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About The Exam

About the Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme Examination

The exam is a written exam with 30 multiple choice questions (worth one mark each).
Multiple choice questions only have one right answer – candidates should note that some questions offer options for ‘all of the above’ or ‘none of the above’ so the questions should be read carefully. Questions with more than one option ticked will be marked as wrong. The questions will cover the whole syllabus, some of which is only covered in the pre-reading.
Candidates may mark answers in pencil or pen but must sure that it is clear which option you have chosen (especially where change has been made) – the exam is best done in pencil so that answers can be erased if you change your mind.
The time allowed for the multiple choice element is 45 minutes - a ‘ten minute warning’ will be given. Candidates must stop writing on the invigilators notification at the end of the exam. There is no time limit for the simulation element of the exam. 

If you leave early please consider other candidates, particularly towards the end of the exam. We ask you not to leave after the ten minute warning is given. Although the exam is 'open book' it is not designed to allow candidates to look up all the answers - material allowed should be regarded as reference. If candidates have not prepared thoroughly by completing the pre-reading and understanding the training course, you may find it hard to finish the exam. Please let us know in advance if you have any relevant special needs or requirements.

Please note should any candidate be late for the examination (more than 10 minutes after the start of the exam) they will not be able to sit the exam.


Notification of examination results

All candidates are notified of the result of the examination by either letter or email. Such notification will normally be sent within 2 weeks of the examination unless the result is the subject of a complaint.


Delegates are offered the opportunity of one re sit at no charge if they fail the exam. The re sits are arranged with the training manager. If the re sit is not successful we recommend the candidate takes some further training before trying again. If they would like to re sit a further time then there is a charge associated with this. There is no limit to the number of times a candidate can re sit.


You can ask CIBSE to make an enquiry into your examination results if you think:

  • A mistake has been made working out the result
  • There are issues with the exam questions
  • Security has been breached

Appeals should be made in writing at least 2 weeks from the date the results are received and must be made in writing to CIBSE. The paper will be reassessed by a suitably qualified person and member of CIBSE who has not been involved in the original marking process. You will be informed in writing of the outcome of the appeal.

Examination/ Security concerns may be submitted in writing to:

By Mail:

Training & Events
222 Balham High Road
London, SW12 9BS

By E-mail:

If you want to submit a concern anonymously, you may do so; however, please be sure to include as much information as you can about your situation because we will not be able to contact you for additional details.  For example, if describing an incident at a test center, please state the location and time of the event and as many specific details about the event as possible. 

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