Remote invigilation for selected AAT assessments

Remote invigilation is the method by which assessments are supervised over the internet, so instead of students having to go to an approved assessment centre, they can take their assessment at home or at another secure location of their choice. Students will be recorded during the entirety of their assessment, and all recordings will be reviewed.

Following the successful delivery of a controlled pilot of remote invigilation on a small number of our assessments we're pleased to confirm that remote invigilation will be made more widely available for a selected number of AAT assessments via a phased roll-out from 24 May 2021. The performance of all assessments conducted via remote invigilation will continue to be carefully monitored moving forwards.

The table below indicates our current plans to roll out remote invigilation across a number of our assessments. All of the dates and selected assessments remain subject to change at AAT's sole discretion.

Level Assessment Date
Access Access to Bookkeeping (ATBK) 24 May 2021
Access Access to Business Skills (ABSK) 24 May 2021
Foundation Bookkeeping Transactions (BTRN) 24 May 2021
Foundation Bookkeeping Controls (BKCL) 24 May 2021
Foundation Foundation Synoptic (FSYA) 24 May 2021
Advanced Management Accounting: Costing (MMAC) 24 May 2021
Level 2 EPA In-tray assessment (ITAF) 24 May 2021
Advanced Advanced Bookkeeping (AVBK) 21 June 2021
Advanced Final Accounts Preparation (FAPR) 21 June 2021
Advanced Indirect Tax (IDRX) 21 June 2021
Foundation Elements of Costing (ELCO) July 2021

We will continue to work on making other assessments available via remote invigilation in the future and will keep you updated if there are any changes to the timetable outlined above.

What you need to know

To support the requirements of remotely invigilated assessments, there will be an additional fee of £35.00 if students opt to sit their assessment via remote invigilation. When scheduling the assessment, there will be the option to schedule the standard assessment or the remotely invigilated assessment. If remote invigilation is selected, the associated increased fee will be invoiced.

To accommodate the remote invigilation functionality and meet necessary regulatory and security requirements, we've made adjustments to the structure and format of some of the assessments.

AAT has created a Remote invigilation user guide (PDF) containing the full details of how remotely invigilated assessments work, what the limitations and advantages are, how to install the required software, how students should prepare and what they need to do.

Training providers must ensure that any students who plan to sit a remotely invigilated assessment have read and understood the relevant section of this document, so that they can familiarise themselves with the requirements well in advance of the assessment. Ideally training providers should discuss the choice of assessment format with the student, to ensure the most appropriate is chosen.

For computer marked assessments, your result will be released within 15 business days. On occasion it may be necessary to hold a result for longer, pending the conclusion of any required investigation, if a flag is raised against your invigilation video. Results for externally marked assessments will continue to be released within six weeks. For more information see the results page.

Accessing the assessment

Follow these five steps to access and sit your assessment.

  1. Download and install the PSI secure browser and Surpass Viewer software.
  2. Open the PSI secure browser, enter your exam and personal details (remember to enter your keycode in the phone number field) and complete the ID photo, room scan and photo checks. You will then be shown an AAT webpage with a link to open Surpass Viewer.
  3. Click on the Switch to Surpass Viewer link to open the assessment keycode screen within Surpass Viewer (if it does not work, ensure that you have Surpass Viewer installed. If it still does not work, open Surpass Viewer manually and enter the following aat URL into the address bar).
  4. Enter your keycode (this will have been emailed to you).
  5. When you take your assessment, ensure that you keep the PSI secure browser running in the background and only close it after you have submitted your assessment.

Practice assessments

The remote invigilation versions of assessments contain some additional features. These are a calculator tool and a dedicated area for rough workings. These have been added within tasks, where required, as physical calculators and blank paper are not permitted for remotely invigilated assessments. Additionally, any remotely invigilated assessment over two hours will have a 15-minute break halfway through.

You can read more about these features on page 20 of the Remote invigilation user guide (PDF).

Practice assessments are not available to take via the remote invigilation software; however, students can access one practice assessment for each assessment via AAT Lifelong Learning Portal.

  • ATBK, ABSK, BTRN, BKCL, MMAC: will be available in the week of 3 May.
  • FSYA, ITAF, AVBK, FAPR, IDRX: will be available in the week of 10 May.
  • ELCO will be available in June.

If Surpass Viewer doesn't automatically open, please uninstall and reinstall it. Instructions on how to reinstall can be found on the Surpass Viewer page.


To maintain the validity and security of the assessment, students will not be allowed to take blank paper into the assessment (only a single piece of paper containing the student's keycode) and they will not be able to access websites.

Students should download this Remote invigilation live assessment troubleshooting guide (PDF) and ensure that it's on their PC and accessible from their desktop prior to starting their assessment, so they can easily and quickly refer to it if needed.

Submitting an incident report

All incidents, such as technical problems, fire alarms, etc must be recorded in an incident report and emailed to by the end of the next working day after the assessment.

During remotely invigilated assessments students themselves will need to complete and submit incident reports to AAT when an issue has occurred. A student's incident report form should contain as much information as possible about the issue that occurred, when it occurred, what impact it had and what steps were taken to rectify it.

Incident reports will only be accepted if they are completed by the student and submitted on time. No one else should complete an incident report on their behalf.

If AAT's investigation of the incident confirms that, through no fault of the student, they were unfairly disadvantaged, AAT will take this into account when their performance in the assessment is reviewed.

Download an incident report form (PDF)

If you're unable to submit your assessment AAT will, wherever possible, issue a valid result instead of a void, but only where the invigilation video covers the full duration of the sitting up to the point of submission. However, if the invigilation video has stopped part way through the assessment due to a drop in internet connectivity, AAT will void the attempt and will issue a credit note back to the scheduling assessment centre to the value of AAT’s assessment fee.

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