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    4500.... wow. I applied for Ft.Worth last year and I think they had 3500, so this will be interesting.


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    Anyone else having trouble downloading study guide

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    I didn't, did u?

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    Donít be scared by the large number of people applying. Some departments and some cities are as concerned about the make-up of the people working there as they are of the make-up of the people applying.

    Austin actively recruits in hopes of getting the most diverse group of applicants and, they hope, the most diverse group of employees.

    Think of the American Idol show. They will fill auditorium after auditorium across the nation, and only have a few that are actual contenders. This is no different, if they had increased the requirements to apply, or not advertised as well, the top two hundred people after the test would probably look just the same. The only difference is that years later you can say, ďI beat out 4,500 people to get this jobĒ.

    I work for a similar agency, I can say I beat out 5,000, but it really doesnít mean that much, because most of those people never had a chance. They actually went into very under privileged areas and helped people fill out applications that couldnít write and had felonies. It was unfair to those people, but their application profile was something the county was proud of.
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    Yeah That was what i was told from our conversation with an Austin F.F. Ill be flying out from Phx, Az. I tested last year and didn't so well. I had better results with San Antonio this year and it looks like there gonna use the same Company for the EXAM. it should be a time. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Navymedic73 View Post
    Anyone else having trouble downloading study guide
    I had trouble downloading it with Chrome, but Firefox and IE seemed to work fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyPhx View Post
    Yeah That was what i was told from our conversation with an Austin F.F. Ill be flying out from Phx, Az. I tested last year and didn't so well. I had better results with San Antonio this year and it looks like there gonna use the same Company for the EXAM. it should be a time. Good luck!
    Any particular reason why? If you're able to share...Thanks

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    I did better w/ San Antonio because I spent more time preparing for the exam. Everywhere I went so did my study guide. I bought the Captain Bob Study guide, used the provided Study Guide and had discussions with people that were smarter than me in my weak areas(grammar and punctuation). I gave my self enough time to be mentally prepared by getting into town a day earlier eating a good breakfast and I learned everything I could about the testing process.

    That's just my experience on what has helped my progress in the last four years of Testing. Its gonna happen for all of us eventually and that is why we are here. To make our selves more better prepared, smarter and surrounded by like minded individuals.

    Good luck on your test

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    So i am new to the forum, and will be testing with AFD this May. This is my first time at taking a civil service test and was hoping someone could shed some light on the AFD test. Is it like the study guide they allow you to download? What is the lowest score that usually makes the cut for interviews? I had a buddy test with AFD about 4 to 5 years ago and he "said" he scored an 84, but I dont think he ever got invited back to interview. Thank you in advance for the information and good luck.

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    Study the study guide. As for "lowest score", they are moving on the top 1500 into the oral board so there won't be an actual cutoff number set. If you score with the top 1500, you move on.

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    I agree Austin is a great city (coming from a Country Mouse) and a great FD. This ole fella missed the age deadline by 6 months..... And I'm OK with it since the last time I tested was a total waste of some hard-earned money.

    Good luck to those that move through their process.
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    Lol mikeyboy why was it a waste of time and money

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    Spent a week out there (time) away from the family staying at my in-laws townhouse, rented a car ($), plane ticket ($), missed 3 days of OT ($), paid for parking ($), took the test (time), did some Station Visits (time) and then didn't get past the written. Honestly, I'm glad I didn't move on because when I go into a new FD I prefer it to be under good/non-drama circumstances. Seeing what happened with the testing made me upset, disappointed and relieved all at the same time.

    I would never discourage anybody from testing there. It must be that I'm supposed to make my money here and then retire in Texas I reckon.
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    Lol I hear ya mikey

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    Thanks FFighterRob, for the encouragement. I took the Ft. Worth test last year. It was my first time testing and I was shocked that there were guys there 5' 2" tall, weighing 300 pounds taking the test. I made a 96 on my test, but the first round cut offs scores were 98 so I didn't make the cut. However, I have learned a lot and feel confident this time around.

    I am however a little apprehensive about my experience level, and anyone with wisdom in on the subject feel free to shed some light. I don't have an fire experience or EMT. I know that it isn't required, but I can't help but think that it might hurt me in the long run. I have plenty of volunteering experience, just not as a Fireman. Can this hurt my chances of getting in?

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    Fly in from Los Angeles to take this test, I hope it's worth it based on what I've read so far on this forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMW View Post
    Thanks FFighterRob, for the encouragement. I took the Ft. Worth test last year. It was my first time testing and I was shocked that there were guys there 5' 2" tall, weighing 300 pounds taking the test. I made a 96 on my test, but the first round cut offs scores were 98 so I didn't make the cut. However, I have learned a lot and feel confident this time around.

    I am however a little apprehensive about my experience level, and anyone with wisdom in on the subject feel free to shed some light. I don't have an fire experience or EMT. I know that it isn't required, but I can't help but think that it might hurt me in the long run. I have plenty of volunteering experience, just not as a Fireman. Can this hurt my chances of getting in?
    There are very few departments in the US that are more receptive to people with little or no experience than Austin. They are looking at the person, not the resume.
    But that being said, you can get hired with most departments with little or no experience, you just have to present yourself in the proper light. If we don’t require any experience or credentials to apply, we are going to put the newly hired people through a full academy. Coming with nothing means you will be a blank slate and only have learned to do things our way, the right way.
    Don’t get me wrong, it would be better to have experience and accreditations, but you can still make it without.
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    Well, that boosts my confidence. I do think that I am the right type of person and hope that I can show that. I spent some time doing humanitarian work overseas and was on a team of 7. We where around each 24hrs a day, 7 days a week. I really liked that atmosphere, and the being able to serve a community. So I am hoping that comes through if I make to Board Questions. If you have any pointers feel free to share! I'm soaking in all the info I can get.

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    DMW: You have to be confident through this process. Confident, not arrogant. And you have to be VERY humble.

    I have been at this for about 2 years and I have come VERY close to getting offers, but I have fallen short at the last step or been just past the cutoff. I have no experience as a firefighter, but like you I have life experience. I know I will get hired when the timing is right and it will be with a career department that I can see myself working for 30+ years.

    Hang in there. Catch the firefighting bug, and dont ever give up!

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    Roll Call: Who is taking the Austin test next week?

    I'll be there. I'm driving up from San Antonio for the day, so its not too far for me. I'm not in any processes right now, so it will feel good to be going again with a department through the hiring process.

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