Elements of the Written Firefighter Exam

By Stacy L. Bell, Lindsay Rock, Tracey Biscontini

Part of Firefighter Exam For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The written firefighter exam is usually the first step in the firefighter hiring process, after filling out an application. Written firefighter exams test candidates in a variety of subject areas. The following table outlines the most common subject areas and the types of questions related to each subject area.

Element Content
Reading Comprehension Passages and question sets that test your ability to understand
and interpret what you read
Verbal Expression Questions that test your grammar, spelling, and punctuation
Observation and Memory Maps, diagrams, or passages that you have to study for a set
amount of time; questions that must be answered from memory
Spatial Orientation Questions that test your ability to visualize and navigate
using maps, floor plans, and illustrations
Reasoning and Judgment Questions that ask you to make decisions using good judgment
and logical reasoning based on situations in scenarios or
Mathematics High-school math, including algebra and geometry
Mechanical Aptitude Questions about tools and simple machines