Tolley Exam Training ATT

Our training programme for the Association of Taxation Technicians’ exam (the qualification aimed at those working in tax compliance) helps you to prepare thoroughly. Study with our proven study programmes and benefit from our expertise in tax and training.

  • The Qualification
  • Pass Rates
  • Venues and Dates
  • Whether you work in professional practice, industry, commerce, or the public sector, the Association of Taxation Technicians' examination is the recognised professional qualification in tax compliance suitable for you. The Association of Taxation Technicians was established to acknowledge the increasing demand for tax services and the need for a qualification for those working in tax compliance.


    • Your route to the essential tax qualification
    • Specialist trainers with outstanding pass rates
    • Face-to-face classroom, online and distance learning courses
    • Guaranteed Pass Scheme
    • Easy online application

    What do I need to do to gain the ATT qualification?

    Register as a student and apply to sit the exams

    You must register as a student with the ATT and be at least 16 years old, four months before your examination.

    You must also apply separately to sit the written exams direct with the ATT:

    • by the end of February for the May sitting; and
    • by the end of August for the November sitting.

    You can enter for the Computer Based Examinations at any time following the acceptance of your student registration.

    Study for the written exams and Computer Based Examinations

    Tolley Exam Training offers study and revision packages for all parts of the ATT qualification.

    We also provide detailed guidance for the Computer Based Examinations, which use a very different style of question requiring specific learning techniques. See our guidance on How to Tackle the Computer Based Examinations for more information.

    Sit and pass three written exam papers and two Computer Based Examinations

    The written certificate papers

    There are two compulsory core papers and you choose the third non-core paper based on your area of specialism. These papers are sat in May and November each year and you can sit any number of papers at a time. For each paper passed you are entitled to apply for a certificate of competency from the ATT.

    The papers are:

    Compulsory core papers:

    Paper 1 – Personal Taxation; and

    Paper 2 – Business Taxation & Accounting Principles.

    Your choice of one non-core paper from:

    Paper 3 – Business Compliance;

    Paper 4 – Corporate Taxation;

    Paper 5 – IHT, Trusts & Estates; and

    Paper 6 – VAT.

    Each paper can also test elements of Law and Ethics

    The written papers are split into short form questions and between three and six longer style questions that are a mixture of computational and written questions. Each paper is 3 hours and 15 minutes in length (including 15 minutes of reading time)

    The pass mark for each certificate paper is 50%. The results are released in January for the November examinations and July for the May examinations.

    You are allowed to take certain publications into the examination.

    The Law and Ethics Computer Based Examinations

    Each Computer Based Examination is a one-hour online examination of multiple choice and multiple response questions, which you can sit at any time during the year.

    The pass mark for the Computer Based Examinations is 60% (30 correct answers out of 50 questions). You receive the results from the Computer Based Examinations after it is attempted.

    Have two years practical experience

    In order to become a member of the ATT you must have two years practical experience as well as passing the above exams.

    Find out more about the Association of Taxation Technicians

    You can find more details of all of the papers and the exemptions available at or call them on 0844 251 0830.

  • When you choose an exam training organisation, the most important measure of success is its pass rates. At Tolley Tax Training we are proud that we have always published our pass rates for all examinations, and that they consistently surpass the national average.

    Two distinguishing factors have helped our students to success, and will contribute to your exam success too:

    * Our targeted study material, which enables you to focus specifically on the requirements of your particular examination. Our comprehensive and flexible online study package lets you make the most of your study time, and study whenever and wherever you want; and

    * Our dedicated tutorial and client services team, whose unrivalled knowledge of the examinations and your options means that all your queries can be answered in one place. We offer the best service because our sole purpose is to provide training and advice for the tax examinations.

    ATT May 2017 Examination Results

    Tolley Exam Training*

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    * Students who have studied with our Guaranteed Pass Scheme.

    ATT November 2016 Examination Results

    Tolley Exam Training*

    National Average

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    * Students who have studied with our Guaranteed Pass Scheme.
  • Dates and prices

    Download our course schedules to find out key course dates and prices for your Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) course.

