IEB - Assessment Matters
  Did you know?
  • The Bill of Rights in the South African Constitution states that everyone has a right to a basic education, including adult basic education
  • There are millions of adult learners who do not have a school leaving certificate
  • The IEB was the first assessment body to set adult examinations
  • The IEB is the only independent assessment body that is fully accredited to assess the General Education and Training Certificate Level 4 (GETC ABET level 4) by Umalusi

What the IEB does:

The IEB provides assessments for private Adult Education and Training centres, and for commerce, industry and the mining sector in South Africa.

The IEB offers the following assessments:
  • Adult Education & Training
    • Examinations on Request (EoRs): AET levels 1 to 3
    • NQF Level 1 National examinations
    • NQF levels 2 – 4 Placement Assessments
    • Foundational Learning Competence

What we offer

The IEB offers national examinations twice a year in June and November. In addition, we also offer Exams on Request (EOR) in Communication in English and Numeracy in English AET levels 1 to 3 from February to May and July to December.

The IEB assessment involves summative assessment at ABET level 1 to 3 and NQF 1 to 4, external assessment and moderation of provider assessment (Site Based Assessment – SBA) at NQF level 1.

ABET Levels 1-3

  • Communication in English
  • Communication in Afrikaans*
  • Communication in isiZulu*
  • Communication in isiXhosa*
  • Communication in Sepedi*
  • Communication in SeSotho*
  • Communication in Setswana*
  • Numeracy in English
  • Numeracy in Afrikaans*
  • Numeracy in isiZulu*
  • Numeracy in isiXhosa*
  • Numeracy in Sepedi*
  • Numeracy in SeSotho*
  • Numeracy in Setswana*

ABET Level 3 & NQF Level 1

  • Communication in English
  • Mathematical literacy
  • Economic and Management Sciences*
  • Human and Social Sciences*
  • Life Orientation*
  • Small, Medium & Micro Enterprises *
  • Natural Sciences*
  • Technology*

* Only offered at the June and November National examinations

NQF Level 2-4

  • Communication in English
  • Mathematical literacy

We are a registered assessment agency with Umalusi Council for General and Further Education. Umalusi externally moderates our NQF Level 1 assessments. We work closely with SETAs and industry to address their assessment needs, particularly in respect of the fundamental areas of learning i.e. Communications, Numeracy and Mathematical Literacy.

Foundational Learning Competence (FLC)

The Foundational Learning Competence is a compulsory part of all new qualifications developed under the auspices of the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) at NQF levels 3 and 4. The FLC is a part qualification consisting of two learning areas: Communications and Mathematical Literacy.  It describes the minimum competence needed in these two key areas that is required by people to function optimally in the world of work. The FLC describes the minimum competence required of learners to deal successfully with occupational learning at NQF Levels 2-4.

It is a part qualification registered at NQF Level 2. It has a credit value of 40, 20 for Foundational Learning Competence in Communications and 20 for Foundational Learning Competence in Mathematical Literacy. 

Note: All providers offering FLC programmes need to be registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training by 30th June 2017. This due date has since been extended to 30 November 2018. Click here to read more.

Placement Tests (Communications in English and Mathematical Literacy

  • ABET Level 1 – 4
  • NQF Level 1 – 4


  • Assessment preparation workshops which include understanding unit standards, how to assess outcomes and the IEB assessment system.

  • Site Based Assessment (SBA) workshops focus on Umalusi’s requirements for the site based (internal) assessment component at NQF level 1 and how the IEB meets these requirements.

  • Abet Facilitator workshops – Numeracy and Mathematical Literacy. The focus of this training workshop is understanding unit standards,  exam preparation, exam answering techniques, addressing common mistakes and making sure that appropriate materials are used by giving the participants a free copy of a User guide.

User Forums

These are fora hosted by the IEB for the purpose of bringing assessors, providers and practitioners together to share insights and expertise on assessment matters as well as broader issues that affect adult learning. The IEB hosts its annual User Forum for ABET clients around February/March in Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal.  All ABET providers, facilitators and training managers are encouraged to attend these forums. 

The IEB regularly invites guest speakers who are experts in the ABET field to share their experiences and highlight latest developments within the sector.  We also have report backs from our Mathematical Literacy and Communications examiners and moderators.  They discuss the latest developments in their fields, the structure of the IEB exams and what is expected from the learners and the facilitators.  The IEB also has consultants who will lead discussions on the IEB’s Site Based Assessments for Communications and Mathematical Literacy at NQF 1.

User Guides

These set out the IEB‘s assessment requirements and offer illustrative exemplars of the kinds of evidence and levels expected by the IEB. At NQF level 1, the Site based assessment (SBA) has been made an integral part of the user guide in the following learning areas:  Life Orientation, Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises, Natural Science, Human and Social Sciences and Technology.

Feedback and reporting on assessment results

The IEB provides a Statement of Results for each learner. In addition there are Examiners’ Report for national examinations in which common errors or misconceptions are identified. These assist providers to adjust their facilitation to assist learners.

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