Written Testing

​​​​The National Firefighter Selection Inventory™ (NFSI™) is a national entry-level examination tool that was engineered specifically to select qualified individuals for service as firefighters throughout the country.

A fundamental aspect of the NFSI™ is that its testing platform is an alternative to conventional firefighter written entrance examinations.

Utilizing a compensatory model, the NFSI™ assesses not only individuals’ cognitive ability, but also their behavioral predispositions.

This alternative testing model is well suited to predict success for all entry-level firefighter positions and to be in strict compliance with all federal, state and local testing guidelines and regulations.

The exam a pass/fail and hiring is not based on scores.

The written exam requires creating a login account with IO Solutions.

This must be done prior to taking the exam.

In addition, you must register to take the exam by cli​cking here.

​Tests are administered at:


  • DMACC Testing Centers
  • Ankeny Testing Center​, Building 6, Room 23, 2006 South Ankeny BLVD, Ankeny, Iowa
  • Newton Testing Center,​ 600 N 2nd Ave W A, Newton, IA​
  • Urban Testing Center, 1100 7th Street Building 1, Room 117, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Iowa Central, Academi​c Resource Center​, One Triton Circle, Fort Dodge, Iowa


The following fees will be payable on arrival at the testing center via credit card.
  • IO Solutions Testing Fee - $25
  • DMACC ​Testing Center Fee - $20
  • Iowa Central Testing Center Fee - $20