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FirePrep.com Newsletter #18
 

Are you interested in obtaining the competitive edge required to be successful in your goal of becoming a firefighter or being promoted to an officer's position within your department? Since 1950, Don McNea Fire School's seminars, entry-level and promotional products have prepared over 40,000 applicants in their pursuit of becoming a firefighter or an officer.

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IN THIS ISSUE:

1. Don McNea Fire School's Test-Taking Strategies: Test-taking Tactics-Evaluating Answer Choices

2. Oral Interview Skills: Scenario Skills - Capt. Bob Smith

3. FREE 50 question practice examination!

4. 14-day FREE email series!

5. Entry-level Preparatory Product Profile of the Month

6. Current Exam Announcements

7. Upcoming Exams in the Next 2-6 Months

8. City of Washington, DC, Fire Exam Update

9. New Products!

10. Testimonials

11. Preparatory Products

1. Don McNea Fire School's Test-Taking Strategies: Test-taking Tactics-Evaluating Answer Choices

Answer on the basis of the information given in the question. When answering test questions, you must base your answer solely on the information contained in the test question. The test for a Firefighter requires no previous knowledge of the job. The test questions do not have to reflect the way the job is really done or the actual procedures of the Fire Department.

Problems arise when a person who is familiar with procedures of the fire department encounters a test question based on something that contradicts actual practices. It is in this kind of situation that you must ignore actual practices and answer on the basis of what the test question says. For example, you might know that kitchen stove fires are usually extinguished with a portable fire extinguisher; but a test question might describe a stove fire being put out with a fire hose attached to a hydrant. In this kind of test situation, never mind the actual practice; go by the information in the question.

Tell yourself the answer to a question before you look at the answer choices. Sometimes the question is too vague for you to anticipate the answer ahead of time. But often the question stem is a question precise enough for you to answer it before you look at the answer choices. For instance, suppose you had studied the diagram of an apartment and then the question asked, "The most direct route from the dining room to the fire escape is...." You should be able to answer this kind of question in your head before you look at the four answer choices. If you answer the question in your head before you look at any of the four answer choices, you are more likely to get the right answer.

Remember that part of the test maker's job is to provide three false answers for every correct one. It is a multiple-choice test, not a true/false test. A skillful test maker will offer you some false choices that seem pretty good in order to distract you from the correct answer. Among test makers these false choices are called "distractors." But if you have already decided what answer you should be looking for, you will not be distracted so easily by bad answers which might look pretty good and which come before the correct answer. A seductive (A) and a half-true (B) will not prevent you from reaching a correct answer (C) if you know what you are looking for.

Sort answers into three categories. As soon as you read a particular answer choice, decide if it is True, False, or Uncertain. If you are quite sure that an answer choice is True, use your pencil to write a "T" in front of that answer choice. But continue to read the other answer choices because you might find another True one and then have to make a final choice.

If you are quite sure that an answer choice is False, use your pencil to write an "F" in front of that answer choice. You may find that an answer is False even before you have finished reading the whole answer. Stop reading it as soon as you are sure it is false and mark with an "F".

If you are Uncertain about whether a particular answer choice is correct, use your pencil to put a question mark (?) in front of that answer choice.

When you have finished reading all four answer choices, each one should be preceded by a "T" or an "F" or a question mark (?). If there is only one with a "T", that is probably your answer. If you have more than one with a "T", or a "T" and a question mark, you may need to think a bit before choosing your final answer. But you should not have to bother any more with answers you have already given an "F".

Negative Questions: Using "T" and "F" to evaluate answer choices is better than using something like a check mark to denote a correct answer when it comes to answering negative questions. Negative questions are questions that ask you to pick out an answer choice which is "not true." If you are evaluating each answer choice one by one and marking each one "T" or "F", negative questions will be easy for you to handle.

Half-true Answers: Sometimes an answer choice really contains two different statements. For instance, an answer choice might say, "there is a bedroom on the right and the kitchen is on the left." Maybe it is True that "there is a bedroom on the right," but False that "the kitchen is on the left." With this kind of answer choice, put a slash mark between the two different statements, and write "T" or "F" over each separate part of the answer choice. But out in the margin write "F" since an answer choice must be completely True to be valid.

