Most helpful critical review
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2011
After all of the positive reviews, you would think this book is the greatest test-prep book out there. It's not. I was able to get this at my local library via an inter-library loan, and I am glad that I did. Had I not been given the chance to preview it before purchasing, I probably would have bought the book and sorely missed my $26.
I have most of the other firefighter exam prep books and they are substantially better than the book listed here. The vocab section in this book leaves much to be desired, and most of the math problems deal with the metric system, which I have yet to see on an actual test. In addition, the questions are less than challenging. I'm not sure how the exams are in CA, but where I live they are considerably more challenging than what this book presents. As for the "Great explanations" with each question: lame. They are no different than the explanations in the other books I own, and are in fact less helpful in explaining how to arrive at the correct answer.
One other point that I should mention: Notice how all of the positive reviews are from the state of CA? I'm thinking most of them either work for Chief Lepore's department, or they are acquaintances attempting to help him sell books. There's no way that legitimate firefighter candidates who are actively testing would give this 5 stars - they would know better. I'm so thankful for my local library!