Each department a candidate applies for has the choice of two types of pre-employment exams for Law Enforcement and Fire Services Departments. The first type of exam is a basic ability exam. This type of exam measures candidates’ basic cognitive ability and behaviors. These are nationally validated exams designed to select candidates that have the cognitive skills that are predictive of success in a law enforcement or fire service job.
The second type of pre-employment exam is a job knowledge exam. These are used smaller departments that want to ensure candidates have the knowledge of the fire service or law enforcement that is taught at the academies. The exams include questions on things such as state law, field operations, and basic firefighting tactics.
Contact the department you are applying for to determine what type of exam they are using.