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ICB exams and assessments can sound quite complicated, and you might worry you are not sure what you need to hand in when, or where.  Or how you are supposed to register.  Read this detailed information page so that you can fully understand everything you need to know about ICB exams and assessments.

ICB Exams and Assessments

If you want the basic information on ICB Assessments and Exams follow this link.  On this page will be discussing these topics in depth.  Before we go into the details of the ICB exams, you first need to understand what the difference is between an Exam, an Assessment and a Portfolio of Evidence. You need to understand the “language” of your ICB exams.

Exams

An exam means that you sit down, at a time specifically arranged, with someone invigilating (supervising and checking that nobody can cheat), and you have a set amount of time to finish an exam paper.

Each ICB subject has a formal exam that you write when you have completed your studies for that subject. You get up to five opportunities in a year to write your exam, if you are a distance learning or home study student.

The formal exam is also called a “summative assessment”.

Assessments

An assessment is anything for which you get a mark. So an assignment that you do at home, but which gets marked at your college, can be an assessment. A formal exam can also be an assessment.

We get two different kinds of Assessments: Formative Assessments, and Summative Assessments.

Summative Assessment

A summative assessment is a formal exam.

Formative Assessment

Exercises, assignments and practicals can all be formative assessments. You do these over the period of your studies, and some of them can count towards your final mark for each subject. When you get your Portfolio of Evidence (POE) workbook, it will direct you to include all these things in your POE. In this way all the work you do in your course count towards your final marks.

Portfolio of Evidence (PoE)

A Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) is a workbook or collection of documents which act as proof that you have mastered a specific piece of work. With all your ICB subjects you gets sent a POE workbook before the exam. You must then complete this Portfolio of Evidence before the exam, and then take it with your to the exam. At the exam you hand in your PoE, and it gets marked with your exam. In this way it counts towards your final mark for your subject.

Since you get to do the Portfolio of Evidence before the exam, it is a good way to get some points before you even get to the exam!

You want to make sure you get your PoE as soon as possible, so that you have the maximum amount of time available to work on it, before the date on which you must hand it in at the exam.

How do I make sure I have the maximum time to work on my PoE?

When you Register for your exam, the ICB sends you the POE for the subject/s you have registered for. You then get to work on your POE from the date you receive the POE from the ICB, till your exam date. And then you hand in your POE at the exam.

So, if you want the maximum amount of time to work on your POE, you need to register for your exam as soon as you can. If you want to register for the February 2017 exams; then note that Exam Registrations for the February 2017 Exam open on 26 October 2016. And Registrations close for these exams on 23 December for distance learning students registering via the ICB student portal.

Once you have registered for your exam, the ICB will courier your POE to you. The ICB usually couriers your POE three to four weeks after receiving your exam registration application.

Note that you must get a POE for every subject you do. So if you register for three subject exams, then the ICB will send your three Portfolios of Evidence.

If your POE is incomplete, that can mean that you fail that subject. So make it as complete as possible. Also make sure that you make a copy of your POE before you hand it in. Put it in a safe place, so that you know if something happens to your POE, you have a back-up plan.

What exactly goes into my Portfolio of Evidence?

As you study a subject (or learning area) all your assessments are kept in a folder. So all these assessments, plus your final exam paper makes up your complete Portfolio of Evidence. When you get your POE from the ICB, it will contain the Administration Book , which tells you exactly how to complete your POE.

You hand all of it in at your final exam, and the assessors (examiners) marks all of it to determine if you pass or if you have to redo the work.

Note that you must get a POE for every subject you do. So if you register for three subject exams, then the ICB will send your three Portfolios of Evidence.

If your POE is incomplete, that can mean that you fail that subject. So make it as complete as possible. Also make sure that you make a copy of your POE before you hand it in. Put it in a safe place, so that you know if something happens to your POE, you have a back-up plan.

How your ICB Final Marks are Calculated

The ICB uses two different marks to determine your final mark, and to determine if you pass or fail your course. These two marks are marks for; 1. Your formal exam, and 2. Your Portfolio of Evidence.

Your formal exam counts 70% of your final mark. You must get at least 50% for your formal exam, to pass your course.

Your Portfolio of Evidence counts 30% or your final mark. This consist out of work done while you were studying your subject. Things like assignments, evaluations and other work.

You need to get a final total mark of 60% to pass your course.

ICB Exam Registration and Application

If you want to write an exam, you must do the following:

  1. Ensure you are registered with the ICB as an ICB learner.
  2. Apply for Exam Entry before the Exam Entry Closing Date – this is usually two to three months before the exam date.
  3. Ensure your yearly ICB Student Registration fee is paid to the ICB.
  4. Ensure your ICB Exam / Assessment fees are paid to the ICB.

This means you need to:

  1. Submit the Learner Details Form. Download the ICB 2017 Learner Details Form here
  2. Complete the Assessment Entry Form, and submit it. Download the ICB 2017 Exam Entry Form here
  3. Pay the correct Assessment Fee to the ICB

About ten days after the ICB has received your application documents and payment, they will send you a confirmation letter, and later on your POE.

