Exam sessions are usually 9am - 12:30.  However, this may change.  Please refer to your exam confirmation letter for final details.

What to do and bring on exam day, is covered in the ICB's Examination Policy in Section 3 which is attached.  Here is an extract of the information for exam day for easy reference:




3.1. Invigilators are appointed by either by the ICB (at external Exam Centres) or by a college (if it is an accredited centre). Invigilators are there to make sure that the exams are run properly and according to ICB standards. Their decisions on any matters at the exam are final. 


3.2. If you are writing an exam, make sure you arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the exam, so that you are prepared and calm when the exam begins. Students who arrive at the Exam Centre up to 30 min after the start of a paper may be permitted to write – but must give a reason for their lateness. This plus your candidate number and time of arrival will be reported to the Academic Board (AB – but your performance and the reason for your lateness will be considered by the Academic Board when reviewing your results. 


If you cannot provide a good reason for being late, or we suspect you tried to get an advantage over other students, the Academic Board has the right to give you a zero mark for your exam result. If you arrive over 30 min after the start of a paper, you will not be allowed to write the exam. If extreme lateness has been caused by exceptional reasons outside your control, you can appeal to the invigilator in charge, who can decide whether to admit you or not. 


3.3. The ICB invigilator will ask students to provide proof of identity.

3.4. You may use basic or scientific pocket calculators (not financial) in the exam as long as:

  • You use them in a way that does not disturb other students
  • They don’t need mains power supply
  • They are not used to display information or run programmes that were stored on them before the exam.                            

3.5. You may not take any book, manual, paper or manuscript into the exam, except those which are approved by the ICB and are listed in the Examiner’s Instructions for that exam. Any unauthorised material will be collected by the invigilator who may keep it in case the ICB needs to see it.

3.6. You may not pass any information, book, paper or other material to any other student during the exam, unless the invigilator tells you to.

3.7. If you leave an exam hall without permission after the exam has started, you will not be allowed to return. If you leave and don’t intend to come back, you must hand your question paper, answers and Portfolios of Evidence in to the invigilator in charge. Nobody may leave during the first 30 minutes, except under exceptional circumstances and then only with permission from the invigilator. At the end of an exam, you must stay in your seat until the invigilator says you can go.                    


3.8. The invigilator in charge must let the ICB know about any exam irregularities or misconduct. While expelling a student from an exam is always a last resort, the invigilator has the power to stop the exam of anyone who behaves improperly. 


3.9. Invigilators must not have a teaching/facilitating or similar role with the students sitting the exam. They must be independent and cannot be the students’ tutor. 


3.10. If we suspect you have been involved in any misconduct during an exam, we will refer your case to the Academic Board. We can also withhold your results until the investigation is finished. 


3.11. At the exam you will be given a question paper and answer book(s). Listen carefully to the invigilator’s instructions and make sure you answer the questions in the correct answer book. The question and answer book must be handed in to the Invigilator at the end of the exam to place in the PoE. 


3.12. Any written answers must be in black pen, but you can use pencils for flow charts, diagrams and graphs. 


3.13. Please include your calculations and workings in your written answers. Use a separate piece of paper if you need to, making it clear what question the rough workings are for, and attach it to your answer book. 


3.14. When the invigilator says the exam is over, you must stop writing immediately and put down your pens/pencils. Anyone who continues to write will be reported to the Academic Board for misconduct. You will have a few minutes to put your answer books together. It’s your responsibility to make sure that all your question papers and answer books are added to your PoE by giving it to the Invigilator who will place them in the PoE. 


3.15. The invigilator will collect Portfolios of Evidence in alphabetical order. When all have been collected, students may leave. If you don’t want to submit an answer book, you have to write ‘No answer submitted’ on the front of the answer book and hand it in to be placed inside the PoE. (include any rough work, although this will not be marked). 


3.16. All question and answer books are the property of the ICB and will not be returned to you. You agree to this as part of your exam application. 


3.17. You may not take the question paper or any other materials away from the exam venue. 


3.18. If your invigilator suspects you of cheating or copying in an exam, they will mark on your paper where they think this occurred. They will also write a detailed report about the suspected offence and add this to your PoE. If the invigilator is satisfied that you have stopped copying/cheating, they may give you permission to continue with your exam. The Academic Board will review the invigilator’s report and decide whether or not to assess your PoE.