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FAQ for Firefighter ELPAT

Do you have questions about ELPAT (Entry-Level Physical Ability Test)? Please find answers to frequently asked questions.

Q: Is there an opportunity to preview the ELPAT?
A: Yes, information will be provided once an applicant has been scheduled for their ELPAT.

Q: What are the ELPAT events?
A: Please see Firefighter Entry-Level Physical Ability Test  Events for the detail events.

Q: What date will my ELPAT be scheduled for?
A: Your ELPAT date will be scheduled by the Civil Service Unit once you participate in the written examination.  You will have about 2 week notice before you are scheduled to take the ELPAT.

Q: I can't attend my scheduled ELPAT date, can I re-schedule?
A: With the exception of current military personnel who cannot be in Massachusetts on the scheduled date of the ELPAT, no applicant has a right to a makeup examination due to personal or professional conflicts on the testing date.  If you are unable to appear for your scheduled ELPAT date due to an emergency or unanticipated hardship, you may request a makeup date, by sending an email to with verifiable documentation to the Civil Service Unit no later than 7 calendar days from the originally scheduled date. The Civil Service Unit reserves the right to approve OR deny your request and may require an additional examination processing fee upon approval of your request. Such requests will be processed on a first-come first served basis.

Q: What happens if I fail to attend my scheduled ELPAT?
A: You will automatically fail the Firefighter examination and will not be placed on an eligible list.

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