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Finding an ICB Exam and Assessment Centre

 

As a home study student you will need to know where you closest assessment centre is so that you can write your exams.  This list was checked in 2016, so make sure you double check with the ICB or TWP Academy well before your exam so that we can ensure you know exactly where you will be able to write your paper.

 

Exam Centres

 

The ICB has many exam centres throughout South Africa, and even two in Namibia.  If you can’t find one that is near to you, or you are in another country, there are still options.  ICB can arrange to send our paper to a location where an invigilator has been arranged, for example in an embassy.

 

Eastern Cape

 

EAST LONDON

 

MSC College – East London

14 St Matthews Road

Southernwood

East London

5201

 

East London Management Institute

231 Oxford Street

Southernwood

East London

5201

 

PORT ELIZABETH

 

MSC College – Port Elizabeth

71-76 Parliament Street

Central

Port Elizabeth

 

Free State

 

BLOEMFONTEIN

 

MSC College – Bloemfontein

2nd Floor, Allied Building

98 Charlotte Maxeke Street

Bloemfontein

9301

 

Gauteng

 

JOHANNESBURG

 

Benoni

 

MSC College – Benoni

54 Woburn Avenue

Benoni

Johannesburg

1501

 

The Academy of Commerce and Accounting – Benoni

Shop E22M, Lakeside Mall

Tom Jones Street

Benoni

1501

 

Braamfontein

 

MSC College – Braamfontein

Cnr of Smith and Melle Streets

Johannesburg

Braamfontein

2001

 

Sandton Ridge

 

IBTC

Block B, Greyston Ridge

144 Katherine Street

Sandton Ridge

Johannesburg

Directions: M1, Greyston/Sandton exit, Katherine/Sandton off-ramp, Cnr of Greyston Drive and Katherine Street

 

PRETORIA

 

Pretoria North

 

Boston – Pretoria North

1st Floor, Republic Leasing

Cnr of Gerrit Maritz and Burger Streets

Pretoria

0182

 

Sunnyside

 

Rosebank College – Sunnyside

Cnr of Jorissen and Johnston Streets

Sunnyside

Pretoria

0001

 

VEREENIGING

 

Profin

42 Donald Road

Glen Donald

Meyerton

Vereeniging

1929

 

KwaZulu-Natal

 

DURBAN

 

NG Kerk Port Natal

455 Esther Roberts Road (ex Frere Road)

Umbilo

Durban

 

NEWCASTLE

 

Qualitas Career Academy – Newcastle

The Edu Centre (off Sutherland Street, opposite Checkout)

Newcastle

2940

 

Limpopo

 

POLOKWANE

 

Boston – Polokwane

1st Floor, Penur Building

52 Landdros Mare Street

Polokwane

0700

 

Mpumalanga

 

MIDDELBURG

 

PPK Kerk – Middelburg

Cnr of SADC & Meyer Streets (Next to CTM Tiles)

Middelburg

1050

 

NELSPRUIT

 

Unigrad – Nelspruit

34 Ferreira Street

Nelspruit

 

North West

 

KLERKSDORP

 

MSC College – Klerksdorp

91 Anderson Street

Klerksdorp

2571

 

RUSTENBURG

 

Centurion Academy – Rustenburg

39 Heystek Street

Rustenburg

0299

 

Western Cape

 

CAPE TOWN

 

Bellville

 

MSC College – Bellville

5 Church Street

Cnr Durban & Church Street

Bellville

7535

 

Mowbray

 

Rhodes High School

Montreal Avenue

Mowbray

Cape Town

 

Table View

 

HC Varsity

1st Floor, Giuliva House

47 Blaauwberg Road

Table View

7441

 

Afritech Training Solutions

Milnerton Mall, 2nd Floor

Cnr. Koeberg and Loxton Road

Milnerton

7441

 

MOSSEL BAY

 

Jesua Consultants

Diaz Office Park

Block B, Unit 21

Beach Boulevard West

Diaz Beach

Mossel Bay

6506

 

Namibia

 

WALVIS BAY

 

Vocational College Walvis Bay

86 Hage Geingob Street

Erongo

Walvis Bay

 

WINDHOEK

 

BSW Business Solutions

31 Calcium Street

Prosperitas

Windhoek

9000

 

What if there is no ICB assessment centre close to me?

 

If you live and work more than 200 km from one of these assessment centres, then you can apply to the ICB for Private Invigilation. This means an additional fee. And the ICB consider these requests on an individual basis. The ICB would always encourage you to rather make use of a recognised assessment centre.

 

ICB Exam Dates and Assessment Timetable

 

Exam dates for distance learning students are now five times a year. Note that the details of these dates can change, so make sure you get the very latest details when you register for an ICB exam.

Have a look at this page for ICB exam dates for 2017 – though remember to always check for the latest year.

ICB Exam Re-write and Re-assessment

 

You have up to one month after getting your results to apply for a re-mark. You need to compete and submit the Application Form for Re-Mark, and pay the relevant fee. An assessor and moderator will review your entire Portfolio of Evidence and compile a detailed Re-Mark Report for you.

If you want more detailed information on ICB re-assessments please follow this link.

 

ICB exam dates 2016

Last Updated: May 24 2017