When it is difficult to choose between two answer choices, look back at the question stem. Sometimes there are two answer choices which both look good. Or maybe all of the answer choices look bad. When you find yourself having trouble making the final choice of an answer, stop staring at the answer choices. Go back and look at the question stem and the information the question is based on.

A skillful test maker tries to make two or three of the answer choices look very good. All the answer choices may contain some truth, which make them tempting. Or all may look wrong. But the test maker has to have put some detail into the "fact pattern" of the question to justify the claim that one of these answers is better than the others. If reviewing the answer choices themselves has not helped, the clue to which answer is correct is likely to be in the question stem or "fact pattern" rather than in the answer choices. So go back to the question stem and the fact pattern the look for the deciding factor.

Choose the best answer. A very common problem for test takers is the problem of recognizing that the best possible answer to a question has not been included among the answer choices. None of the answer choices seems to be fully adequate to the situation. In part, this is often a result of the way multiple-choice questions are constructed. The exam maker does not have to include all the correct procedures in answer choices; that might make for terribly long answer choices. Hence, some correct answers are only partial answers. Sometimes you will be given more than one partial answer and asked to choose which is the best among these. In this sort of situation, work at eliminating the answer choices which are definitely wrong or most seriously incomplete. For your answer choose the best one remaining after this kind of elimination process.

For additional test-taking strategies, go to the following link:
http://www.fireprep.com/how_to_become_a_firefighter.html

2. Oral Interview Skills: Scenario Skills - Capt. Bob Smith

Hi guys, I have a oral interview tomorrow. I have been studying for it but, one question is bothering me. The question about drug use or stealing, example would be "you think a firefighter has a drug problem or has stolen from the department, what would you do?". Can someone give me any advise on how to answer this question, properly? I have no tolerance for drugs use or stealing, and would think you would want to report it to a superior, but thought I would see if you guys had any ideas. Thanks,

It's amazing how many candidates are still working at the 11th hour on what is probably going to be 100% of the score to get hired. The oral board.

These are scenario questions. The first thing you want to do is verify what you suspect. Without first doing this you could get eaten alive.

Question:

Do you think you have what it takes to answer situation questions correctly?....answer this (in less that an hour).

What would you do as a rookie FF? If your Captain asks you to come inside his office to review your final evaluation of probation. When you notice a smell of alcohol on his breath?

Reply:

This is a perfect example how you can be fooled on a scenario question. I believe there are only 30 oral board questions. They can be disguised in hundreds of different ways. This is one of the disguises for drinking on the job.

Here is a simple way to break a disguised question down. Dissect the question down to its simplest term, one word, of what the question is really about (i.e. stealing, drugs, drinking, etc.). Once you have removed the disguise, you can place it in one of the oral board questions you already have answers for.

This is one of the simple tools we have to uncomplicate the oral board process.

One way to help you do this is picture a piece of paper with a line drawn down the center. On the left of the line are issues dealing with ethics, such as stealing, drugs, or drinking. With ethical issues, you ask appropriate questions to determine what you suspect.

If true, you don't deviate . . you go straight up to a supervisor. On the right side of the line is anything to do with getting along with others; you will go to great lengths to work it out before going to a supervisor. If you can decide what side of the line the question belongs, you have a better chance of knowing how to answer the question.

So take off the disguise of that this is your captain. Dissect the question down to its simplest form; one word. What is this about? Right, drinking. What side of the line is this on? Right or left. If it's on the left side of the line what do we do? Drinking is not tolerated. Right again, ask questions to determine if your suspicions are correct (are you drinking?). If so, you go straight up( why don't we go to our supervisor) no matter who or what rank is on the other side of the table; and stick to your answer no matter what. YOU WILL NEVER BE WRONG! TRUST ME!

Fantasy land:

The oral interview is like fantasy land. It is not like the real world. Your answers in the oral board might not be what you would do in real life. Don't fall into the trap. The board understands the rules. You can't fool them. If you try, the board will crank up the music and let you dance your fool head off. Don't try to intellectualize and bring heavy logic to this process. If you do, someone, who understands the rules in fantasy land better will get the badge. So, please follow the yellow brick road rules in fantasy land and don't look behind the curtain.

