EB Jacobs Firefighter Exam Preparation – Practice Tests

What You'll Get

  • 4 Written expression tests
  • 18 Reading comprehension tests
  • 2 Problem sensitivity tests
  • 7 Deductive reasoning test
  • 4 Inductive reasoning tests
  • 4 Information ordering tests
  • 2 Restatements practice drills
  • 1 Vocabulary drill
  • Personality preparation
  • 5 Guides


The Fire Service Assessment Battery (FSAB) is provided by PSI and helps various fire departments to determine whether you possess the necessary skills to become a firefighter. When taking this exam, you will encounter a series of different assessments, including:

 Section 1 – The Ability Test

This is a multiple-choice exam aimed at evaluating your skills in six key areas. You will encounter a total of 75-80 questions.

Written Comprehension – This section requires you to read a somewhat lengthy passage. Once you read this passage, you must answer questions by recalling information, through analyzing material or drawing conclusions based on the facts and statements found in the passage.

Written Expression - This section of the test includes spelling, grammar, vocabulary, punctuation, and English usage. Fire departments use this test to determine your ability to communicate effectively.

Information Ordering – You will need to follow a set of rules/procedures to deal with a certain scenario. In some instances, procedures will be shown in the order in which they must be performed. You will need to use these rules and procedures to determine which step should come next for each situation you encounter.

Problem Sensitivity – This section of the test evaluates your ability to recognize/identify when issues are present. You do not need to solve the problem but do need to recognize that one exists. Questions in this section come in two forms. The first form is identifying inconsistencies in victim and witness testimonies, and the second is to identify issues with how a problem was handled based on the necessary protocols for dealing with said problem.

Deductive Reasoning – This section of the test measures your ability to take information from a set of given premises and draw conclusions from them.

Inductive Reasoning – This section of the test measures your cognitive and problem-solving abilities. Each question includes diagrams, pictures, and symbols and need to identify the pattern to complete various sequences.

 Section 2 – Work Styles Questionnaire

At its core, the Work Styles Questionnaire (WSQ) portion of the FSAB is a personality test. This section contains 200 questions in the form of short statements. You will choose from options for each statement from a scale of “strongly agree” to “strongly disagree”. Remember that the point of this personality test is to get to know how you behave while on the job, not in your everyday life. It can also show whether you are a good fit for the role of firefighter and for the department or departments you have chosen to apply to. The most sure-fire way to pass this section is to practice beforehand.

Note: You run the risk of being disqualified from the selection process if a pattern of dishonesty is detected in your answers.

 Section 3 – Life Experience Survey

This portion of the FSAB exam should take around 45 minutes to complete. You will answer questions pertaining to your work history and experience. A few examples of questions you will encounter during this portion of the test are:

Within the past two years, how many times have you taken a day off because you did not want to go to work?

Since completing high school, how many days a month do you take part in some form of community-based activity (e.g., community service, athletics, clubs, drama) outside of work or school.

Note: Keep in mind that if any information you provide in this questionnaire does not match up with information obtained during your background check, you run the risk of being disqualified from the selection process altogether.

It is crucial that you pass each section of the Fire Service Assessment Battery to become a firefighter. Luckily for you, our team of experts has created this exclusive FSAB PrepPack™ to get you well on your way to a successful outcome.

Cities Using the FSAB

The EB Jacobs Firefighter exam is administered during the recruitment process by several Fire Departments across the country. The cities where you can expect to encounter the FSAB include:




Takoma Park


Saint Croix Falls

Saint Charles

12 Tips for Passing the EB Jacobs FSAB

Below you will find some tips for passing your FSAB written exam:

  1. Read up on job requirements. By reading up on the department you are applying for and what their recruitment process entails, you will be better prepared to take on any curveballs thrown your way. Reading the job description and its requirements also gives you insight into the traits and characteristics needed to perform the role.
  2. Practice for your exams. Knowing what to expect prior to your test day can make all the difference in terms of your ability to pass. Taking a practice test allows you to brush up on and improve crucial skill and can also increase your answering speed and accuracy. Practicing more than once is the key for optimal results.
  3. Get a good night’s sleep. Waking up well-rested and refreshed prior to your exam will help keep you alert, focused, and confident. Make sure to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep the night before to ensure your ability to tackle the FSAB.
  4. Eat a healthy breakfast. Just like getting a restful night’s sleep, eating a nutritious breakfast before your exam can improve your cognitive abilities and strengthen your level of focus.
  5. Read and listen to all the instructions prior to beginning your exams.
  6. Know how much time you have to complete each section. In general, you will have at least 4 hours to complete the FSAB. It is suggested that you use at least 2 hours and 15 minutes on the Ability Test, 45 minutes on the Work Styles Questionnaire, and 45 minutes on the Life Experience Survey.
  7. Losing focus? Take a mental break. If you begin to lose your ability concentrate during your assessment, take a brief mental break. Be sure not to take longer than one full minute during your break, otherwise you may not finish your assessments in time. Taking a short break every now and then throughout the exam allows you to clear you head and regain focus.
  8. Do not leave any questions blank. It is better to guess with the off chance that you end up answering a question correctly than leaving it blank outright. Note: Be aware that failing to answer each question appearing on both the Work Styles Questionnaire and the Life Experience Survey may be grounds for disqualification from the selection process entirely.
  9. Review your Ability Test answers if you have spare time. If you have any time to spare from the suggested 2 hour and 15-minute timeframe to complete this portion of the test, you should go back and check your answers. This is especially helpful for any questions you may have had difficulty answering in the first place. Note: Try not to go over the suggested time limit for this section of the test as you will lose time for the remaining assessments.
  10. Ask any questions you may have before the exam begins. A test administrator will be on-site to answer any questions regarding testing procedures, as well as for assistance or clarification prior to the start of the test. They will not be able to explain any questions, provide word definitions, or give any information that may help you answer any question.
  11. Be honest when answering questions in both the Work Styles Questionnaire and the Life Experience Survey. You run the risk of disqualification from the selection process if any of your answers suggest a pattern a dishonesty and/or the information you have provided does not match up with information obtained during subsequent background checks.
  12. Don’t forget to bring your ID. You should always ask the department to which you are applying what forms of identification they accept so that you can take your test without a hitch. Typical forms of ID required by most agencies may include:

                             a. Valid picture identification (e.g., driver’s license, passport).

                             b. Your social security card.


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