CSCS Mock Test
- 1 CSCS Mock Test
- 2 What is CSCS?
- 3 What is the CSCS Test?
- 4 Which test should I take?
- 5 How do I revise for the test?
- 6 How many questions are there in the CSCS Test?
- 7 What is the duration of the test?
- 8 What is the pass mark?
- 9 Can I take books or notes in with me when I sit the test?
- 10 What types of questions are there?
- 11 Is audio support available for questions and answers?
- 12 How do I check my CITB mock test results?
- 13 What are some tips to pass the test?
- 14 CSCS Mock Test Questions (Printer-Friendly)
What is CSCS?
The acronym CSCS refers to the Construction Skills Certification Scheme. It is a British organisation responsible for providing construction workers with CSCS Cards. A CSCS card is a requirement for individuals working on construction sites within the United Kingdom. It ensures workers are appropriately qualified from a health and safety perspective before going on site.
What is the CSCS Test?
In order to obtain a CSCS card, candidates must pass the CSCS Test, also known as the CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test (HS&E test). This test is administered by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), an organisation which is the contracted by the CSCS to handle assessments, card applications and enquiries from potential candidates. Each year, the CITB handles hundreds of thousands of CSCS card applications on behalf of the CSCS.
Which test should I take?
Depending on your role on site, the type of CSCS card you will be applying for will differ. As a result, the CSCS revision that you do and the type of test that you take will also be different. There are a number of different cards available including the red card and blue card. See our comprehensive guide about all of the different available cards.
The most frequently taken test is the CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test for Operatives. This is the exam that needs to be passed by a labourer or bricklayer, for example. The CSCS mock test above contains questions specifically for operatives.
Individuals applying for managerial roles on site must sit the Health and Safety Test for Managers. Quantity surveyors and architects, for example, should take this test. Click here to take a free CSCS practice test for managers and professionals.
If you don’t know which card to apply for and which test to sit, please refer to our in-depth guide about CSCS card types.
How do I revise for the test?
The CSCS Test consists of 50 knowledge-based questions from four key sections including the working environment, occupational health, safety and high risk activities. Each of these key sections contain a number of subsections. You will need to revise the following topics:
|Section A: Working environment||Section B: Occupational health||Section C: Safety||Section D: High risk activities|
|General responsibilities||Dust and fumes (Respiratory hazards)||Safety signs||Site transport safety and lifting operations|
|Accident reporting and recording||Noise and vibration||Fire prevention and control||Working at height|
|First aid and emergency procedures||Health and welfare||Electrical safety, tools and equipment||Excavations and confined spaces|
|Personal protective equipment||Manual handling||Hazardous substances|
|Environmental awareness and waste control|
For those taking the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test for Managers and Professionals, there are three additional subsections, namely CDM (Construction Design and Management Regulations), Demolition and Highway Works.
In order to revise effectively for you test, consider signing up for an account. Our CSCS revision material covers all of the aforementioned topics and our question bank contains all of the questions you’ll come across in your real test.
If you’re preparing for a specialist test, you will also need to do revision for the appropriate specialist activity. For instance, if you’re a potential worker in demolition or tunelling, your test will contain additional questions about these activities. There are 12 specialist activities including:
- Heating and Plumbing Services
- Highway Works
- Lifts and Escalators
- Pipefitting and Welding
- Plumbing (JIB)
- Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
- Services and Facilities Maintenance
- Specialist Working at Height
How many questions are there in the CSCS Test?
The test consists of 50 questions. These will be selected randomly from a database of hundreds of official CITB questions from the key areas mentioned above. Like the real exam, the CSCS mock test above and all of the practice tests that we provide as part of our revision material consist of 50 questions.
What is the duration of the test?
The CSCS test is a timed assessment. You will have 45 minutes to complete the test. A countdown timer in the corner of your screen will indicate how much time you have left. You should have ample time to answer each question and double check them before finishing. It is important that you take your time and read each question carefully. If you spend an equal amount of time on each question, you will have just under a minute to answer each question.
Like the official test, the CSCS mock test above is also timed and you will have exactly 45 minutes to complete it. Our software also features a pause option allowing you to stop the timer if you need extra time to think about questions and answers. Please note that you won’t have this option in your real test.
What is the pass mark?
The pass mark for operatives and specialists is 45/50 (90%). The pass mark for managers and professionals is 46/50 (92%).
Can I take books or notes in with me when I sit the test?
No, the CITB health, safety and environment test isn’t an open book exam so you’re not allowed to take any material in with you that may give you an unfair advantage. You must leave all of your belongings in the lockers provided prior to entering the examination area.
What types of questions are there?
You will come across six different types of questions in your test. These are:
- Multiple choice
- Multiple choice with images
- Drag and drop text
- Drag and drop images
- Hot spot
- Hot area
The vast majority of the questions will be in the form of multiple choice questions.
Is audio support available for questions and answers?
Yes, there is an option to book with English and Welsh voiceover if required. There is also the option of voice-assistance in a number of European languages.
Our CSCS mock test premium material offers voiceover support in English.
How do I check my CITB mock test results?
You can check the answers to your questions as you progress through the test. The CSCS mock test interface that we have built features a Check Answer button, allowing you to check if an answer you select is correct after answering. If you prefer you can wait until the end of the test to which questions you answered correctly and incorrectly. You will also be able to view how well you did in each category.
If you sign up for a premium account, you will be able to view the results of all the tests you have taken and track your progress.
What are some tips to pass the test?
- Make sure you get enough practice in and do plenty of revision in the weeks leading up to the test. Our practice and revision material has everything you need to pass the exam with flying colours.
- Before you start the test, you will be given some time to get a feel of the computer software and user interface. Spend this time wisely and ask a member of staff if you’re unsure about anything.
- After starting the test, ensure you read the carefully and understand what it is asking. Read the question more than once.
- Ensure you choose an answer for each question. If you’re not sure about an answer, take an educated guess and choose an option that you feel may be correct. Don’t leave any unanswered questions.
- Make efficient use of your time. Remember you have 45 minutes to complete 50 questions. It is wise to spend an equal amount of time on each question. If you spend 45 seconds or less on each question, you will still have time at the end of your test to go through your answers and double check them.
- Don’t waste too much time on a question you’re struggling with. If you’re finding a question difficult, leave it and come back to it at a later stage.