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) 2021

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.

The Verbal Reasoning test questions you will need to complete are grouped into 3 styles:

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’.

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:

There are 2 styles ofnNumerical test questions in your Pearson's VUE type numerical test:

Type 1 - Basic numerical questions

These questions require you to know how to add, subtract, divide and multiply numbers and use algebra.

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

In this question you are asked to sort or group items. 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.

Type 2 - Number sequences

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. 

Example Numerical Sequences type 1 test question:

Find the missing number in the following sequence:

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.

Numerical Sequences in grids - 

This type of numerical test questions include numbers sequences that are displayed in triangles or long grids.

Example Numerical Sequences type 2 test question:

To answer this question you need to find the patterns or number sequences in this example. If we examin the numbers in the top line: 4, 12, 36... we can see that each consecutive number is product of multiplying the previous number by 3. For example, 4 x 3 = 12 and 12 x 3 = 36. Based on this the next number will be 36 x 3 = 108. The numbers at the bottom are created by subtracting 3 from the numbers above. For example, 4 - 3 = 1, 12 - 3 = 9, 36 - 3 = 33 and 108 - 3 = 105. The missing number at the bottom will be 108 x 3 = 324 then 324 - 3 = 321. So the missing numbers are 108 and 321.

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 Psychometric.test experts.
  • 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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