FF-EL 100 Series

About the Assessment

The FF-EL 100 Series is the most popular and easiest to administer of IPMA-HR's entry-level firefighter assessments. Extensive research has shown that the FF-EL 100 Series has no significant differences in assessment scores by gender, and minimal differences in assessment scores between racial/ethnic groups. The format of the assessment also increases standardization between paper-based and computer-based test administrations. 

Assessment Features




90 Items

Time Limit

2 Hours




Content Areas

Interpreting Tables

Logic and Mathematical Reasoning Ability

  • Reading basic mathematical tables
  • Application of formulas

Mechanical Aptitude

  • Understanding of machinery and equipment
  • Practical understanding of basic physical principles, such as leverage, applied force, heat flow, and center of gravity

Reading Gauges


Reading Comprehension

  • Reading, understanding, and properly applying information from passages, training materials, manuals, and directions for using equipment

Situational Judgment

  • Written Scenarios

Spatial Sense

  • Ability to orient oneself in new places and find oneself around based on visual cues such as judgment of distance and heights

Map Reading

  • Reading and following maps and instructions

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Study Guide

A study guide with full 90-question practice test and twenty-five answer explanations is available for purchase. We recommend agencies secure access to the study guide for all candidates to ensure that financial burdens do not result in unequal access to study materials.