Defining the IEB:

The IEB (Independent Examinations Board) is an assessment body that is accredited by Umalusi 
(the South African statutory body responsible for quality assurance for school and adult assessments).

The IEB offers external assessment at Grade 9 and Grade 12 level in accordance with legislation and Umalusi directives for schools registered with the IEB. Successful pupils are awarded the National Senior Certificate, and adult learners are awarded from ABET (Adult Basic Education and Training) Level 1 through to NQF (National Qualification Framework) Level 1.

The IEB training section ASSET (Assessment Education and Training) is accredited by the ETDP SETA 
(Education, Training and Development Practitioners  Sector Education and Training Authority) to provide training in assessment. It also provides additional assessments that complement teaching and learning in schools at other levels.

The IEB actively strives to:

  • Set well-constructed, probing assessments that test the learners' understanding of what information applies in a specific situation
•   Test learners' understanding of how and why specific knowledge is applied
•   Direct educators in their teaching to develop clear logical thoughts in learners with a good understanding of the subject matter  
•   Communicate their learning clearly
The IEB is a recognised player in the South African education landscape, and is committed to building a robust system for all learners in our country. The significance of its independence now is to provide an alternate voice on curriculum and assessment matters, to contribute positively to debate on educational issues and to provide an approach that ensures that independent schools are accommodated in respect of their needs and desires within the South African education framework, for the greater good of our country. The IEB sees itself as a partner in our country’s education system, supporting that which needs to be supported with whatever we have to contribute.


To make a significant, ongoing contribution to human resources development through the design, delivery and promotion of a wide range of high-quality, affordable assessment products and services to all sectors. 
These values underpin the mission  integrity, respect, commitment and service, professionalism, communication, quality, teamwork.


To advance quality teaching and learning in South Africa through an assessment process of integrity, innovation and international comparability.
For more information visit the IEB website