FCTC Online Practice Test [2022 Updated]
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Before starting preparations for your FCTC practice test, it is essential to gain a basic understanding of what the FCTC will require of you, and on which skills you should hone in.

As a firefighter, you will first need a background in the following academic disciplines, bearing in mind that firefighters often offer on the spot medical service. 

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Reasoning
  • Physical Science

A strong background in the fields above is essential for your role as the first responder in a range of scenarios including building fires, car crashes, and other medical emergencies. You will, therefore, be required to become either: 

  • Licensed Paramedic
  • EMT Certification (Emergency Medical Technician) 

Of course, physical fitness is a crucial element of the job, and therefore the FCTC will want to ensure that you can maintain the highest levels of physical ability. Be prepared for the: 

  • Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)


FCTC Written Test Study Guide:

It is important to stress that one cannot become a firefighter without passing the written test, so using a California written test practice-based format will be an essential tool for your success. Let us first take a look at the various components of the test, so you can optimally prepare. 


Your FCTC practice test will focus on several distinct sections and you should prepare for the entirety of the test to last 2.5 hours.


Visual and Verbal Information:

This section of the test will measure your ability in comprehending and recollecting audio and visual information from two short videos. You will have to remember facts like the number of people, number of men vs. women, names and other facts.

Why is this important? When arriving at the scene of an emergency, you will have to quickly digest the unfolding scene around you and make the right decisions to save lives.


Written Materials:

In this section of the test, you will be provided with 30 minutes to review texts at the start of the testing process. For instance, recent texts included an essay about global warming. Note that it will not be possible to reference the texts throughout the course of the question and answer segment.

Why is this important? As a firefighter, you will have to be able to quickly recall and apply the information you have learned when arriving at the scene of an emergency. This might include identifying hazardous materials, understanding the building construction, or recalling the appropriate emergency medicine to administer.


Mechanical Reasoning:

This section of the test mixes the use of videos and a test booklet to asses your ability to accurately identify specific details within mechanical examples. Some example topics include; belt and pulley systems, Fluid dynamics, rope and pulley systems, levers and gears among others.

Why is this important? Firefighters must be able to easily read and comprehend maps, building blueprints, equipment diagrams, and instruction manuals to save lives.


Mathematical Equations:

During the test, you will face a variety of mathematical equations, including multiplication, geometry, angles, area, and volume to name a few.

Why is this important? Math plays an essential role in firefighting and is needed for many tasks like calculating pump pressure to determine the pounds per square inch coming out from the nozzle and by calculating the size of the building.


JobTestPrep looks forward to being your guide for passing the FCTC fire test with ease.

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