc Registered Posts: 18
    @Dorota_1680 I got my result back on Thursday and failed for the 3rd time too, 2% off! I keep getting a table in q2 asking for calculations and have no idea what they are expecting me to do, so because I can’t do the calculations I then can’t write about it. I struggle to answer the written task in q4 and have no idea how to answer the CBA. I have searched all the references available, textbooks and AAT and can not find any help anywhere how to answer this question!
    I honestly do not know how I am ever going to pass this exam!
    Now the resit week is next week and I am in no way ready to sit it again!
  • Dorota_1680Dorota_1680 Registered Posts: 42
    @rachmcfc are you getting a budgeting reporting in Q2? What written task are you getting in q4? in my last exam I did get question about CBA in q6 and I did not know how to complete this task....Did you manage to get some more practice papers to cover these tasks? I did complain to AAT about CBA question 2 months ago but they did get back to me to say that it is not their fault but book publishing/training providers for not including this in syllabus.
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