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  • Scheduled for the written exam on the 25th. Good luck all!
    “The garbage man doesn’t get excited when he turns the corner and sees trash. You shouldn’t get excited either; you should be expecting fire on every run.” - FDNY Lt. Andrew Fredericks

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      • How did everyone do that tested today?

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        • I received a 90 on the written. For those who have made it through do you think that score will cut it?

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          • Originally posted by blachatch View Post
            I received a 90 on the written. For those who have made it through do you think that score will cut it?
            70 is the cut off. It's pass or fail. Anything in between doesn't matter.
            “The garbage man doesn’t get excited when he turns the corner and sees trash. You shouldn’t get excited either; you should be expecting fire on every run.” - FDNY Lt. Andrew Fredericks

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            • Originally posted by ncoliva1200 View Post
              70 is the cut off. It's pass or fail. Anything in between doesn't matter.
              It will take a bit more than a 70 to get a look from the board. Big city departments may look at it as pass/fail, but most will give you a lineal standing based off of the written. Fairfax does neither, and has a formal process that they don't disclose. Bottom line, you need high 90s to have a shot. But to be honest, if you are not scoring at least a 90 on this test, you may want to seek out some help.

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              • Originally posted by WillowFiveTwo View Post
                It will take a bit more than a 70 to get a look from the board. Big city departments may look at it as pass/fail, but most will give you a lineal standing based off of the written. Fairfax does neither, and has a formal process that they don't disclose. Bottom line, you need high 90s to have a shot. But to be honest, if you are not scoring at least a 90 on this test, you may want to seek out some help.
                Where did you get this information? If you don't mind me asking. I was told by recruiting & FF/PM's during the testing process.That the written is pass/fail.

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                • ^^ I think he means your not going to get hired if you score a 71 eventhough it is a passing score.

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                  • I disagree, unless you have a creditable source? How you do in the steps following the written exam are going to supplement the score that you receive and how the board perceives you. Whether you get a 70 or a 100, the department has set everything in between as acceptable scores to continue on in their recruitment process. Just my two cents.

                    Originally posted by WillowFiveTwo View Post
                    It will take a bit more than a 70 to get a look from the board. Big city departments may look at it as pass/fail, but most will give you a lineal standing based off of the written. Fairfax does neither, and has a formal process that they don't disclose. Bottom line, you need high 90s to have a shot. But to be honest, if you are not scoring at least a 90 on this test, you may want to seek out some help.
                    “The garbage man doesn’t get excited when he turns the corner and sees trash. You shouldn’t get excited either; you should be expecting fire on every run.” - FDNY Lt. Andrew Fredericks

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                    • I don't know how the process is for EMT's but I am a Medic, I am due to start here very shortly (I'm moving up there if anyone knows any good apartments near the academy ) But I went and pulled up my written test score, which I took by myself in a side room when I went up there to do the process. I scored an 88. So take that how you will.

                      When I spoke to the recruitment section when I first applied I was told they get approx 30- 40 completed paramedic apps a month, and about 20 of them complete the whole process every month. They take your completed file with all the certifications you have, resume, and the results from your written, polygraph, pysch exam (which has an aptitude portion) medical, and background check, and that whole file gets placed in a pool of applicants who have successfully completed the process. They are pulled based on however the hiring panel decides they like. I was specifically told bring everything for your file that will make you shine, any awards, firefighter certifications, ems certifications, anything that will reflect well upon yourself, and thats how they choose.

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                      • I thought it was common knowledge. I've taken the test a couple times, same test with a couple different departments. I've always missed one question, based on the score I got. Fairfax even joked about it during the test they held about 13 years ago, and I quote, "if you're white you will need 100% on this test". Enough people apply, it's more than a pass fail. Unless you are a medic, you better ace everything. There are plenty of people out there who are going to crush the written, CPAT, and any other metric driven event, making themselves more attractive to the board. Good luck, and keep this in mind.

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                        • You will need a room mate! Plan is to find one at the academy.

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                          • What do you need to study for the written exam?

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                            • It's an I/O test they have study guides out there to buy.

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                              • Anyone hear anything for 136B? My wife was told by an county employee a month ago that they were looking at something in April for guys that already hold fire certs through other career departments.

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