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Before you take the practice exam, a few suggestions.

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Study materials are available from the FDNY for the exam; I recommend that you look them over before you take the test. The following specific materials are recommended (Adobe Reader required) (note that all the links below will open to the same window, so check that window after clicking each link):

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Notice of Examination for important information.

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Sprinkler Systems with Gravity and Pressure Tanks (F-19)

bullet Fire Safety Coordinator (F-24) A very good review (ignore the material specific to shelters)
bullet Maintenance and Supervision of Interior and Marinas Fire Alarm Systems (F-90)
bullet Fire Guard for Places of Public Assembly (F-26)
bullet Standpipe & Sprinkler Systems with Pressure Tanks
bullet Standpipe & Sprinkler Systems with Fire Pumps
bullet Standpipe & Sprinkler Systems with Gravity Tanks
bullet Assorted Standpipe and Sprinkler Systems

These cover more than the test requires (and a lot is repeated), but some of the diagrams may make things clearer to you. A complete list is at the FDNY site (opens new window).
 

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Study everything under the best possible conditions (opens new window)
 

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 Just before you begin to take the exam, put yourself in a "smart" frame of mind.   Spend five minutes to think about what it would mean to be a professor, and write down everything that came to mind.  While this seems a bit wild, a recent study showed that doing this resulted in a 13% higher score on an exam than thinking about something else.

 

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The BEST way to take this practice exam is to do it as though it were the real thing.

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Print out all 100 questions of my exam (without looking at them), keep the pages face down, staple them together (23 pages on my printer, yours may be different).

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Prepare yourself to take the exam under simulated the test conditions.  During the exam, you'll be seated on a chair at a desk, and be dressed appropriately. You won't be able to eat, drink, talk, smoke, go to the bathroom, listen to music or watch TV.

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Dress for the exam (change out of your bathrobe and slippers into proper attire)

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Sit on a chair at a table (sofas not allowed)

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Eliminate the background noise and distractions (no radio, TV, phone calls, spouses or kids)

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Use the restroom before starting (don't get up after you begin the exam)

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No eating or drinking (put away the soda, munchies and butts)

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Take the exam you printed. 

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Check what you think is the correct answer on each exam question.

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Skip over the hard ones and come back to them later.

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Take as much time as you need, and don't stop until you've completed the exam to the best of your ability. 

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Answer all questions, since "no answer" is automatically wrong!

 

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When you're done, print out the answer page and compare the results. You'll have an idea where you need additional study, and you'll have the feel of the actual exam conditions.
 

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The fast way to take the exam is to mentally make your choice, then pull down the "Answer" box to see what the correct answer is. You won't learn the reason why the answer is what it is, but you'll know what it is.
 

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Whether you take this practice exam on printout or online, you'll have to keep track of how many you get right; I can't provide scoring.

The practice exam looks like this. You can pull down the answer box to find out the correct answer if you want to, but I recommend that you mark your choices and check your results on the answer page. 

 0. NYC firefighters are also known as

A. "New York's Boldest"
B. "New York's Bravest"
C. "New York's Finest"
D. "New York's Largest"

The answer page looks like this:
    
 Correct!correct answers appear like this, with comments like this
       
Wrong! are wrong with explanations like this.

 0. NYC firefighters are also known as

Wrong! A. "New York's Boldest" That's the Department of Corrections officers (according to their recruitment ads).
Correct!B. "New York's Bravest"  No doubt about it!
Wrong! C. "New York's Finest" That's the NYPD.
Wrong! D. "New York's Largest" No (although in their turnout coats and helmets it might appear that way). 

 

The practice exam begins here

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