ICB Exam Papers And Dates

When preparing for your ICB exams, you need to know when they are, where they are, and how they will be written. 

It is important to note that you can choose whether to write a paper-based exam or to write your exam online. Once you have chosen, you may not change your choice. 

Paper-based exams will take place in the morning, while online exams will be taken in the afternoon. Paper-based exam sittings and online exam sittings do not take place on the same dates. The exam timetable for 2022 is as follows:


Paper-based Exam (09:00 – 12:30)Online Exam (13:00 – 16:30)
March 7th – 10th 2022April 4th – 7th 2022
May 9th – 12th 2022June 6th – 9th 2022
August 1st – 4th 2022July 4th – 7th 2022
November 7th – 10th 2022September 5th – 7th 2022
 October 4th – 6th 2022
 December 5th – 8th 2022

What Is The ICB Pass Mark?

The overall required mark to pass is 60%. This is calculated using both the course assessment marks as well as your final exam marks. The minimum requirement for your final exam is 50%.

How Do I Register With MACCI?

Registering with MACCI can be done through the Provider Portal on the ICB website. Once you have registered with MACCI, you can access your profile through the MACCI Portal. Once you have your MACCI profile, you can watch the ICB’s youtube video on how to complete your PoE (portfolio of evidence).

What Is The PoE?

Throughout the course of your studies, you will keep your assessments and tests in a folder. This is your portfolio of evidence (PoE). The ICB will send you the Administration Book, which gives you instructions on how to complete your portfolio of evidence. 


The PoE is now digital, and all assignments and tests that you complete will need to be uploaded to your PoE once they have been marked. You can also choose to take your assessments online, which will mean that they are automatically uploaded once they have been marked. 


Once you do your final exam assessment, it will also be added to your PoE, and you will then need to submit this portfolio to be reviewed. If you have not kept your PoE, you will not be allowed to write the exam.

How Is The Final Mark Calculated?

Your final mark is calculated using your average from all of your course assessments and tasks, combined with your final exam percentage. 


Your coursework will count for 30% of your final mark, and your final exam will count for 70% of your final mark. The overall mark combined must be 60% or above to pass.

ICB Exam Results

Your results for assessments and exams will be emailed to you or can be downloaded from the ICB via the student portal.

How Can I Enter For An ICB Exam?

Distance learning students can register for the ICB exams through the Student Portal. You will fill out the Exam Entry Form, and select the subjects you will be writing for. You will then pay the specified registration fee, and submit your proof of payment with your exam entry. 

What Courses Are Available Through Distance Learning? 

The ICB offers all three of their streams of study through distance learning. These are: 


  • Business Management (requires Grade 11 to apply)
  • Financial Accounting (requires Grade 10 to apply) 
  • Office Administration (requires Matric to apply)

How Can I Book An ICB Exam?

Once you have registered for your exams, you will be given the option of doing the exam online or as a paper-based exam. This will determine the date of your exam. You can then check on the map of venues to find the exam venue closest to you.

What Is The Difference Between Online Exams And Written Exams?

Written exams are held in venues of the ICB’s choosing, and are invigilated. They are paper-based, and you hand in your paper at the end of the allocated time. 


Online exams are done wherever you choose, as long as you have an internet connection and a quiet place to take the exam. 


The online exams are proctored, meaning your activity is monitored through a system that will give an alert if you exit the exam at any point and try to reenter, or if you open a browsing window over the exam. This will be counted as cheating, and you will be kicked off the exam page.

How Can I Postpone My ICB Exam?

You can postpone your ICB exam if you have a valid reason. You must provide proof of your reason. Such reasons can include, but are not limited to the following:


  • Illness (doctor’s note required)
  • Death in the family (letter required)

How Can I Cancel My ICB Exam?

You will need to fill in a cancellation form to cancel your ICB exam. Note that this is only for distance learning students. Students who study directly at an ICB College must cancel through their college. 


To fill in the cancellation form, you will need the following information: 


  • Your name and surname 
  • Your email address 
  • Your cellphone number 
  • Your ICB student number 
  • The date of the exam you want to cancel your booking for 
  • The subject of the exam you want to cancel your booking for

Is ICB Internationally Recognised?

Yes, ICB qualifications are recognised internationally. The ICB started in 1931 in the UK and has since expanded to become one of the major providers of the qualifications that they offer.

What Have We Learned?

The pass mark for the course is 60%. You can register with MACCI through the ICB Provider Portal. Your Portfolio of Evidence is necessary to be allowed to write the exam. 


Your final marks are allocated 30% to your coursework and 70% to your final exam. 50% is the minimum to pass your exam. You can access your exam results via the student portal once they are released. 


You can register and book your exam on the ICB student portal. You can postpone your exam with the required documentary. You can cancel your exam using the cancellation form. Exams can be written online or as a paper-based exam. ICB qualifications are internationally recognised.

Author: Chloe Bydawell
Editor: Amy Venter
Date Published: 16 May, 2022

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