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Everything you need to know about AAT exams

Are you thinking about earning your AAT qualification? Our AAT guide gives you all the information you need to prepare for and book your exam. Find out which level is right for you and learn more about what you can expect on exam day.

AAT exam levels

There are 3 levels of exams.

AAT Level 2 – Certificate in Accounting

  • 5 computer based exams

AAT Level 3 – Intermediate Diploma in Accounting

  • 6 computer based exams

AAT Level 4 – Advanced Diploma in Accounting

  • 5 computer based exams + 1 case study

We recommend that you study online AAT courses before you sit your exam. You should begin your studies at the level that suits your current accounting knowledge and work experience. If you’re not sure where to start, take a look at the programme syllabus for each of our AAT courses here.

*You may be eligible for exemptions from certain assessments at each level, depending on your previous work experience and existing qualifications. You can find out more about exemptions here.

Preparing for your exam

Once you have chosen which level to study, you can visit InterActive’s enrolment page to select the AAT online study package that meets your needs.

InterActive’s online AAT courses are flexible, affordable, and best of all, taught by award-winning tutors, so you can be sure that you will receive high quality AAT tuition.

We offer a variety of innovative e-learning resources, including access to HD video lectures, lecture notes, live Q&A sessions, study texts, revision kits, and more.

Before completing your online AAT course, you’ll take a Tutor Marked Practice Assessment which will build your confidence for exam day. After completing the assessment, you have one month to sit your AAT exam.

Visit our AAT online tuition page for more information about our study packages.

About the exam


You can sit your AAT exam at any of the UK’s assessment venues, or at an AAT approved international examination centre.


You can take your exam at any time during the year. When you study online AAT courses with InterActive, you have up to one month to sit your AAT exam after you have passed your Tuition Marked Practice Assessment.


The AAT computer based exams range from 90 to 150 minutes in length.


AAT exams take the form of computer-based assessments. Exams at AAT Level 2 or AAT Level 3 are marked immediately after completion, so you’ll get your results before you leave the exam centre. AAT Level 4 results are released after 6 weeks. You should achieve around 70% in order to pass.

Booking your exam

InterActive will book your AAT exam for you when you enrol on our online AAT courses. The exam booking service includes one year’s AAT membership, as well as your exam fees. Terms & conditions apply.

If you’re interested in enrolling on AAT courses with InterActive, call us on + 44 (0) 20 3535 1274 or email us at Our enrolment advisors will be happy to guide you towards earning your AAT qualification.