ICB Exam 10 Point Checklist

ICB Exam 10 Point Checklist

Date Published: September 15, 2020

When preparing to write your ICB exams, there are a few things you should know. 

Here is an ICB exam checklist to help you out.

Exam registration and application

Here is what you need to remember with regards to registration and application:

Exam Dates

For 2020, the ICB exam dates have already been released. 
Click here to view the exam dates and venues from August 2020 to December 2020. 
Click here to view the exam dates for distance learning students.

Before writing your exams, make sure you know where you are writing and how to get there. You don’t want to get lost and miss your exam! 

Know how your exam will be marked

70% of your final mark comes from your exams. 30% is tests and assignments done during the course. This course work makes up your portfolio of evidence that you are required to submit with your final examination paper.

To pass the exam you need at least 50%, regardless of your current course marks. To pass the course work that counts 30%, you need at least 60%

Know your stuff

In order to do well in both course work and your exams, the key is to study and study hard. When cramming, the brain tends to not remember all the information. Do yourself a favour and study in advance. 

Make sure to study in shorter intervals to ensure retention. Study for 30-50 minutes with 10 minute breaks in between.

Bring the right documentation

You have to bring your portfolio of evidence to the exam. Without it, it cannot be included in your finals marks. 

Make a copy of your PoE so that you have a spare. Something may happen to the original and then you’ll lose all your marks. 

Portfolio of evidence

This is a collection of work that proves you have mastered your coursework. Each ICB subject you are required to complete a workbook before the exam. These workbooks makeup your PoE. 

You have to take your PoE with you to the exam as it is marked WITH the exam and counts towards your final mark. 

Your PoE is an easy way to get good marks before the exam. Make sure that you start as soon as you get the workbook so that you have enough time to complete it and study for the exam.

Know what to put in your portfolio of evidence

All your subject matter, assignments and work-books, are kept in this folder. These, including your final exam, make up your Portfolio of Evidence. 

Use your administration book that came with your PoE to see how to compile it. 

Make sure you complete and hand in your PoE as without it, you will fail.

Gaining points and presenting answers

Answering questions the right way is a sure way to get the marks. Be clear and concise when answering questions. Try using shorter sentences to make sure that your answer is easily understood. 

If fuller answers are required, make sure to go into depth. Don’t waste your time over-writing for lists or bullet point answers. 

Time management

Plan your time appropriately before writing the exam. It’s very easy to run out of time if you don’t use it correctly. Divide the time allocation depending on the marks. For instance, in a three hour exam, allow just over 1 and a half minutes per mark. This way you’ll be sure to finish on time. 

Finish the paper and then go back to make necessary corrections. By dwelling on a single question, you’ll run out of time to focus on the rest. If you’re stuck, move on and come back later.

Don’t panic

Panicking will make writing your exam even more difficult. Once you get to the exam, take a few deep breaths and refrain from discussing study areas with other students.

If you fail, you can try again in 3 months. 

Be confident and believe in yourself! 

This article was originally written on the 5th of November 2016. Find the original article here.

Author: Jan Badenhorst, CEO, Matric College

Published: September 15, 2020


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