I attended a test prep session recently and thought I'd share some things I picked up for those who can't make it to one. If you can make it to one though I would recommend it, there was a firefighter and a rep from the test company there to answer people's questions.
The time limit on the test is 3:45. There are three sections of questions: Ability Test (48 Q's), Work Style Questionnaire (224 Q's), and Life Experience Survey (96 Q's). The Work Style and Life Experience sections aren't anything you can study for other than reviewing your school/work history for the last two years. These are just questions about your self that you need to answer HONESTLY (this was stressed).
As for hiring numbers, the department is "fat" right now because they are fully staffed and just hired a new recruit class of 20 that graduated just last Friday. (Chief Butler took part in the acadamy and blogged about his experience, I'll put the link below)
We were told though that they could possibly hire as many as 100 over the life of the list. There are apparently 75 firefighters currently eligible for retirement, and they are hoping to add BLS rigs in the near future.
And if you're not already preparing for the physical test, START! While 7 minutes is a passing score, you need to shoot for under 4 if you want to remain competitive.
Once again, GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!
Anyone flying in want to split a hotel room. Or better yet, i'd love it if someone could put me up on their couch for the night. I can drive to the testing site or buy you a case of beer.
Colorado. I haven't bought a ticket yet. I'm on the fence. I scored a 97 on FDNY's last test but that translated into a list number of 4400 because of no preference points. I'm worried the same will happen again.
The city's website states that they received 2,360 approved applicants for the upcoming process.
Getting close to test day so I figured I would give this thread a bump....
Good luck to everyone come Monday morning!
Does anybody know how many actually showed up to take the test? I thought I heard 2000...
Weird that so many people would pay $25 to apply and not show up
Its going to be a long few weeks to see what we scored on the written!!
I think she did say 1600, but she mentioned a ballroom somewhere that I guess more people were in.
We should get an actual score, 75 is passing.
Last time around, everyone that passed the written and physical tests got a letter showing how many people participated in each phase.
If I remember right when I took the test in '05 for St. Paul it took about 3 weeks and we received our actual scores, not just a Pass/Fail. The first letters that go out are for the people who didn't pass, so at this point I'd be hoping not to get a letter.
I believe they said there was about 1500 in the downstairs and another 500 upstairs
1,952 applicants took the written exam on March 8, 2010. Candidates will receive their score in the mail within 4 weeks from the date of the exam.
(straight from the City website)
"I strongly believe that you must score at least a combined score of 95 to have a chance."
I took a station tour some time ago before the exam on 3/8. One of the firefighters helping out with the tour told a group of us that SPFD did not hire anyone on the 2005 list that scored below 95%.
So far, the powers that be haven't bastardized the test to the point of an individual putting the effort required, can't help themselves greatly in the process.
It will be the physical agility test that will separate those that worked from those that just look at this as a job. I highly recommend you do what it takes to get the 100 points on it. You would greatly improve your chances if you are able to complete it under 3 minutes. Which is very possible.