Prepare for Written Exam and Physical Abilities Test
The written exam is made up of:
- 48 multiple-choice questions that test your problem-solving skills and comprehension
- a Work Styles Questionnaire that tests your motivations and other parts of your personality, and
- a Life Experience survey that asks about your history.
This state exam guide will help prepare you for the written part of the civil service exam.
The physical abilities part of the exam tests your ability to perform the tasks you'll be doing as a firefighter. You'll go through a series of events that test your strength, endurance, and flexibility. The state created a page with information about the physical test to help get you prepared, along with a video of the physical exam.
As the civil service exam year approaches, we’ll offer preparation sessions. We’ll update our website the next time we hold these events.
Take the Physical Abilities Test
The state will also send you a date, time, and location for your physical abilities test. It’s a good idea to show up early and dress for a workout.
If you fail the physical abilities test, you can’t become a firefighter. If you take the physical abilities test and you fail it before the written exam takes place, you may qualify to get a $100 refund for the written test. The state’s website has more information on the refund.
Take the Written Exam
The written part of the exam usually takes place in April. The state will mail you a written notice and send you an email with the date of the test.
It’s a good idea to show up early. You can also bring your own number 2 pencils for the exam.