First Aid Skills Test

Covering a wide range of emergencies – ranging from a fall on the ice to an unconscious hiker – the first aid test is designed to gauge a candidate’s ability to accurately, confidently, and quickly determine the most effective first aid treatments and procedures for real-life medical emergencies. Candidates will be required to answer multiple-choice questions based on short audio clips, written descriptions, and visual diagrams, including topics like:

  • Quickly diagnosing emergency medical problems, including stroke, heart attacks, seizures, choking, etc.
  • Applying the right first aid techniques to treat specific medical emergencies, such as heavy bleeding, loss of consciousness, burn injuries, and broken bones.
  • Properly administering CPR during cardiac arrest or breathing emergencies.
  • Performing responsiveness checks and effectively measuring patient vital signs, including pulse and respirations.

element-grad-cap   ABILITIES EVALUATED

  • Ability to understand and identify treatments for common medical emergencies such as fractures and sprains, loss of consciousness, heart attacks, head injuries, and extreme bleeding

element-grad-cap   QUESTION FORMAT

  • Multiple Choice

element-grad-cap   LANGUAGE

  • English

element-grad-cap   DIFFICULTY

  • Easy


First aid skills are not just important for roles in the medical field – they are critical for all kinds of employees in nearly every industry. Candidates with strong first aid skills have the power to provide emergency assistance to your customers and employees in life-or-death situations, reduce the number of serious accidents that occur in the workplace, and effectively manage emergencies without hesitation until advanced help arrives.

Giving you an effortless way to help identify qualified job candidates who can contribute to keeping your workplace safe, the first aid skills test is designed to evaluate whether a candidate has the knowledge to apply potentially life-saving techniques during critical accidents, injuries, or health complications.

The first aid test helps predict a job candidate’s ability to:

  • Recognize the symptoms of common medical emergencies, including allergic reactions, blocked airways, and stroke.
  • Identify the underlying causes of medical emergencies and choose the appropriate first aid treatments.
  • Avoid causing further injuries by applying proper immobilization techniques.
  • Provide basic medical help for people of all ages and levels of health.

Use this simple first aid test to get a first look at the skills of job candidates, especially firefighters, child care providers, lifeguards, restaurant servers, and EMTs, or any other roles requiring employees with exceptional first aid skills and the ability to take swift, effective action during life-threatening emergency situations.


Sample Question 1

Listen to the audio below:

(AUDIO) Bystander: I think a man at the restaurant is choking. He’s coughing loudly and gasping and holding his throat.

Which is the best first aid treatment?

  1. Encourage the man to take small sips of water
  2. Administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) until his airway is clear
  3. Use your finger to extract the object from his airway
  4. Deliver abdominal thrusts until his airway is clear
  5. Encourage the man to continue coughing

Sample Question 2

Listen to the audio below:

(AUDIO) Hiker: We’ve been hiking, and one of our friends has a large gash in her arm. The cut is bleeding severely and has been for several minutes without stopping. She looks like she’s going to pass out.

Which is the best first aid treatment?

  1. Remove any small foreign objects the wound
  2. Tie a tourniquet to the shoulder, above the wound
  3. Apply consistent pressure to the wound
  4. Elevate her arm above her head
  5. Ask the friend to state her name and today’s date


  • Education & Instruction
  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing & Utilities
  • Protective & Security
  • Repair
  • Maintenance & Installation


The First Aid Skills module content was developed by the Indeed Assessment Science Team, with expertise in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Instructional Design, Education, and Graphic Design. In addition, team members worked in collaboration with subject matter experts (SMEs). Indeed’s SMEs are required to demonstrate experience performing at a high level, supervisory experience, or responsibility for defining requirements for those jobs that require first aid skills.