Exam Information — AAT Assessments

The AAT qualifications are assessed by means of computer-based assessments (CBAs). The timetables for the CBAs are determined according to the students’ own schedules. When a student is ready to take an assessment, OTI will arrange for the assessment to take place at a computer centre as close as possible to the student’s location. Travel and accommodation (where required) will be for the student’s own account.

Note: Students are required to write and pass separate assessments for each module of their AAT qualification.

 

How are the AAT assessments scored?

The AAT certificates are competency-based qualifications.
This means that you must display competency in each task relating to the qualification.
Competency is judged according to predetermined minimum standards.
In an assessment, you will be found to be either ‘Competent’ or ‘Not Yet Competent’ — there are no marks or percentages.

When will my AAT exam/assessment results be available?

Please have a look at the following table to see when your results for a specific module will be available:

Level: Module: Results available:
NQF3 – Certificate Accounting Technician All modules except Computerised Accounting Immediately on the computer;
OTI administrator will send an email confirming the results within 3 working days after the assessment.
Computerised Accounting Results will be available 3 weeks after the assessment and will be emailed to the candidate.
NQF4 – FET Certificate Accounting Technician All modules except Spreadsheet Software Immediately on the computer;
OTI administrator will send an email confirming the results within 3 working days after the assessment.
Spreadsheet Software Results will be available 3 weeks after the assessment and will be emailed to the candidate.
NQF5 – Certificate in Accounting All modules Results will be available 6 weeks after the assessment and will be emailed to the candidate.

Frequently-asked questions regarding Computer-Based Assessments (CBAs):

  • What are Computer Based Assessments (CBAs)?
      Computer-based assessments are the electronic equivalent of paper-based assessments.
  • Why is the AAT developing CBAs?
      The AAT wants you to have more flexibility with your exam timetable. With the CBAs, you’re able to sit for examination throughout the year.
  • Are CBAs easier or harder than the paper-based assessments?
      Neither — both types of assessment test the same areas to the same standard, and deliver comparable results.
  • How long is each CBA?
      Two to three hours.
  • Will there be practice papers available before I do the real assessment?
      Yes, there is one practice paper available for each unit, which you can complete as many times as you like. The practice paper helps you familiarise yourself with the assessment software and question types. The results of the practice assessment are available immediately, and indicate your competency regarding all the tasks. They also include a diagnostic report to help you identify areas where you are not yet competent. There is no cost involved in taking the practice assessment, but you need to schedule it with OTI in advance, as it is a live online assessment.
  • How will competency be measured in the assessment?
      To be found competent in your assessment, you will need to complete all the tasks successfully. Your competence will be measured against the minimum standard set for the assessment.
  • What happens if I am unsuccessful? Can I re-sit the assessment?
      Yes, but you would first have to do more revision, get assistance from your tutor, and come to an agreement with OTI regarding the cost of a re-sit, as well as other logistical arrangements. Your OTI course fee covers only one assessment per module.
  • Can I use my own calculator?
      Yes, but the calculator must not be programmable. Calculators should not be able to store data, text or alphanumeric formulas. Calculators should not emit audible tones, be able to print, be programmable from other sources or be a function of a personal organiser, watch or mobile phone. Solar-powered calculators are used at your own risk.

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