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AAT sitters’ hopes are going down the tubes

AAT has apologised for the technical issues that caused difficulties in completing certain tasks during the Level 3 Advanced Diploma synoptic windows. It admitted that it has received a number of incident reports and is now investigating the issues urgently to make sure they are addressed for the subsequent synoptic windows.

July 2017

To ensure all students are treated fairly AAT told PQ magazine: “Due consideration will be given for students who experienced technical difficulties before their result is released.” The AAT told us that over the past few weeks it has been listening closely to feedback from students and training providers regarding its AQ2016 assessment.
This latest episode follows problems with the MDCL exam. PQ was told of students leaving the Level 3 synoptic tests in tears, with lots of stories of screens freezing and even crashing. One top tutor said: “In my opinion the test is not fit for purpose and the AAT should be held to account.”
Another said the AAT must have known there were problems because shortly after the Training Providers’ conference they announced a 15-minute extension to the spreadsheet section.
Spreadsheets were the talk of the recent conference. Many tutors said they were finding the spreadsheet element of the synoptic test at Level 3 “just too big to handle”.
While tutors ‘love’ spreadsheets they admitted they were struggling to get their trainees ready for the test. The requirements were also felt to be ‘pedantic’ by some tutors PQ spoke to.

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