The ICB's exam cycle runs from 1 April to 31 March each year. Exams written in May, July, September, November and February of the next year fall within the same exam cycle, and are based on the same curriculum. Updated study material is released in January of each year for the new curriculum.
Note: The ICB updates its curriculum and study material annually. It is important that you complete your exam in the exam cycle that your material relates to.
Portfolio of Evidence (PoE)
A Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) is a folder sent to you by the ICB once you have registered and paid for your exam. It includes assignments and tests you have to complete while studying. 30% of your final mark comes from the PoE.
Your final exam counts for the remaining 70% of your final mark. You'll include it in your PoE on exam day. The entire PoE is then marked by an ICB registered assessor will check to see if really know your stuff. The assignments and tests are essential, as they fully prepare you for the final exam, and also provide evidence of the hard work you've done leading up to it.
Results are released by the ICB approximately 7 weeks after completion of the relevant exam sitting. It will appear on your profile on the ICB's Student Portal.
You need to achieve a final mark of 60% to be found 'competent', while also achieving a minimum of 50% for the final exam.
If you're assessed as 'not yet competent', you have the opportunity to re-write your exam within 12 months of the original exam date. A fee is payable to the ICB for the re-write. Your tests and assignments do not count towards your mark anymore, and you have to achieve 60% for the re-write in order to be found competent.