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Passing AAT with distinction

26 October 2018

The AAT’s latest pass rates come with a breakdown of the number of ‘pass’, ‘merit’ and ‘distinctions’ awarded to AAT PQs at the various levels of the qualification. And the stats show that getting a distinction doesn’t always come easy.

Education chief Suzie Webb had promised more transparency in this area at the annual conference earlier this year, and she has delivered on that promise.

The figures show just 3% of those sitting the Professional Diploma in Accounting managed to gain a distinction, with a further 46% gaining a merit. Distinctions were slightly more prevalent at the Advanced Diploma in Accounting level, at 18%.

The stats are, however, turned on there heads for the Foundation Certificate in Accounting. Here 52% of PQs achieved a distinction, 43% passed with a merit, and just 5% just passed.
When it comes to the worldwide pass rates for CBAs (for the 12 months to 30 June 2018) three papers stand out as ‘the toughies’ – IBLW, CTRM and PDSY. These three are all hovering around the 50% pass rate. Cash & Treasury Management has the lowest individual pass rate this time around at exactly 50%. Access to Bookkeeping (ATBK) at 95.7% and Business Communications, Personal Learning Skills (BPLS) at 94.7% are the assessment with the best pass rates.

* See next month’s issue for those pass rates in full.

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