Preparing for Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV) Reasoning & Personality tests - timed practice tests with real questions, detailed solutions, online courses & 1-on-1 tutoring

Joining Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV) 2022

If you are applying to join Fire Rescue Victoria, you will be required to undergo several challenging Psychometric tests with Pearson’s Vue:

1. In your initial screening you will be asked to complete several timed reasoning tests - Abstract Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, Numerical Sequences & Mechanical Reasoning tests.

2. Then you will be asked to complete a Personality test to ensure no personality issues that might hinder your performance as a firefighter.

What to expect in the Verbal Reasoning test questions for Fire Rescue Victoria:

The Verbal reasoning test questions in Pearson’s verbal reasoning test are multiple-choice test questions. These questions are designed to measures your verbal reasoning skills which includes your 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.

What to expect in your verbal test questions for FRV:

FRV's verbal test is designed to measure your ability to use the English language. in your Pearson's VUE verbal test you will have a list of verbal test questions to complete in a given time. The timer is set for the entire test. The verbal test question style typically includes pairs of 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’.

What to expect in your Abstract Reasoning test questions for Fire Rescue Victoria:

The Abstract test questions in Pearson’s 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:

Let's review a second example for a 3 by 3 matrix abstract question. In this question there are 8 shapes in a 3 by 3 table. The 9th shape is missing and your task is to find what it is based on the other shapes.


To solve this question, we need to find the logical rules that apply to the shapes going from left to right or top to bottom. We can see that in each cell in each row contains a black rectangle or box. The last cell in each row is a combination of the first two boxes of the first and second cells. So, if we look at our top row, the first two black boxes in first and middle cells are combined in the last cell to create a vertical black rectangle. Therefore, the missing shape is a full black box which is a combination of the two horizontal black rectangles.

What to expect in your Numerical test questions for Fire Rescue Victoria:

In your Pearson's VUE type numerical test you will be asked to demonstrate the capability to add, subtract, divide and multiply two numbers with two digits each. You will also be asked to use algebra to group variables. The variables can be a simple variable such as X or Y and it can also be X squared or Y squared.

Let's review the following example for an algebra style numerical test question:

In this question you are asked to sort or group items (variables). Your task is to find which of the answer options is identical to the equation in the question

5 (X – 4) + 3X = ?

a. 2X – 4

b. 8X – 4

c. 20 + 3X

d. 8X - 20

e. 20X -4

f. None of the answers

In this question you are asked to group all similar items (variables and free numbers) and this requires you to cancel out the brackets. There are two groups here – one is all the items with the variable X and the other is all free numbers. First thing is to cancel the brackets by solving them, then group the items. The rule when you cancel brackets is that you times the number before the brackets with each number within the brackets. As 5 is the number before the brackets then to cancel the brackets we need to do 5 times X, plus 5 times -4. Then we are left with 5X + 5 x -4 + 3X = 5X – 20 + 3X. All the items with the variable X are 5X + 3X = 8X. All the free numbers are -20. Therefore, the correct result is 8X - 20.

You are likely to be asked to complete a Work Safety test in the later steps:

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.

How we prepare you for your reasoning & personality tests with Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV):

The Institute of Psychometric Coaching has developed a variety of tailored preparations to ensure you are ready for your tests with Fire and Rescue Victoria..

Our professional preparations include:

Practice tests for Abstract Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, Numerical Sequences & Mechanical Reasoning tests used by Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV):

  • A large pool of reasoning timed practice Abstract Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, Numerical Sequences & Mechanical Reasoning tests).
  • Based on Pearson’s Vue test questions.
  • Step by step solutions at the end of each test.
  • Test scores in comparison to others.
  • Guidance on how to improve.
  • Immediate Access.

Online courses for Abstract Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, Numerical Sequences & Mechanical Reasoning tests used by Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV):

  • Mechanical reasoning tests courses online with all the knowledge you need to pass Fire Rescue Victoria tests.
  • Abstract Reasoning Test Course online with some example test questions.
  • Verbal Reasoning Test Course online with some example test questions.
  • Numerical Sequences Test Course with some example test questions.
  • Immediate Access.

1-on-1 Tutoring for your tests with Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV):

  • Delivered by Australian psychometricians who are experienced with Pearson VUE tests.
  • Face to face or via Skype live.
  • Includes an analysis of your weaknesses.
  • Working with you to ensure you know how to demonstrate your capabilities in all FRV test questions.
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