The Gledhill Shaw CPS Firefighter Test Prep


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The CPS & OS firefighter tests are formatted as a multiple-choice exam and generally feature around 100 questions, unless your local fire department has customized the exam. There are many CPS fireman tests, but we will focus on the CPS entry-level test and the Gledhill/Shaw OS Firefighter Test.

Please note that while we do not provide an exact test and questions, our PrepPack™ mimics the real test and is customized in a way that provides excellent comprehensive practice for every type of question that may appear on the actual test. Using our practice resources and study guides will significantly improve your chances of acing the test and securing your place at the top of the eligibility list.

The Canadian Firefighter Exam Prep Pack

The Ontario firefighting test prep can be daunting but know with the right practice test, you can beat the competition. Typically, Canadian firefighting aptitude test questions include reading and writing abilities, mathematical comprehension, reasoning skills, and SJT scenario questions. You can find these topics plus more in our concise aptitude practice exam. Note: employment opportunities in Ontario include Brantford, Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton, Brockville, and Windsor. Begin practicing today!

About Gledhill Shaw

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

By preparing for the 2022 test you will familiarize yourself with the various types of questions on the exams and gain the edge needed to advance in the hiring process.


The CPS 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 environments, 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 and 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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