Took the test yesterday in Brooklyn.
Very organized there. Plastic bag for valuables, place 'em under your desk till the end of the exam. I could have done without the 3 separate fire alarms going off, but otherwise no hitches. Very clean testing center as well.
I was able to start the exam before 12 because I was there early. I took the whole 4 hours, not because I had to, but because I wanted to. Hopefully the rest of you are wise enough to do the same.
As for the residency credit, you don't need to bring anything for documentation. The computer will prompt you at the end of the exam if you wish to claim it, and during the background/investigation process they will ask you for the proof of residency.
What are you guys hearing about the exam? Although testing has just begun I havent heard one person say that they aced it or that it was easy. The few people that i know who have taken it say to be prepared. The talk of it being dumbed down has quieted.
What's the likelihood of the first people who took the exam getting their scores before the rest of the people have taken it? The way I see it is that we're just getting the score, the list itself won't be established for some time I'm assuming.
Speaking of lists, how long did it take for the 6019 list to be established after the test was given?
6019 was given in Jan of 07, just under a month after the exam raw scores went out. Nov of 07 people got their official score and their list #.
Two things to keep in mind though: (1) the city had no need to rush getting scores back, and establishing a list after 6019 was given, they already had an active list. (2) we have no idea how this is going to work with the judge and the courts after April 20th. Will we get scores right away? Will the judge have to give his approval first?
It's really anyone's guess how the timetable will work after the exam period closes.
Those things absolutely do happen, and regularly. Obviously not with the frequency of war years; that time period was an anomaly. The FDNY responded to over 25k fires last year. Theres not a company on the job that goes a year without catching a job, and even the ones that go to fewer fires than others are still taking part in mitigating more emergencies of other types than ever.
Let me "clear some things up" for those thinking about coming on this job: you WILL go to fires. You WILL experience a true IDLH environment. You WILL see dead people. You WILL see horrific injuries. You WILL cross paths with people having the unquestionably worst day of their life.
But you WONT have to do it alone. Thats when youll understand that all the bulls h i t on the tshirts is just that, and that the value of the support network within the brotherhood is what makes working here not just tolerable, but the only game in town.
But just to reiterate, you can bring your cellphone to the site with you right? They'll give you a ziplock?
But to answer your Q, if 6019 is active, and not extended by the city, it's set to expire in June of 2012.
Oh absolutely, of course. I'm just asking because 6019 was ridiculous when it came to this. I left my phone at home because they instructed you to (as they do for this one). When I got there, probably 70% of the people had their phones with nobody batting an eye. I was pretty annoyed by that actually...