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AAT ‘uplifting’ MDCL marks after protests

AAT needs to provide more assurances about the marking process following the problems with the Management Accounting: Decision & Control (MDCL) assessment, say leading tutors.

June 2017

An internal AAT investigation led to the recent surprise ‘uplifting’ of the percentage marks for each student who has completed the MDCL assessment. Many students and tutors have felt for some time the Level 4 assessment was just too difficult, with high numbers of students stuck at “not yet competent”. The association says that it has now made adjustments to all assessment results that have been released from 1 September 2016 until 23 March 2017.
To provide more faith in the marking process leading tutors said the AAT should allow some training providers to take part in a standardisation exercise, so all training providers can have confidence that the written tasks are being marked fairly. AQ2016 sees the AAT taking on a more manual marking, with each synoptic assessment containing human marked tasks. Level 4 exams will also have examiner marked questions.
There are also concerns over how the refunds work for students who are deemed competent at the MDCL after the remarking process, announced in early April. PQ magazine has been told that the refund will be credited to the exam centre, not the student. So students will need to liaise with their exam centre to get that money back. The AAT have said that students will also receive a £50 goodwill gesture and it will contact students directly about this.

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