Tips on Passing the CSCS Test

by Z Chesak
Updated: 11-04-2020

Following these helpful tips will ensure that you give yourself the best chance of passing the health and safety test first time.

Tip No. 1

The type of test you will need to undertake depends on your trade and profession.

Use the CSCS Cardfinder to find out which test you must pass.

Tip No. 2

Practice the Behavioural Case Study Questions

Find out everything you need and practice with real questions and answers here:

Tip No. 3

Master the core knowledge-based questions.

These questions cover the subject areas of health, safety and environmental issues in 16 different question categories:

Tip No. 4

Ace it with the CSCS test simulators!

There are three different tests simulators available right now, so choose the correct one required for you:

CSCS Mock Test for Operatives
CSCS Mock Test for Specialists
CSCS Mock Test for Managers and Professionals

Follow these tips to give yourself the best chance of passing the test first time.

More helpful tips bellow

When you apply for a CSCS card, you will generally have to take the CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test. This can be a daunting prospect for many who are not used to it. The test was designed is to ensure that employees have the minimal level of understanding of how to stay safe and healthy before heading onto site.

The test usually lasts about 45 minutes and involves answering 50 multiple choice questions. There are different tests for different professions and trades but the format is generally the same and consists of:

  • 12 questions that ask what you would do in a particular circumstance in order to maintain safety.
  • 38 questions that explore your knowledge of specific health and safety and environmental issues.
Find your best way of studying

We all have different ways of learning and finding which is best for you is important. Some people prefer to do it alone and cram in a short space of time, others prefer to do it in bite size chunks which make the information easier to absorb. There are plenty of registered courses for the CITB test and you should make sure that you book onto one of these. Studying in a group can be helpful for many and is also a great way to network and make new contacts with people in your industry.

Test yourself and act on areas of weakness

During the test, you will be presented with questions from a wide range of subjects such as general responsibilities, first aid and emergency procedures or manual handling. Some of these subjects are harder to learn than others.

Ask yourself questions and look up the answers. If you struggle to find the correct answer, have a look at which subject the question is in. Then go to the Q&A section of this website and focus on that subject until you are really good at it.
This is a great way to memorise and to strengthen your knowledge before the exam. You’ll soon learn if you need to brush up on knowledge of safety requirements, specific regulations or other areas.

Take a mock exam

Knowing what to expect when you take the test is important. If you go into it cold, you could find yourself panicking and not doing as well as you'd hoped. Taking a mock test can give you the confidence to take on the main test and can also highlight areas where you need to improve your knowledge. The benefits of having a trial run are fairly evident and can ensure that you don't waste your time having to retake the test if you fail. Those who opt for a mock test generally have a higher success rate than those who don't.

Prepare properly

Key to any test is making sure that you are properly prepared and getting your CSCS card is no different. It's always better to overdo the studying than undercook it and finding every opportunity to learn is important. Use your friends and family to help you study and don't worry if you find some sections difficult to start with – practice makes perfect. The trick is not to panic and to make sure that you are ready to take the test when the time comes.

When you come to do the test make sure that you get a decent night's sleep beforehand and focus directly on what you have to do. If you have taken a mock test, you will know what to expect and the result should, hopefully, be a mere formality. At CSCS Wizard, you can use our test simulator to make sure that you are up to speed and ready to go before the big day.

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