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Selection Works and IO Solutions

Selection Works is a public safety consulting and exam production arm of Industrial/Operational Solutions, Inc. (IOS). Each test is comprised of wide-ranging cognitive skills, along with a behavioral section.

Selection Works Recruitment Tests

The major national exams produced by Selection Works include:

The Selection Works assessment tests are geared to the specific recruitment field covered in the exam. Therefore, questions are job-related, containing scenarios from the everyday working world.

Selection Works Exams Format

You can expect to encounter a timed test, limited to 2.5 hours. Multiple-choice questions dominate the cognitive portion of the exams. A five-point agreement scale spanning “Strongly Disagree” to “Strongly Agree” is the usual format of the personality attributes section.

Approximately 100 questions comprise the knowledge, skills and abilities portion of Selection Works tests. There are generally 50 questions within the behavioral/attitudinal portion.

Content of Selection Works Employment Exams

With the exception of the National Public Safety Dispatcher Selection Inventory, the cognitive section of each exam contains at least seven basic components:

  • Deductive Reasoning – Applying a rule or procedure to a given set of circumstances.
  • Inductive Reasoning – Identifying a rule or connective link within a set of events or objects.
  • Information Ordering – Sequencing statements pursuant to logic, time or procedures.
  • Written Comprehension – Reading for meaning: Understanding the written material presented; recalling information, analyzing, summarizing or drawing conclusions based on the material presented.
  • Written Expression – Conveying information and ideas in writing; punctuation, spelling, English usage, grammar, capitalization.
  • Spatial Orientation – Finding the most direct route from Point A to Point B; locating your position within a given space; maps, diagrams, building layouts.
  • Problem Solving – Identifying the most serious problem in a given scenario; selecting the best action to take in alleviating the problem.

The NCJOSI and NFSI generally include at least four additional skill sets:

  • Mathematical Reasoning – Math word problems requiring the application of arithmetic functions.
  • Numeric Facility - Basic arithmetic: Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, percentages, decimals, ratios, applying given formulas, fundamental algebraic equations and other math functions, all in accordance with on-the-job tasks.
  • Visualization – The ability to identify a given face, object or geometric shape after it has been altered or re-positioned.
  • Flexibility of Closure – Finding a face hidden in a crowd, or an object within a pattern.

National Public Safety Dispatcher Selection Inventory contains three basic competencies:

  • Listening Comprehension.
  • Problem Solving.
  • Stress Tolerance.


Behavioral Section 

This portion of the Selection Works test includes two fundamental components:

  • Personality Attributes – Each statement has a match with the same meaning, but is worded differently. Watch for these matches and be sure to answer them both in the same way.
  • Biodata – Your prior experiences say a lot about how you will perform in the current position.

JobTestPrep Advantage

Working on sample questions for Selection Works exams imparts testing confidence, format familiarity and an essential review of the cognitive areas covered in the test. This is a qualifying and ranking exam that will contribute heavily to the final outcome of your application.

Related links

IO Solutions Exams IO Solutions Public Safety Exams
Firefighter Selection Tool Preparation NCJOSI Preparation

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