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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.


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”.


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




MSC College – East London

14 St Matthews Road


East London



East London Management Institute

231 Oxford Street


East London





MSC College – Port Elizabeth

71-76 Parliament Street


Port Elizabeth


Free State




MSC College – Bloemfontein

2nd Floor, Allied Building

98 Charlotte Maxeke Street










MSC College – Benoni

54 Woburn Avenue





The Academy of Commerce and Accounting – Benoni

Shop E22M, Lakeside Mall

Tom Jones Street






MSC College – Braamfontein

Cnr of Smith and Melle Streets





Sandton Ridge



Block B, Greyston Ridge

144 Katherine Street

Sandton Ridge


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




Pretoria North


Boston – Pretoria North

1st Floor, Republic Leasing

Cnr of Gerrit Maritz and Burger Streets






Rosebank College – Sunnyside

Cnr of Jorissen and Johnston Streets








42 Donald Road

Glen Donald









NG Kerk Port Natal

455 Esther Roberts Road (ex Frere Road)






Qualitas Career Academy – Newcastle

The Edu Centre (off Sutherland Street, opposite Checkout)








Boston – Polokwane

1st Floor, Penur Building

52 Landdros Mare Street








PPK Kerk – Middelburg

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






Unigrad – Nelspruit

34 Ferreira Street



North West




MSC College – Klerksdorp

91 Anderson Street






Centurion Academy – Rustenburg

39 Heystek Street




Western Cape






MSC College – Bellville

5 Church Street

Cnr Durban & Church Street






Rhodes High School

Montreal Avenue


Cape Town


Table View


HC Varsity

1st Floor, Giuliva House

47 Blaauwberg Road

Table View



Afritech Training Solutions

Milnerton Mall, 2nd Floor

Cnr. Koeberg and Loxton Road






Jesua Consultants

Diaz Office Park

Block B, Unit 21

Beach Boulevard West

Diaz Beach

Mossel Bay







Vocational College Walvis Bay

86 Hage Geingob Street


Walvis Bay




BSW Business Solutions

31 Calcium Street





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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.


Last Updated: September 24, 2018

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