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20046 – Online tests scores by specific ethnic group

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Ref: FOI/20046


West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 19th May 2020

Please find below a summary of our findings.


I am writing to see if you can also provide  mean scores for the online tests (numerical, verbal and mechanical), or preferably a composted, by specific ethnic group (e.g., Asian, Black, White).

I would need sample sizes, means, and standard deviations to make sense of the data.  Could you provide these for the last 12 months?


Please see below.

These are the results of the numerical, verbal and mechanical tests undertaken in the last 12 months as requested:

Ethnicity Number of Candidates Average Standard Deviation
White 959 5.82 0.97
Asian or Asian British 94 5.45 0.99
Black or Black British 68 5.25 0.92
Mixed heritage 115 5.83 0.95
All other responses* 16 6.00 0.89
Total 1252 5.77 0.98
*Other Ethnicity, Prefer not to state and Not Stated have been combined due to the small number of candidates.

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