How to Pass the CSCS Test

If you’re like most people you’re probably wondering how to pass the CSCS test in your first attempt, since the introduction of the newly added behavioural case study questions there have been fewer people passing their CSCS exam every day mainly because of lack of preparation.

A lot of people are under the impression that the CSCS test is basic common sense test that requires no revision or preparation, and when they don’t pass they wonder why. Well, it’s simply because preparation is the key to passing any test and the CSCS test is no different.

What does the CSCS Test Involve?

The CSCS test is done on a touch screen computer and is designed in a multiple choice format. You’ll be given 45 minutes to complete the 38 health and safety knowledge based questions and 12 behavioural case study questions. Before the test begins you’ll have the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the touch screen test if you want.

It’s recommended that all candidates use this opportunity to get a feel of how to navigate through the test; some people choose to skip this process and end up losing time trying to figure out how to navigate while taking the actual test. Don’t be that person!!

Here’s our simple 3 step guide to passing the CSCS test:

Watch the setting out film

The free to view film “setting out” plays an essential part in passing the CSCS test; the 10 principals conveyed in this video forms the basis for the behavioural case study questions. It’s an 11 minute long video presentation that’s divided into parts. The first part is known as “what you should expect from the construction industry” it focuses on the steps and procedures your site management has to take to ensure you and your colleagues remain safe and healthy at work.  It explains some of the legal requirements your employer needs to undertake to ensure you and your colleagues are not placed in obvious danger.

The second part of the video “what the industry expects of you” focuses on your responsibilities; the responsibility of overall safety doesn’t lie solely with your site management or employer. As an employee we all play a part in maintaining a safe and healthy working environment and the second part of the setting out video highlights what your management will expect you to do to ensure your safety and the safety of everyone onsite.

Revise for the test

Revision is always the first basic step to passing any test, for the CSCS test you’ll need the official CSCS test revision book which includes all the questions and answers to help you pass the updated CSCS test or if you prefer you can try our free CITB CSCS mock tests.

Besides the test questions and answers, both books also contain basic information about the CSCS test including how to book your test, how to prepare for the test and what to expect during and after the CSCS test.

There are two versions of the book, the first one is meant for site Operatives and Specialists and the other is meant for Managers and Professionals so make sure you choose the right version for your specific type of CSCS test.

Tip: Pay close attention to the questions on fire extinguishers, these are know to trick quite a lot of people taking the test. Make sure you read each questions carefully, you can read up more about fire extinguishers here and then try our CSCS practice test on fire extinguishers here.

Practice for the test

The second step to passing the CSCS test should come as no surprise to you, practicing with our CSCS mock test questions will give you an idea of the types of questions you can expect on your test day and the level of difficulty you’re likely to encounter.

To make it simpler for you we’ve only allowed 10 questions per page in many of our practice tests, so you can attempt them and get a good understanding instead of reading through question after question and not really grasping the intended concepts.

It’s always a good idea to keep things fresh by revisiting your CSCS revision book and practicing online just before the test.

Category: CSCS Information

Comments (13)

  1. Janice says:

    How many out of the 50 do I need to get right?

  2. David says:

    47! That’s been answered like 3 times

  3. Jack says:

    Just a random question, I’m guessing no one’s asked it yet, does anyone happen to know how many answers you need to get right in the real test?

  4. lewis says:

    how much do I need to get out of 50 for the general operative pass grade

  5. madars says:

    Hi. how many questions should be corect for pass the cscs test?

  6. asim hussain says:

    hi how many do i need to get right to pass i am doing health and safety test i need to pass to start my carpentry apprenticeship

  7. SM says:

    How many correct answers do I need for a basic cscs test (labourer).

  8. J says:

    How many answers do I need to get right to pass the operatives health and safety test?

  9. dave says:

    how many do you need to get right out of 50 for the site operative test? and how many right for the Specialist test?

  10. jazz says:

    How many do u need to get out of 50 to pass ?

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