Written Test

​​​​​​The National Firefighter Selection Inventory (NFSI) consists of a series of multiple-choice questions and rating scales designed to test important cognitive abilities and personality attributes that are necessary for effective job performance as a firefighter.

The examination measures eleven essential areas grouped in two sections: cognitive and personality.  The cognitive section consists of verbal comprehension, verbal expression, problem sensitivity, deductive reasoning, inductive reasoning, information ordering, mathematical reasoning and number facility.  The personality section consists of stress tolerance, team orientation and motivation/attitude.


A study guide is available for purchase.  While not required, VBFD recommends that you purchase the NFSI Study Guide.  The study guide is designed to help you become acquainted with the types of questions included in the examination.  It will also inform you of the rules governing the testing process, provide you with some general test-taking strategies, provide you with specific instructions for completing the examination answer sheet, and provide you with information about common testing errors and strategies for avoiding them.  The NFSI Study Guide Enhanced also contains a Practice Test. Both the Enhanced online and hard copy versions contain a 100-question test including mathematical components. A Study Guide with no practice test is also available for a lesser cost. Each version is available at www.recruitment.iosolutions.org