    ATT May & November 2018 examinations


    We now have nine regional training centres for ATT qualifications so you can now study at a centre convenient to you.

    Please find below a list of our training centres:


    Ramada Encore
    Belfast City Centre
    Saint Anne's Square
    20 Talbot Street
    Belfast, BT1 2LD

    First Intuition
    6th Floor
    City Point
    Temple Gate
    BS1 6PL

    Maple House
    150 Corporation Street
    B4 6TB

    First Intuition
    Tangent House
    16 Forbury Road
    RG1 1SB

    ManchesterNewcastle London

    icount Training
    16th Floor
    Manchester One
    Portland Street
    M1 3LD

    Newcastle Business Village
    Clavering House
    Clavering Place
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 3NG

    Lexis House
    30 Farringdon Street
    EC4A 4HH

    CCT Venues-Barbican
    Aldersgate House
    135-137 Aldersgate Street
    EC1A 4JA


    First Intuition
    1 Aire Street
    LS1 4PR

How to Apply Online

Applying online is easy, simply follow these steps:

  1. Select your papers
  2. Select your options (click the red box to un-select)
  3. Fill in your details
  4. Submit your application form

What is The Guaranteed Pass Scheme

The Guaranteed Pass Scheme is a way of ensuring you have the ability and confidence to pass first time with Tolley. Our experience shows that students who follow the Tolley training programme and provide regular study time have a very high chance of passing their examinations.

All eligible students enrolled with us on this programme will be given one free distance learning and revision course if, in the unlikely event, they fail their examinations. The Guaranteed Pass Scheme comprises of our distance learning course; taught classroom courses and revision course.

Other Ways to Learn

Distance Learning

At the heart of all of our courses is our distance learning course. By signing up for a distance learning course you get a wealth of targeted material that allows you to study in your own time and at your own pace, safe in the knowledge that your material has been written by our own tutors. Our Distance Learning material comprises: 

  • Study manuals
  • Question banks
  • Practice exams
  • Memory joggers
  • Revision question bank
  • Revision mock
  • Access to the Tolley Academy
  • FREE Online lectures from Tolley Tax Tutor to support your studies
  • Membership of the Tolley student forum
  • Personal study plan on Tolley Tracker

Online Distance Learning

For those students who wish to study exclusively online, we offer an online option at a reduced price which gives you everything from the traditional distance learning course apart fromthe printed manuals and question banks.

Click here to see what is contained in our Law & Ethics distance learning package.

Taught Classes

If you want to enhance the distance learning course and give your studies a kick start you can attend our taught classroom courses. Presented by one of our experienced tutors these courses will explain the technical topics in a straightforward way, focusing on the key areas for the examination.

Revision Courses

If you wish to fine-tune your technical knowledge and practice your exam technique then our question based revision courses are the perfect preparation for your exam. The revision course is not a time to re-teach the syllabus, instead it's is all about question practice and how to best approach those questions to maximise your knowledge and the marks.

November 2017 Retake Options

FA16 Material Package

Memory Joggers (available now)

These revision summaries cover the syllabus for each paper. 

Revision Question Banks (available mid September)

A comprehensive bank containing exam standard questions including many of the recent real ATT papers (updated to FA2016 where necessary), all with suggest answers. 

Revision Mock (available early October)

An exam standard question paper and the suggested answers and marking guide.

Revision Course Package 

Including all the elements of the FA16 Material Package plus:

Revision Course

A Revision Course where the emphasis is on question practice. Your tutor will give a detailed debrief after each question is attempted in class concentrating on exam technique and what you needed to do to get a clear pass on that question. The course includes the Revision Mock which is at the end of the course and then marked and returned to you in the post. Please see the attached schedule for dates and locations.

Question Day (London only)

ATT - Paper 1 28 October 2017
ATT - Paper 2 4 November 2017

You will work through a series of chosen exam standard questions totalling 100 marks. The question will be set individually to time and will be marked. Your tutor will give a detailed brief in class concentrating on the harder aspects of the answer, exam techniques and what you need do to get
a clear pass on that question. All questions with marks and feedback will be returned to you during the day.