The FST firefighter test assesses the essential cognitive competencies and behavioral characteristics required for the position. You do not need any prior firefighting experience or knowledge to answer exam questions.
The FST, one of the Selection Works exams, was formulated to highlight those candidates who possess the skills and traits of successful firefighters. The exam is comprised of two parts—ability and personality—which are both predictive of job performance.
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Scores are based on the number of correct answers, with no penalty for incorrect answers. Therefore, it is beneficial for you to answer every item, even guessing when necessary. The score for the FST skills section is a composite of the individual score on each of the eight competencies assessed. Likewise, the overall behavioral score is calculated through a merger of the results of each part of the personality section.
The Firefighter Selection Tool (FST) is made up of two sections: Personality and Behavioral Section and Cognitive Aptitude Section.
This section of the IOS FST contains two subsections: Behavioral Characteristics and Biodata.
The behavioral characteristics section is in fact a personality test. It assesses a number of behavioral traits, such as your work preferences, attitudes, motivations, and interpersonal relations, along with your biodata. Expect a five-point agreement scale format, from “Strongly Disagree” to “Strongly Agree.” Included in this section are 120 items that must be answered within a time-frame of 30 minutes. Your answers should portray your attitudes and reactions to many aspects of the work environment in the field of firefighting.
The biodata portion of the Firefighter Selection Tool assesses your experiences and background as they pertain to the job.
Section II includes a skill set of eight competencies in a multiple-choice format. There are 80 questions that must be answered within two hours.
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