FireTEAM Practice Test - Basic and Extended

Frequently Asked Questions

Which browsers are supported?

Currently only Google Chrome and Firefox are supported. There are known issues with Internet Explorer and Safari. Other browsers are untested at this time. Practice tests do not run on mobile devices.

What are the differences between the Extended and Basic FireTEAM Practice Tests?

The Extended FireTEAM Practice Test is designed to deliver an experience much like the actual test, with more test items than the Basic Practice Test. Both tests will help get you familiar with the FireTEAM test format.

Both the Extended and Basic FireTEAM Practice Tests contain:
  • New, updated Human Relations Video items
  • Mechanical Test items
  • Reading Test items
  • Math test items from each of the math categories in the actual test

How much does the FireTEAM Practice Test cost?

The cost for the Basic FireTEAM Practice Test is $24.99.
The cost for the Extended FireTEAM Practice Test is $38.99.

(WA State residents will be charged sales tax)

The passwords you are given are good for taking the FireTEAM Practice Test twice.

There is only one version of either the extended or basic FireTEAM Practice Tests, but you will be able to go through the version you purchase twice.

What is my username and password to access the practice test?

A receipt with two logins was sent to the email you used when you purchased the practice test. Be sure to check your spam/bulk folder, as some email clients have strict filters. If you are unable to locate the email receipt containing your practice test usernames and passwords, please contact Support.

What are my system requirements?

The faster your connection, the better playback will be. A DSL line or cable internet connection is best and the video portions of the test should play well. To see if the practice test will work on your system. Click here to play the Sample Question. If the video takes a long time to download or stops frequently while playing, consider finding a computer with a faster connection perhaps at a public library or internet café.

Determining internet speed is your responsibility. Ergometrics does not give refunds for bandwidth issues.

The most important test for your system is to play the Sample Question. If that plays well over your system, so that you can see and hear the small details and the buffering time (the time it takes the video to download before it will play) is not too long, then you can be assured of completing the test. Click here to play the Sample Question.

What if the Sample Question played well but the practice test crashed?

If you become disconnected during the test, reboot and log back on with your username and password. The test will pick up where you left off.

Click here to contact support.

Support hours are Monday through Friday from 6 am to 5 pm Pacific Time. We will address your problem as soon as possible. New practice test logins will be issued if the situation is not able to be resolved. Refunds will not be given.

How long will the practice test take?

You go at your own pace while completing the practice test, as you are shown item answer explanations for the Human Relations Video section and the Mechanical section. On a fast connection, the Basic Practice Test takes 45-60 minutes minimum to complete. The Extended Practice Test takes approximately 90 minutes minimum. You can stop taking the Practice Test and come back to it later; you will be able to log back on at the place you stopped.

You are purchasing two passwords that will allow you to take the same FireTEAM Practice Test twice. After you complete the practice test, you will be given your score. After the second time through, your passwords will be deactivated. You will get to go through the practice test twice.

If your system crashes during the practice test, reboot and log back on with your username and password. You will restart the test where you left off.

Test Information

FireTEAM Video-Based Human Relations Test

This is a video-based test specifically designed for firefighter candidates. You will watch a video segment, then choose the best course of action in a multiple-choice format. Candidates are asked to use common sense and make quick judgments about how to handle various situations related to working with people. Each item of the test portrays a realistic scenario in vivid detail. All answers can be readily derived without prior firefighting experience or training. On the job, you will have to make many important decisions on a daily basis. No two situations you face will be the same. You will have to decide what you want to achieve. You will have to weigh the pros and cons of various things that you could do.

FireTEAM Mechanical Test

Mechanical aptitude is measured by troubleshooting an animated brick factory. You will watch a video segment, then choose the best course of action in a multiple-choice format. This portion of the test addresses:

  • Analytical problem solving, adapting and improvising.
  • Working with complex systems and sequences.
  • Understanding the physical world.
  • Anticipating predictable occurrences.

FireTEAM Reading Test

This test is designed specifically for firefighters, a job requiring ongoing study of difficult and technical materials. There will be several paragraphs of information with some words left blank. You must choose the correct word to fill in the blank and complete the sentence from the multiple-choice answers given.

FireTEAM Math Test

In this video-based segment, you will be asked to make the kind of quick calculations firefighters must do every day. You will not use paper or pencil; you will do this math "in your head."

What if I don't have fire-fighting experience?

This is a test of your judgment. No prior experience is necessary to answer the questions. Your own common sense is always your best guide.

What if I do have fire-fighting experience?

Some candidates may have prior experience in firefighting or may have taken college level courses in emergency services. Sometimes, candidates with experience will read too much into a situation and start thinking "what if" or perhaps think about similar situations in which they participated. Do not try to apply departmental policies and procedures, with which you are familiar, to this test. This is a test of common sense, not policy. Remember, most questions are asking about the first thing you would do or how to initially approach a problem. We are not asking about longer term solutions or follow-up on the incident. This practice test should be just as valuable to you.

Who will see my practice test scores?

No potential employer or testing agency will ever see your FireTEAM Practice Test scores. Your score on this practice test will be retained by Ergometrics in a secure database. The practice test scores are retained for the purposes of test validation research. Only Ergometrics' employees who need the information to perform a specific research-related task will have access to the practice test scores. The only party outside of Ergometrics who will see your score is you at the end of the test. For more information, Click Here to see our Privacy Policy.

What fire departments are testing applicants with FireTEAM?

Contact the personnel department of the agency you are applying to for information on what test they currently are using. Visit National Testing Network to view a list of current departments using FireTEAM and to schedule your test.