After many many weeks of searching, we have been able to secure some alternative venues for our exams, and are pleased that we can now offer Paper Exams in August to at least 70% of our Distance Students.
Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 restrictions, many venues that we used previously are closed, and even ones that are able to accommodate us, now have reduced seating.
We have set a new Distance Timetable for July and August, with additional dates to accommodate as many students as possible. This means that many students will be writing at different venues and even on different dates.
We are also extremely grateful to the following Colleges who have stepped up and generously offered to allow our Distance Students to write at their venues. THANK YOU to:
- College SA
- Qualitas Career Academy
- Skills Academy
- HC College
We are in the process of re-allocating students to available venues, and as soon as this is complete, we will email you with the details. Please do not contact us before this process is complete. We will not be able to assist you until all the re-allocations are done.
Unfortunately, even though we are going to be able to help many, there are those of you who are going to be disappointed. In some cases, there are simply no available venues in your area. However, once we have completed the initial allocations, if there are still seats available at venues, these will be made available to those students who may wish to travel.
Please also keep in mind the upcoming Business Literacy Exam that will be available as an online exam on the 28th July. Specific details will be sent via email, so please check your inbox. We really encourage you to take this offer, as the first two pilots have been a huge success, and it does allow you to complete this subject.
Wednesday, 29 April 2020 10:00
We are pleased to announce that after extensive consultation with the QCTO, the QCTO has tentatively agreed that the ICB will be able to offer online exams.
However, in order for this process to be seamless, there are certain considerations which we still need to work through with the QCTO to ensure that the online exams are fair, valid and reliable.
We have therefore decided to pause the running of the May exams until this process is finlaised. This in effect means no exams will take place until further notice. The process of completing a portfolio on MACCI will continue as per normal and will not require you to complete a new PoE. The only impact will be on the actual exam date which will be confirmed once we have issued a revised 2020 Timetable as soon as we are able.
Our Academic Team has developed an incredible Exam Solution, which has already been trialed with very positive results. We are very excited to share this with you, but we cannot divulge the format and details until it is 100% final.
There have been many questions raised by students and providers around possible challenges with online exams. These have been carefully documented and submitted to the Academic Team. The Team has taken all of these into careful consideration so that the final solution can accommodate these concerns where possible. Some of these include:
- Credibility of the exam
- Ensuring the authenticity of the student
- Cheating and security
- Limited access to PC’s/Laptops/Printers
- Use of data
- Lack of or poor Internet connectivity
- Possible technical difficulties during the exam
- Format of exam being a different experience to that of a paper exam
- Potential need for extra time allocations
- Uploading of written assignments
- Challenges around the assessment of the practical elements
The online solution will not suit everybody, but we are doing everything that we can to make it accessible to as many students as possible. Furthermore, it seems unlikely for physical exams to be held for some time taking into consideration the recent announcements with regards to the risk adjusted strategy and consequent levels.
We understand that this this delay is incredibly frustrating, but we are committed to finding positive ways forward in this very difficult time. Please use this extra time for exam preparations. We are committed to releasing the new timetable as soon as we have enough information to finalise.
Please note that we will not be making any changes to existing dates on the portals, until such time as the new 2020 Timetable is issued. In the interim, exam bookings can continue as per normal on the old timetable. These will then be moved if necessary, onto the new Timetable.
The ICB would like to thank the management of the QCTO for their valuable input and guidance in this matter. Our providers and students have been very patient and understanding as we have been grappling with this move to a new environment, and the ICB would like to express its gratitude for this.
We believe it is critical for all our current and future providers and students that a viable and approved online assessment solution is available, in order to allow the continuity of academic progression during this difficult time.