How To Pass Your ICB Paper Exam

Once you know how to pass your ICB paper exam, you will become closer to reaching your study goal. Achieve top results and achieve your qualification.

To pass your ICB paper exams, you need to: 

  • Start studying early
  • Create a study schedule
  • Find a study space fit for you
  • Prepare for the exam with your PoE
  • Take regular breaks
  • Avoid digital distractions
  • Revise with flashcards and study notes
  • Make sure you know when and where you are writing

How Can I Pass My ICB Exam?

You can pass your ICB course through constant revision! This will help you pass your ICB course. Use these tips to help you revise your course material to pass your ICB paper exam. 

Start Studying Early

Try your best to start studying early. You should revise your work as soon as you can before your exams. You will have more time to study and avoid cramming before your finals.

Create A Study Schedule

To help you study early, create a study schedule. You can allocate enough study time to each of your subjects. You can also note down important dates and study breaks. 

Take Regular Breaks

Feel refreshed and motivated when you take regular breaks. Go for a walk in the park, enjoy a social gathering with friends or curl up on the couch watching your favourite series. 

Find A Study Space Fit For You

You need to have a space where you can focus, avoid distractions and stay organised. Ensure it has natural light and the necessary tools, such as an internet connection and a computer. 

Avoid Digital Distractions

Put away digital devices that can distract you while you study. This includes your cellphone and tablet. You run the risk of wasting time instead of studying. 

Prepare For The Exam With Your PoE

Your digital portfolio of evidence (PoE) is a great way to help you prepare for your exams. This will allow you to practice your skills and gain new knowledge. 

Revise With Flashcards And Study Notes

While you study, make notes of important information, definitions, formulas and examples. Add this information to flashcards. This will help you memorise for your exam

Make Sure You Know When And Where You Are Writing

Make a note or set a reminder for your exam date and venue. You can prepare for your exam and keep track of the completion deadline, which will help you qualify for the finals. 

ICB Exam Timetable

The ICB exam timetable is helpful as you prepare for your paper exam. In the timetable, you will find:

Important Dates

Keep track of important dates in your ICB exam timetable. This will help you avoid missing deadlines and know when you will write your exams. It lists:

  • The exam month you will write
  • Closing dates for exam entries
  • Due date to postpone your exam
  • PoE completion deadlines
  • Release date of results

Exam Types

You can find the details for both the paper and online exam on the timetable. Since you are writing your paper exam, pay close attention to the dates and subjects for your exam type. 

Important Information

At the bottom of the timetable, you can also find important information for all ICB students. It informs you on each exam length and where to book your finals. 

What Are Venue-Based Exams?

Venue-based exams occur when you physically complete your exam in an approved exam centre or at your college. You will complete your exam using answer books and question papers.

What Is The ICB Pass Mark?

To meet ICB pass requirements, you must get:

  • 60% to pass your subject
  • 50% to pass your final exam

Please note: There are no minimum requirements for your PoE. You need to ensure that it is 100% done by the completion deadline. 

How Are ICB Results Calculated?

ICB results are made up of your PoE and final exam. The PoE counts 30% towards your final mark. Your finals make up 70% of your results. 

How Long Do I Have To Wait To Get My Results? 

The results are issued within seven weeks after the final exam. You can also check the ICB exam timetable to determine when your marks will be released. 

What Happens If You Fail An ICB Exam?

If you fail your ICB exams, you can choose to rewrite or re-mark your exam.


You can rewrite the subject you failed without redoing a new PoE if the rewrite is in the same calendar year. Re-book your exam and pay the exam fee. 


With a re-mark, the ICB will re-mark your exam and issue a full report on your results. Remember to apply within a month after receiving your results and pay the re-mark fee. 

Are There ICB Past Exam Papers?

No, there are no ICB past exam papers. The content of your studies changes each calendar year. So you run the risk of studying incorrect information and failing your exam. 

Remember: If you know anyone with exam papers, report it to ICB or your training provider. 

ICB Paper Exam Rules

Avoid misconduct and complete your exam successfully by following the ICB paper exam rules

  • Get to the venue no later than 15 minutes before the exam.
  • Make sure you have your proof of identity, calculator, black pen and pencil.
  • Follow the instructions given by the exam invigilator.
  • Ask permission to leave the exam venue. 
  • You MUST hand in all question papers. 
  • No cheating. 

ICB Exam Policy

The ICB exam policy lists the exam rules and important information all students should follow. It details each section of the assessment policy, from conduct in the exam to disciplinary actions. 

What Are ICB Exam Disqualifications?

If you are disqualified from an exam, this means you cannot write your finals. Actions that can lead to disqualification include:

  • If your PoE is not 100% complete by the deadline
  • Cheating
  • Plagiarism
  • No proof of identity at the exam
  • Arriving late at the exam venue 
  • Writing your exam on the wrong date

What Is ICB Exam?

The ICB exam tests the knowledge and skills you have learnt in the ICB course. There are two types of exams available to you.

  • Paper exam
  • Online exam

What Is The Difference Between Paper And Online Exams?

The main difference between paper and online exams is how the exam is completed.

  • Paper exams – Paper exams are written at your college or ICB-approved exam venues. You will complete your exam in the answer books and submit them to the invigilator after the exam. 
  • Online exams – You can write your exams online at a venue of your choice. But you need to meet the technical requirements. You will submit your work online after completing the exam.  

How Do ICB Online Exams Work?

You can complete your ICB online exams at home, work, or college. But where you will write needs to meet the technical requirements, such as having a stable:

  • Internet connection
  • Hardware
  • Software 

How Long Is The ICB Exam?

Both the paper and online exams are 3½ hours in length. 

  • Paper exams take place from 09:00 to 12:30.
  • Online exams open from 09:00. But all online exam sessions close at 16:30. 

Keep in mind: You will not get any extra time to complete your exam. So make sure you get to the venue or sign in on time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

You can get technical support during your ICB online exam. You can contact them using the chat box on Macci. They will help you clear up issues to complete your course successfully. 

You can find your ICB assignments in your portfolio of evidence (PoE). This includes three assignments and two tests. 

Yes! All ICB courses are accredited. This will help you stand a better chance of getting employed. Accredited ICB courses you can study include:

All ICB qualifications are recognised. Each qualification is equivalent to an NQF level. This ensures that your certificate is recognised in South Africa.

You can only study further at Unisa through recognition of prior learning (RPL). This means you can use your relevant ICB qualification or work experience as credits to study further.

No, you cannot. ICB only conduct assessments. You need to register with a training provider to study ICB courses. We are an ICB training provider that will help you pass your studies and reach your goals. 

The benefits of studying with us include:

  • Getting all your study material delivered to you
  • Assistance from our expert tutors
  • Help from our excellent student support team
  • Access to online study groups
  • Study fast and pay less

If you complete your national certificate, you can study further and complete the ICB stream. Complete all levels in your ICB course, and you will achieve your diploma.

Last Updated: 6 February 2023



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