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FDNY Exam Preparation: What You Need to Know

FDNY Firefighters Benjamin and Chi

There are two parts to the FDNY Firefighter exam. This blog post provides an overview of what you need to know to improve your chances of success.

Firefighter Written Exam

The FDNY written exam is taken on a computer and includes five sections that must be completed in four hours.

Some of you may not be comfortable on a PC, so we’ve created a tutorial to help. The tutorial will familiarize you with using a computer mouse, viewing different computer screens and navigating through the exam. Even if you are comfortable using a PC, we recommend you watch the tutorial to get a look at how the exam screens are laid out.

What to Expect When You Sit for the Exam

During the exam, you will need to read written material and watch videos in order to answer some questions. You will receive a training guide on the day of the exam to help you work through the sections. The guide will also assist you in taking notes and provide additional information regarding exam questions.

Test Taking Tips & Practice Questions

Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)

The Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) includes eight segments, which we call “events.” These events include:

1. Stair Climb
2. Hose Drag
3. Equipment Carry
4. Ladder Raise/Extension
5. Forcible Entry
6. Search
7. Rescue
8. Ceiling Breach/Pull

As a Firefighter candidate, you will be invited to attend two CPAT orientation sessions at least eight weeks before your exam is scheduled. These sessions will give you access to firefighting equipment and experienced trainers. You will also be able to go through two timed practice runs within 30 days before the CPAT.

Here are some things to keep in mind as you prepare:

• This is a pass/fail test.
• The CPAT can be administered indoors or out.
• The test must be completed in 10 minutes and 20 seconds (or less).
• The test is taken sequentially, with 20 seconds between events.
• You will wear a minimum of 50 pounds during all of the test events to mimic the weight of Firefighter gear.
• You must wear long pants and proper footwear, and will be issued a hard hat and work gloves for safety.

The Candidate Physical Ability Test in Action

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