Exam regulations

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Conduct during examinations

The ABE Examination Regulations apply to every candidate sitting an ABE examination.

To download a copy of these regulations, click here. It is your responsibility to read these regulations and your attendance at an ABE exam will be regarded as proof of having read and agreed with the terms stated.

Failure to comply with these Regulations will be deemed malpractice, and may result in disqualification from the exam in question, or all ABE examinations for that exam series. Repeated or serious malpractice, including attempted acts of impersonation, may lead to termination of your ABE membership.

Please note:

Candidates must bring with them:

Please arrive at the exam venue 30 minutes before the examination start time. Candidates who arrive up to one hour after the start time of the examination may still attempt the exam, but will not be granted extra time. Candidates who arrive after this time will not be permitted to sit the examination.

Candidates must not communicate or collude with, copy from, or disrupt in any other way another candidate.

Candidates are not allowed to use mobile phones or similar devices for any purpose during the examination. Mobile phones must not be used as calculators.

With the exception of the International Business Case Study examination, candidates are not allowed to take the following items to an examination desk: books, date tables, notes, paper, blotting paper, dictionaries (including bi-lingual or electronic) or any other written material (even if it does not relate to the examination being sat). Candidates taking the International Business Case Study examination are allowed text books and notes and this is stated on the question paper.

Results and grades


Candidates will be notified of their results in the Members Area.

Examination results will not be issued to any candidate who owes annual subscriptions or any money to ABE. Any outstanding monies must be paid in full.


Successful candidates will be awarded a graded pass in each subject. Merits or Distinctions will be awarded where applicable. It is not ABE policy to disclose marks obtained.

Please see below details of the grades:

Grade A* Higher Distinction
Grade A Distinction
Grade B Merit
Grade C Pass
Grade D Marginal Fail
Grade E Fail
Grade F Unclassified
Grade CF Criteria Fail