​​The testing process for the consortium involves two examinations. 

​1. Written Examination (Computer Based)

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 using the following link:  http://recruitment.iosolutions.com/

» Preparation Material Study Guide

The written exam is administered electronically at:

DMACC Ankeny Campus Testing Center
2006 S. Ankeny Blvd
Building 6, Room 23
Ankeny, IA

Hours of Operations:  

Fall and Spring Semesters
Mon & Fri: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tue, Wed, Thu: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Summer Semester - May 23 – August 3
Mon, Thu, Fri:  8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tue & Wed: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Summer Break - Aug 4-23
Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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2. Physical Ability Examination

The Physical Ability Examination is administered at:

Fire and Safety Training (F.A.S.T.) facility
3927 121st Street
Urbandale, IA