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    Does anyone know how spots they are hiring for?

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    They are saying anywhere from 25-50. The current list will have hired 73 in its 3 years. The list before was 25 over 2 years. I think this will be at least 50.

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    Hey GRNFT it seems that you have a lot of knowledge in regards to this test what would you reccomend to study as far as math? And also the overall picture of this exam. Thank you

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    Hi there KTF I was reading your 2011 post did you end up getting hired?

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    You'll want to study basic high school math:

    Long Division
    Mutliplication
    Averages
    Percentages (and decimals)
    Distance = Rate x time

    Stuff like that. I find the ARCO book to be a good example of our stuff. Nothing too crazy.

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    Do you work for Seattle Fire?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GRNFT View Post
    You'll want to study basic high school math:

    Long Division
    Mutliplication
    Averages
    Percentages (and decimals)
    Distance = Rate x time

    Stuff like that. I find the ARCO book to be a good example of our stuff. Nothing too crazy.

    ok well i have the Norman Halls book, i hope is as good. [/I] [/I]

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    I do work for SFD.

    Really any book that gets you prepared for those type of math questions will be fine.

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    FYI in the unconfirmed and unofficial department but our Assistant Chief has told the Training Division he'd like a class in Aug 14 based off of the list created from the oct 13 test. As always budget will dictate. Keep your eye on the mayoral election. Will determine a lot I think.

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    Thanks for the help I am going out of state,and I want to be very prepared I appreciate the help thanks a lot. Do the proctors read a part of the test out loud for us to try and remember the information? Or is it quite for those 2.5 hrs?

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    They pass out a study guide with math formulas, essays, technical drawings, pictures, maps and you have 2.5 hours to do with that what you will. It will be a quiet study session in there. After that they collect your notes and study guides and pass out the exam. The exam is multiple choice questions based on the readings, pictures, maps, etc... from the study session. You have 90 minutes for this part. They will give you scratch paper to work things out.

    My .02 of advice: As soon as the exam portion begins use the scratch paper to sketch out the maps, outlines, etc... from the study session as it's fresh in your brain. Then answer those questions first. Come back to the math section.

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    I've heard on the street that they might be hiring a good amount off this list over time, like in the 100's, any truth to this? Also I know Seattle doesn't do any type of lateral, but if you're a career firefighter already will that have leverage during oral boards?

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    They are saying 25-50. The currently list will go through 75. I don't anticipate any more than that. Being a precious career helps if you bring up your skills training experience during the oral boards.

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    Hey GRNFT i asked you a few weeks ago regarding the math portion on the exam, but how is the rest of the exam? Thank You.

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    Well how do people think they did? Also anybody know how many tested?
    Last edited by ThunderDome7; 10-28-2013 at 04:28 PM.

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    Pretty good but will find out. I heard anywhere form 75 to 100 also.

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    I feel like I did horrible. I'm pretty sure I way overthought some of the questions on the second part of the test... But maybe it's one of those things where I feel like I did horrible but I really aced it!!!!! But doubtful haha. Good luck everyone!

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    So how is the written graded? The website information says that all who pass the written are scheduled for the first round of oral boards. Are we still being given a grade out of 100pts to be competitive? Or is is pass/fail? I feel like I did decent. I followed the advice in this thread and spent quite some on the second portion, and went strait to the second half of test first.

    Pass fail would be beneficial for those who didnt get 100/100(which includes me), especially since I dont have Veterans preference.

    I figure there were about 200 people in room 110, which I was in on Saturday. So maybe around 1200 people on the first day? This number sounds low for an entry level civil service exam though

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    5800+ signed up for the test. I don't know how many actually took it yet. The written is a pass/fail. They set the cut off score at a point where they have enough to move to the oral boards. They always tell people to shoot for mid 80s, but i've seen the cut off be in the upper 70s before. This year was the most we've ever had (to my knowledge) register, so no idea how many will move on or if that skews the cut off score higher. In the past you received a score. Now you just are told pass or fail and if you pass a date for your oral board #1. Your place on the list is determined by your average of the 2 oral boards (you have to advance past the first one to the second and then advance from the second--i.e. pass both to get a score and placed on the registry). Vets points are then added to that score and they place you on the registry. Hope that helps.

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    I've heard that the oral is also were they get rid of a lot of recruits because it is a difficult oral. What type of advice would you recommend going in to the orals? Thank You

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    There will be an oral board study session. Go to it. It will help a lot!

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    Thanks for the heads up, I felt good about the written so depending on my score I will make sure to book a flight and go up there thanks.

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    I am surprised the city spends the time and money to interview thousands of applicants. But I suppose its a double edged sword. Its your chance to shine, but others may be a bit more polished. It would be great if they would tape the study sessions. $350 round trip ticket from where I'm at(cant get much further away from seattle).

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    Im pretty bumbed that there is no reciprocity for EMT-P. I was told after being with the dept for 3 years, they send you back to paramedic school even if you are licensed elsewhere

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    That's correct on the medic thing. However, there are stipulations that medics from elsewhere can apply earlier than the 3 years. It's not guaranteed acceptance, but you can apply earlier. All SFD medics must go through the Medic One Paramedic program (about 10 months long).

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