Computer based assessment (CBA) support

AAT assessments are back

We're pleased to confirm that AAT assessments will be available again from Monday 29 June.

We know that many of our training providers have started planning on reopening their doors in a safe way. As a result, we felt it was necessary to make a decision on turning our assessments back on to help students progress through AAT qualifications.

Read the full details on the Covid-19 assessments page.

New social distancing guidance for running assessments

Assessment centres must ensure that lockdown and social distancing measures in the country where they are located have been relaxed sufficiently for them to offer AAT assessments safely. 

Assessment centres are responsible for ensuring that they are Covid-secure and can support social distancing during the assessment process, putting the health and safety of staff and students first.

We have created some guidance to help assessment centres become Covid-secure in preparation for hosting AAT assessments, and to help enforce social distancing at the assessment centre and within the assessment room. This draws on the latest guidance from Public Health England and is based on the requirements and expectations of the assessment centre before, during and after hosting AAT assessments.

Assessment centres operating outside of England must refer to their own government’s advice and apply it accordingly.  

Read the social distancing guidance for training providers (PDF)

This page contains all the information you will need to run and support computer-based assessments (CBAs) through AAT’s assessment platform.

SecureAssess and SecureClient versions

It is important that you are using the latest versions, which are (as of 17 November 2017):

  • SecureAssess:
  • SecureClient Central (web):
  • SecureClient Central (installed):

If you're seeing previous versions, please refer to the Post-SecureAssess downtime guide (PDF) to update them.

Support material and important information

We continue to recommend that you and your students use Internet Explorer when carrying out any of the following activities:

  • Accessing practice assessments in the Study Support Search.
  • Taking non-invigilated assessments from home, specifically uploading documents for End Point Assessments and recognition of prior learning.
  • Internally assessing recognition of prior learning.
  • Scheduling and invigilating practice assessments on behalf of students. 

If you are not able to use Internet Explorer, you can find out how to enable Flash for other web browsers.

As per best practice, please ensure that your browsers, software and systems are kept fully up to date.

User guides

Download the following PDFs for support on installing and using the SecureAssess and SecureClient systems:

Instructional videos

The following videos will assist you in using SecureAssess; you may need to download Adobe Shockwave Player to view them. They will open in a new window:

Student support

Visit the following webpages to access further information on how to support students sitting their assessments and once they have received their results: 

Frequently asked questions

The following FAQs may also assist you with running computer based assessments:

We have created a number of troubleshooting guides to help you with your SecureAssess queries. Each link will open in a new window.

Live assessment queries

Marking and verification queries

Post assessment query

Let us know what you think of these troubleshooting guides.

SecureAssess quizzes

Ideal for new staff members or anyone new to using SecureAssess, they'll tell you how well you know SecureAssess (and the correct answer if needed).

Each link will open in a new window.

AQ2016 graded qualifications

To view your students' percentage results for graded AQ2016 qualifications, log into your Centre Assessment Results online service via MyAAT. This information is also accessible to students via the Your Assessment Results service when they log into MyAAT.

Training provider webinars

We have created several webinars that cover a wide range of topics for training providers and venues. You can join our upcoming sessions and view previously recorded versions on the Training provider webinars page.