Making the grade: Huntsville Fire & Rescue wants to help you pass the test

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Huntsville Fire & Rescue opened its application window May 7 and, yes, that process includes a written test. And, no, that test should not be considered the enemy.

HFR wants to make it as easy as possible to make the grade.

“We try to do everything we can because we want everyone to be successful,” said Capt. Cory Green, HFR’s recruiter. “We don’t want that written exam to hold them up. And we’ve also made changes to the test to make them more successful.”

In other words, don’t freak out. The test represents a step in the process, not an insurmountable obstacle.

What’s on the test?

The test includes three parts: Taking notes on information given verbally and then answering questions on that information as well as basic math and reading comprehension.

To pass the test, you must have an overall average score of 70 or better for the three parts of the test. That’s a change from the past when applicants had to score at least a 70 on each part to pass.

Another improvement in the test keeps the notetaking and responding to the verbal information together. Previously, applicants took notes and then were not asked about that information until after completing the math and reading comprehension sections. Green expects there will be a higher pass rate with the new format.

Test prep

HFR also wants to help you prepare for the test. Green will hold study sessions for each part on three successive Saturdays, June 29, July 6 and July 13, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Huntsville Public Safety Training Center at 5365 Triana Blvd.

“The study sessions will be to help people get a sense of what is on the test and tips and strategies that will help them be successful on the test,” Green said. “We try to get people to really lock in on the written exam and pass it so that it’s not a hindrance to you getting the job.”

Applicants can also study for the test on their own. Links to study guides and practice tests from National Fire Select Test are available here.

Add it all up and the framework is in place to help you sail through the test, continue with the application process and pursue a new career with Huntsville Fire & Rescue.

“I don’t want anybody to be discouraged about the test,” Green said. “I want everybody to be encouraged. If you get discouraged or you have test-taking anxiety, whatever the case may be, I encourage you to reach out and let’s figure out how we can help you be successful. The study sessions, the study guide, the practice test, those are some of the ways that we’re helping out. But if you reach out to me and you need additional help, it’s my job to help you become successful.

“So I want to encourage everybody, every single person, to let me help you be a part of this. If this is something that you feel passionate about, something that you enjoy doing and something that you are really interested in, then I don’t want a written exam to stop you from doing it. I just want to encourage everybody to apply and let me help you with the written exam.”

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