You'll receive your results instantly for most exams, and in less than 28 days for the rest
The majority of ICB exams are computer-based and marked instantly, meaning your result will be viewable straight away in MyICB. Results may take up to 28 days for the following papers only:
A3 - Bookkeeping to Trial Balance using Software
P3 - Diploma in Payroll Management
B3 - Data Entry to Trial Balance using a Computerised Accounts Package
BA4 - Reconciliations and Final Accounts of a Sole Trader
ABA8 - Advanced Bookkeeping and Final Accounts for Incorporated Businesses
P3 - Diploma in Payroll Management
There may be periods of time when results will be delayed pending routine verification. This may happen when new exams are released. The instructions at the start of each paper will indicate when this is happening.
Please note our customer service team does not have access to your result so is unable to discuss your mark over the telephone or by email.
For most exams and online mock papers you will see an automatically generated 'report' of your results. Automatically generated reports are available for the following assessments:
Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping: A1 and A2
Level 3 Certificate in Bookkeepering and Accounts: M4, M5, M6 and M7
Level 3 Diploma in Payroll Management - online section only
Level 3 Diploma in Self Assessment Tax Returns
Level 3 Diploma in Costing and Budgeting
Level II Certificate in Bookkeeping: Papers B1 & B2
Level III Certificate in Bookkeeping and Accounts: Papers BA4 - online section only, BA5 & BA6
The online report is available to view in MyICB > Check Results once you've completed the paper. You'll be able to see your mark allocation but the report will not fully replicate the questions or provide model answers for security reasons.
For mock exams the feedback report is more comprehensive and you will be able to view the exam you completed showing each question with your answer shown against the correct answer.
ICB does not offer further feedback in relation to online reports and will not disclose the questions or answers on papers.
Please note at present ICB does not offer feedback on externally taken papers.
For all other exams (plus the sections of exams requiring the upload of reports from accounting software) a report can be produced but this will need to be written individually and hence there will be a fee. Please contact ICB to request an examiner report on 0203 405 4000. There is a charge of £25.00 payable at this point by credit or debit card.
Examiner Reports are only available if the result of the paper was issued wihtin the last year.
Querying your result
Following an unexpected result you can make a query for a review using our formal process.
If a candidate is of the belief that marks have been incorrectly allocated or missed, or that ICB's normal procedures have not been applied, the candidate must contact ICB requesting a review of the marking of the paper. Contact must be made in writing or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The candidate will be sent an application form which should be completed, detailing the examination taken, stating if there are any particular tasks/questions they wish ICB to investigate, and to provide payment of £25.00.
If your mark is amended as a result of the marking review you will receive a refund of the fee.
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