Fire & Rescue NSW Tests Preparation 2022 and 2023

fire & rescue NSW Test Preparation

Fire & Rescue NSW Tests Preparation 2022 & 2023

Preparation For Fire Service Recruitment – Fire & Rescue NSW – [ VIDEO ]

So you’re thinking about applying to become a firefighter with Fire and Rescue NSW. That’s fantastic!

I want to give yourself the best opportunity to beat the competition, throughout the recruitment process – so, in this video, I’ll be taking you through what the different parts of the process are, and what they are looking for at each stage.

So, as you go through the Application Gateway with Fire and Rescue NSW, you’ll be required to participate in several different Psychometric tests. The process will look like this: Revelian is the current test administrator for Fire & Rescue NSW tests. Check our main aptitude page for a complete guide on firefighter aptitude test practice.

Fire & Rescue NSW tests preparation phase 1

fire and rescue nsw tests preparation phase 1

Phase 1: The first phase is a timed cognitive test.

There are 51 questions, and you’ll need to complete this in 20 minutes.

It will include Abstract cognitive test questions – that’s multiple-choice based questions, around a group of shapes that have some common patterns or rules, encouraging you to use logic and reason;

Verbal cognitive test questions – these are multiple choice questions, which will test your ability to process verbal information in an effective and efficient manner, as well as master the English language as a way to communicate and comprehend instructions; and

Numerical cognitive test questions – these will do two things – some questions will show you a series of numbers and ask you to find a pattern or a rule which explains why numbers are positioned where they are, and some will include short written numerical test questions, and ask you to perform tasks such as multiplying numbers, calculating averages, percentages or ratios.

That might sound like a lot, but we’ll give you some example questions for each part of the cognitive test later in the video, so you can have a go at some real-life test questions and get used to the kind of questions that we’ll be asking you.

The main challenge of the cognitive test is the timer – the timer is set so that only 2-3% of the population can complete the test on time and have all of the questions right. So, your job is to try and tackle the questions well and efficiently, so that you can ace as many of the questions as you can.

Phase 1 A: Work Safety Test


In Phase 1, you’ll also be asked to complete a Work Safety personality test, to ensure that there are no safety issues which might hinder your performance as a firefighter.

We don’t time you for this part of the test – it’s a personality test of around 30 questions; it measures risks in your work safe behaviour which might impact your ability to be a firefighter. We measure this using five scales:

Scale 1: Risk Avoidance;

Scale 2: Safety and Personal Accountability and Responsibility;

Scale 3: Managing Stress, and Emotional Resilience;

Scale 4: Aggressive or Violent Behaviour; and

Scale 5: Compliance and Obedience.

Fire & Rescue NSW tests preparation phase 2


Phase 2: So once you’ve passed Phase 1, you’ll move on to Phase 2 – in this part of the Application Gateway, you’ll be asked to complete an Emotional Intelligence Test to ensure that you are able to manage your own emotions and predict other’s emotional response.

We call this the Emotify – it’s an Emotional Intelligence test, which is completed in two parts, of 55 forced-choice questions. The two parts of the test measure your emotional reasoning in two different ways: part one asks you to identify emotions based on facial expressions, and part two asks you to identify emotions based on behaviour.


For example, we might ask you to look at this facial expression, and ask you to identify the emotion that the person is feeling.

Let’s look at some example questions for the different parts of Phase 1 in the Application Gateway.


Remember this timed cognitive test requires you to answer three different kinds of question: Abstract cognitive questions, Verbal cognitive questions, and Numerical test questions.

Abstract Reasoning Test Questions in Fire & Rescue’s Cognitive Test

So as one of the abstract cognitive questions, we might show you something like this:


These questions are forced-choice, which means that there is only one correct answer. Your task, therefore, is to quickly identify patterns and logical rules for the group of shapes, and then use them to select the answer that fits in this space.

To answer this question, we need to find which patterns can be identified, from left to right. So, we have an outer square containing one of three shapes (a circle, square or a triangle), and a number of lines across the corners of the square.

There are two things going on here. Firstly, the three inner shapes always repeat in the same order, circle, square, triangle.

Secondly, there is a pattern going on with the lines in the corners of the square – this pattern is more complicated, and to find a solution, we need to count the lines.

Given that the missing shape is in the middle, we best to start from the shapes after the missing shape. In the first shape (left to the missing shape) we have 2 lines across the top left corner and one line across the other corners. In the next shape there is no change in the lines. In the next shape we see a drop of one line from the top left corner. Then in the following shape we see another line drops. This time from the bottom left corner. In the next shape there is no change in the number of lines. This means that the pattern is one line drops from the first shape. Then in the next shape another line drops. Then there is a pause in the next shape. Then the pattern repeats.

Therefore, shape D is the correct answer.

