Prepare for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service SHL Tests

If you are already an employee of Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, and are applying for a promotion or a role within the DCP duty system, on this page we go through the non-physical tests you are likely to face in your application.
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There may be a number of different selection assessments that you need to undertake as part of your application. If you are applying to join the Service as a Retained Firefighter you will need to take the Firefighter written assessments. You can find out more information about the selection process for Retained Firefighters on the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service website under ‘Jobs’.

Supervisory/ Operational level tests

For existing staff, for roles on promotion from Firefighter upwards, there are a number of assessments you may need to undertake as part of your application process.

We will outline the different tests you may undertake below:

Verbal Reasoning

Verbal reasoning tests assess your ability to read and understand many different types of written information. These can range from reports to memos as well as many things in between. It is essential that you have the aptitude to not only comprehend the information but also act on it. In this test you are presented with passages of information which you have to read and understand. After this you must answer questions relating to the passage.

The skills involved in tackling these tests include vocabulary, grammar, comprehension and critical reasoning. See our free pdf verbal questions to give yourself a taster of the style of questions you will face. You can even take your preparation to the next level with our SHL style verbal reasoning packs.

Numerical Reasoning

Numerical reasoning tests assess your capacity to work with numbers, graphs, tables and other mathematical data sets. You have to understand the information presented and use it to answer questions based on the data sets. The skills needed to do well in these tests include the ability to work with four basic numerical functions (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division), as well as percentages, ratios, estimations and data analysis. Our free pdf gives you a great start to your preparation. Get the full SHL style numerical reasoning pack to give yourself the best possible chance of succeeding.

Supervisory Situational Judgement Test

This Situational Judgement Test or SJT test presents you with various situations that you may face at work.

For example:

The company you work for is experiencing financial difficulties. You have thought of a creative solution that will enable it to recruit more clients. However, the downside is that the company will have to let go a stable, loyal but not so profitable client (due to a conflict of interest).

Two out of three marketing people agree with you while your manager does not because she believes this is too risky.

What would you do in this situation?

On this question there are a number of different options presented and you have to select the one which is most favourable and least favourable. To answer these questions in the best possible way you need to put your “work hat” on. Taking practice tests gives you the skill and confidence to do so in the right frame of mind. See our dedicated SJT page to take a practice test get a free pdf guide or get the entire SJT preparation package.

How can we help?

Here at JobTestPrep we have a range of preparation materials that introduce you to some of the types of assessment you may come across as you move up the career ladder within LFRS. We hope you have enjoyed this article and look forward to helping you on your path. If you have a specific question please do so below. Looking forward to hearing from you!

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