EB Jacobs Assessments – a 2021 Quick Guide
If you are looking for a career in the public safety sector, you can expect to take at least one pre-employment assessment. These coveted positions are highly important to the communities in which they operate, so hiring bodies are very careful when picking employees. The EB Jacobs Assessments are some of the most prominent editions of testing in this field. Each test covers different topics and is given differently, but Next-Interview can help you prepare for any of them.
Fires Service Assessment Battery (FSAB)/ Law Enforcement Aptitude Battery (LEAB)
The EB Jacobs FSAB and LEAB both contain and assortment of tests that are meant to determine if the test taker has the natural intelligence, skills, and gumption it takes to be a successful firefighter or law enforcement officer.
Both tests are provided by PSI (who issues all EB Jacobs tests) and are broken into three main sections – Cognitive Ability Test, Workstyle Questionnaire, and Life Experience Survey.
Section 1: Cognitive Ability Test
The cognitive ability test will contain approximately 80 questions. The questions are multiple-choice and will switch between 6 ability areas:
- Written Communication – Tests your ability to write with proper spelling, syntax, grammar, etc.
- Reading Comprehension – Tests your ability to decipher and utilize written information.
- Problem Identification – Tests your ability to recognize the existence of a problem or inconsistencies (in testimony, reports, etc.)
- Deductive Reasoning – Tests your ability to look at a set of given information and use a set of rules to draw conclusion thereby.
- Inductive Reasoning – Tests your ability to view visual data (graphs, patterns, images) and evaluate them for details that can help solve sequences.
- Ordering Information – Tests your ability to follow rules and order of operation.
Section 2: Workstyle Questionnaire
This section contains 200 statements that vary in topic and purpose. You will simply decide if you agree or disagree with the statements. The test is capable of identifying inconsistent answers, which denotes dishonesty, and you can be disqualified.
Section 3: Life Experience Survey
The Life Experience Survey can be completed in 45 minutes. The section asks questions about your work history and other experience that is applicable to the position for which you’ve applied. It is similar to information you would put on a resume but heavily directed and more in-depth.
EB Jacobs Assessments – Things to Know
- The Cognitive Ability Test has a 2-hour time limit.
- The Work Styles Questionnaire should take around 15 minutes to complete.
- The Life Experience Survey takes most people 45 minutes to complete but can be completed in as little as 15 minutes.
- The themes and direction of the test will shift depending on whether you are taking the LEAB or FSAB.
- There is a lot of reading on all sections of the EB Jacobs Assessments, which can eat a lot of your time.
- Preparing for the test battery beforehand is the best way to ensure you get a good score.
- Next-Interview has everything you need to properly prepare for and EB Jacobs Assessment.