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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

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.

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 study guide visit www.publicsafetycompass.com/study

Online Testing System Requirements

Type Minimum Recommended
Internet Connection Wi-Fi connection Wired connection
Web Camera 640 x 480 resolution 1280 x 720 resolution
PC Users Windows 8 (Windows 10 S mode is not supported) Windows 10 (10 S mode is not supported)
Mac Users macOS 10.13 (Oldest Still Maintained Version) MacOS 10.15
CPU more than 2 core CPU less than 85% CPU Usage more than 4 core CPU less than 50% CPU Usage
Internet Download Speed 1 Mbps 12 Mbps
Internet Upload Speed 1 Mbps 3 Mbps
RAM 4 GB
less than 90% Ram Usage
16 GB
less than 70% Usage
Connectivity Ports 1935, 843, 80, 443, 61613, UDP/TCP 1935, 843, 80, 443, 61613, UDP/TCP
Screen Resolution 1366 X 768 1920 x 1080 and above

Additional Requirements
  • Test your equipment: https://test.webrtc.org/
  • A functioning microphone (some web cameras have them built-in)
  • A compatible browser: Google Chrome (preferred) or Mozilla Firefox
Not Supported
  • Google Chromebooks (supported for automated proctoring)
  • Android tablets (Nexus 7, etc.)
  • iOS tablets (iPad, iPad mini, etc.)
  • Linux operating systems
  • Microsoft Windows 10 in S mode
  • Microsoft Surface RT

Note: We do not proctor computers running within virtual machines.

  • If you are running within a virtual machine when you connect with us, you will be asked to exit your virtual machine and reconnect using your host operating system to take your test.

Note: We do not support development previews, beta builds, or release candidates of any operating system unless specified.