Health, safety and environment test development project

CITB is reviewing the Health, safety and environment (HS&E) test to ensure that it continues to contribute towards a qualified workforce with the right knowledge, skills and training.

From January 2018 the test will be updated to include new question styles. The content of the questions will not change but a few questions may be presented in a different way. Information regarding the changes, the new question styles and what is happening in the future can be found below.

You can try the new question styles by clicking on the button at the top of the page. 

Please note: the update in January will only include the ‘drag and drop text’ and ‘multiple choice with images’ question styles. Other question styles will be introduced later in the review.

All digital revision materials (DVDs, downloads and apps) have been updated to include the new question styles. These are available to purchase from the CITB shop at HS&E Test Revision Material .  If you already have one of these, there will be an update available to include these changes. For further information about the updates refer to the frequently asked questions page.

You can still revise for the test using the revision book as the question content remains the same. However, if you would like to try the new question styles you can view them by clicking on the button at the top of the page. 

Development update

We have been engaging with many stakeholders to share the proposed changes to the test. This has been well received. Support is also being provided for the development phases of the project. 

To find out more about the proposed changes, click on the project phases below.

  • There is no content change to the questions in Phase 1
  • The new question styles have been piloted (by around 7500 candidates) in the live test and feedback has been analysed. This feedback has guided the development of the question styles.
  • Two new question styles ‘drag and drop text’ and ‘multiple choice with images’ have been applied to 57 revised questions and will be included in the test from 8 January 2018. Go to the ‘What are the new question styles’ section, below, to find out more.
  • Digital revision materials (DVDs, downloads and apps) have been updated to include the new question styles and are available to purchase now.
  • Digital products will be updated for users who purchased support materials in 2017 editions.
  • The sample questions platform is also available to allow candidates to experience the Phase 1 questions styles alongside ALL the new question styles being delivered throughout the project.
  • You can also see images of the new questions styles in the sample images document.
  • Further new question styles will be introduced in to the test. Go to the ‘What are the new question styles’ section, below, to find out more.
  • New question content will also replace some existing questions within the test from 1 June 2018.
  • All versions of revision materials (hard copy and digital) will be updated and available to purchase on our website from 3 April 2018.
  • A review is underway to help define the topic areas (test blueprint) for the development of the test and questions in Phase 3.
  • This review will support the requirement to ensure the test continues to align to the current industry activities.
  • The phase 3 update will include a review of all the revision materials and will deliver a test and supporting products that continue to meet industry requirements.
  • The revised test will be delivered from 3 June 2019.

What are the new question styles?

The following question styles will be introduced into the test in three phases:

From 8 January 2018

  • Multiple-choice with images (these styles of question already exist but more will be introduced).
  • Drag and drop with text.

From 1 June 2018

  • Drag and drop with images.
  • Hot spot.
  • Hot area.

From 3 June 2019

  • Drag and drop paragraph text.
  • Drag and drop ordering.

Examples of all the question styles are available to try on by clicking the ‘Try the new question styles’ button at the top of the page.

The new question styles being introduced from 8 January 2018 are also available in all of the digital revision materials. 

Note: hard copy versions of revision materials will not be changed until the 2018 edition is released on 3 April 2018.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ’s)

If you have any questions about changes to the test please visit our FAQ’s page.

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