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Entry-level Firefighter Exam

The Entry-level Firefighter Exam will measure your aptitude for skills that firefighters use on a regular basis The test will evaluate:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Mechanical and Spatial Aptitude
  • Math
  • Ability to comprehend and learn from written instructions

Entry-level Firefighter Exam Information

Candidates may take the exam in paper and pencil format on Hilton Head Island on Saturday, October 1, 2022 or take the exam online between September 19 - October 8, 2022.

Paper and Pencil Test Option

  • When - October 1, 2022
  • Where - Hilton Head Island
  • Format - Pencil and paper test taken in person
  • Proctoring 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 before September 28, 2022.

Online Test Option

  • When - Anytime during the September 19 - October 8, 2022 testing window
  • Where - Any location using a computer or laptop with webcam, and a mobile phone with front-facing camera
  • Format - Online Test
  • Proctoring - Live, virtual proctoring.  A registration code will be provided to you.
  • Cost - Free

Candidates will be required to verify their identity with a picture ID. Instructions on test scheduling will be sent to the candidates via email upon registration.

Test Preparation Materials (available for purchase)

Test Preparation Materials (available for purchase)

Entry-Level Firefighter Candidate Online Study Guide - $20

This study guide is designed to help you, as a firefighter candidate, prepare to take the IPMA-HR entry-level firefighter test.

The study guide is available to purchase at Please be sure to select the "FF-EL Study Guide".

Study Guide Goals

  • Answer frequently asked questions about the test. The questions and answers should give you a clear understanding of what each test assesses, the differences between the test categories, and how to get the most out of this study guide.
  • Describe the content areas assessed by the test, review the different types of questions you will see and present sample questions for each content area.
  • Share basic test-taking tips that may help you improve your overall test performance.
  • Provide a 100-question practice test and offer detailed explanations and strategies for answering 25 of the practice test questions.

To purchase the Public Safety Compass FF-EL Study Guide visit