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Firefighter Exam For Dummies

Stacy L. Bell, Lindsay Rock, Tracey Biscontini

ISBN: 978-1-118-00053-3 January 2011 432 Pages


The fast and easy way to score your best on the Firefighter Exam

In addition to physical tests of strength, agility, and coordination, firefighters must also pass a difficult written test that requires serious preparation to fare well, and many applicants fail to succeed.

Firefighter Exam For Dummies gives you a complete review of the most commonly tested topics that are typical of firefighter exams given to candidates across North America, as well as tips and advice on how to pass the oral interview, psychological testing, and the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT).

  • Coverage of reading comprehension, math, principles of mechanics, tool usage and recognition, memorization and visualization, and on-the-job scenarios
  • Study advice and test-taking tips
  • 4 full-length practice exams with answers and detailed explanations including the National Firefighter Selection Inventory (NFSI), a battery of 105 questions that assess the job-related cognitive skills required of a firefighter, and a test based on the New York City (NYC) firefighter exam-one of the most demanding Complete with advice for conquering test anxiety, Firefighter Exam For Dummies covers everything you need to know to confidently tackle-and pass-the big exam.

Part I: So You Want to Be a Firefighter? Get Ready!

Chapter 1: Getting the Lowdown on the Job of Firefighter.

Chapter 2: Throwing Your Hat in the Ring: Applying to Be a Firefighter.

Chapter 3: Preparing Yourself for the Firefighter Exam.

Part II: Gearing Up to Take the Test: The Written Exam.

Chapter 4: Showing Off Your Reading and Verbal Comprehension.

Chapter 5: Mastering Verbal Expression.

Chapter 6: Testing Your Observation and Memory.

Chapter 7: Sizing Up Your Spatial Orientation Skills.

Chapter 8: Making Decisions Based on Reasoning and Judgment.

Chapter 9: Performing Mathematical Calculations.

Chapter 10: Mechanical Aptitude: Knowing the Nuts and Bolts of Machines.

Chapter 11: Acing the National Firefighter Selection Inventory Test.

Part III: Demonstrating Physical, Mental, and Emotional Fitness with Interactive Tests.

Chapter 12: Show Them What You Can Do: Passing the Physical Exam.

Chapter 13: Acing Your Oral Interview.

Chapter 14: Knowing What to Expect During Medical and Psychological Testing.

Part IV: Practice Firefighter Exams.

Chapter 15: Practice Exam 1.

Chapter 16: Practice Exam 1: Answers and Explanations.

Chapter 17: Practice Exam 2.

Chapter 18: Practice Exam 2: Answers and Explanations.

Chapter 19: Practice Exam 3.

Chapter 20: Practice Exam 3: Answers and Explanations.

Chapter 21: Practice Exam 4: The National Firefighter Selection Inventory (NFSI).

Chapter 22: Practice Exam 4: Answers and Explanations.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 23: Ten Ways to Improve Your Chances of Getting Hired.

Chapter 24: Ten Things Every Firefighter Should Do.

Appendix: Observation and Memory Exercises.