Preparation for your Psychometric tests to join Queensland Fire & Emergency Services (QFES) 2019

If you are applying to join Queensland Fire & Energy Services (QFES), you will be required as part of your application to take several challenging Psychometric tests:

Phase 1:

QFES will ask you to a complete a timed mechanical test that includes a list of test questions that are based on mechanical principles, such as pullies and gears. Upon successfully completing phase 1, you will be invited to complete phase 2.

Phase 2:

QFES will ask you to complete the timed Core Abilities assessment or test that includes three types of test questions:

  • Abstract test questions
  • Verbal test questions
  • Numerical test questions

What is the mechanical test with Queensland Fire & Energy Services (QFES)?

The mechanical test is a timed test that includes questions that measure your understanding of mechanical concepts, such as pullies, gears, weight distribution etc.

The main challenge of the mechanical 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 correct.

What is the Core Abilities assessment with Queensland Fire & Energy Services (QFES)?

The Core Abilities test is a timed test that include 20 questions,to be completed in 15 minutes. The main challenge of this 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 correct.

Verbal Reasoning test questions in the Core Abilities assessment:

The Verbal reasoning test questions in the Core Abilities assessment are designed to measure your verbal reasoning skills. The verbal test questions include two styles:

Style 1 – ‘Word list’ and ‘odd-one-out’ test questions

This type of verbal test question includes 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. Therefore, this is the odd one out.

Style 2 – ‘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.   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’.

Abstract Reasoning test questions in the Core Abilities assessment:

The Abstract test questions in the Core Abilities assessment 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 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 Core Abilities 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 determine the patterns 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, it is best to start from the shapes after the missing shape. In the first shape (left of 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 the Core Abilities assessment:

There are 2 types of numerical reasoning test questions in this test:

 

Type 1 Number series -

This type of numerical test question includes 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. Using the patterns that you identify, you can correctly select the missing number. 

Let’s look at the following example for a numerical test question in the Core Abilities assessment:

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 the right of the missing number, as this side offers us 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 multiplied by 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 Short questions - 

This type of numerical test question includes short written 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 question. 

Example numerical test question in the Core Abilities 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 multiplied by Speed = Distance. Before we use the formula, 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 = 0.5 Hour. Then we can plug the numbers into 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 where you are asked to select the degree to which you agree with the statement..

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.

Our Preparations for your Mechanical test and Core Abilities assessment with Queensland Fire & Energy Services (QFES):

The Institute of Psychometric Coaching has developed a variety of tailored preparations to ensure you are ready for your tests with Queensland Fire & Energy Services (QFES),

Our professional preparations include:

Practice Mechanical tests, Core Abilities tests and Work Safety test online customised to QFES: 

  • A large pool of timed practice Mechanical tests online –
  • A large pool of abstract reasoning test questions based on the Core Abilities assessment
  • A large pool of verbal reasoning test questions based on the Core Abilities assessment
  • A large pool of numerical reasoning test questions based on the Core Abilities assessment
  • All practice tests are timed to give you a similar experience to your real tests.
  • You will have step by step solutions at the end of each practice test.
  • Practice Work Safety test based on real test questions.
  • Test scores  in comparison to others.
  • Feedback on how to improve.
  • Immediate Access.

Mechanical, Core Abilities (Abstract, Verbal & Numerical) tests and Work Safety test courses online for QFES:

  • Special mechanical, abstract, verbal and numerical tests' courses online with all the knowledge you need to pass QFES’ tests.
  • Abstract Reasoning Test Course online with some example test questions.
  • Verbal Reasoning Test Course online with some example test questions.
  • Numerical Reasoning Test Course with some example test questions.
  • Special Work Safety personality test course with all the knowledge you need to pass Queensland Fire & Rescue's Work Safety test
  • Immediate Access.

Personal Tutoring for your Mechanical test, Core Abilities assessment & Work Safety test:

  • Delivered by experienced Organisational Psychologists.
  • Face to face (In Melbourne and Sydney) or via Skype video.
  • Includes an analysis of your weaknesses.
  • Working with you to ensure you demonstrate your full potential and capabilities in QFES’s tests.

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