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Entry-level Firefighter Exam Options

Candidates may take the exam in paper & pencil format on Hilton Head Island on January 13, 2018 or take the exam online between January 7 and January 13, 2018. Additional information on each of these options is below.

Paper & Pencil Test Option

When: January 13, 2018
Where: Hilton Head Island
Format: Pencil and paper test taken in person
Proctoring: Live proctors on site
Cost: Free

Candidates will be required to verify their identity with a picture ID. Information on the testing time and location will be sent to candidates via email on or December 31.

Online Test Option

When: Anytime during the testing window (January 7 - January 13, 2018)
Where: Any location using a computer with internet access, a webcam and microphone (system requirements for this option are below)
Format: Online test
Proctoring: Live, virtual proctoring
Cost: $30.00 (paid to the online testing vendor)

Candidates will be required to verify their identity with a picture ID. Instructions on test scheduling and fee payment will be sent to the candidates via email on or around December 31.

Test Preparation Materials (available for purchase):

Candidate Preparation Manuals - $5 - Includes detailed recommendations on important concepts, such as the most effective test-taking strategies and methods, specific information about CPS HR test forms, and what to expect on the day of the test administration. Also includes several practice questions covering each section of the test, along with helpful tools, like a sample answer sheet and template test instructions for candidates to prepare before the day of the test.

Practice Tests - $15- Simulates full-length versions of CPS HR tests and have been designed to replicate the look and feel of test-day material. Contains practice items across the same sections contained in our test forms. When candidates have completed the online practice exam, they will receive a breakdown of their scores by section. (Candidates will not receive a list of the questions and answers.) In addition, candidates can re-take the exam one additional time at no cost.

Website to purchase test preparation materials:

Technical support for preparation materials or during online testing is available from CPS HR:
Email: crcsupport@cpshr.us
Phone: 916.471.3538

Online Testing System Requirements:


  • PC operating system: Windows XP or higher with 1024 MB of RAM or higher.
  • Macintosh operating system: Mac OS X or higher.
  • A high-speed internet connection with a minimum of .768Mbps/.384Mbps download/upload speed.
  • ProctorU recommends 1.5Mbps download/upload speed


  • Any of the following web browsers: Internet Explorer 7 or higher, Firefox 3.6 or higher or Safari 3 or higher.
  • The web browser must have Adobe Flash installed.


A webcam with 640 x 480 video pixel resolution.

Other Peripherals

A microphone connected to the computer.