The City of Austin will be accepting applications for the position of Firefighter
from April 16 - 30, 2021.  Written exam is scheduled for June 15-17, 2021.
Click here for application details!

2021 Austin Exam Prep Seminar



This will be our eleventh consecutive Austin Firefighter Examination in which we have successfully prepared applicants for this exam, including our recent SOLD OUT seminars.  Our 2019 class sold out 8 days before the seminar date with a 28-person waiting list!  This is not a public relations statement - it's a fact!  

Past results from our Austin seminar class include:

  • 38 of the first 50 on the eligibility list were Don McNea Fire School Austin Seminar Students!

This highly-intensive seminar will include a full-length, custom-designed, multiple choice practice examination with over 300 questions covering the following testing subjects for your 2021 Austin Firefighter Examination:

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

We will be focusing part of the seminar on taking in-depth, 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!

Behavioral Exam

Part of your Austin Firefighter Exam will include a Behavioral Examination that includes a Work Experience/Biodata Personality Exam 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 seminar includes an in-depth practice examination for this very important part of your test.

Structured Oral Interview Process

In our seminar, we will discuss in depth the Oral Interview, which is worth 80% of your score!   Our oral prep is over 60 pages of information and will include:

  • Oral rater's dimension guidelines and evaluation scale used by assessors to rate applicants
  • Top performing behaviors to maximize your oral board score
  • Over 30 sample oral interview questions and top-scoring answers

We have dramatically updated our Oral Interview exam prep from our last seminar class!

All seminar attendees will receive the following bonus materials:

  • All seminar attendees will receive the At-home Preparation Package when they attend the class.
  • When you register for the seminar online at, you will receive a PDF download of our top-scoring test taking and physical agility strategies as well as our Mechanical Principles that have been developed by our experts to give you a head start over your competition.
  • We will also include a PDF of our Texas Fire Department Watchlist – a compilation of almost 300 fire departments that includes department address and phone number to enable you to keep up-to-date examination information for departments across the state of Texas! 
  • Our 500-question Encyclopedia of Firefighter Examinations (normally sold HERE for $29.95) 
  • Don McNea Fire School’s How to Become a Firefighter Booklet which contains over 100 articles from the nation’s top entry-level authors.  These articles cover the written, oral, psychological, physical agility and much more – click HERE for a look at the table of contents.

Austin Seminar Class Dates/Location

The seminar will be held on your choice of either Saturday, June 5th, or Sunday, June 6th,  from 1:00 - 7:00 pm, at the Hilton Austin Airport, 9515 Hotel Drive, Austin TX  78719.  Please call them at 512-385-6767 if you need directions.  Parking is available at the hotel for $10.    NOTE:  Due to circumstances beyond our control, this is a NEW venue than first posted!

Because of social distancing requirements, class size will be limited to 100 students per date.  Face masks will be required! 

Class size will be limited – each of our past Austin seminars has SOLD OUT!  In 2019, our seminar sold out 8 days before the seminar with a 28-person waiting list!

Your Opportunity

The cost of this seminar and listed preparatory materials is only $115.00!  Seminar attendees will receive the At-home Preparation Package when they attend the seminar.

When considering the cost of the class, view it as an investment in your future or the future of your family!  Your investment in these classes will actually be returned to you in your first hours as an Austin firefighter!

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.

At-Home Preparation Package  

If you can't attend the seminar, you may purchase our At-home Preparation Package that includes 100 in-depth multiple-choice practice examination questions specifically developed for the testing subjects for your Austin Written examination.  Because of the short timeframe before your actual examination and with the post office mailing delays, this At-Home Preparatory package is available for $49.00 only by Immediate Digital Download beginning June 6th and up to the time you take your June 15-17th examination.

PLEASE NOTE:  The Memory, Work Experience/Biodata, and Oral Interview portions of your examination will ONLY be covered in the seminar.  Seminar attendees will receive the At-home Preparation Package when they attend the seminar.   


Testimonials from Successful Students

  • “After I took the test, I was so glad I had taken the class. 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.”
  • “The exam prep for the Structured Oral Interview was dead on! The seminar and exam booklet provided me with numerous oral strategies and practice scenarios to help me focus on what I needed to say.  This class was well worth the investment and I strongly recommend it to anyone who wants to be an Austin firefighter!”
  • “Your seminar was very thorough on every part of the 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.”
  • “I took your Austin seminar and wanted to send you a quick note to express my thanks. The practice exams I took in your seminar without a doubt helped me to score in the high 90s on the exam.  I’m on my way to becoming an Austin firefighter!” 
  • “Overall, a great seminar. It helps when the instructor is a Chief Officer who has the right experience and insight into Austin’s fire exam.  The Chief was very credible, and I will highly recommend this class to my friends in the future.”

Our best testimonials come from current Austin Firefighters who have been successful by taking our classes over the last 18 years. If you are not sure whether or not to attend our seminar, we ask that you talk to an Austin firefighter who has successfully prepared with us in the past.

Our Final Thoughts…

You have to ask yourself the following question ~ Will I be adequately prepared for the memory and Work Experience/Biodagta Personality Exam portions of the exam to put me in the top percentile to be hired as an Austin firefighter?  Do you know what to expect from your Structured Oral Interview that's worth 80% of your score?  Don McNea Fire School will be focusing the seminar on these most important testing subjects.

What we can tell you is that by attending our seminar and practicing with our over 375 custom-designed practice examination questions and our Structured Oral Exam Prep, you WILL dramatically increase your chance of becoming an Austin firefighter. Our past classes’ successful results for the City of Austin prove that!

We have been conducting preparatory classes since 1950; this is what our business specializes in.

The instructor for the seminar will be Chief Brent Collins, who is also President of Don McNea Fire School.  
Chief Collins has personally taught over 20,000 fire candidates across the country with extremely successful results!
Chief Collins is the only instructor who has ever conducted the Austin Seminar and has the knowledge and experience to put you in the top percentile.   

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 seminar will provide, this class is for you!  Remember that luck goes to the prepared!

If you cannot attend for any reason, you must cancel 48 hours before classes begin in order to receive a refund. Please note that once the seminar begins, there are NO REFUNDS.  If you have any questions, you may contact us at 440.572.3919.