Free Firefighter EB Jacobs Fire Service Aptitude (FSAB) Prep
Yedidya Lixenberg

Yedidya, Firefighter Recruitment Expert at JobTestPrep.

Have a question? Contact me at:

This page will help you prepare for the Firefighter FSAB Assessment. It includes a detailed guide with free sample questions, 12 tips to pass the FSAB, and a detailed explanation of each of the test’s sections.

What is the EB Jacobs Fire Service Aptitude (FSAB)

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

1. Ability Test
2. Work Style Questionnaire
3. Life Experience Survey

Firefighter Exam Ability Aptitude Sample Questions

Reasoning Skill Information Ordering Sample Question

The following steps should be followed in the event of a mercury spill. (These steps are not listed in the correct order.)

  1. Wipe up the powder from the contaminated area with a wet towel.
  2. Section off the area to prevent the mercury from spreading.
  3. Dispose of any contaminated materials in a plastic bag and seal tightly.
  4. Put on protective clothing.
  5. Collect the mercury into a container.
  6. Sprinkle the contaminated area with chemical amalgam.

The most logical order for the steps above is:

A. 6, 3, 4, 5, 1, 2.
B. 2, 1, 4, 3, 5, 6.
C. 3, 2, 6, 1, 5, 4.
D. 4, 2, 5, 6, 1, 3.
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is D.

When dealing with mercury, which can be highly toxic, it is important to first take the proper safety precautions. The first step should be to put on protective clothing (step 4) to keep yourself from harm and then to make sure it does not spread (step 2). Answers A, B, and C can be eliminated, and we can conclude that D is the correct answer.

You may also have noticed:

You can only wipe up powder (step 1) after the powder has been sprinkled (step 6). Step 1 must, therefore, only come after step 6.

Written Communication Sample Question

In this sentence, there may be a problem with English grammar.
If a problem does exist, select the letter that indicates the most effective change if no problem exists, select choice D.

The meeting needs to take place next week to ensure that the client is happy with our services.

A. Change are to is.
B. Change next week to last week.
C. Change our service to their service.
D. No changes are necessary.
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

Answer A is correct because client is singular, the verb must be singular too: "...ensure that the client is happy with our services."

Answer B is incorrect because this is happening in the future, not in the past.

Answer C is incorrect because that would change the meaning of the sentence.

Reading Comprehension Sample Question


An untidy workplace can result in unmotivated workers, reduced efficiency, and severe injuries.

Therefore, good housekeeping practices are essential for all workplaces. Such practices include cleaning spills on floors immediately and allocating space close to workstations allowing storage of tools and materials that are frequently used.

It is also highly recommended to train all workers in good housekeeping procedures in order to maintain tidiness on a day-to-day basis.

Tools and materials used in the workplace should be placed in a storage room.


A. True.
B. False.
C. Not possible to say if the statement is true or false on the basis of the passage.
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is C.

Although the passage mentions that: ’work materials should be neatly stored’ and that ‘space close to workstations should be allocated to allow for the storage of tools and materials, this does not necessarily mean that materials and tools should be stored in a storage room. They can also be stored in a drawer, containers, etc.

Passing the test doesn't have to be mission impossible 

Our PrepPacks Has Been Shown to Improve Chances for Success on Test Day by 139%! 


 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, 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 identifying 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 needs 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 on 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 a 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:

  • Washington
  • Omaha
  • Rockville
  • Takoma Park
  • Buffalo
  • 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 skills and can also increase your answering speed and accuracy. Practicing more than once is the key to 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 to 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 your 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 of 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.


Passing the test doesn't have to be mission impossible 

Our PrepPacks Has Been Shown to Improve Chances for Success on Test Day by 139%! 



Helpful Links

EB Jacobs and other trademarks are the property of their respective trademark holders. None of the trademark holders is affiliated with JobTestPrep or this website