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Federal Court Approves PSI-Developed Exam for New York City Fire Department

BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- PSI, an industry-leading provider of professional testing services, has successfully developed and administered an innovative new computer-based test for entry-level Firefighters. PSI developed the test for the City of New York, which was under a court order to provide a job-related and fair procedure for selecting candidates for the Firefighter job. The court recently approved the PSI developed exam, allowing the City to proceed with hiring.

PSI designed the new test to measure the abilities necessary to succeed as a Firefighter. The test incorporates multimedia formats and innovative item types that allow candidates to demonstrate their capabilities in a more realistic manner than traditional paper-pencil tests. The development process demonstrated that the test was job-related and it was determined that the City’s use of the new test would have no adverse impact against any group.

“The new test brings together an unprecedented level of exam research and technology to successfully meet the challenges faced by the City of New York”, said John Weiner, PSI’s Chief Science Officer.

PSI administered the new test to more than 41,000 candidates in a 5-week period. PSI’s ATLAS™ computer-based testing system was used to deliver the exam in PSI’s PremierPLUS™ testing channel and several large specially created testing event centers. PSI administered the tests with a high degree of accuracy and security, leading to a successful implementation.

With over 38 years involvement in developing and administering tests for the fire industry, PSI’s experience runs deep.

About PSI

PSI has over 60 years of experience providing solutions to corporations, professional associations and government regulatory agencies. PSI offers a comprehensive solutions approach from test development to delivery to results processing, including pre-hire employment selection, managerial assessments, licensing and certification tests, license management services and professional services. More information is available at

About The New York City Law Department

The New York City Law Department is one of the oldest, largest and most dynamic law offices in the world, ranking among the top largest law offices in New York City and the largest public law offices in the country. Tracing its roots back to the 1600's, the Department's 650-plus lawyers handle more than 90,000 cases and transactions each year in 17 separate legal divisions. The Corporation Counsel heads the Law Department and acts as legal counsel for the Mayor, elected officials, the City and all its agencies. The Department's attorneys represent the City on a vast array of civil litigation, legislative and legal issues and in the criminal prosecution of juveniles. Its web site can be accessed through the City government home page at

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Source: PSI