Preparation for NSW Ambulance tests - emotional intelligence and cognitive tests

NSW Ambulance psychometric tests – Preparation 2022

If you are applying to join NSW Ambulance, you will be required, after completing your onlne interview, to take several challenging Psychometric tests:

Phase 1 - A timed Emotional Intelligence test that includes 2 parts and has 50 test questions.

Phase 2 - A set of Cognitive mini tests that measure your abstract, verbal and numerical reasoning skills

What is NSW Ambulance's Emotional Intelligence test?

The timed emotional intelligence test was developed by Revelian as a reasoning measurement of people’s emotional intelligence using 2 distinctive aspects of your emotional intelligence.

  • Ability to identify emotions in facial expressions
  • Ability to identify people's emotions based on their behaviour

The test includes 2 parts:

Part 1 measures your ability to identify people's emotions based on a scenario or situation. In addition, part 1 also measures your ability to recognise the basic 8 emotions in people's facial expressions. Part 1 has 3 sections with a break in between each section.

Part 2 measures your ability to identify emotions in facial expressions.

The test has 20 questions in part 1 and 30 questions in part 2.

The difference between NSW emotional intelligence test and other EI tests

Contrary to most Emotional Intelligence tests used in the market, the timed emotional intelligence test is a reasoning rather than a personality based test. This means that the this test regards EI as a cognitive ability and therefore uses a timer as part of the test.

What is an  Emotional Intelligence test question?

The emotional intelligence test has two types of test questions:

The first type test question style includes a short scenario that describes a situation about one or two people. Then you are asked to decide what is each person in the scenario likely to feel. Your answer will not only include the emotion but also the facial expression that conveys the correct emotion.

The second type or test question style includes a screenshot of a face and you are asked to decide whether this facial expression conveys a specific emotion. Your answer can only be yes or no. 

Let's review the following example test question for the emotional test:

Is this Surprise?

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

The Challenge with the NSW Ambulance's emotional intelligece test:

Many job applicants find the Emotify test very challenging due to the following reasons: 

The emotional test has timer and the time for each question is very short. This makes it very difficult for test takers to consider all the options before the time runs out.

The test questions are very different from what people are used to.

The test questions require people to deal with things outside their comfort zone.

What is NSW Ambulance's mini Cognitive tests?

NSW Ambulance's set of mini cognitive tests measure three components about your cognitive abilities:

  1. 1.    Problem Solving: 

In problem solving the test assesses your ability to quickly learn, adapt and solve problems.

This measures your ‘fluid intelligence:’ the ability to see a problem for the first time and find out how to solve it without any prior knowledge.

  1. 2.    Numerical Reasoning: 

In numerical reasoning the test assesses your ability to understand numerical concepts, work with numbers and use formulas to solve problems.

  1. 3.    Verbal Knowledge 

In verbal knowledge the test measures your knowledge of the English language – focusing on spelling, grammar and identification of errors in text.


Each of the mini set of games is timed at 5 minutes.

What to expect in Problem Solving tests:

The cognitive mini test has three mini tests measuring your problem solving skills:

  • Gridlock
  • Resemble
  • Short Cuts

The ‘Gridlock’ test

In this mini test you need to solve a number of consecutive grid based puzzle games as quickly as you can.

There is generally a central grid and you have to fit the given figures in (rotate, drag and drop) to complete the grid.

The ‘Resemble’ test

In this mini test you will be presented with a figure in the left section and generally a simple ‘angle of rotation’ value given beneath it, for example: 180o or 90o.

All you have to do is mentally rotate the figure on the left by the angle indicated and recreate the resultant figure in a central grid on the right.

The ‘Short Cuts’ test

In this mini test you are asked to move a particular ball and move it to a destination indicated by stars. You are supposed to move the target ball to the destination using the fewest moves as quickly as possible.

What to expect in the Numerical ability tests:

This type of test has two mini tests measuring your numerical ability:

  • Numbubbles
  • Tally Up

What to expect in the ‘Numbubbles’ test

This mini test displays a target number and a number of bubbles with simple equations.

Your task is to identify the bubbles containing an answer equal to the target value displayed.

What to expect in the ‘Tally Up’ test

This mini test displays two sections with numbers (appearing as tokens) in each frame. Your task is to decide which frame has a higher value of numbers (tokens) or both frames might be of equal value.

What to Expect in Verbal knowledge tests:

In this section of the test you will have two mini tests measuring your verbal knowledge:

  • Proof It
  • Pop Up

What to expect in Proof It test

In this mini test you are presented with series of texts that include grammatical errors such as punctuation errors, missing words, misspelled words and grammatical errors.

Your task is to identify all grammatical errors in each text in 1 minute.

How we assist you to prepare for your Emotional Intelligence test and the mini Cognitive tests with NSW Ambulance: 

The Institute of Psychometric Coaching (IPC) has developed a variety of tailored preparations to ensure you are ready for your timed emotional intelligence test and the cognitive mini tests.  Our professionals have analysed strategies and techniques and developed a full range of countermeasures.  Our preparations include:

Online timed emotional intelligence and cognitive practice tests

  • Online practice timed emotional inteelligence test and mini cognitive tests – tailor made for NSW Ambulance's tests.
  • A large pool of timed practice tests online to prepare yo for Resemble, Tully Up, Numbubbles, Pop-Up and Proof It mini tests.
  • Step by step solutions at the end of each mini test
  • Test scores in comparison to others
  • Feedback on how to improve

Benefits include:

  • Based on real temotional intelligence and mini cognitive test questions
  • Timer mimics the pressure of taking the real test
  • Immediate access

Personal Tutoring for your timed emotional intelligence test and mini cognitive tests

Experience gold standard service with IPC’s personal tutoring.  Our personalised service includes:

  • One-on-one tutoring delivered by experienced Psychometricians.
  • Face to face sessions (in our Melbourne and Sydney offices) or via Skype live
  • In depth analysis of your cognitive weaknesses to focus the session and maximise your scores
  • Working together to ensure you reach maximum potential and capabilities in your timed emotional intelligence test and the mini cognitive tests. 

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