Fire & Rescue NSW tests preparation

Preparation for your Psychometric tests to join Fire & Rescue NSW 2019

If you are applying to join NSW's Fire & Rescue, you will be required as part of your Application Gateway to take several challenging Psychometric tests:

Phase 1:

1. A timed Cognitive test that includes over 50 test questions and needs to be completed in 20 minutes. The Cognitive test includes 3 types of special test questions - Abstract cognitive test questions, Verbal cognitive test questions, Numerical cognitive test questions.

2. You will also be asked to complete a Work Safety personality test to ensure that there are no safety issues that might hinder your performance as a firefighter.

Phase 2:

Once you passed phase 1's Cognitive test and Work Safety test, you will be asked to complete an Emotional Intelligence test to ensure that you are effective in managing your emotions and can predict others' emotional response.

What is the Cognitive test with Fire & Rescue?

The Cognitive test has 51 test questions and is timed to 20 minutes. This means that you have 20 minutes to complete all test questions. This is not a simple challenge but is doable if you are well prepared and very focused.

The main challenge of the Cognitive test is the timer. The timer is set so only 2-3% of the population can complete this test on time and have all the questions right. Therefore, your task is to try to get as many test questions as you can right.

The Cognitive test has 3 types of test questions:

The Verbal Reasoning test questions in Fire & Rescue's Cognitive test

The Verbal reasoning test questions in the Cognitive test are multiple-choice test questions. These questions are designed to measures your verbal reasoning skills which includes yor ability to process verbal information in an effective and efficient manner, identify critical issues and master the English language as a way to communicate and comprehend instructions.

The Verbal Reasoning test questions in Fire & Rescue's Cognitive test are grouped into 3 types:

Type 1 – ‘List of statements’ test questions

In this type of verbal test question, you will be presented with a list of statements or facts. You will then be asked if one or more of the statements ‘prove’ or ‘disprove’ the conclusion in the test question.

Let's check the following verbal test questions example:

Which two statements together prove that Tim has a red car?

A. Gil likes Tim's car colour

B. Tim likes fast cars

C. Gil has a fast car

D. Gil likes only red cars

E. Tim's car is not silver

To answer this question we need to find two statements that together prove that Tim has a red car. Statement A says that Gil likes Tim's car colour. If we combine this with statement D that says that Gil likes only red cars then can prove that Tim's car must be red.

Type 2 – ‘Word list’ and ‘odd-one-out’ test questions

This type of verbal test questions have lists of words or phrases, and you are asked in each question to select one or two in the list that are dissimilar to the others (i.e. find the ‘odd one out’).

Let’s review the following verbal test question example:

Four of the following five options are alike in some way – select the one that is not.

A.   to acquit

B.   to esteem

C.   to exculpate

D.   to exonerate

E.   to vindicate

Most words in this list have a common theme: ‘to acquit’, ‘to exculpate’, ‘to exonerate’, and ‘to vindicate’ are all verbs that relate to being found or declared not guilty, or free from blame. However, ‘to esteem’ means to respect and admire and has a different meaning to the rest. This is the odd one out.

Type 3 – ‘Word association’ test questions

In this type of verbal test question, you are given two words that are associated in some way (i.e. an analogy) and a list of options. Your task is to select which of the options is most like the given word association. 

Let’s look at an example:

Cane : walk, as eyeglasses ?

A.   taste

B.   hear

C.   colour

D.   run

E.   observe

F.   sun

The association between ‘cane’ and ‘walk’ is that the cane is an ancillary instrument to assist someone to walk. Therefore, we need to find a word in the list with a similar association to ‘eyeglasses’. ‘Eyeglasses’ are an ancillary instrument to help someone ‘observe’, so this forms the same relationship as exists between ‘cane’ and ‘walk’.

The Abstract Reasoning test questions in Fire & Rescue's Cognitive test

The Abstract test questions in the Cognitive test are also timed and are forced-choice (which means that each question has between 4 to 5 answer options and only one is correct). All Abstract test questions are non-verbal problems, which means that there is no text to read. Each Abstract test question displays a group of shapes that have some common patterns or rules. Your task is to quickly identify the patterns and logical rules for each group of shapes and then use them to select the correct answer. Each Abstract test question in the Cognitive test has a different group of shapes and different patterns and logical rules.

Here is an example for an abstract reasoning test question:

Which figure is next in this series?

To answer this question we need to find what patterns can be identified in this group of shapes going from left to right. In this group, we have an outer square containing one of three shapes (circle, square and triangle) and a number of lines across the corners of the square. There are two underlying patterns to this series. The first pattern is that the three inner shapes always repeat in the same order. The second pattern is more complicated, as we need to count the lines. Given that the missing shape is in the middle, we best to start from the shapes after the missing shape. In the first shape (left to the missing shape) we have 2 lines across the top left corner and one line across the other corners. In the next shape there is no change in the lines. In the next shape we see a drop of one line from the top left corner. Then in the following shape we see another line drops. This time from the bottom left corner. In the next shape there is no change in the number of lines. This means that the pattern is one line drops from the first shape. Then in the next shape another line drops. Then there is a pause in the next shape. Then the pattern repeats. Therefore, shape D is the correct answer.

