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    I'd be interested in seeing how much DoJ looked at the test before it was given, too. There have been a few studies showing standardized tests tend to favor white males and/or more privileged classes, so I'm curious if that's why we got a brand new vendor even though they contracted with I/O Solutions just a couple years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aliciaaaaah View Post
    I'd be interested in seeing how much DoJ looked at the test before it was given, too. There have been a few studies showing standardized tests tend to favor white males and/or more privileged classes, so I'm curious if that's why we got a brand new vendor even though they contracted with I/O Solutions just a couple years ago.
    That could be the reason they went with a new vendor. Well we will find out soon enough right?

    Since we wont get the results until...who knows when...I think I might take the Mrs. out and enjoy the weekend...The 21st was our 4th Anniversary so I have to spoil her this weekend!

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    The tests don't favor white males directly. They are biased based on socio-economic standing. Usually because higher socio-economic groups get better schooling and therefore score better on tests. But that is spread across all races and both genders. It just happens that in America there are a lot more white males in high socio-economic standing than other groups.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dame803 View Post
    It is unlikely that they will "alter" anything, but since they are now under investigation I have to say that I saw this coming a mile away. I was hoping my gut feeling about it was wrong, but apparently it wasn't. When it comes to them reviewing the exams, I can see why they would do it; I mean look at the statistics of the fire departments diversity...the proof is in the pudding. What they're doing is making sure that no one is looking at the grades of minorities (male or female) who scored higher than a caucasian male and are tossing them to the side or changing the grades to make them look as if they had actually scored lower when in all actuality they didnt. I hate to say this, but it is actually a good thing that this investigation has come up to make it fair for everyone taking the exam!
    I suppose so. I just hope they don't take too long. And I'm praying they don't cancel the hiring because of this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr_Matt View Post
    I suppose so. I just hope they don't take too long. And I'm praying they don't cancel the hiring because of this.
    lol "I suppose so" they're facts...it's happened in the past, and it seems to have happened again. I highly doubt something like this wouldn't stop them from hiring more cadets, they've invested way too much into this years recruiting to just abandon the hiring process this year...and with them being under investigation for something of this nature wouldn't look food for then if they decided not to hire anyone this year.

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    I highly doubt they cancel hiring. Regardless of what they do, they still need recruits.

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    I called it!! I told my buddy that they would wait to the last minute to post the scores or delay it. Kind of sucks because if they do a retest, I can't afford to go back for a retest AND a SOI. Also, if they wait until mid june to let us know about the scores and then 2 weeks later give us the SOI schedule plane tickets will be double what they are now.

    BUT, when I get in, it will all be worth it!!!

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    Have they ever done a retest on the written part before?

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    Maybe not the test but review the interview process before it is done???

    Not the first time Austin had to do a redo

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    I got an email about Project Firepower today. No mention of it being specifically for small stature people ONLY, but it did have this: Training sessions will be limited to no more than 50 candidates each. If more than 50 attendees show-up, the exercise physiologists at the University of Texas will determine which candidates have the greatest need of assistance.

    Anyway, if you're really concerned about falling short, find the info on the website and email them. If you don't email and then complain later about not being allowed to do it, I'll give you a noogie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aliciaaaaah View Post
    I got an email about Project Firepower today. No mention of it being specifically for small stature people ONLY, but it did have this: Training sessions will be limited to no more than 50 candidates each. If more than 50 attendees show-up, the exercise physiologists at the University of Texas will determine which candidates have the greatest need of assistance.

    Anyway, if you're really concerned about falling short, find the info on the website and email them. If you don't email and then complain later about not being allowed to do it, I'll give you a noogie.
    At which firehouse is it located?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dame803 View Post
    At which firehouse is it located?
    They'll give you all the info, but it's done by the UT School of Kinesiology and held on campus. This upcoming week is the last chance to try your hand at the CPAT training, including a test run on the stairmill with the 75 lb vest.

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    I just hope they allow me enough time to take off from my current job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aliciaaaaah View Post
    They'll give you all the info, but it's done by the UT School of Kinesiology and held on campus. This upcoming week is the last chance to try your hand at the CPAT training, including a test run on the stairmill with the 75 lb vest.
    If it's where I think it is, then I'm really looking forward to this even more. The facilities are incredible. While I was at UT, I only went to Greg and the Rec. Luckily, I live in Hyde Park and work across from Campus. I'm hoping to make the 6am session. It's going to be an intense summer and well worth it. Can't wait to be back on campus pursuing another goal!!
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    Saw this online about the written test.

    http://www.statesman.com/photo/news/...-051313/pr52K/

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    Wow 70 to 80? That's a lot less than the 120 I thought or the 200 Dame said he was told.

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    Whoa that is a lot less! They told me way more!....well that sucks!

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    That's the information I got online, but who knows. They may take more. Hopefully that will increase our chances of continuing through the process.

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    I just noticed PFP is mandatory four days a week and if you miss two classes, you're out. Those requirements really suck for someone who has a day job and actually wants a chance to see their spouse every now and then. Guess I'm out. (Actually, I'm going to take a week of classes and then incorporate anything applicable to my training, but still.)

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    Anyone see this::::


    2013 EMPLOYMENT PROCESS

    The 2013 Application Period Has Closed. See Below For Details.

    IMPORTANT UPDATE: The “Written Exam Information Sheet” posted below and the “Post Written Exam Notice” that was distributed during exam registration both indicate that results from the written exam will be posted on May 24, 2013. AFD recently learned that, prior to posting the written results, the information will undergo an additional review by the U.S. Department of Justice. This is a new step in the process and it is uncertain how long it will take to conduct that review, or what the results will be.

    IT IS UNLIKELY THAT THE RESULTS OF THE WRITTEN EXAM WILL BE POSTED BEFORE EARLY JUNE, OR POSSIBLY LATER. We will provide a better estimate of the time and date for posting as we learn more. Check this website for updates.

    We apologize for the inconvenience caused by this change.

    Updated 5/23/2013

    The next step in the hiring process is an oral interview in which candidates will respond verbally to specific fact situations. Candidates who complete both the written questions and the oral interview will receive a composite score based on the written questions (20 out of 100 points), oral interview (80 out of 100 points), and any applicable military points (3 points). Employment offers to enter an Austin Fire Department cadet academy will be made based on this composite score and the candidate’s ability to pass a series of assessments including medical, psychological, physical ability and responses to the teamwork and work behavior written questions.

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