Assessments info for centres

Each unit in an ABE qualification is assessed by an examination or an assignment.  Assessments for our Business Management-based portfolio take place during June and November/December, plus there is an additional assignments-only window in March.   There are a series of deadlines for each assessment session and accredited centres are supported by regular reminders to ensure there is plenty of time to prepare. Examinations are a three-hour duration and, generally, hosted in-centre. New learners can be registered throughout the year but there are closing deadlines if they wish to take assessments in a particular session.

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

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

June 2020 assessment session

Owing to disruption caused by the COVID-19 virus in some countries, the dates published below are an extended the booking period for the June assessment session.   Contingency arrangements can be read here

Registration deadline: Friday 17 April 2020

New learners wishing to take assessments in June must be registered with ABE by this date.

Assessment booking window:

Bookings open: Friday 20 March 2020

Bookings close: Monday 27 April 2020


June 2020 assignment briefs loaded onto the portal: Friday 3 April 2020

Assignment submission deadline: Tuesday 2 June 2020 - this is your centre’s deadline to supply all its learner assignments to ABE.  

If your college is unable to administer the submission process we will make arrangements so your learners can submit assignments to us directly.  For this session, we will also accept legible handwritten assignments from those unable to supply their assignment as a Word or PDF document.


With the EXCEPTION OF MALAWI for June 2020 only, we are running open-book exams which can be taken from home.  

Question papers will be uploaded onto the portal on 15 May 2020, answers will need to be returned to ABE by close of Friday 12 June,  click here for more information about open-book exams

MALAWI-ONLY will run with a later open-book session submission deadline 20 August 2020

Results:  Thursday 27 August 2020 (excluding later Malawi session)

MALAWI ONLY results: Thursday 15 October 2020 (re-sit bookings for December will be accepted up to Friday 23 October 2020)

Results will be published in the learner's portal.

November/December 2020 assessment session

Registration deadline: Friday 25 September 2020

New learnesr wishing to take assessments this session must be registered with ABE by the registration deadline.

Assessment booking deadline: Friday 2 October 2020 

Please ensure all bookings for this assessment window are received by this date

Assignment brief release date: Monday 7 September 2020 - this is the date all assignment briefs will be published on the portal 

Exam questions release date: Monday 12 October 2020 - this is the date all open-book exam questions will be published on the portal

Exams will be in open-book format.   If your students have questions about open-book exams download our PDF icon info sheet here. A detailed guide is on the portal.

Student's submission deadline: Tuesday 17 November 2020 - this is the deadline for students to supply centres with their assignments and exam answers.

Submission deadline: Tuesday 24 November 2020 - centres must submit all open-book exam answers and assignments to ABE by close of business.

Results:  Tuesday 2 March 2021

Students' results will be published in the portal.