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FDNY Tips for Performing Better on Exams

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Helpful Tips


If something is repeated twice in class it's likely going to be on the test! Follow the steps you've practiced over and over. Allow information to become ingrained so that it flows naturally.


Imagine yourself taking the exam. Make-up questions for yourself with various answers that are closely related. Review in your head.


Eliminate the answers that you know are wrong by crossing them out. Usually exams in the Academy follow multiple choice or True/False format. Instructors usually ask for the correct or incorrect answer and you must focus on what the question is asking and eliminate answers you know are incorrect


You must get plenty of rest the night before an exam. The process of exam taking is a long one that begins months in advance. By using these tips and following the study guide you will improve your chances of passing the exam.

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Candidate BHS Forms
Candidate Mentorship Program Fact Sheet
Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)
Physical Preparation Guide
Probie Manual
The Recruiter newsletter
Study Guide Test Questions
Probationary Firefighters School Physical Training Video 1
Probationary Firefighters School Physical Training Video 2

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Intro: Attention all candidates
While at the FDNY Training Academy you'll undergo 18 weeks of intensive work, Your overall grade in the Academy will be 50 percent based on in-class exams and academics, and 50 percent on your physical fitness performance and test scores.

Probationary Firefighter School
This first section will introduce you to the academic and physical requirements of Probie School; the mentorship program; the importance of team concept; time management; and what will be expected of you when you enter the Academy.

How to read an FDNY Document (tips to read effectively)
This section will focus on reading the written materials you'll be responsible for, and techniques to improve retention and knowledge.

Effective study habits
Proper studying habits are key to absorbing, understanding and retaining information. This chapter will explain study techniques; when and where to study; how to study; and how to learn difficult facts, equations and numbers.

How to perform better on FDNY exams
This chapter will address test taking skills & techniques.

An overview of physical fitness standards
This chapter will explain Academy fitness standards and training techniques.

Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)
This chapter will explain the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) and what is required to pass this test.

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