How to Prepare for the First Line Supervisor (FLS) Test

Because the FLS test does not measure a body of knowledge or a skill you can practice, there is not much you can do to prepare for the test. However, you might consider some of the following activities:

  • Know the basics of using a computer mouse to point and click.
  • Think about how a supervisor might handle different tasks, conflicts and situations that you've experienced.
  • Talk to someone who has supervisory skills that you admire, and ask them to describe how they handle certain situations (e.g., an employee reporting for work late, two employees who do not get along).
  • Research (books or Internet) for resources that target supervisory skill development. 
  • Get plenty of sleep prior to the test.
  • Do not take the test on an empty stomach.
  • Arrive 15 minutes early.
  • Avoid alcohol and excessive caffeine prior to the test.
  • Bring a photo ID (e.g., driver's license, military ID, state issued ID, etc.).
  • Dress comfortably.
  • If you are sick or for some reason do not think you can do well on the test, call us to see if you can reschedule.
  • Do not leave any questions blank; make your best assessment.
  • It is normal to feel a little nervous, but do not let it get out of control. Breathe deeply and relax.
  • In the long term, seek out opportunities on your job where you can organize, plan, and schedule; interpret and uphold company policy, provide leadership and influence.
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