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FIREPREP.COM NEWSLETTER Topic:  The Art of Effective Test-Taking

FirePrep.com Newsletter #59

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February, 2010

 

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IN THIS ISSUE:

    1. Fire Prep Topics of Interest – The Art of Effective Test Taking

2. St. Paul, MN, Exam Prep

3. State of Massachusetts Exam Prep

4. Job Announcements by www.FireJobs.com

5. Entry Level Exam Prep

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    1.  Fire Prep Topics of Interest – The Art of Effective Test Taking

 

Test-taking ability can be divided into three categories:  mastery of basic knowledge and information; awareness of test-taking techniques and strategies; and, finally, freedom from anxiety that, if present at a high level, will interfere will application of both of the other categories.

 

Understanding the Question

 

The question is called the stem , and the answer choices are called distractors.  The purpose of distractors is to distract you from identifying and choosing the correct answer.  Thus, in the process of taking a multiple-choice test, all of your knowledge, expertise, and judgment are utilized.

 

In effective test construction, the stem is direct and to the point.  This means that the question is asking for one particular response and that you should not read other information into the question.  Often, you will find questions that are asking for "common sense" answers.  Reading into these questions or searching for subtle hidden meanings is not advised.  Principle:  Do not read extra meaning into the question; assume it is direct and to the point.  Your first action then, upon being presented with the question, is to ask yourself " What is this question asking?"  Look for key words or phrases to help you understand.  It is important to have the central point clearly in your mind before going on to consider the distractors.

 

Make very sure you read the stem correctly.  Notice particularly the way the question is phrased.  Is it asking for the right or wrong response?  One of the most important principles in test taking is understanding what the question is asking.  Principle:  Understand exactly what the stem is asking before considering the distractors.

 

Another technique for assessing the stem and interpreting the question correctly is to rephrase the question so that it is very clear in your own mind.  For example, consider the following statement:  "The one treatment that is not required in cardiogenic shock is..."  Rephrase it to read:  "They are asking me to identify a treatment that is not required in cardiogenic shock, but may be required in other shock conditions."  Rephrasing in your own language can assist you to read the question correctly and, in turn, choose the appropriate response.  This is particularly important when you are faced with a difficult and/or confusing question.  Principle:  Rephrase the question in your own words so that it is clear in your mind.  If possible, think of the correct answer before considering the distractors.  If you do not know the answer, the following cues to working with distractors may prove helpful.

 

Distractors are various alternatives chosen to be as close as possible to the right answer.  In good test construction, all distractors should be feasible and reasonable and should apply directly to the stem.  There should be a commonality in all of the distractors.  If one distractor is off base and not plausible, then you can safely assume the person writing the test question ran out of reasonable distractors.  Principle:  When analyzing the distractors, isolate what is important in the answer alternatives from what is not important, relative to the question.  In other words, all distractors may be correct but not the right choice for the specific question that is asked.  One method of helping you choose the correct answer is to ask yourself whether each possible alternative is true or false in relation to the stem.  Asking yourself which distractor is true or false is a shortcut method of answering the question.  It forces you to keep looking at the stem.  Otherwise, you are trying to judge all of the choices at once.  After you have completed the true-false process, remember to go back to the stem and ask yourself if your choice is, in fact, answering the question.

 

An answer alternative may be correct as it stands by itself, but wrong in terms of what the question is asking.  Many, many students fail to recheck the answer with the stem, and they answer the question incorrectly.  An effective strategy in assessing test questions is to judge all four alternative choices against the stem, not against each other.  Read the stem, then check Alternative A against the stem, then check Alternative B against the stem, and so on.  This process will eliminate choosing an alternative that does not fit the question.  Principle:  After choosing the correct answer alternative and separating it form the distractors, go back to the stem and make sure your choice does, in fact, answer the question.

 

If you are answering a test question in which one distractor is considerably different from the others, it is probably not the correct choice.  Often, students tend to pick this alternative just because it is different.  Principle:  Look for similarities in two or three of the choices remembering that the purpose of distractors is to divert you from the one right answer.

 

The multiple-variable question is one in which each possible answer to the question includes several variables.  An effective technique for handling multiple variables is to use the process of elimination.  First, study the question and ask yourself what variable fits with this condition, or, after examining the distractors, underline the variable that you know is correct.  Now ask yourself what variable is not present with this condition.  Again, examine the distractors and cross out those variables which are incorrect.  By this process, you probably will have eliminated at least two distractors even without taking the time to consider the other two.  Principle:  When a question contains multiple variables as alternative choices, use the elimination-of-variable technique.

