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Online ability tests online test

The three ability tests are:

  • Verbal Reasoning (20 questions)
  • Numerical Reasoning (18 questions)
  • Mechanical Reasoning (20 questions)

Each test has a time limit and questions are randomised. All questions are relevant to the Fire Service and the selection process.

To find out more about the ability tests and to access practice tests, please visit the Test Partnership website, click here to open.

These test your English and Math skills, if you wish to improve these ahead of the online process there are various courses within the Humberside area, click here to find out more.

Reasonable adjustments

Before the Ability Tests are undertaken, candidates are asked whether they have dyslexia. If so, please contact our Recruitment Team by email with evidence of your diagnosis. Once confirmed, candidates will be allocated extra time (normally 25%) to complete the three timed tests.

If there are other reasonable adjustments in relation to disability, individuals are asked to email the recruitment email address with their enquiry providing as much detail as possible.

Any questions or problems you may encounter should be directed in email to

Verification Test

You will be asked to log in to the on-line account that you set up for your initial application and ability tests and complete a verification test.

This will be in a controlled classroom environment at Service Headquarters on the day of the practical assessments.