AQ2016 – Synoptic Assessments

How will I be assessed?

You will need to successfully complete all individual unit and synoptic assessments for each qualification. Units will be assessed by a mixture of Computer Based Tests (CBTs) and synoptic assessments.

All assessments in the qualification are:

  • Set and marked by AAT
  • Computer based
  • Time limited
  • Scheduled by training providers or assessment venues
  • To be sat at approved centres and venues in controlled conditions

The duration of the synoptic assessment will vary depending on the qualification:

  • Foundation synoptic assessment: 2 hours
  • Advanced synoptic assessment: 3 hours
  • Professional synoptic assessment: 3 hours

To achieve the qualification and be awarded a grade you must complete all mandatory assessments and the synoptic assessment.

For the Professional Diploma in Accounting, you must also complete two optional units from the five optional units available.

What is a synoptic assessment?

The synoptic assessment is a new element within the AQ2016 accounting qualifications. It is designed to test your understanding of connections between the different topics covered across the qualification.

When should I take a synoptic assessment?

Each Accounting qualification has one synoptic assessment, which should be sat at the end of your qualification when all the associated learning has taken place. Please note that short course qualifications do not include a synoptic assessment.

Unit assessments will still be available on demand, but synoptic assessments will be restricted to fixed, limited assessment sittings. To view the planned synoptic assessments slots between 2016 and 2017 click here

How long will I have to wait for my assessment results on AQ2016?

All fully computer marked assessments will provide provisional results immediately after the assessment. Any assessment that has an element of human marking will take up to six weeks for the results to be available.

For more information please contact the office at or visit the AAT website here: