ICB Exams – Everything you need to know

ICB exams and assessment

Welcome to everything you need to know about your ICB exams. Wondering how your ICB course will be graded? It’s easy. 30% of your final mark comes from the activities and evaluations you undertake during your course. Your Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) is a folder given to you at the start of the course, once you’ve registered for an assessment with the ICB. You’ll need to put any assignments given to you as well as the tests you take in it. Your PoE is complete when your final assessment is added to it at the end of your course.

Your final assessment will count for the remaining 70% – this is your exam. You will need to include it in your PoE, which an ICB-registered assessor will then check to see if you really know your stuff. You’ll need to get at least 50% for this exam to pass, regardless of your overall mark.

This doesn’t mean that you can slack with your activities and evaluations during your studies, as they fully prepare you for the final assessment, and also provide evidence of the hard work you’ve.

ICB Exams

What do I need to pass?

In order to pass your ICB exams, you will need to get 60% for the overall course.


When and where are my ICB exams?

ICB exams are held at ICB-approved assessment centres around southern Africa. You can find a list of the centres here. Assessments take place at these centres in February, May, September and November – see the ICB timetables for dates.


  • You can only be assessed if you have paid your annual ICB student registration fee.
  • Make sure that you double check the ICB Assessment Policies & Procedures before you start completing your PoE, as these are updated from time to time.

You can use the ICB Learner Portal to find your results online. The in-depth ICB Learner Portal guide explains how you can do this.


What happens if I do not pass my ICB exam?

Don’t worry, you do have a second chance if you don’t pass your ICB exams the first time. If you did not pass, you still have the chance to write one (just one) re-assessment, which has a pass mark of 60%. You must do this within 12 months of your original summative assessment date. We do recommend that re-assessments are written ASAP, as subject content will change and it’s your responsibility to make sure you are aware of what’s changed.


What happens if I need to postpone an assessment?

Should you need to delay your ICB exams then you will need to check the Assessment Timetables to see when you need to submit postponements by and pay a postponement fee. There are cut-offs for these for each assessment cycle so make sure you request a postponement in time.

If you need to postpone your assessment because you’re ill on the day, you can apply for a free postponement (include a doctor’s certificate with your request), which may be issued at the ICB’s discretion. Assessment for subjects can be postponed once only if we have received your postponement fee in time. Download the ICB Assessment Policy to learn more.

The ICB Distance Learning Courses page for more information about the different ICB accredited courses that you can register for. Read more on ICB here. For more information read the ICB prospectus page.

Last updated: April 3, 2019