The Numerical Reasoning test questions in Fire & Rescue's Cognitive Test:

There are 2 types of Numerical reasoning test questions in the Cognitive test:

Type 1 Numerical reasoning test questions in Fire & Rescue's Cognitive test -

This type of numerical test questions include traditional number series, which are a list of consecutive numbers. Each type 1 numerical test question displays a list of numbers and your task is to identify the pattern and logical rules for this set of numbers and based on the patterns that you identified you can correctly select the missing number. 

Type 1 Numerical reasoning test questions also offer number series in a Sudoku format of a 3 by 3 table with one missing number.

Example Numerical test question in Fire & Rescue's Cognitive test:

Find the missing number in the following set:

144, ? , 48 , 2 , 24 , 4 , 6

To answer this question, we need to identify the pattern in this number series. A pattern is a rule that explains why all numbers are positioned where they are. In this case, we would start analysing the numbers to lthe right of the missing number as this offers us much more numbers to work with. First we look at the 3 following numbers - 48, 2 , and 24. Can we see some rule here? Yes, 24 times 2 is 48. Let's check if this rule applies to the other numbers - 24 , 4 and 6. Yes, as 6 times 4 is 24. If we apply this pattern or rule then 48 times ? is 144. Therefore, the missing number is 144 : 48 = 3.

Type 2 Numerical reasoning test questions in Fire & Rescue's Cognitive test - 

This type of numerical test questions include short written numerical test questions. You will need to master how to multiply numbers, calculate averages, calculate percentages, calculate a change in percentages and calculate ratios to correctly solve this type of numerical test questions. 

Example Numerical test question in the Cognitive test:

Tom has been flying his small jet for 30 minutes and has travelled 200 Kilometres. What has been his average speed in Kilometres per hour?

To answer this question we need to first identify the connection between the figures given in the question. In this case, the connection is Time multiply by Speed = Distance. Before we plug in the numbers we first need to change the given Time of 30 minutes to Hours so we can get the speed in Km per Hour. To convert minutes to hours we need to divide the minutes by 60: 30 minutes / 60 = 1/2 Hour. Then we can plug the numbers to the formula: Time x Speed = Distance. 1/2 x Speed = 200 Km. Then Speed = 200 Km / 1/2 Hour = 400 Km per hour.

What is the Work Safety test? 

The Work Safety test is a non timed personality test that has just over 30 test questions. Each test question has a statement and you are asked to select the degree to which you agree with the statement about you.

The test measures risks in your work safe behaviour that might impact your ability to be a firefighter. The test measures your work safe behaviour using 5 scales:

Scale 1 – Risk Avoidance, or Risk Averse, or Cautious

Scale 2 – Safety and Personal Accountability/Responsibility

Scale 3 – Managing Stress, Emotional Resilience, or Being Strong

Scale 4 – Aggressive or Violent Behaviour

Scale 5 – Compliance and Obedience

Let's review the following example of a work safety test statement:

If a person is insulted then he is entitled to be angry

  • Strongly disagree
  • Disagree
  • Neutral
  • Agree
  • Strongly agree

The statement is designed to measure your ability to manage your anger and frustration in the work place. If you were to choose “agree” to this statement, then this would indicate that you are likely to approve of aggressive behaviour in the work place, which is likely to lead to accidents.

What is Fire & Rescue's Emotional Intelligence test?

As part of your selection with Fire & Rescue you will be asked to complete the Emotify, which is an Emotional Intelligence test that includes 2 parts with 55 forced-choice questions. The Emotional Intelligence test measures your emotional reasoning based on two sections:

  1. Identify emotions in facial expressions
  2. Identify emotions based on behaviour

Please review the following example of an emotional intelligence test question:

Is this Surprise?

Here you need to analyse the facial expression to identify the correct emotion.

Our Professional Preparations for your Cognitive test, Work Safety test & Emotional Intelligence test with Fire & Rescue

The Institute of Psychometric Coaching has developed a variety of tailored preparations to ensure you are ready for your tests with MFB/CFA.

Our professional preparations include:

Practice Cognitive tests & Work Safety test online customised to Fire & Rescue: 

  • A large pool of timed practice Cognitive tests online - Abstract Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, Numerical Reasoning tests tailored to Fire & Rescue.
  • Based on real Revelian's test questions.
  • Timer mimics the pressure of taking the real test.
  • Step by step solutions at the end of each cognitive test.
  • Practice Work Safety test based on real test questions.
  • Test scores in comparison to others.
  • Feedback on how to improve.
  • Immediate Access.

Cognitive tests and Work Safety test courses online for Fire & Rescue:

  • Special Cognitive tests' courses online with all the knowledge you need to pass Fire & Rescue's Cognitive tests.
  • Abstract Reasoning Test Course online with some example test questions.
  • Verbal Reasoning Test Course online with some example test questions.
  • Quantitative Reasoning Test Course with some example test questions.
  • Special Work Safety personality test course with all the knowledge you need to pass Fire & Rescue's Work Safety test
  • Immediate Access.

Personal Tutoring for your Cognitive test, Work Safety test & Emotional Intelligence test:

  • Delivered by experienced Organisational Psychologists.
  • Face to face or via Skype video.
  • Includes special material for the Emotional Intelligence test and a full Practice Emotional Intelligence test
  • Includes an analysis of your weaknesses.
  • Working with you to ensure you demonstrate your full potential and capabilities in Fire & Rescue's Cognitive, Work Safety & Emotional Intelligence tests.

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