The Level II Certificate in Manual Bookkeeping and the Level III Diploma in Manual Bookkeeping are completed at test centres. To book one of these examinations you will need to have completed the preceding qualification levels and have a valid ICB registration.
If your course provider is paying for the examination on your behalf, please contact them to obtain a Voucher Code with which to book your test.
The centre based examinations are available on-demand and you will need to choose your own centre and testing date according to availability. All of our examination centres are open normal office hours and have a minimum of one late night opening and one weekend opening every fortnight.
How to book your centre based test:
- All eligible candidates are emailed a special Username and Password
- Go to the Online Booking Centre to schedule a test
- Login with the username and password you were emailed. DO NOT SET UP A NEW WEB ACCOUNT
- The first time you login you will need to change your password
- Follow instructions for scheduling your test and enter card details or your voucher code when asked
- Before your examination, take a look at the Test Centre Rules and Test Tutorial below
Go to the Online Booking Centre
Read the Test Centre Rules
Read the quick Test Tutorial to get a sense of what the examination will be like
Take the Online Mock available to purchase in the Shop
Find out about ID Requirements
Click here to find out what fellow candidates thought about their examination experience
Further information / FAQs
When and where are the examinations?
You are completely in control of when and where you complete your examination, and should choose from our global network of centres using the online booking centre. There are no set deadline dates for booking, but availability will vary.
How long is the examination?
Both the Level II and Level III examinations are 2 hours in duration. You will have an additional 15 minutes to go through a tutorial prior to the examination if you wish. Once you click the start button to begin the examination the 2 hours start to tick away. A clock will be visible on screen during the examinations so you will know exactly how long you have left.
ICB has thoroughly tested these examinations and feels that the 2 hours is ample time to complete the examination and check through your answers. In the unlikely event that you do not finish the examination within the allocated 2 hours, the screen will close and the examination will be finished. You will be marked on the questions you have completed to that point.
Can I do a mock examination first?
ICB has developed a mock examination paper which replicates the examination you will take at the centre on the day. Please note that whilst the question format is the same as the actual centre-based test, the appearence of the mock may differ slightly, ie. the colouring. The mock is timed exactly the same as the actual centre-based examination and will therefore be very good practice.
To visit the shop to purchase an online mock examination please click here.
Can I use my ICB website login?
All eligible candidates are automatically emailed their unique login details for booking the centre-based examinations. This login is only used in the online booking centre and is different from your ICB website login. If you have not received your email, please call the ICB.
I can't remember my login
If you have never logged in to the online booking centre, please call the ICB and we can resend your username and password. If you have logged in to the online booking centre before, changed your password and since forgotten the details, please request a reminder from the online booking centre login box. There is no need to set up a new web account.
How do I cancel my examination?
Cancellations and postponements can be made up to 5 working days prior to your test. There will be no refunds offered if you cancel your test with less than 5 working days notice.
Any changes to the location, date or time of the examination should be made using the online booking centre.
How do I change my contact details?
If you need to change any of your details such as address or name, please change them in MyICB and ensure that your examination booking is in the name as it appears on MyICB. If you get married or change your name after you book your test, please contact ICB for further information and to ensure you have the necessary ID.
What can I take with me to the exam?
You will not be permitted to take any personal items into the examination room. Some examination centres will permit you to bring your own calculator with you. In the event that you are not permitted your own calculator, the centre will provide you with one. You will be provided with a locker for storage. Please note that personal items include course materials, phones, and scrap paper. You will be provided with materials for making notes once you are inside the examination room.
Please read Test Centre Rules for more information.
What will the test centre be like?
The tests are run at dedicated centres which are only used for examination purposes. You will be required to register at the front desk and provide two forms of ID when you arrive. You may undergo further ID checks such as fingerprinting.
You will be completing your examination in a room with other people, sitting different examinations.
There will be an invigilator present at all times and you will be constantly monitored.
What forms of ID should I bring?
You need to present two forms of ID at the test centre - 'primary' and 'secondary'. Primary ID must be government-issued and have a photograph of you and a copy of your signature (eg. your passport). Secondary ID needs to show your name and signature (eg. bank card).
Please note that, if your primary ID is a driving licence or Identity Card (rather than a passport), it must be goverment-issued by the country in which you are taking the test. For full details click here. If you have any further questions about ID, please call ICB or your test centre directly once you have booked your examination.
How will I know if I am booked in for my exam?
Once you have booked your examination you will receive a confirmation email from the booking centre.
How do I choose a centre?
If you are eligible to take a centre based examination your account has already been set up at the online booking centre. Using the online booking centre you will be able to find your nearest centres according to your postcode. You can then compare available testing slots at your local centres and confirm which slot you wish to book.
You can also book in for your examination by telephone if you prefer. Please navigate to the online booking centre for contact details.
If you call the ICB directly we will not be able to make your booking for you, but we will be happy to help.
How do I pay for my examination?
You should pay for your examination by debit or credit card using the online booking centre, or by calling the booking centre directly.
If your course provider has told you that they will pay for your examination you will be sent a voucher code by email. Please get in touch with them if you have not received this.
I am disabled and I can't see or hear very well
Please call the Institute so we can ensure that your nearest centre can make the appropriate accommodations and your needs are properly addressed. The majority of centres will have wheelchair access but the facility for enlarging the onscreen text for you must be arranged at least two weeks before your examination sitting. In certain circumstances it may be possible to arrange for the paper to be read out to you.
Can I have extra time?
If you would like to apply for extra time to compensate for something like dyslexia, CFS, dyspraxia, please get in touch with the ICB well in advance of your intended examination. You will be asked to complete a RASC form and forward it to the Institute together with a Doctor's note, pyschologists report, or specialist teacher's report, confirming the reason for the extra time requirement and indicating what percentage extra time you may need.
Can I leave the exam room to use the toilet, take medication or stretch my legs?
You will be permitted to leave the exam room but you will not be permitted to access the personal items in your locker. If you need to take medication during the examination you should notify the test centre upon arrival and follow their instructions.
When you leave the exam room, the timer on your exam will not stop and you will not be given any extra time.
When will I receive my results?
You will be given your Pass or Fail results at the centre straight after your exam. Your results will then be confirmed with the ICB examinations department within 24 hours.