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    Quote Originally Posted by FFSmitty1
    nothing printed. A friend gave me an xerox of the study guide and I figured I was O.K. until I saw that you must have the confirmation page. Eleven years and now this!!!
    sorry brother I don't know maybe you can call human resources or there was a number given at the end of the exam info sheet ( 312) 474-0175 to call for updates about the test maybe someone there could help you it would be worth a shot.

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    When I was at Malcolm X, they said they are expecting a total of 40,000-60,000....

    Then I heard a rumor that it might get cut off at 40K

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firefighter2230
    so have you already received confimation on your test date as well alkaline trio?
    Yes, I have I can't wait. Now my biggest problem is deciding if I want to take the CTA or drive. I am glad though its not at the United Center like rumors said.

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    is it being held in one location and is there any places to stay close to it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firefighter2230
    sorry brother I don't know maybe you can call human resources or there was a number given at the end of the exam info sheet ( 312) 474-0175 to call for updates about the test maybe someone there could help you it would be worth a shot.
    I highly doubt that it will make a bit of difference, prolly will say, oh, too bad...try again in three years. But try anyway.
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    So do we know where the test is being held??

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    FFSmitty1,
    If all else fails, you might try re-applying online. It'll cost you another $20, but it just might work.

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    Smile Hotel Stay

    I know the test is going to be May 25 / 26th, but does anyone know where to stay when you get there that will be in close proximity to were the test sites will be? I live about 4 hours drive time away in good old Louisville, KY. This question I guess is for the Chicago locals. Any help will be appreciated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firemedic515
    FFSmitty1,
    If all else fails, you might try re-applying online. It'll cost you another $20, but it just might work.
    That's exactly what I was planning on doing, but was a little nervous. I didn't want them to think I was trying to pull some sort of scam. I got lucky, just before I was going to reapply H.R. called me back and took care of it. Never thought that would happen. Cspot, I haven't heard where the test site is. Post it and I'll tell you the closest spot to stay.

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    I have heard the location is at Mccormick place, not positive though

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    if that is true then there are hundreds of hotels in downtown you can stay at. All are expensive. Shop around, none will be very far, but if you stay in the south loop, you may be able to walk to the test (1/2 hr or so).

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpotts454
    I know the test is going to be May 25 / 26th, but does anyone know where to stay when you get there that will be in close proximity to were the test sites will be? I live about 4 hours drive time away in good old Louisville, KY. This question I guess is for the Chicago locals. Any help will be appreciated!
    yeah i'm coming just a tad farther away NC here lol a close location would be helpful.

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    Does anyone know of a number I can call to receive a study guide or am I out of luck on this one? I was at a college campus computer lab and the printers won't allow me to print the 46 page document. But if anyone can help me out I would appreciate it...thanks

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    Don't know why I am a guest, I registered a couple of days ago....

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    If it is at McCormack Place then any hotel downtown will be a cheap cab ride (no more than $20). There is also the Hyatt right at Mc place but it's probably a tough room to get. The Hilton and Towers on S. Michegan Ave has a good Irish bar!
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    Jdub,
    Give me your email address and I'll send you the study guide and test announcement. I can do the same for anyone else who needs it. Just let me know.

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    Thanks for your help guys! Ive been shopping around for a hotel and they all seem to be fairly reasonable.. 75 to 150 dollars a night. Its no super 8 motel, but its better then trying arrange transportation! I might have to try that Irish Pub out ChicagoFF!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firemedic515
    Jdub,
    Give me your email address and I'll send you the study guide and test announcement. I can do the same for anyone else who needs it. Just let me know.
    OMG!! You are awesome and a lifesaver..THANKS SO MUCH

    j_dub_02222@yahoo.com

    thanks again

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    The test is being held at MacCormick Place for sure. ChicagoFF are you talking about Grace Omalleys cause if you are I agree the food is really good there too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlKalineTrio
    The test is being held at MacCormick Place for sure. ChicagoFF are you talking about Grace Omalleys cause if you are I agree the food is really good there too.
    Kitty O'Sheas. Fun place for a hotel bar and live music all the time.
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    Default Test taking strategy

    Below is a test taking strategy to help you with the upcoming Chicago fire exam Good luck !!

    Exam prep for the Chicago exam can be found at the link below.

    http://www.fireprep.com/chicago_fire...xaminatio.html


    TEST-TAKING STRATEGY FOR READING OR VERBAL COMPREHENSION

    Verbal comprehension measures your ability to read and understand the types of written materials a firefighter might be expected to read on the job. You will be presented with a reading passage and then asked to answer questions about the passage. All the information needed to answer the questions will be included in the passage itself.

