Would you prefer to stay with AOL?
I ask because after two and a half years, that's quite a time to be getting messed around by a problem which doesn't seem to be line related.
Having said that, if there's no line problem (as far as you know), then there's no need to use the BT speedtester as such. Use another. You can use TBB's speedtester to gather screenshots or URL's of speeds available, use the ping tool to monitor the latency of the line through a given day etc.
If the line can manage 7 Meg at night, but not through the day, it's either contention, or throttling. Do your neighbours on AOL have slow speeds at all? Does your broadband line seem weather sensitive?
FWIW I stopped using the BT speedtester more than five years ago. iirc it required that you changed the login details on the router so that you bypassed your ISP. I always did what was asked, and never got a connection. Never worked out why, but just moaned a fair bit to my ISP about it, and eventually they accepted that the BT speedtest was not an option. Not sure if that's how the thing works now though. Get any old speedtests, as long as your setup and test method is consistent, there's no problem.
If AOL insist on BT tests, tell them why etc, and explain that you can get 7 Meg, so it can't be a throughput issue/line issue, so it must be AOL.
Lastly, right after you complete a speedtest, take a note of your router/modem line stats (Up and down SNR and attenuation) and pings to the speedtest site. If there's a line problem, it will show up.
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