AAT Exams

HWGTA is an assessment centre for AAT examinations, this booking system is only available to those booking individual exams for which study has been completed independently.

UPDATE: NEW DATE ADDED: Friday 30th April 2021

During the nationwide lockdown (which commenced 4th January 2021) education is deemed as an acceptable reason to leave the house, and the government are permitting the continuation of certain vocational examinations. We are very pleased to announce that we will be continuing to host our AAT examinations for the time being.

Our decision was made in compliance with the recently amended government guidelines and is supported by AAT. If you wish to view a statement from the exam board and to read further details of their COVID-19 response, please follow the link below.

More Information

As this is an ever-changing situation, we are keeping a close eye on the official guidance and will continue to adapt our approach in accordance with it. If any changes were to occur which meant that we would have to cease hosting exams, all candidates will be contacted immediately and the appropriate steps will be taken to reschedule or to refund, depending on how the individual candidate would like to proceed.

Please note: due to a tightening of restrictions, we now require all candidates to wear a face covering for the duration of their examination. This rule will be in effect until further notice.

If you do not feel comfortable attending your upcoming exam or cannot attend for whatever reason, you are entitled to a refund for the full cost of your exam(s), as long as you contact us before 9:00am on the day of your exam. Failure to do so in the event of non-attendance may result in HWGTA retaining the cost of your exam for you to use at a later date.

Please choose a date and location for your exam, you will input your chosen exam and AAT information during the checkout process.

  • Please bring with you an acceptable form of photographic ID, you may not be able to sit your exam if you do not present this prior to sitting your exam.
  • Please bring with you a basic calculator and pens/pencils; paper is provided.
  • All smart devices (including watches) are prohibited in the exam.
  • Please note you must arrive by 9.15 am to be ready to start the exam at 9.30 am.
  • Failure to arrive on time will result in you being denied access to the examination room and you will not be entitled to a refund.
  • If you are eligible for extra time you must notify HWGTA and provide us with supporting evidence no later than 7 days prior to your exam in order for this to be added.
  • When booking a synoptic exam, it is your responsibility to check that the AAT-determined synoptic window coincides with the exam date you are trying to book. 
  • If you are booking an Using Accountancy Software exam, you must ensure you select the exam with the version of SAGE you have practised with and are therefore using for the exam. If you are not sure, ask your AAT training provider/tutor. Note: If you are using Sage One/Sage Business Cloud you must ask your provider to send HWGTA your login details no later than 5 working days before the exam date. 

General information for Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting

Students must successfully complete four mandatory unit assessments and one synoptic assessment to achieve this qualification. The proportion of this qualification assessed by external assessment is 100%.

General information for Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting

Students must successfully complete four unit assessments and one synoptic assessment to achieve this qualification. The proportion of this qualification assessed by external assessment is 100%.

From January 2018, Indirect Tax will no longer be assessed in the synoptic assessment.

General information for Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting

Students must successfully complete the three mandatory unit assessments and the one synoptic assessment plus unit assessments for two optional units to achieve this qualification. The proportion of this qualification assessed by external assessment is 100%

General Information

All assessments:

  • Are set and marked by AAT (with the exception of RPL, which is marked by the training provider)
  • Are computer based
  • Are time limited
  • Are scheduled by training providers or assessment venues
  • Take place at approved centres and venues under controlled conditions.

To achieve the qualification and to be awarded a grade, a student must pass all the mandatory assessments and the synoptic assessment.

Unit and synoptic assessments are not awarded grades individually, but the marks achieved in all assessments contribute to the student’s overall grade for qualification.


If you wish to find out more about Accountancy courses or Apprenticeships please complete our contact form or call us.