FF-EL 201/301-NC (TIP) Series

About the Assessment

The FF-EL 201/301-NC (TIP) Series was provided by IPMA-HR to help reduce or eliminate significant score differences between gender and racial/ethnic groups. The series accomplishes this through the addition of a non-cognitive (NC) component known as the Firefighter Interest Questionnaire. The FF-EL 201/301-NC (TIP) Series includes a 20-minute session in which candidates must study material from a Test Information Packet (TIP), such as work-related articles, wanted posters, and maps. TIPs are collected after the study period has ended, but before the test booklets are distributed. Some of the multiple-choice items assess how well candidates remember the information they just studied in the TIP.

Assessment Features




100 Items

Time Limit

2 Hours and 20 Minutes
(includes 20 minutes for TIP study period)




Content Areas

Ability to Learn, Remember, and Apply Information

  • "Miniature Training" format

Firefighter Interest Questionnaire

  • Personality
  • Interest in Firefighting Work

Logic and Mathematical Reasoning

  • Reading basic mathematical tables
  • Application of formulas
  • Reading gauges and dials
  • Selection of appropriate equipment

Reading Comprehension

  • Reading passages

Situational Judgment

  • Written Scenarios

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Study Guide

A study guide with full 100-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.