AAT - Prepare Financial Accounts for Sole Traders and Partnerships (FSTP) Exam


Studying for the AAT FSTP exam

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The AAT FSTP syllabus

A good page to start on if you are unclear where to begin would be the overview Financial Reporting page.

The syllabus for FSTP is split into 6 main learning outcomes (LOs):

LO1 Understand the need for, and the process involved in, the preparation of final accounts

The best page here is to look at the one on the Trial Balance and Errors.

LO2 Prepare accounting records from incomplete information

The Knowledgebank does not have any pages addressing the specific "incomplete records" exam style questions. However, the above page on the Trial Balance and Errors is relevant here as is a recap of basic Double Entry Bookkeeping, along with looking at Books of Prime Entry and the use of Control Accounts.

LO3 Produce final accounts for sole traders

Start with the overview Financial Statements page before exploring the pages on The Statement of Financial Position, The Statement of Comprehensive Income and the Statement of Cash Flows.

LO4 Understand the legislative and accounting requirements for partnerships

The Knowledgebank does not currently have any pages addressing partnerships.

LO5 Prepare a statement of profit or loss appropriation account

 The Knowledgebank does not currently have any pages addressing partnerships

LO6 Prepare a statement of financial position relating to a partnership

The Knowledgebank does not currently have any pages addressing partnerships

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