Firefighter Frequently Asked Questions

Computer-based testing for Firefighter, Exam No. 2000 and Promotion to Firefighter, Exam No. 2500 has ended. We will be moving forward to the next steps in the examination. Candidates will receive their Notice of Results in the mail. Candidates who have passed the computer-based test will be notified about the physical component of the examination, the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT), in list number order. 

Forms for the Firefighter Examination: 


The Computer-Based Test and General Information
Q: What is the status of Firefighter Exam No. 2000 and/or Promotion to Firefighter, Exam No. 2500?
Q: How can I learn my results for the computer-based test?
Q: How can I learn my test results by phone?
Q: My Notice of Results form(s) didn't arrive. What can I do?
Q: I changed my name and/or address. How do I notify you?
Q: Why should I notify you when I change my name or address?
Q: How is the hiring done?
Q: How long will my scores be good for?
Q: How can I get more information about the Firefighter hiring process?

The Physical Test
Q: Now that the eligible lists have been made public, what are the next steps?
Q: When will the physical test take place?
Q: Who has been called to take the physical test? – Updated October 2012
Q: I received an upward adjustment in my score, but I haven't been included in this round of physical testing. Why?
Q: How will I be notified about the physical test?
Q: What are the components of the physical test?
Q: How much time will I be given to prepare for the physical test?
Q: How can I reschedule my physical test?
Q: What is the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)?
Q: What are the major parts of the CPAT testing process?
Q: What if I cannot attend an Orientation session or Practice Test session?
Q: What is the Orientation session?
Q: What are the Practice Test sessions?
Q: What is the Final Test session?
Q: How can I learn more about the Candidate Physical Ability Test? 


The Computer-Based Test and General Information

Q: What is the status of Firefighter Exam No. 2000 and/or Promotion to Firefighter, Exam No. 2500?
A: The eligible list(s) for the Firefighter exam(s) were made public on October 3, 2012 and final scores will be mailed to candidates soon. When the eligible list(s) are established for use by the Fire Department, they will remain in use for up to four years.

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Q: How can I learn my results for the computer-based test?
A: If you took the Firefighter exam(s), you will receive your Notice of Results form(s) by mail soon.

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Q: How can I learn my test results by phone?
A: You can learn your status for the Firefighter exam(s) or any other New York City civil service exam by calling the DCAS Interactive Voice Response (IVR) telephone system at 212-669-1357. The information for the Firefighter exam(s) will be available on the IVR as of Sunday, October 7, 2012, after 5:00 PM. You will need to input your full Social Security Number and the four-digit exam number(s) associated with your exam(s).

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Q: My Notice of Results form(s) didn't arrive. What can I do?
A: If you did not receive your Notice of Results form(s), you can obtain duplicates by coming in person to our Examining Support Group at 1 Centre Street, Room 1448, New York, NY 10007, or mailing a request to the same address. There is a fee of $1.00 for each duplicate Notice of Results form.

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Q: I changed my name and/or address. How do I notify you?
A: Changes of name and / or address should be sent to:

DCAS — Human Capital
Certification Division
1 Centre Street, 21st Floor
New York 10007
Attn: Change of name / address

Please include your old and new name and / or address.

Changes of name and/or address should also be sent to the Fire Department (FDNY) at:

FDNY Candidate Investigation Division
9 Metrotech Center, Room 6N-5
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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Q: Why should I notify you when I change my name or address?
A: You may miss a chance for appointment if DCAS and FDNY do not have your correct name and address.

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Q: How is the hiring done?
A: As the Fire Department receives authorization to hire Firefighters, it calls candidates in list-number order. Each candidate must pass a physical test (see more information below), a pre-employment medical exam, a background check and a check of other qualification requirements.

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Q: How long will my scores be good for?
A: Once the eligible lists for the Firefighters exams are established they generally remain valid for up to four years from that date the lists are established.

