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.