Assessment information for centres

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Key dates and deadlines


Each unit in an ABE qualification is assessed by a timed open-book exam (timed OBE) or an assignment (see Our Assessment Methods)

Assessments for our Business Management-based portfolio take place twice a year (second quarter and final quarter), plus there is an additional assignments-only window in March.  There are a series of deadlines for these assessment sessions and accredited centres are supported by regular reminders to ensure there is plenty of time to prepare. New learners can be registered throughout the year but there are closing deadlines if they wish to take assessments in a particular session and existing learners need an active membership in order to book.

ABE's shorter Awards are assessed by assignment and operate on a rolling six-week turnaround from submission.

Please note:  assignments and Timed OBEs must be received by the deadline.  We will not accept late submissions except unless very exceptional circumstances, at the discretion of ABE, in which case there will be an additional charge to cover our incurred costs.

Link to grade and award information

May 2022 assessments

Results:  1 September 2022

November 2022 assessments

Assessment bookings open: 12 September 2022 - start booking assessments from this date.

Assignment brief release date: 19 September 2022 - assignment briefs will be available on the portal from this date.

Registration deadline: 30 September 2022 - new learners wishing to take November assessments must be registered with ABE by this date.

Booking deadline: 7 October 2022 - bookings and payment for all November assessments must be received by this date.

Timed OBE release date:  24 October 2022 - Timed OBE question papers will be available on the portal from this date.

Learners' submission deadline:  14 November 2022 - all assessments must be submitted to your centre by this date.

Centres' submission deadline: 21 November 2022 - your centre must submit all assessments to ABE by this date.

Results:  28 February 2023

Grades and awards


Successful candidates will be awarded a Pass, Merit or Distinction in each subject where applicable.

This is the grading for the ABE's RFQ qualifications (the core syllabus):

Mark Grade
 70% +  Distinction
 55% - 69%  Merit
 40% - 54%  Pass
 0% - 39%  Fail


ABE's short awards have a slightly different grading scale as follows:

Mark Grade
 80% +  Distinction
 65% - 79%  Merit
 50% - 64%  Pass
 0% - 49%  Fail


ABE's QCF grades (from the syllabus delivered from 2011 - 2017) were as follows:

 A*   75% - 100%   Higher Distinction 
 A  65% - 74%  Distinction
 B  50% - 64%  Merit
 C  40% - 49%  Pass
 D  30% - 39%  Marginal Fail
 E  15% - 29%  Fail
 F  0% - 14%  Unclassified
 CF         -   Criteria Fail


Top Paper Awards

ABE believes in rewarding success. Twice a year, we honour our highest achievers in each unit with a special Top Paper Award. Recipients and their tutors get a special certificate and the chance to publicise their achievement. All learners also receive one year's free subscription.

Click here to read the latest Top Paper stories.

Our assessment methods
We use assignments and timed open-book exams

Our assessments have been judged to be the most up-to-date and relevant available.  They develop skills that help learners become an invaluable asset in the workplace.  Find out all about them.


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