Interview with a Learner: the AAT Experience

Posted by: Andre Post Date: 28th November 2014

We caught up with Robert Nicol, an AAT distance learner with Babington. He sat his AAT level 2 exams within only two months, moving straight onto level 3 afterwards.

Robert told us how he studied the course so quickly, and about his plans for the future.

Hello, Robert. When did you start studying, and when did you take the exams?

Interview with a Learner: the AAT Experience

I started studying in May and took my first exam in September. I did the last exam on the 14th November, and felt confident enough to think I’d passed, but I’m quite an impatient person so decided to apply for level 3 whilst waiting for the results. I’ve been told the result would come within 4 to 6 weeks and that’s time I’d prefer to spend studying Level 3.

It took me 6 months from receiving the level 2 books to sitting the last exam. I’m hoping to complete level 3 in the same amount of time.

How did you prepare for each exam so quickly?

I studied every night after work, and prepared for the exams by using the mock exams on the AAT website, Babington’s own assignment modules, and the Osborne books website. All very handy websites which give a good idea of what to expect.

Are you currently working in a financial role? If so, how have your studies helped?

I work in the Purchase Ledger department of a major organisation, where my work consists of entering and processing invoices. I decided to do AAT because I wanted to see the bigger picture, and it has certainly helped in that way.

What do you plan to do next?

I’m hoping to do all of the AAT levels and see how it all pans out. I don’t have a formal qualification (at degree level) and it’s kind of on my bucket list to attain an equivalent qualification.

Have you got any tips for other learners who want to study AAT from home?

The only advice I’d have for distance learners – for all learners, actually – is that you only take out what you put in. If you don’t feel confident going in to the exam, use the websites/tutors available to you, and strengthen your weaknesses. In my case, I paid for the whole course, so it was wise for me to study hard and get my money’s worth!

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