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    I just received a letter from LA County to take their entrance exam at the end of May. I was wondering if anyone had any info on when their last test was, how often do they test, how many people do they hire/ are hiring. All the general info. Has anyone else got one?

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    Are you doing the trainee or normal test? On their website it says that in 2005 22000 people applied for the trainee test

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    Below is a test taking strategy for the reading comprehension section of your LA County exam. Exam prep for this test can be found below. Good luck !!


    TEST-TAKING STRATEGY FOR READING 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.

    LA County exam prep can be found at the link below. Good luck !!

    http://www.fireprep.com/la_county_exam_prep.html

    www.fireprep.com
    1-800-989-FIRE

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    TO: ALL CHIEF OFFICERS
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    FROM: FIRE CHIEF P. MICHAEL FREEMAN

    SUBJECT: ENTRY LEVEL FIRE FIGHTER TRAINEE EXAMINATION –
    FIRST TEST ADMINISTRATION DATE

    DISPOSITION: PLEASE RETAIN IN BRIEFING MANUAL UNTIL JULY 31, 2007; THEN DISCARD

    We are pleased to announce that the first written test for the new Fire Fighter Trainee Examination will be administered on Thursday, May 31, 2007. The 800 candidates who were randomly selected from a candidate pool of 2,600 to participate in the written test, will be notified by mail within the next few days. The remaining qualified applicants will be eligible for future administrations of the written test and will also be selected randomly based on Fire Department needs.

    For more information about the examination, please visit the Fire Department’s Internet site at fire.lacounty.gov and click the Help Wanted icon. If you have any questions, please contact the Fire Department Recruitment Unit at (888) 897-Fire (3473) or beafirefighter@fire.lacounty.gov.

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    just wondering...i hear both the terms "LA City" and "LA County" thrown around alot. is there a difference?

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    Many communities in Los Angeles county do not have their own fire or police departments. In these cases, the county provides fire services in the form of LA County Fire and police with the LA County Sheriffs.

    LA City refers to the city of Los Angeles itself.

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    Has anyone taken a test with PSI Services? this is the company hired to develope the LACoFD's entry level exam.... The last testing company was CWH and was all psych....A horrible test!

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    I just received notice that I have been selected to take the LACoFD Written exam in January 2011. I have a two questions...

    Are there any plans to hire or is this just to refresh the eligible list?

    Is the test typically held at LACoFD HQ on N. Eastern or some other location?

    Thanks!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hewartson47 View Post
    I just received notice that I have been selected to take the LACoFD Written exam in January 2011. I have a two questions...

    Are there any plans to hire or is this just to refresh the eligible list?

    Is the test typically held at LACoFD HQ on N. Eastern or some other location?

    Thanks!!



    To Contact Los Angeles County Fire Department Recruitment Section, please call (888) 897-FIRE (3473)


    Call this number, they have the answers.........
    Stay Safe and Well Out There....

    Always remembering 9-11-2001 and 343+ Brothers

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptOldTimer View Post
    To Contact Los Angeles County Fire Department Recruitment Section, please call (888) 897-FIRE (3473)


    Call this number, they have the answers.........
    You're right, I should have just called to ask about the test location.

    I don't really want to waste the on-duty recruiters time with my curiosity, though, so if anyone can let me know how hiring has been recently I would appreciate it. I'd just drop by a station if I weren't 2,000 miles away.

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    Hewartson47- I also received and invitation to take the written exam next month!! The packet they sent gave the test location and time. The written test in in Carson, CA.

    I was wondering if anyone who has been successful with LACoFD's written could suggest study prep guides?? I have heard that Don Mcnea's gold package is good but a bit pricey. Any other suggestions.

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nomex82 View Post
    Hewartson47- I also received and invitation to take the written exam next month!! The packet they sent gave the test location and time. The written test in in Carson, CA.

    I was wondering if anyone who has been successful with LACoFD's written could suggest study prep guides?? I have heard that Don Mcnea's gold package is good but a bit pricey. Any other suggestions.

    Thanks.
    Awesome! I haven't received the full packet, only the letter asking me to RSVP. I just wanted to get a head start on my travel plans and book a hotel near the test site.

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    Has anyone/or friends used the Don mcnea fire school while prepping for tests?

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    I used it and found it very helpful. Worth the $$$ for sure.

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    Know the basics. Basic math, algebra and geometry, reading, chart reading, and mechanical apt. The mechanical is where many have issues, know pully's, gears and prying. Other than that it is the pshych, where most people fail the LA county test. I studied one of the books you can get from any Barnes and Noble for 15 bucks. Got me hired.! Best career you can ask for. Good luck to all

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    Does anyone know if they grade the two test sections individually or add them together for your pass/ fail? - thanks

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    It seemed like they gave you so much time to take the exam. I was wondering the same thing though since it was given in two sections on two scantrons.

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    My guess is they're going to add the two together and determine your score from there. I can't really see an advantage to having 2 seperate scores. Just my 2 cents. Also, according to the head of HR....results should be out in 2 weeks. Best of luck to everyone.

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    Just talked to the Exam Unit and they said that they grade the two tests separately with a passing score of 70%.

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    Thanks for the update. Did they mention when scores were going to be sent out?

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    2 weeks after the test

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    Has anyone heard anything?

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    k i was wondering too so i called today and they said only the Fail notices have been sent out, If you havnt got one you probably passed, they are just trying to set up all the interview times prior to sending out results

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    Results are out for some, should be out for most/all by tomorrow or Monday. Check your mail boxes!

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    Did they send out just fail notices, pass notices, or both?

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