The Sulitest Project

How can we ensure that political and economic leaders - as well as all current and future decision-makers - are fully aware of key global sustainability challenges? 

How can we make sure they all are sufficiently equipped to integrate these elements in their political, professional and personal practices to make informed and effective decisions?


"The Test", the first international assessment tool on "Sustainability Literacy"                                                                                

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 their students, employees and members.

This is the original and main tool developped by Sulitest, called "The Test", or "Learning Mode".

With its global and local dimensions, "The Test" helps assess knowledge and competencies, adapt education and sensitization path, and improve overall sustainability literacy.


"The Test", a Multiple Choice Questionnaire      

"The Test" is an on-line multiple choice questionnaire. For each session  in "Learning Mode", 30 questions are drawn in a database of international questions. Thus, all people who pass the test, regardless of their position on the globe are on an equal footing.

The analysis of the questions also allows to determine the trends and to compare the different regions of the world,.

20 other "regionalized" questions can complement the international questions. Based on local issues, they deal with the regulations, laws, culture and practices of a country or a region.

A set of questions covering a sample of the full scope of Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility

The main ambition of the Sulitest project is 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”.

The key criteria that drove the creation of the Sulitest platform were - and still are - the following:

  • Questions must assess an individual's current knowledge of Sustainable Development, 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 keywords to build a database of questions tthat ensure an appropriate balance among all relevant topics.


The other components developed by Sulitest

To better meet the needs of universities, companies and organizations, Sulitest has also developed several tools in addiction of the classic test. Those are available for organizations with "Premium" access. 

From Global Trends to SDG Specific Modules

Sulitest is currently working with various UN entities and other stakeholders to create SDG specific modules into its platform, with the aim of raising further global awareness of specific SDGs and to identify gaps in knowledge among students worldwide. Four working groups are working to produce a specific module

In support of the upcoming in-depth review of SDG 7 at the 2018 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), the Division for Sustainable Development of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DSD/UN DESA) – the Secretariat of HLPF - is leading a process to create a Sulitest SDG 7 specific module for raising awareness and assessing the knowledge of all stakeholders related to this Goal.

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Each test session is unique



  • One "Test" session may be composed with 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 or a specific SDG module.
  • In addition, 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 at nation level but there may be multiple committees in a given country. For example there is a general committee for China and another one for Hong Kong, or for English-speaking Canada and Quebec.

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

Adaptable for specific industries, professions and domains

Sulitest also allows organizations to acquire  a "Premium" access, in order to create specific modules for certain sectors (transport, energy, health, etc.), certain professions (marketing, finance, HR, etc.) or specific topics such as modules on SRI, responsible entrepreneurship, the circular economy, climate change ...

Fully customizable for your own organization

With "Premium" access, organizations also have the opportunity to add questionnaires and surveys of their own.

Whether in the recruitment process or as a tool to accompany change, a school, university or company can develop appropriate tools to raise awareness and educate its students or collaborators and enhance the integration of Sustainable Development Within the organization.

A closer look at the Sulitest content

What kind of questions will I find in a Sulitest session? What subjects and topics does Sulitest focus on? How was all of this created?


To get a closer look at how Sulitest is architectured, 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 candidates, and can be mined for data to better understand behaviors and identify opportunities for change.

At the end of a "Learning Mode" session 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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