FPSI Test Preparation Manual,...FPSI making a quick buck or what?
I applied for Kenosha, and got notification of my test date, which is June 27 at 10:45 am. In the application material, I found a paper with Fire and Police Selection Inc.'s letter head on it, and below it reads "FPSI test preparation manual (TPM) 9th Edition for entry level firefighters order form." It goes on to read "DO NOT attempt to prepare for this exam with previous editions of our TPM. Doing so will result in a lower test score." It also stated below that "the only way to obtain a TMP and/or a practice test is by mailing a money order only."
I thought to myself "hmm? Must be a unique test format or something such as that?" So, I got curious and snooped around online and found the FPSI website. Sure enough, there's their website and you could actually order the practice test (a number of tests, actually) online. I thought, what the heck, I broke out the credit card, and ordered their Firefighter test. I took the test and uh...no suprises re: content and subject matter. It's basically 50 multiple choice questions covering 1.) Fire Safety and Behavior, 2.) Construction, PPE, and Extinguishers 3.) Ropes/Knots and Rescue/Extrication 4.) Ventilation and Firehose and 5.) Fire Streams and Fire Control.
I scratched my head, took the test, got my score back (90%), then it forwards me to a page where it suggests I purchase a number of other products they offer to improve my score.
I sat back for a second, processed what just happened...I basically got fished into thinking this Kenosha exam was something unique, took a Firefighter 1 test, they scored it, then sent me to their 'catalog' where they tried to get more $$$ out of me, by suggesting I buy some of their entry level books. I kinda' feel like I got ripped off as the test didn't prepare me for anything I didn't already know would be on the test. Unless someone can tell me otherwise, I am thinking the 9th edition prep manual will be nothing more than a intro to firefighting handbook and a multiple choice test. I went to my email, saw my reciept from the co., emailed them back told them I felt they ripped me off, and would like my $$ back. Now, I'm not entirely confident I will even get a response from them, let alone my $$ back. Whatever.
Unless anyone has had a better experience with FPSI, I guess anyone who considers buying any test prep guides n' such from this co. should beware.
Thought this was a firefighter exam?
So, I took the Kenosha Test today. 80 questions, multiple choice...very few 'fire related' questions. I think I recall maybe 3 remotely related to fire... a couple related to ropes, and the rest were EMT related. Should have been an EMT test. I know we, as firefighters may sometimes be asked to conduct EMT duties, but jeez.
FPSI as a general knowledge firefighter entry test
I know this is an old thread but I want to shed some light on the FPSI product.
First of all, make sure you read the disclaimer for each chapter of the test preparation manual. Some of the information in the manual is actually accurate but much of it is made up and not factual information. The terminology does not match IFSTA, NFPA, or any other fire education organizations' terminology. The test that is administered based on the FPSI test preparation manual is designed to test purely reading comprehension. It is designed to put every person that takes the test on an equal playing ground. The problem is, it does not to this very well. In fact, it puts anyone with a fire service related education at a disadvantage because it uses inaccurate information that is similar and related to fire service knowledge.
So why do some departments use FPSI for their entry-level evaluations? They use companies like FPSI because it transfers the liability for a test that might be challenged as possibly discriminatory against a protected group away from the organization that is hiring, and to FPSI. And because FPSI is not a government body, it is held to a different standard than a city, county or district government.
So in answer to this thread...if the department you are testing for is using FPSI, buy the book...the edition specified, and study your little hiney off and get every resource offered to you regarding the edition specified. Memorize the book word for word and start studying as soon as you possibly can. Why? Because the people that really want the job...they will be doing just that!!!!! And if you have any fire service experience or knowledge, flush all of that down the toilet and consider the FPSI book the gospel for the test you will be taking.