 

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2. St. Paul, MN, Exam Prep

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3. State of Massachusetts Exam Prep

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4. Job Announcements by www.FireJobs.com

 

About Firejobs.com: Since 1996, Firejobs.com has been providing its members with the most comprehensive and accurate firefighter employment information available. We list complete hiring information and provide links to the Departments' websites and local area.


Every time we post a new listing, we verify the information and verify links to the department. We search newspapers all over the nation daily to provide you with the most current job listings available.

We also provide links to the city in which the department is located. This helps those who are interested in moving to another location to find out about the area. With this tool, you can check out housing, schools, cost of living and even entertainment options before you move anywhere. 

 

Firefighter Job Openings:

Baytown, TX

Houston, TX

Beverly Hills, CA

Baton Rouge, LA

Pompano Beach, FL

Tampa, FL

State of New Hampshire

Everett, WA

 

Baytown Fire & Rescue Services
201 E. Wye Drive
Baytown, TX 77521

 

Starting Salary: $ 37,163.00

Top Salary: $ 39,119.00

 

Contact: City of Baytown, City Hall
2401 Market Street
Baytown, TX 77520
fax 281-420-6586
jobs@baytown.org
www.baytown.org/careers/jobs/10-037.htm

 

 

Houston Fire Department
410 Bagby Street, Ste 308
Houston, TX 77002

713-247-2267
713-247-3894 - fax
www.houstontx.gov/

 

Contact: City of Houston, Human Resources
611 Walker Street
Houston, TX 77007
713-978-7400
713-837-9471
agency.governmentjobs.com/houston/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=20890 7&hit_count=y

 

 

Beverly Hills Fire Department
445 North Rexford Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

310-285-1071
www.beverlyhills.org

 

Starting Salary: $ 72,408.00

Top Salary: $ 89,964.00

 

Contact: City of Beverly Hills, Human Resources Department
455 North Rexford Drive, Ste 210
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
310-285-1071
310-285-1034 or 310-285-1065
agency.governmentjobs.com/beverlyhills/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=210 119&hit_co


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Baton Rouge Fire Department
8011 Merle Gustafson Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70807

225-354-1401
225-354-1427 - fax
hr@brgov.com
www.brgov.com/dept/fire/

 

Starting Salary: $ 28,102.00

Top Salary: $ 34,046.00

 

Contact: Baton Rouge Fire Department
8011 Merle Gustafson Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70821
225-354-1400
225-389-5449
www.brgov.com/dept/fire/employment.htm

 

 

Pompano Beach Fire Rescue
PO Box 1300
Pompano Beach, FL 33061

Broward County

954-786-4510
305-786-4347 - fax
www.mypompanobeach.org

 

Starting Salary: $ 46,671.00

Top Salary: $ 51,094.00

 

Contact: City of Pompano Beach, Human Resources
100 West Atlantic Blvd.
Pompano Beach, FL 33060
954-786-4626
fax 954-786-5553
www.mypompanobeach.org/directory/hr/index.html

 

 

Tampa Fire Department
808 E Zack Street
Tampa, FL 33602

813-227-7011
813-227-7026 - fax
www.tampagov.net/

Starting Salary: $ 30,950.40

Top Salary: $ 56,951.20

 

Contact: City of Tampa, City Hall
315 East Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33602
352-369-2800
850-245-4440
www.tampagov.net/appl_personnel_job_openings/job_detail.asp?posting_id=238 6

 

 

New Hampshire Division Of Fire Standards And Training
222 Sheep Davis Road
Concord, NH 03305

www.state.nh.us/safety/fst

 

Position: Firefighter Entrance Exam

Last Filing Date:   March 5, 2010

 

 

Contact: New Hampshire Fire Academy
Entrance Exam
98 Smokey Bear Blvd.
Concord, NH 03305
603-223-4200
1-800-371-4503 x 31026
www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/fstems/trainingcert/testing/index.html

 

 

Everett Fire Department
2811 Oakes Avenue
Everett, WA 98201

Snohomish County

425-259-8787
425-259-8781 - fax
www.ci.everett.wa.us

 

Starting Salary: $ 4,133.00

Top Salary: $ 5,898.00

 

Contact: City of Everett
Human Resources Department
2930 Wetmore Avenue, Ste 6A
Everett, WA 98201
425-257-8767
fax 425-257-8754
Employment-HR@ci.everett.wa.us
www.ci.everett.wa.us/ViewJob.aspx?ID=68&JobID=374

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