Here's another way this question can be disguised:

You go in the locker room and see a fellow firefighter drinking something that looks like alcohol. What do you do? The clone, soap opera answer would be: I would try to get him into the day room, play cards and try to smell his breath; or I would have him go home sick, or have another firefighter come into relieve him.

These are all soap opera answers. Unfortunately they are taught in fire academies and fire technology programs. They will make you a "Clone" candidate. Don't go on this journey. They are insulting to the oral board. You will loose valuable points here. We are intelligent beings on the other side of the table. Give us credit for that. Don't start a soap opera.

Ask a question that would verify your suspicions and give a direct answer; not a soap opera.

Understand that if the oral board fires up a question that sounds like drinking on the job, it's going to be about drinking on the job. If it's a question that sounds like taking drugs on the job, it's going to be about taking drugs on the job; It's not going to be aspirin. If the question sounds like it's about stealing on the job, it's going to be about stealing on the job. If they fire up a question that sounds like sexual harassment, that's what it's going to be about, or they wouldn't bring it up.

If they fire up these questions, take off the disguise ask questions to verify what you suspect decide what side of the line it belongs and then take action in fantasy land. Don't be like so many candidates by starting a soap opera.

Additional information on Capt Bob's CD/DVD Oral Interview Program can be found at the link below
http://www.fireprep.com/conquer_the_job_interview_capt.html

3. FREE 50 question practice examination!
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4. 14-day FREE email series!
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5. Entry-level Preparatory Product Profile of the Month
The Ultimate Firefighters Exam Prep Package provides you with the best tools for the entire entry-level examination process - the written, physical agility, psychological, and oral interview
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6. Current Exam Announcements

City of Burbank, CA
Application deadline: Feb. 24th 2006. Go to the link below for additional information:
http://www.ci.burbank.ca.us/employment/posts/FFRecruit.htm

City of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Application period begins: January, 16th, 2006 Go to the link below for additional information:
http://www.charmeck.org/Departments/Fire/Recruitment/2006+Written+Test+Inf ormation.htm
For preparatory information on this examination, go to the following link:
http://www.firemanemtparamedic.com/html/understanding_oral_information.html

City of Brook Park, OH, Fire Exam
The City of Brook Park will hold an entry-level Firefighter Exam on March 18th. Applications are available beginning January 19th, from 9:00-4:00, at Brook Park City Hall, 6160 Engle Road, Brook Park, OH. Completed applications must be returned by February 8th, at 4:00 pm. For questions, call the Civil Service Commission at 216-433-7025.
Don McNea Fire School MAY be conducting a preparatory seminar for this examination! Please check our website for updates!

Los Angeles, CA, Fire Exam Prep
The city of Los Angeles is now testing monthly! Click here:
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-fire18jan18%2C0%2C3698694.story? coll=la-headlines-california
Don McNea Fire School has preparation packages to help you prepare for this examination! Visit the link below for details:
http://www.fireprep.com/los_angeles_firefighter_examin.html

City of Seattle, WA, Fire Exam
Applications are available from Jan. 1st until Jan. 30. Applications can be obtained on line, in person or send self-addressed stamped envelope to: Seattle Personnel Dept - Fire Exams, 700 5th Ave., Suite 5500, PO Box 34028, Seattle, WA 98124-4028
Additional information can be found at the following link:
http://www.seattle.gov/personnel/employment/exams.asp

City of Savannah, GA, Fire Exam
Applications must be received by 2:00 pm, on Thursday, March 2, 2006. Applications will be accepted between the hours of 8:30 am-2:00 pm.
Contact information: City of Savannah Human Resources Dept, PO Box 1027, Savannah, GA 31402, 912-651-6484

City of San Bernardino, CA, Fire Exam
The last day for applications is February 3rd. Additional Information can be found at the link below:
www.sbcounty.gov

7. Upcoming Exams in the Next 2-6 Months

City of Columbus, OH
The city of Columbus, Ohio, has announced their plans to hold an entrance examination in the Spring of 2006. Don McNea Fire School has conducted preparatory classes for the last 5 Columbus Firefighter Examinations with extremely successful results. We will once again be conducting preparatory classes once the examination is announced.
For more examination information from the City of Columbus, please visit the link below:
http://www.fire.ci.columbus.oh.us/Misc%20HTMLs/becoming.htm
Don McNea Fire School is in the process of putting together a prep package/seminar for this examination. Please keep checking our website for the most current information!

