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The Firefighter Tests

There are a number of firefighter aptitude tests you have to pass in order to have your application taken forward. Collectively called the national firefighter written test, there are three separate aptitude tests testing your numerical, verbal and situational judgement skills. Your scores from all three tests are considered together to decide whether to take you to the next stage of the process. As well as these aptitude tests you have to pass a personality test, called the national firefighter questionnaire.

The four firefighter written tests are:

NFA Working With Numbers Test

In this fire service test you are given scenarios testing your numerical skills. The skills required to pass this test are used on a day to day basis and as such, the questions are based on this. For example, you will be asked to calculate how much air is left in an air tank, how much hose to use in a fire and other similar scenarios. You may not use a calculator in these tests. This firefighting aptitude test is timed, and you have 45 minutes to answer 32 questions. Our firefighter aptitude test practice packages give you familiarity with the material and calculations needed to excel in this test. You can get a taster of the test style with our free firefighter practice test.

NFA Understanding Information Test

As a fireman, you are given information to act on in pressurised conditions. In this firefighter written test you are given written information generally concerning fire safety, how to deal with a fire and planning escape routes. You are asked a set of multiple choice questions, testing your comprehension abilities. Each question has four answer choices and there is one correct answer. There are typically six different scenarios with multiple questions per text. You have 30 minutes to answer 25 questions. The best way to prepare for this test is to take practice firefighter aptitude test questions that are in the same format as the real test. See our pack to get ahead.

NFA Situational Awareness and Problem Solving Test

As a fireman you have to be able to see a situation and make a quick decision about how to deal with it. This aptitude test assesses your ability to make decisions that ensure the safety of yourself and others and your ability to use information to solve problems. You are given a scenario and asked to choose what your response to that situation would be from a list of four options. There are 30 questions in this test to be answered in 35 minutes. These style tests are commonly called situational judgement tests or SJT’s for short.

National Firefighter Questionnaire

This firefighting aptitude test assesses your attitude and motivation based against a selection of the personal qualities and attributes, or PQAs. These are outlined below. This aptitude test contains 127 questions each aimed at one of these seven areas of the PQAs. This test is a personality test. Get tips about taking personality tests on the JobTestPrep website.

The areas covered by this firefighting aptitude test are:

  • Working with others – both within the Fire Service and the community.
  • Commitment to diversity and integrity –understanding and respecting diversity whilst adopting a fair approach to others.
  • Confidence and resilience – staying strong and resilient in challenging situations.
  • Commitment to excellence – approaching your work aiming and maintaining excellent standards.
  • Commitment to development –developing yourself and others.
  • Situational awareness – being aware of the environment around you, and using it to promote safe and effective working.
  • Openness to change – being open to change and actively supporting it in the Fire Service and the community.

Personal Qualities and Attributes (PQAs)

Every applicant firefighter must demonstrate the required Fire and Rescue Service Personal Qualities and Attributes in every stage of the firefighter application process. The PQAs are:

  • Working with others – working effectively with all types of people.
  • Commitment to development – developing yourself and others and being committed to it.
  • Commitment to excellence – adopts a conscientious and proactive approach to work in order to achieve excellent standards.
  • Commitment to diversity and Integrity – understanding and respecting other people’s differences.

How can you prepare for the Firefighting Aptitude Test?

The answer is simple: with our firefighter written test practice packs. You need to prepare yourself fully for the firefighter written tests as they form an intrinsic part of recruitment. Here at JobTestPrep we have a variety of practice packs for firefighter aptitude tests. Take these and you are giving yourself the best chance of success. We look forward to having you on board. Good luck!

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