Fire Brigade Recruitment – Aptitude Testing

During Fire Brigade Recruitment you will be required to undergo some testing to prove you mental ability to problem solve using various parts of the brain.

In Australia this is most commonly known as aptitude testing but can also come under the umbrella term of cognitive testing.

It is very important in the first instance that you don’t just brush this part of the process off.

Many applicants come unstuck at this very early stage of fire brigade recruitment for this very reason. Don’t underestimate the aptitude test.

When someone asks “how hard is it to become a firefighter” the aptitude test is the first thing and usually the hardest test for more than half of applicants.

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There are a number of subjects covered in the aptitude tests. I will list the most common ones used in fire brigade recruitment.

If you are a fresh school leaver some of these may be familiar to you and others may not, if you have been out of the study type environment for some time these questions can seem overwhelming sometimes. but don’t disappear either way as it is often easy to improve your performance.

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The following areas are those you are likely to be tested on during aptitude assessment testing.

  1. Mechanical Reasoning.
  2. Verbal Reasoning.
  3. Mathematical Reasoning.
  4. Abstract Reasoning.
  5. Spatial Reasoning or Awareness.

Sometimes you may find them listed in slightly different terminology particularly if  you are looking at overseas websites or products.

For additional information on each test provider for each fire brigade that recruits professional firefighters you can find the on the main firefighter aptitude test page

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KEY: You need to find out what test provider the Fire Brigade you’re applying to is using, I have a breakdown on each provider so you can learn how to improve your test score more rapidly.

I have also developed a course to help you improve your score and breeze through the section process of the fire brigade recruitment process.

The fire brigade recruitment process is a very competitive process, it is the little advantages you pick up along the way that will put you on the next recruit course.

Best Wishes,


Brent C

After becoming a Firefighter, I developed a massive interest in the Fire Services Recruitment and Selection Processes. I've been in the fire service working since 2007 to learn everything about how Fire Services Recruitment works. I've tested and refined proven methods to help people get the edge over the competition. Today, over 300 of my former students are living their Firefighter dream.

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