2024 Austin Fire Cadet Examination

Written exam is scheduled for May 28-29, 2024; Structured Oral Process will take place in June.  Click here for most current information and to apply!

Don McNea Fire School At-Home Preparatory Package


For the last 26 years and 12 Austin Firefighter Examinations, we have successfully prepared applicants with our seminars and preparatory materials.  Hundreds of Austin firefighters have been hired by preparing with Don McNea Fire School!  This year, we are offering an At-Home Preparatory Package so that you can begin preparing immediately for your Austin examination.

Over 450-Question At-Home Preparatory Package

Immediate Digital Download or Priority Mail Available!

This highly-intensive preparatory package includes full-length, multiple choice practice examinations with over 450 questions covering the testing subjects for your 2024 Austin Firefighter Examination – this is not generic testing!

  • Mathematical Computation
  • Mechanical Reasoning
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Memories for Ideas
  • Association Memory
  • Observational Judgment
  • Spatial Orientation
  • Spatial Scanning

This package includes custom-designed practice examinations for the Memory portion of the Austin examination. 99% of all firefighter applicants have never taken this type of examination! Our custom-designed memory practice examinations will separate you from your competition and put you in the top percentile to be hired as an Austin firefighter! 

Remember what it states in your study guide, you must practice –
it is more important for success than might be readily apparent. 

Top-ranked applicants will be invited to proceed to the second phase of the hiring process, involving pre-hire assessments.  
Our preparatory material will give you that edge to be in that top percentile!

Work Experience/Biodata Personality Exam

Part of your Austin Firefighter Exam will include a test to assess your integrity and work ethic and whether or not you have the personality characteristics of a successful firefighter.  This is another test component that 99% of applicants have never seen and normally has a failure rate of over 60%.  Don McNea Fire School has key insight into what the assessors are looking for in a successful firefighter candidate.  This exam prep package includes an in-depth practice examination for this very important part of your examination.  

Structured Oral Interview Process

We will include our in-depth exam prep for the Oral Interview, which is worth 80% of your score!  This will include over 50 pages of exam prep information including: 

  • Oral rater’s dimension guidelines and evaluation scale used by assessors to rate applicants
  • Top performing behaviors to maximize your oral board score
  • Sample oral interview questions and top scoring answers 

This At-Home Preparatory Package includes the following bonus materials:

When you purchase this preparatory package online at www.FirePrep.com, you will receive a PDF download of the following: 

  • Don McNea Fire School’s Top Scoring Test-taking Strategies, Mechanical Strategies, Physical Agility Strategies, and our State of Texas Watchlist, which includes contact information to help you find firefighter exams.
  • Don McNea Fire School’s Encyclopedia of Firefighter Examinations (normally $29.95) which contains over 500 questions divided into 16 of the most common testing subjects used on exams around the country
  • Don McNea Fire School’s How to Become a Firefighter Blog Bookletwhich contains over 100 articles from the nation’s top entry-level authors.  These articles cover the written, oral, psychological, physical agility and much more! 

Our best testimonials come from current Austin Firefighters who have been successful by preparing with Don McNea Fire School over the last 25 years.  If you are not sure whether to purchase this material, we ask that you talk to an Austin firefighter who has prepared with us in the past. 

Student Comments

  • “The exam prep for the Structured Oral Interview was dead on! The exam booklet provided me with numerous oral strategies and practice scenarios to help me focus on what I needed to say. This exam prep was well worth the investment, and I strongly recommend it to anyone who wants to be an Austin firefighter!” 
  • “Hello, I just finished both the written and interview portions of the Austin Fire Department process. I scored a 98% in the written and was extremely prepared for the interview thanks to your study materials. I took everything you said very seriously and I'm extremely glad I did. I am just waiting for the final scores to be graded, but I wanted to express my thanks to you. This material was incredibly helpful, I would not have done half as well without it.” 

  • “Your exam prep was very thorough on every part of the exam, especially the Structured Oral Exam. I really want to be part of the Austin Fire Department and your school was just what I needed when the test date came around.  Thanks again for all your help and the great study material.” 

  • “After I took the test, I was so glad I had prepared with your material. You hit the nail on the head on the memory portion and really cleared up some of the personality questions that I definitely would have struggled with on the exam.” 

  • “Thank you, Don McNea Fire School!  I have been trying to get in to AFD for over a decade.  I wish I would have prepared with your material sooner; I know I would have gotten in.  This was a game changer that helped me move forward in this year’s AFD process.  I’ll be taking any tips for the continued hiring process that Don McNea provides. I cannot thank y’all enough!” 

Your Opportunity!

The cost of this At-Home Preparatory Package and all bonus materials is only $99.00 by Immediate Digital Download or $125 for Priority Mail (2-3 business days)!  

When considering the cost of the material, view it as an investment in your future or the future of your family!  Your investment in this material will actually be returned to you in your first hours as an Austin firefighter!  In the job market today, there are not many employment opportunities that offer the same competitive salary, benefits, chance for advancement and job security as the career of an Austin firefighter does.  

PLEASE NOTE:  There are NO refunds for our Austin At-Home Preparatory Package after purchase!

Our Final Thoughts…

From this examination, at least 100 firefighters will be hired from the eligibility list, which will be in effect until at least 2025.  This is an excellent opportunity to become an Austin Firefighter!  

For those of you who have never prepared with Don McNea Fire School materials before, we don’t blame you for being skeptical.  What we can tell you is that by practicing with over 450 custom-designed practice examination questions and our in-depth Oral Interview Exam Prep, you WILL dramatically increase your chance of becoming an Austin firefighter.  Our past classes’ successful results prove that! 

You have to ask yourself the following question ~ With this exam format, will I be adequately prepared for the Austin Firefighter Exam to put me in the top 230 to participate in the first pre-hire assessment? 

We have been preparing applicants since 1950; this is what our business specializes in.  If you feel at this time that you are adequately prepared for this examination, we wish you the best of luck.  If you want that extra edge over your competition that our testing materials will provide, this package is for you!  And, remember that luck goes to the prepared!