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Online Bookkeeping Exams

ICB exams are online and can be completed at home or at work to ensure maximum flexibility and convenience. 

The online M8 exam has additional requirements and is remotely invigilated. Click here for more information or call us on 0203 405 4000.

You can log in to MyICB and select Book Exam to book assessments for which you are eligible. You become eligible for an assessment by completing any preceding assessments and by having ICB student registration or membership. You may need to book your assessments through your Accredited Training Provider (ATP).

For further details about the qualification structure please visit:

Current Qualifications

When and where are the exams?

ICB's online bookkeeping exams can be completed anywhere that you can connect securely to the internet and open your emails.

Online exams are available immediately upon booking with details sent to your registered email address. Your booking confirmation email will provide a link to your online exam.

The online M8 exam has additional requirements and is remotely invigilated. Click here for more information or call us on 0203 405 4000.

What do I need to complete my exam at home?

You will need access to the internet and your emails for all home-based exams. If your exam requires you to use accounting software you will need to supply your own.*

You must complete and submit your exam within 14 days of booking or your exam will expire and become void. If you do not attempt your exam within the 14 days your attempt will be graded as a Fail and you will be required to pay to resit. 

Immediately upon booking you will receive a confirmation email with further instructions. The email will be sent to your registered email address and you should check your SPAM/Junk folders if your email does not arrive as expected.

*For bookkeeping software exams, you must use your own accounting software package. Any accounting software package can be used but Microsoft Excel and other spreadsheets are not appropriate. We advise you to exercise caution when using trial versions of accounting software which might offer restricted functionality. For example, a standard Sage trial version does not permit the user to print out the requisite reports.

Time Allowed 

Whilst you can go online to take your exam at any point within 14 days of booking, once you have started it you must complete it within the time allowed for that exam. 

ICB cannot be held responsible for loss of internet access, computer breakdown or any other problem arising from technical issues on the candidate’s personal computer. You must therefore ensure you have sufficient facilities to complete the exam within the allotted time-frame before applying.

Some exams last for two or three hours. You will not be able to pause the exam and must complete the work in one sitting. Your exam might time-out if it is left idle for too long. 

Some exams require you to complete online questions and upload reports generated in your accounting software package. These exams normally last for 24 hours and during this period you may log in and log out as many times as you wish. Please note that any files required to be uploaded for marking must be submitted within the 24-hour period. 

Some exams last for a period of 48 hours and during this time you may log in and log out as many times as you wish in order for you to complete any required research that you may need to carry out. 

Results

Your results will normally be available immediately in your MyICB account. For exams which involve the marking of uploaded files, results will be available within 28 days. Certificates will be issued within 28 days of results being made available. 

ICB provides a free report for each exam to show you the areas in which you lost marks. For security reasons this report does not go into detail or reproduce the full exam questions and answers.

If you would like to receive a detailed feedback report from an examiner, you can pay for this by calling ICB on 0203 405 4000. Please be aware that ICB telephone staff are not qualified to discuss the details of your exam with you. 

Taking your M8 bookkeeping exam

We have partnered with a company that enables us to invigilate remotely over the internet and have ‘virtual’ eyes and ears in the room with you when you take the M8 exam.

You have full flexibility to take the exam whenever it suits you: weekday or weekend; morning, noon or night. 

To book your M8, please call our friendly exams team on 0203 405 4000.

The exam itself is two hours long and you can start it at any time from 6am on your exam day until 4am the next morning.

So that we can invigilate you, you’ll need to share your computer screen with us and film yourself using a webcam on your computer, and on your smartphone or tablet. 

M8 Exam Video Demo

Here's a short video to show you how easy it is to get set up for your M8 bookkeeping exam:

You can find more information on proctored exams here.

M8 Exam Requirements

Please call us to book your M8 exam once you've passed your M7. We'll ask you what day you want to take your exam and talk you through the requirements. Before you take the exam you'll go through a step by step system check to make sure everything's in place.

You must have access to the following to take your M8:
 

  • Quiet Space
    You’ll need a quiet space at home where you can guarantee yourself a little over two hours without interruption

  • Photo ID
    You’ll be asked to show ID that’s in date and shows your name and photograph. We can accept a current passport, photocard driving licence or government-issued ID card. Please see more info below

  • Steady Internet Connection
    As with all our exams, you’ll need a steady internet connection (wifi will be required for mobile streaming) with a minimum upload speed of 1MB/sec

  • Computer with webcam
    You can use either a desktop or laptop computer and, if it doesn’t have an inbuilt webcam, you’ll need to plug one in

  • Chrome browser and screensharing extension
    You don’t need to install software onto your computer, but please use the Google Chrome browser and add the ProctorExam extension in order to share your screen during your exam

  • A smartphone or tablet
    You’ll use your smartphone or tablet to show us your exam environment and to film yourself from across the room during the exam. During the system check you’ll be guided through downloading the ProctorExam app

We've produced a handy pdf guide for when you've booked your M8 and you want to see all the steps you'll go through leading up to taking the exam.

PDF ICONStep by Step Guide to booking and taking M8 

M8 Exam Rules
 

  • Your exam must be your own work
  • You are not permitted to access any resources such as textbooks, pre-written notes or websites during your exam
  • You should not speak to anyone or leave your desk during the exam unless there is an emergency situation that requires your attention
  • You are allowed to print this Guide to refer to whilst taking your exam
  • You are allowed to use a non-programmable calculator
  • You are allowed to have 5 sheets of blank A4 paper and a pen/pencil to carry out your calculations. You will be required to show each side of this Guide and both sides of the five sheets of A4 paper up to your webcam at the start of your exam and AGAIN at the end of your exam PRIOR to finishing
  • No other materials are permitted

M8 ID Requirements

You must have an in-date ID showing your photograph, name and signature. Acceptable forms of ID are:

  • A valid signed Passport
  • A valid signed Photo Driving Licence (full or provisional)
  • A valid signed government-issued National Identification Card
  • A valid signed UK Biometric Residence Permit

Your ID must show your photo and your name as it appears on your ICB account. You can check this by visiting MyICB or calling us on 0203 405 4000.

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