The Firefighter Selection Tool (FST)

The FST firefighter test has been designed IOS to measure abilities that are important in a successful career as a firefighter. The test is divided into two sections, the first section assess non-cognitive traits and includes a measure of personality and a biographical data, and the second section is an assessment of cognitive abilities.

While the FST include job-related questions you will not require any firefighting experience or knowledge to pass the test.

Other than pen and paper, no aids are allowed during the test. No dictionaries, spelling aids and web-enabled devices are allowed, and most importantly no calculators.


Non-cognitive Traits

The FST measure non-cognitive traits in two sub-sections: Behavioral Characteristics and biographical data.

Behavioral characteristics are assessed through a type of personality test. Attitude, motivation, work preferences and interpersonal relations are assessed. The biographical data section assess the experiences in your life and your background.

The behavioral characteristics section consists of a five-point scale format, from “Strongly Disagree” to “Strongly Agree.” This section contains 120 items, with a time limit of 30 minutes.

You cannot prepare for the non-cognitive traits section because this section requires the most simple answers from you: the honest ones. Make sure that you answer truthfully to these questions, do not answer what you believe they want you to answer. If you try to cheat in the test by answering untruthfully it may damage your chances of passing the test. Personality tests are build in such a way that untruthful answers will result in inconsistencies in your personality report.

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Cognitive Abilities

The second section of the FST measures eight different abilities. The test is laid out in a multi-choice format, consisting of four answer options. The test consists of 80 questions with a time limit of 2 hours.
The eight abilities measured can be divided into the categories below:

Preparing for the Cognitive Abilities section of the test will lead to a dramatically improved chance of passing the FST. One way of preparing is simply by completing as many aptitude tests as you can and try to find your weak areas in order to improve them. However, focused preparation is far more effective and far less time consuming. Our preparation software not only include test questions specifically designed for the FST, but also preparation tools that will make your training more efficient and focused.


FST Scoring

In the non-cognitive traits section a score is given in the two sub-sections and a combined score for the full non-cognitive section is calculated based on the score from the two sub-sections. In the cognitive abilities section a score is given in each of the eight categories and a combined score for the full cognitive section is calculated based on these scores.
Finally each of the two sections will be combined into one overall score given on a 100-point scale. Each individual section and sub-section of the FST will be considered in the assessment of your final score

Scores are based on the number of correct answers, there is no penalty to incorrect answers. Therefore, it is very important that you answer all test questions, even at a random guess will have a 25% chance of hitting th correct answer.


FST Test Preparation

Preparation is important in order to obtain a good score on the Cognitive Abilities section of the FST test. In reading our information about the test, you have already covered the first point on our list of tips for preparation in advance of the test day.

Well in advance of the test day The day before the test Tips for taking the FST test: Preparation can make a huge difference on your test results. We strongly believe that our software offers the best FST preparation on the market. Read more about our preparation software here:


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