City of Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Cuyahoga Falls will be holding a Firefighter Exam in the next 2-6 months. The rumor is that 7-10 firefighters will be hired from this upcoming examination!
Please check their website at:
http://cfo.cityofcf.com/web2/view.do?dir=hr or call 330-971-8195 for current information.

City of Chicago, IL, has announced their plans to hold an entrance examination in the Spring of 2006. Don McNea Fire School conducted preparatory classes for the last Chicago Firefighter Examination in 1995 with extremely successful results. We will once again be conducting preparatory classes for the upcoming Chicago Firefighter Examination.
More information is available at
www.cityofchicago.org/fire
Don McNea Fire School is in the process of putting together a prep package/seminar for this examination. Please keep checking our website for the most current information!

City of Dallas, TX, Fire Exam
Use the following e-mail link to be notfied when the upcoming Dallas, Texas, exam will be given.
enander@mail.ci.dallas.tx.us

State of New Jersey Fire Exam
The State of New Jersey will soon be holding an entry-level firefighter examination. Check the following link for information:
http://www.state.nj.us/personnel/public_safety/entry-level-ffighter_opps.htm
Don McNea Fire School is in the process of putting together a prep package/seminar for this examination. Please keep checking our website for the most current information!

8. City of Washington, DC, Fire Exam Update

We just got off the phone with recruitment(202-673-3330) and they informed us that applications will be given out the first weekend in February and continue through the month. Applications will be accepted on one day only sometime in March.
This is not set in stone but appears to be close to how it will be done. They expect 4,000 to take out applications with only 1500 accepted.

9. New Products!

You can now immediately download our Firefighter Selection, Inc., 8th Edition products to help you prepare for your examination!
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In the near future, we will be offering digital copies of our other entry-level products that you can immediately download to your home computer and print out! You will save shipping costs and time!
Keep checking our website and newsletter for updates!

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10. Testimonials

Psychological Exam Prep
Dear Don McNea Fire School:
I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for the good luck note written on the cover of my firefighter psychological exam workbook. I received the booklet on Tuesday. October 14, 2003 and read it thoroughly. Today, I answered the questions in the workbook as I would normally without listening to the CD. When I was through, I then proceeded to check my answers with the answers on your audio CD and I am proud to say that I scored 100 % in each section. I am now confident that I will do well on my psychological test next week.
Additional information can be found at
http://www.fireprep.com/fireman_psychological_examinat.html

11. Preparatory Products

The Ultimate Firefighters Exam Prep Package provides you with the best tools for the entire entry-level examination process - the written, physical agility, psychological, and oral interview
Find out more information at the link below:
http://www.fireprep.com/ultimate_firefighter_examinati.html

Taking a Cooperative Personnel Services (CPS) exam in the future?
Go to the link below for exam prep.
http://www.fireprep.com/california_firefighter_exam_pr.html

Preparing for an upcoming oral interview exam?
Go to the link below for Capt. Bob Smith's oral interview prep.
http://www.fireprep.com/conquer_the_job_interview_inde.html

Capt Bob's book, Becoming a Firefighter, provides you, step by step, everything you need to know in the process, starting with the application, written, physical, oral, psych interview, background, polygraph, and medical to gain a badge.
http://www.fireprep.com/fire_capt__bob_s_-_complete_gu.html

Taking a psychological exam in the future? Don't go into this exam unprepared! Don McNea Fire School's CD/audio exam preparation will help you prepare!
http://www.firemanemtparamedic.com/html/psychological_exam_preparation.html

If you are serious about becoming a firefighter, Don McNea Fire School's Gold Bonus Package will guide you from the application period through the entire testing process including the written exam, physical agility, oral interview, psychological testing and resume preparation.
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For those of you having difficulty on the Reading Comprehension & Mathematics portions of examinations, go the link below for help:
http://www.fireprep.com/fireman_reading_comprehension_.html

Click on the link below to keep current on firefighter examinations and information on the top 150 departments in the country:
http://www.fireprep.com/top_150_fire_departments.html

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We hope this newsletter and upcoming editions will assist you in obtaining the best job in the world - a firefighter. We wish you the best of luck!

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