The Sulitest

How do we ensure that political and economic leaders, and all decision-makers, are fully aware of key global transitions, are well equipped to integrate these elements in their professional practices, and make informed and effective decisions?

The first international tool to assess Sustainability Literacy

The Sulitest provides higher education institutions, companies and other organization around the world with an internationally recognized and locally relevant tool to measure and improve sustainability literacy for all.


A Multiple Choice Questionnaire

The Sustainability Literacy Test is an on-line multiple choice questionnaire.

To be able to understand trends from one region of the globe to another, and to allow organizations / candidates to benchmark at a worldwide level, 30 questions come from the same database of international questions and are identical for all users throughout the world.

These are usually combined with another set of 20  “specialized” questions that reflect local, regional and cultural specificities (e.g. local regulations and laws, culture and practices).

Covering the full scope of sustainable development and CSR

The main ambition when building the Sulitest was to measure and improve sustainability literacy: “the knowledge, skills, and mindsets that help compel an individual to become deeply committed to building a sustainable future and allow him or her to make informed and effective decisions to this end”.

Key criteria and objectives for creating that kind of test together:

  • Questions must assess an individual's current knowledge of SD but they should also teach and inform; motivate to learn more and act!
  • The overall experience of taking the test should help learners “understand the big picture”, as well as “be touched and inspired by specific stories or facts”; while simultaneously avoiding the trap of reproducing or memorizing lists of facts, figures, issues and challenges without making connections between them. 
  • Create a test that does not overwhelm with the number of questions (30). The focus is on various perspectives and topics, keeping the balance between alarming news and inspiring actions.

To reach these ambitious objectives, the test is designed with (1) a coherent, pedagogical and systemic framework (2) a list of tags and key words to build a database of questions to ensure balance among all the relevant subjects.

Each test session is unique


  • An exam sessions consists of several modules.
  • The first module of international questions is the only mandatory one for everyone who takes the test.
  • Examiners, in charge of scheduling exam sessions within an organization, can customize their sessions by adding to this first module a set of local/regional questions.
  • Examiners whose organizations have Premium Access can add specific questions related to their own challenges and/or strategy.
  • For research purposes, an optional socio-demographic survey (and a survey on ESD for students) is proposed at the end of the session.
Locally Relevant

The development of regional and locally focused questions is managed by Regional or National Expert Committees (RNEC's). Communities from every continent have already contributed to the test's content, while new communities continue to join this initiative.

In most of cases, committees are national but there may be multiple ones in a given country. For example there is a general China committee and one for Hong Kong, or the English-speaking Canadian one and the Francophone Quebec committee.

These collaborative expert communities are composed of academics, professionals and students and are coordinated by one or more community managers.

Adaptable for specific industries, professions and topics

Future plans for the Sulitest (early 2017) include creating custom modules for specific industries (transportation, energy, health), professions (Marketing, Finance, HR) or topics such as specialized CSR modules (responsible entrepreneurship, circular economy, climate change…). 

Fully customizable for your own organization

With Premium Access, organizations also have the option of adding customized questionnaires and surveys.

Your school or organization can create customized tools for raising awareness in specific areas or fields of sustainability, for recruitment processes or for organizational change management.

A closer look at the Sulitest content

What kind of questions will I find on the Sulitest, what subjects and topics are focused on, and how was all of this created?


To get a closer look at the Sulitest, please download the attached document.

Download the Architecture and Tag list



You will find detailed information about:

  • The various choices an examiner can make when setting up a session;
  • The architecture behind the core modules, both international and local.  Learners can focus on basic knowledge, knowledge of skills, or the full scope of sustainability including mindsets.
  • The process for co-constructing test questions;
  • How to take learning further when there are still unanswered questions.

Understanding sustainability trends and data

The test is taken worldwide by diverse cohorts of learners and can be mined for data to better understand behaviors and identify opportunities for change.

At the end of the test, optional questions allow researchers to extract statistical analysis of knowledge from diverse cohorts (gender, age, economic background, major or program of study, personal engagement, college's / university’s curriculum…). Answers to these questions are anonymous.

To find out more about Sulitest's research activities, click here.

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