F. Check the time during the examination. For example, if there is a 200 question test and a three hour time limit, you should be on question 100 with 1-1/2 hours left. You should check the remaining time every 10-15 minutes to ensure you are on an appropriate time frame.
G. Do not change answers unless you are absolutely positive. Time after time, studies have shown that when you change answers, 75-80% of the time you change it to a wrong answer. The only time you should change an answer is if you are absolutely positive or if you have miskeyed an answer.
H. Don’t be afraid to guess at an answer. Most firefighter examinations are scored based on the number of correct answers. On most examinations, there is no penalty for a wrong answer. If you have three minutes remaining on the examination and 15 questions to answer, try to answer as many as possible, but if time does not allow, at least put an answer down for every question.
Having Trouble with the Written?
Evaluate yourself, are you having problems with math, mechanical aptitude, or word comprehension? A great and affordable idea is to contact your local community college for tutoring.
For math, you only need to know about twelve formulas. Once you have the formulas down, you just plug in the numbers or convert the word math problems into the formula.
For mechanical aptitude, the ARCO Mech. Aptitude & Spatial Relations book will give you more than you will ever need.
Of all the books out there candidates tell us the Firefighter Entrance Hand Book is the best. Once you gorilla your way through these 279 pages, your score will be higher.
Try this approach. Instead of taking the sample tests in the written test books cold, go to the answers in the back and go through the first time with the answers. Then you'll know what they are looking for in the answers. It will cut your learning time. There are only so many ways they can ask a question on the same topic. You will get to the point where you can look at a question and go right to the answer.
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