Learning About the Firefighter Written and Physical Examinations

Examinations are a fact of life in this world. If you want to pursue a certain career path, there's a very good chance that you will have to undergo an exam of some sort just to be able to get your feet into the front door. And if you want to become a firefighter, written and physical agility exams are things that you will have to conquer before you earn your badge to practice this noble profession.

What's the big deal with the firefighter written examination? Why do the big, seemingly invincible guys get so stressed out over this? That's because the exam is challenging. If you have always earned good marks in school, that is not an automatic guarantee that you will pass this written test. More importantly, passing this test determines your eligibility ranking. See, test results are given from the highest to the lowest, with those in the upper rank having better chances of making it to the next step.

Adequate review is essential if you want to pass the 150 to 200 question multiple choice exam. You will need to develop your reading comprehension, problem solving, math, memory and reasoning skills. You will also have to develop your verbal and listening comprehension skills, spelling, judgment, human relations as well as written communication skills. Spatial skills are also essential in this exam.

There are many different reviewers and books that you can use to study for the written portion of this test. Strive to choose study manuals with practice questions so you get the feel of what the test is like. The key to passing the written test is really to read, read and read and practice, practice, practice.

The physical agility test is another part of the exam that you also need to prepare for. The job of a firefighter requires tremendous physical strength, stamina and endurance. If you hope to pass the physical portion of the test, you will have to prepare for it months before. You should have good leg strength, too, since there is going to be a lot of running involved. More importantly, you should have strong lungs to be able to finish the agility tests. It's important to understand that the physical agility tests to become a firefighter are short and are usually done within a 5 to 10-minute time frame. However, you have to give all your effort in these tests.

Start preparing for these tests months before by doing your regular jogs and other cardiovascular exercises on most days of the week to develop lung power and endurance. Incorporate strength training exercises two to three times each week for strength. Make sure that you step up the tempo by doing sprints or High Intensity Interval Training. You can also try running up and down the stairs with weights or a backpack filled with 20 to 30 pound weights so you simulate what happens in real life situations.

In doing your exercises, don't forget to warm up and cool down for at least 5 to 10 minutes to get the blood circulating and prevent injuries. Eat healthy, manage your stresses and you will stay fit and fab enough to pass the firefighter physical agility exam with flying colors!

If you believe that you have what it takes to be a Fire Fighter, then the first step is the Fire Fighter Exam Study Guide that walks you through the entire Fire Fighter hiring process.

For more information, go to our page for the Fire Fighter Exam Study Guide.


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