Yesterday the AAT announced flexibility in their exam rules …
These new exam rules will allow a way forward for some students waiting to complete their AAT qualifications .
We thought it would be useful to summarise the current options available with some commentary from us on each of those options.
The choices are:
- Remote Invigilation
- Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
- “Calculation of Results”
- Waiting until normal exams are allowed
Shown below is a table detailing which AAT units will be available by Remote Invigilation, RPL, ‘Calculation of Results’, or waiting until normal exams are resumed. In respect of RPL, we are delighted to announce that we will be offering this as an option for the AAT Level 2 UACS unit (Using Accounting Software).
* The earliest that Remote Invigilation will be available will be August. It will probably be later for the other papers. The AAT will presumably announce the dates in due course.
* * TBA = To Be Advised (by the AAT)
The AAT has advised us that these remote invigilation arrangements are supplementary to the hope that government restrictions will be relaxed sufficiently to allow normal exams to be held at centres able to deliver in compliance with safe distancing guidelines. This would be our preference and we would hope that this will happen well before the introduction of remote invigilation in August.
Recognition of Prior Learning
Recognition of Prior Learning has always been an option, but not a particularly attractive one because of the additional time and cost of the assessment and internal verification processes involved. The same assessment fee is charged by the AAT, but instead of paying the exam centre an invigilation fee, the training provider has to be paid to perform the assessment and internal verification, which for some units will take many hours and involves evidencing the assessment plan, the assessment and verification documentation, including the mapping document.
It also takes the student many hours pulling together the necessary documentation and will also generally involve some level of additional questioning and/or professional discussion with the assessor.
For this reason, it has never been a cost-effective option and is not one we generally offer. It is also worth noting that, for a traditional AAT Computer Based Assessment, the pass mark is 70%. However, under RPL, because all of the assessment criteria / learning outcomes have to be assessed as Competent, the required pass mark is effectively 100%. Any errors have to be followed up with additional training and assessment (which also needs to be evidenced).
However, as mentioned earlier, the exception to the above is UACS, because of the nature of the tasks being undertaken and the evidence being presented via the accounting software system used.
This approach may well now be a more attractive option for e.g. a Foundation student with just UACS and FSYA outstanding. The UACS exam could be assessed by RPL and FSYA by the calculation of results. However, these FSYA results will not be published until the same time as the August “A” Level results.
NB: It should be noted that RPL can only be used for a maximum of 50% of the units at any one level. If you did not see the AAT’s announcement yesterday, you can view it here.
For those interested in completing their UACS assessment via RPL, please contact us on [email protected] or speak directly with your personal tutor.
Written by Simon and Prue Deane