Texas Firefighter Exam Prep: Practice Tests & Study Guide








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Texas Firefighter Exams 

Each department may choose which exam they require candidates to take in order to become a firefighter. The exam may be provided by an assessment company. Find out which exam your department requires you to take to get you one step close to becoming a firefighter. 

Austin Fire Department (AFD) Morris McDaniel Test

To become a firefighter in Austin, you need to take the Austin Fire Department Entry Level Firefighter written exam by Morris McDaniel. The exam consists of two components: Reading Ability Procedure (RAP) and Entry Level Abilities and Behaviors Exam.

The Reading Ability Procedure (RAP) assesses your ability to read passages and answer questions from the passage.

The Entry Level Abilities and Behaviors Exam includes a Pretest Study Booklet. This portion of the exam measures: Memorization, Mathematical Reasoning, Number Facility, Mechanical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, Flexibility of Closure, and Spatial Orientation. This section also includes behavioral questions that assess attributes such as Work Ethic, Accountability, and Service Orientation.

You will be given a Pretest Study Period where you will be presented with the Pre Test Study booklet to read, study, and remember the material. You will be allowed a designated period of time to study and memorize the material presented in the Pretest Study booklet. You may write in this booklet. However, you must turn in the booklet at the end of the pretest study period.


To become a firefighter in Dallas you need to take the Fire Rescue Officer Training Exam. The exam is 2.5 hours. It covers basic math skills, reading comprehension, ability to read and interpret maps, spelling, mechanical aptitude, and attention to detail.

El Paso

To join the El Paso fire department, you need to take the ErgoMetrics FireTEAM Exam. The exam measures teamwork, public relations skills, mechanical aptitude and reading ability. It is a multiple-choice, video-based test specifically designed for firefighters. You need a passing score of 70% or better. The exam covers many performance dimensions related to firefighting, including:

  • Teamwork
  • Positive vs. Negative Influence on Station Internal Relations
  • Professional Responses in Difficult Situations
  • Situational Judgment
  • Positive Relations with Supervisors and Management
  • Professional Behavior and Bearing

Fort Wayne

To become a firefighter in Fort Wayne, you will need to take the Institute for Public Safety Personnel (IPSP) pre-employment aptitude test for entry-level fire service. You must receive 70% or higher to pass the exam. The exam will evaluate your ability to:

  • Define and solve problems
  • Recall and understand written material
  • Recall and understand visual and mechanical materials
  • Observe and accurately describe events
  • Solve work-related arithmetic problems

Fort Worth

The Fort Worth Fire Department requires you to take IO Solutions NFSI. The exam will last for 2 hours and 30 minutes. You will need a score of 70% or higher to pass. This exam is divided into two sections: Cognitive and Personality.

The Cognitive sections include 105 questions spread out over 8 sections: verbal comprehension, verbal expression, problem sensitivity, deductive reasoning, inductive reasoning, information ordering, mathematical reasoning and number facility items.

The Personality section is a job-related personality attributes test, which includes 50 items, consisting of stress tolerance, team orientation, and motivation/attitude.


To become a firefighter in Mesquite you need to take the National Fire Select Test by FPSI. The entry-level firefighter written test consists of two sections: a general aptitude test and a personality inventory. The General Aptitude Test measures skills in:

  • Reading Ability
  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Map Reading
  • Writing Ability
  • Human Relations (interpersonal skills, teamwork, commitment, honesty, integrity, emotional stability)
  • Reasoning Skills (reasoning, vocabulary, mechanical aptitude, and spatial rotation)


To join the Houston Fire Department you will need to take I/O Solutions Firefighter Selection Tool (FST) The FST is divided into two parts: Non-Cognitive Traits and Cognitive Abilities.

  • Non-Cognitive Traits: This section is divided into two categories: Work Styles (personality) and Biographical Data. You will be given 30 minutes two answer 120 scale questions. The scale goes from Strongly Agree to Strongly Disagree.
  • Cognitive Abilities: This section measures eight distinct abilities: deductive reasoning, inductive reasoning, information ordering, mathematical reasoning, spatial orientation, visualization, written expression, and written comprehension. You will be given 2 hours to answer 80 multiple-choice questions.

San Antonio

In San Antonio, you must take the San Antonio Entry-Level Firefighter Exam (SAELFE) provided by I/O Solutions. The exam is broken down into two sections Cognitive Ability and Behavioral-Orientation. The Cognitive Ability section of the exam has three sub-sections; Language Skills, Visualization Skills, and Reasoning Skills. These sections cover:

  • Language Skills: Communication: your ability to communicate with others through speech and writing as well as your ability to understand written material.
  • Visualization Skills: Spatial Orientation, Flexibility of Closure, Selective Attention, and Visualization/Memorization.
  • Reasoning Skills: Problem Sensitivity, Deductive Reasoning, Inductive Reasoning, and Information Gathering.

There are a total of 100 multiple choice questions spread out through the three sections. The Behavioral-Orientation part of the exam contains 150 multiple choice questions that use a five-point scale from Strongly Agree to Strongly Disagree. You will have 3 hours and 15 minutes to complete the exam.

Preparing for Texas Firefighter Exams

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