    In answering the questions based on the reading passage, it is important that you answer the questions only according to the information given in the passage. If you have information from your own experience and knowledge, you should not use it to answer a question of this type. Even if you think that there is a mistake in the reading selection, you must still answer the question on the basis of the information given in the reading passage.

    The kinds of Reading Comprehension questions that appear on a civil service exam tend to be somewhat different from the reading comprehension questions on a school related exam. That is because there are different kinds of reading--skimming, reading for general understanding, reading for details, etc. Your exam will be based mostly on reading technical materials, not anything like a novel or essay. Hence, your exam will have more focus on exact grasp of details. There are certain techniques that will help you do well on reading comprehension questions. Here is a summary of the most important techniques.

    Use your pencil. To begin with, use your pencil as a pointer. Using the pencil to guide your eye along a line of text helps you to focus on the details in the reading; it holds your attention to the precise words in the passage. In a long test, attention may weaken. Fatigue may blunt your attention to details. But using your pencil as a pointer will help to preserve your attention to details.

    Another benefit of using the pencil as a pointer is that it will probably speed up your reading. The steady flow of the pencil across the page with each line of text draws the eye along at a steady pace. Do not go faster than you can grasp the text, but do try to keep your reading going at a steady pace set by the pencil.

    Circle key words and phrases. In a Reading Comprehension test you are not reading for just a vague general understanding of the passage. You usually have to read for detailed understanding. There will be individual words that are important for grasping a point exactly. You do not want to write so much on a passage that it is hard to read a second time if you need to go back to check a detail. But you do want to circle key words or phrases that will enable you to zero in on precise points needed to answer a question.

    Read short questions carefully the first time. When you are reading a short question for the first time, read it carefully. A short question is one that is only seven or eight lines long. You can retain all of the main ideas and remember where particular things are mentioned from one careful reading. Hence, you do not want to waste time reading this passage twice.

    Besides wasting time, another bad consequence of reading a short question very carelessly the first time is that it may leave you with some false impressions of what you have read. Wrong ideas can get stuck in your head from a careless reading. Then it will be more difficult to get the correct answer.

    For long questions, look ahead to see what is being asked. Take a look at the "stem" of the question, the sentence that precedes the answer choices. And look at the kinds of choices that are being offered. Sometimes reading passages are long but the questions are asking only for particular details. In that case you can often skim a long passage to find the particular detail.

    Keep forging ahead. Do not get bogged down if there is a word or sentence you do not understand. You may get the main idea without knowing the individual word or sentence. Sometimes you can sense the meaning of the word from the context. Sometimes the word or sentence may not be the basis of any question. If there is some idea you need to answer a question but do not understand, read it one more time. If you still do not understand it, move on. You can come back to this question later if you have more time at the end of the test.

    Picture what you read. Try to form a picture in your mind as you read. Schoolbooks used to teach reading contain many pictures because pictures aid comprehension. When reading material without pictures, it will aid your comprehension if you use your imagination to picture in your mind what you are reading. Read as if you were a professional illustrator who has been hired to do an illustration for the passage.

    Ask yourself questions as you read. When you finish reading a sentence, ask yourself what the author was saying. At the end of a whole paragraph, ask yourself what the point of the whole paragraph was. If you ask yourself questions, you will find that you are paraphrasing the passage in your mind. That will help your understanding.

    Know where the author stands. Sometimes a passage will contain an evaluation of some ideas of tools or procedures. The author may want to make the point that certain practices or procedures are bad or that certain tools may not be right for a particular job. Be sure you know if the author is accepting or rejecting something.

    Another good reading comprehension strategy is to read the questions before starting the passage. This does not mean to read the answer choices at this time. By reading the questions, you will have an idea of what information you will need after reading the passage. This may alert you to certain details, ideas and specific areas in the paragraph where the questions are being drawn from.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Firemedic515
    Jdub,
    Give me your email address and I'll send you the study guide and test announcement. I can do the same for anyone else who needs it. Just let me know.

    you still got that copy you can email?

    METRO11@gmail.com

    Thanks for your help

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    datchitownboy84@yahoo.com

    Can you send it to me too? Thanks!

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    Does anyone know how long it takes for an email confirmation to come?
    Signed up yesterday and didn't know if I should have received it right away or if it took a few days.

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    Anyone know roughly how many people applied. I heard a rumor and also read on a website that turnout might have been low. I sure hope it was.

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