National Fire Select Test™

National Fire Select Test™

Ontario Fire Administration Inc. utilizes the National Fire Select Test™.  The National Fire Select Test™ is used for an entry-level firefighter recruitment process which consists of a variety of sub-tests designed to measure critical constructs required for successful job performance as a firefighter. The components of this test have been developed and validated by firefighters and fire captains who have experience performing the essential functions of the firefighter job.

The entry-level firefighter test consists of two sections: a general aptitude test and a personality inventory.  The NFST includes:

  • Reading Ability
  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Map Reading
  • Writing Ability
  • Human Relations (to include: interpersonal skills, teamwork, commitment, honesty,integrity, emotional stability)
  • Reasoning Skills (to include: reasoning, vocabulary, mechanical aptitude, and spatial rotation) 

The National Fire Select Test™ is completed in a proctored classroom environment in a computer lab.  Candidates are required to complete the test in two hours and thirty minutes.  This test is valid for a period of 24 months.  If you do not pass the National Fire Select Test, you may re-take it after fifteen days if it's your first attempt or thirty days on all subsequent attempts. An orientation guide can be purchased to assist you in preparation for this test.The National Fire Select Test results in either a pass/fail.   Candidates are not given feedback in regards to the results of the test.

Candidates will not receive a mark.  In addition, municipal fire services are not given results.

Cost:  $65.00

NFST™ Candidate Orientation Guide

All of the constructs measured by the general aptitude section of the National Fire Select Test™ are based upon basic skills and abilities that a minimally qualified applicant should possess.  There are a variety of preparatory publications available that may be helpful to those candidates who could use a refresher in basic reading, math skills, map reading, writing ability, human relations, and reasoning skills.  The National Fire Select Test™ Orientation Guide is an entry-level firefighter practice test that will determine how prepared you are to pass the actual NFST Test. This test consists of 35 multiple-choice questions.  

The cost of the orientation guide is $10.00US.

You can order the orientation guide through FPSI by clicking on the following link AND SCROLLING TO THE OPTION AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE


Click on [ORDER NFST Candidate Orientation Guide - $10].  Please note that this is provided through a third party service.  Questions about your download should be facilitated through FPSI -  Phone: (888) 990-FIRE(3473)

Please note you cannot take this test online.  FPSI does have an online version of this test however, the test that is utilized for the OFAI CTS is not the same. This Orientation Guide is property of FPSI and any questions or concerns must be directed to FPSI at (888) 990-FIRE(3473)  or


If you have a disability within the definitions of the Ontario Human Rights Code and need to request testing accommodations for the National Fire Select Test, please contact the OFAI Administration office at  at least 10 weeks before the assessment to obtain the accommodation request forms.

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