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Q: How can I get more information about the Firefighter hiring process?
A: Visit the website of the Fire Department at www.nyc.gov/fdny and click on &#quot;Jobs & Employment.&#quot;

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The Physical Test

Q: Now that the eligible lists have been made public, what are the next steps?
A: Candidates who passed the computer-based test still must pass a qualifying physical test, the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT), to be considered for appointment.

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Q: When will the physical test take place?
A: DCAS began the first round of the Candidate Physical Agility Test (CPAT) in October 2012 with orientation sessions and practice sessions for the candidates who passed the computer-based test for Promotion to Firefighter, Exam No. 2500 (see more information below). Future rounds of testing will be scheduled based on the hiring needs of the Fire Department. DCAS anticipates holding physical test sessions twice a year.

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Q: Who has been called to take the physical test? – Updated October 2012
A: Candidates will be called to the test in order of their list number (rank) on the eligible list(s). The number of candidates that will be called to each round of testing will be based on the hiring needs of the Fire Department. The first candidates that will be called to the physical test will be those who passed the computer-based test for Promotion to Firefighter, Exam No. 2500 as of October 3, 2012, the date the list was made public. Candidates who qualify for a score revision and who receive a new list number within after October 2012 will be included in the next scheduled round of testing. DCAS anticipates holding physical test sessions twice a year.

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Q: I received an upward adjustment in my score, but I haven't been included in this round of physical testing. Why?
A: DCAS is required to give all candidates adequate time to prepare for the test. Candidates who receive a late adjustment in their score must wait until the next round of testing to ensure they have been given adequate time to prepare for the test.

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Q: How will I be notified about the physical test?
A: You will receive a notice in the mail when your eligible list number is reached for physical testing.

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Q: What are the components of the physical test?
A: You may learn about the physical test by clicking the link to the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) Preparation Guide above. You will receive a copy of the Guide and view an Orientation Video when you are called by DCAS to attend the official CPAT Orientation Sessions when your eligible list number is reached for physical testing.

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Q: How much time will I be given to prepare for the physical test?
A: You will receive notification in the mail well before your scheduled test date. Special preparation is advisable for the Firefighter physical test. See the preparation guide, for more information.

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Q: How can I reschedule my physical test?
A: If you receive a notice in the mail but are unable to attend your physical test date, you may reschedule for another test date during specific times during that round of testing by calling 718-786-2701.

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Q: What is the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)?
A: The Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) is a nationally recognized physical test that was developed by a consortium of national firefighter unions and fire departments nationwide, including the FDNY. The CPAT is used by fire departments across the country to evaluate candidates for firefighting positions. DCAS will administer the CPAT as the physical test component of Promotion to Firefighter, Examination No. 2500 and Firefighter, Examination No. 2000.

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Q: What are the major parts of the CPAT testing process?

  • 2 Orientation sessions – you must attend at least one session.
  • 2 Practice Test sessions – you must attend at least one session.
  • 1 Final Test session – your last chance to pass the physical test (see more information below).

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Q: What if I cannot attend an Orientation session or Practice Test session?
A: Attendance is mandatory for at least one Orientation session and one Practice Test session. If you cannot attend one or more Orientation sessions, you will have to sign a waiver form when you come to the Practice Test. If you do not attend at least one Practice Test session, you must sign a waiver at your Final Test session.

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Q: What is the Orientation session?
A: The Orientation session is a chance for you to view a brief video about the CPAT, try the equipment for each test event on the CPAT course, and ask questions about the CPAT.

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Q: What are the Practice Test sessions?
A: The Practice Test sessions are a chance for you to attempt the CPAT course in a timed session. If you pass the CPAT during a Practice Test, it will count as a passing exam score. If you do not pass during a Practice Test, you must return for your scheduled Final Test session, which will be your final opportunity to pass the test.

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Q: What is the Final Test session?
A: If you do not pass the CPAT during the timed Practice Test sessions, you should attend your Final Test session, which will be your final opportunity to pass the test.

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Q: How can I learn more about the Candidate Physical Ability Test?
A: You will receive detailed information about the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) during the Orientation sessions. Special preparation is advisable for the (CPAT). See the CPAT Preparation Guide, provided in the links at the top of the page, for more information.

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