About Gledhill Shaw

Gledhill/Shaw Enterprise Ltd. is the service provider for firefighter tests of different Canadian fire departments. The tests that they provide three tests. The written aptitude test, the written assessment test and a physical test. These tests are sometimes referred to as the Gledhill-Shaw tests.

Preparing for the tests will help you become familiar with the types of questions for on the exam and give you the edge you need to move forward in the hiring process.


CPS Aptitude Test

Written Aptitude Test (CPS) (Cooperative Personnel Services Test) assesses your knowledge, skills and aptitudes necessary to succeed as a firefighter in today’s environment. The test is a series of questions, divided into sections to gauge your understanding of written and oral information, arithmetic reasoning, maps, diagrams and mechanical drawings. The Written Aptitude Test has a time limit. The test consists of 100 multiple-choice questions. A passing score of 70 or higher is usually required. The sections found on the test are:

  • Listen-to passage – 20 questions
  • Mathematics – 20 questions
  • Mechanical aptitude – 20 questions
  • Reading comprehension – 25 questions
  • Dealing with people – 15 questions

OS Assessment Test

Written Assessment Test (OS) (Occupational Skills Assessment) also referred to as the Gledhill Shaw OS Firefighter Test, or the Occupational Specific Firefighter (OSFF) test. The Written Assessment Test is a computer-based test. It serves as a functional characteristics readiness assessment on functional characteristics that are essential for effective firefighter performance. A series of questions are asked relating to specific emergency scenarios and workplace environment, as well as basic mathematical and logical reasoning. The OS Firefighter Test has a time limit of 2 hours and 15 minutes, where you will have to answer 250 questions.


Physical Agility Test

You are required to successfully pass both the Written Aptitude Test and Written Assessment Test in order to be considered further in the recruitment process. Once you have passed both the written aptitude and assessment tests you will be eligible to participate in the Physical Agility Test. The Physical Test may include: Stair Climb, Hose Drag, Equipment Carry, Ladder Raise and Extension, Forcible Entry, Search & Rescue, and Ceiling Breach and Pull.


Prepare for the Gledhill/Shaw Tests

We provide custom made practice packs to prepare you for the exam. Our practice packs include practice tests with explanations to give you a better understanding of the questions being asked on the test. Start practicing today to get a head start in fulfilling your dream of becoming a firefighter.

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