AAT Level 4 Synoptic Exam

GeorgiaHGeorgiaH AAT Student Posts: 16

Has anyone completed the synoptic exam yet for 2016-2017. I would like to know what to expect? Can anyone tell me what kind of questions came up?



  • lannieloolannieloo Registered Posts: 15
    Hi, the first sitting of the synoptic isn't until 31st march so no one will have sat it yet! I'm dreading it!!
  • Adele69Adele69 CambridgeAAT Student Posts: 196
    I'm not doing AQ2016 so hoping to avoid this, but noticed that FI have posted a few webinars on the Synoptic Assessment on youtube in the last few days

  • lannieloolannieloo Registered Posts: 15
    Oh fab I'll have a look! Thanks
  • KimWKimW Registered Posts: 1
    I have taken it already. It is very similar to the mocks provided
  • lannieloolannieloo Registered Posts: 15
    Oh my apologies I'm didn't realise there had already been a sitting!! Did you need to revise all 3 units in depth for it?? Was there many calculations of ratios and variances needed??
  • GeorgiaHGeorgiaH AAT Student Posts: 16
    edited March 20
    Oh great thanks Adele will have a look at the videos see if they help.
    I am dreading it too lannieloo. I have heard that the exam goes back to Level 2 & 3 subjects! I find it hard learning all the ratios, just so much to remember! :o Thanks Kim, I will just have to revise over the mocks, It would be better if the AAT had more mocks to revise online though rather than 2
  • lannieloolannieloo Registered Posts: 15
    Hi Georgia how did you find the Exam???
  • GeorgiaHGeorgiaH AAT Student Posts: 16
    Hi Lannieloo

    I haven't actually sat the exam yet i was just having a little look at what to expect :) Have you sat your exam?
    I got my results back from financial statements last week but only got 61% so will have to resit that one :/
  • EviEvi Registered Posts: 3
    Hi Georgia

    I sat the synoptic in March. Some of the questions were exactly the format we have seen in the sample assessments but some were quite different. For one in the ratio question you have to calculate some ratios then it asks you to decide which of the options below best describes what is happening but it can ask you to compare to the last year or to the budget there are additional parts to the questions.
  • GeorgiaHGeorgiaH AAT Student Posts: 16
    Hi Evi
    Oh well that's good to hear that they are quite similar to the sample questions thanks. I can't remember what question it is but the one where you have to find the weaknesses in the business etc how many did you choose?
    You will have to let me know if you passed :) good luck
  • EviEvi Registered Posts: 3
    The number of weaknesses was five.

    I think this is the first exam that I really have no idea whether I have passed or not, and that was the feeling of everyone who did the exam that day. It is been 2 weeks and I really hate to have to wait.
  • GeorgiaHGeorgiaH AAT Student Posts: 16
    Was it really hard? Have you done decision and control exam yet?

    I have that on the 26th April... not looking forward to that atall :/ yes i know 6 weeks for the exam results is a long time to wait considering if you do fail the resits are the week after!
  • lannieloolannieloo Registered Posts: 15
    Hey there, yea I sat it in march... I won't lie I didn't like it! I'm rubbish at the written questions, it's where I loose marks in every exam And it was almost all written!
    I'm not confident at all of a pass so roll on the resits in July!!
  • EviEvi Registered Posts: 3
    I did Decision in Control in December and was one of the fortunate to get a not very difficult exam and I passed on my first attempt. I spent 1.5 hours on the calculations and left 1 hour of the exam just for the writing questions.
  • GeorgiaHGeorgiaH AAT Student Posts: 16
    HI Lannieloo - Oh no.. the thing I tend to do is ramble on about irrelevant points in the writing so i don't think i will be any good at that either! Well hopefully you get the pass :)

    Hi Evi - That's great! well done on passing.. I am really struggling with this one, and because there are only 2 practice exams on AAT site, you tend to start memorising the answers rather than working it out and then I come to examples on Osborne site an haven't seen a question like that before! It really is a hard subject.
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