Verbal Reasoning Test Questions in Fire & Rescue’s Cognitive Test

These verbal reasoning questions take a slightly different shape: these are multiple-choice test questions, designed to measure your verbal reasoning skills.

There are different kinds of Verbal cognitive questions that you might see. For instance, there are some questions that comprise of a list of statements, like this one:


In questions like this, you’ll be presented with a list of statements or facts. You’ll then be asked if one or more of the statements prove or disprove the conclusion that is stated in the question.

So for this question, you would need to find two statements that together prove that Tim has a red car. Statement A says that Gil likes Tim’s car colour. If we combine this with statement D that says that Gil likes only red cars then can prove that Tim’s car must be red.

Some of Fire & Rescue’s Verbal cognitive questions comprise of a list of words, or an “odd-one-out” question, like this one:


In questions like this, you’ll be asked to select one or two in the list that are dissimilar to the others – to find the odd one out.

Most words in this list have a common theme: ‘to acquit’, ‘to exculpate’, ‘to exonerate’, and ‘to vindicate’ are all verbs that relate to being found or declared not guilty, or free from blame. However, ‘to esteem’ means to respect and admire and has a different meaning to the rest. This is the odd one out.

Other of Fire & rescue’s Verbal cognitive questions are about word association – like this one


In this type of verbal reasoning question, you are given two words that are associated in some way – an analogy – and a list of options. Your task is to select which of the options is most like the given word association.

In this question, the association between ‘cane’ and ‘walk’ is that the cane is an ancillary instrument to assist someone to walk. Therefore, we need to find a word in the list with a similar association to ‘eyeglasses’. ‘Eyeglasses’ are an ancillary instrument to help someone ‘observe’, so this forms the same relationship as exists between ‘cane’ and ‘walk’.

Fire & Rescue Numerical Questions

The third type of questions that you’ll come across in this phase of the Application Gateway.

You might see a question that looks like this:


Here, the test question includes a list of consecutive numbers – your task is to identify the pattern and logical rules for this set of numbers and based on the patterns that you identified you can correctly select the missing number.

To answer this question, we need to identify the pattern in this number series – a rule that explains why all numbers are positioned where they are.

In this case, we would start analysing the numbers to the right of the missing number as this offers us much more numbers to work with.

First we look at the 3 following numbers – 48, 2 , and 24. Can we see some rule here? Yes, 24 times 2 is 48.

Let’s check if this rule applies to the other numbers – 24 , 4 and 6. Yes, as 6 times 4 is 24. If we apply this pattern or rule then 48 times ? is 144.

Therefore, the missing number is 144 : 48 = 3.

Type 2 – Another type of numerical reasoning question used by Fire & Rescue. You might see a numerical cognitive question that looks like this:


Tom has been flying his small jet for 30 minutes and has travelled 200 Kilometres. What has been his average speed in Kilometres per hour?

This kind of numerical test question includes short written numerical test questions – these require you to use your skills in mathematics to correctly solve the problem.

So, answer this question we need to first identify the connection between the figures given in the question. In this case, the connection is Time multiply by Speed = Distance.

Before we plug in the numbers we first need to change the given Time of 30 minutes to Hours so we can get the speed in Km per Hour.

To convert minutes to hours we need to divide the minutes by 60: 30 minutes / 60 = 1/2 Hour.

Then we can plug the numbers to the formula: Time x Speed = Distance. 1/2 x Speed = 200 Km. Then Speed = 200 Km / 1/2 Hour = 400 Km per hour.

You can find loads of resources on this website for free like my “Aptitude Improvement Blueprint” as well as premium resources in membership to help you ensure you are prepared for your tests with Fire and Rescue NSW.

Other Resources for Fire & Rescue NSW Tests Preparation

Revelian practice tests

Emotify – Emotional intelligence test


Our Professional Preparation resources include a large pool of timed practice Cognitive tests online, including questions around Abstract Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning and Numerical Reasoning, all tailored to NSW Fire and Rescue.

The questions are based on real test questions, and the timer mimics the pressure of taking the real test.

You can find step by step solutions at the end of each test, and you can see your test scores in comparison to others – we’ll also give you lots of feedback on how you can improve.

We also provide Personal Tutoring for your Cognitive test, Work Safety test and Emotional Intelligence test – this is delivered by experienced Psychometric test trainers.

You can choose to access this training face-to-face or via Skype – we will work with you to ensure you can demonstrate your full potential and capabilities in Fire and Rescue’s Cognitive, Work Safety and Emotional Intelligence tests.


fire and rescue practice tests

So that’s a breakdown of some of the key information that will help you present your full potential as you go through the Application Gateway.

I hope this has helped and given you some confidence on how to prepare for Fire & Rescue NSW tests, and we are excited to get to know you better as you go through the process. You can find all of the ways to connect with me or get in touch below, see you back here for another video!



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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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