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OBE Assessment Techniques and Revision Tips

Written by Phoenix Health & Safety
1st March 2022
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Being successful in gaining a NEBOSH qualification means having more than in-depth knowledge of the subject matter it also means having the necessary support, study and revision techniques.  


Studying and revising are activities in their own right. These tips and techniques can be utilised and help you be more effective and give you a better chance of success.


It may have been some time since you last prepared for and took a professional assessment or exam. Remember, success depends mainly on:

Revision - Your ability to remember, recall and apply information contained in your study books.

Assessment/Exam Technique - Your ability to understand tasks and questions, draw on relevant information from the scenario, refer to the marks available and write good extensive responses which are to the depth required.

Revision and Study Technique - These are skills that can be learned. There is a saying that ‘proper planning and preparation prevents a poor performance’. 

Revision Tips - You should recognise that you already possess what is relevant to the syllabus - Don’t underestimate the importance of this. But remember, it’s never too early to start revising for your future OBE Assessment. 


Throughout your learning, you should have been thinking about this and noting topics that you are finding difficult to deal with.  Just simply reading the study textbooks repeatedly will not normally help you to remember the information. 


From the start of your studies, you should keep revisiting the essence of the subject, use the knowledge from the Phoenix Study Support team and assess your online learning resources. Here you can find up to date HSE guidance information, MOCK assessments, and webinars to review.


As the studies progress, condense the information from the revision questions and MOCK assessments - It means that you carry a lot of information with you. 


Time Management – Make a study plan, be realistic and disciplined – don’t plan a schedule you can’t manage.  

A good way to start is to work for 50 minutes, then give yourself a 10-minute break. Always allow for breaks in your day for food, relaxation, and exercise. Even a short, brisk walk will improve your attention.


Try to give each subject equal time; do not concentrate on one subject at the expense of another. Don’t be flexible to the plan - intrusions will occur that take priority over your plan but always leave time at the start and end of each study or revision period for reviewing what you have done and what you must still do.


How can you prevent malpractice?

To deter and detect malpractice NEBOSH uses a wide range of techniques. These include:

  • The Design of the Assessment – Passing requires the application of learning to an unfamiliar scenario. Copy and pasting information from books or online will not answer the questions posed in this open-book examination.
  • Own Work Statement – You will be asked to agree to an ‘own work statement’ when submitting your examination.
  • Trained Examiners – Trained NEBOSH examiners scrutinise every submission for plagiarism and collusion.
  • Dedicated Ethical Practice Team – NEBOSH employs a team of experts dedicated to identifying and investigating malpractice.
  • Plagiarism Checkers – NEBOSH use plagiarism software to spot malpractice, including similarities between cohorts.
  • Closing Interviews – Every learner must attend a closing interview.