The destination may be unknown, but the path is clear, you just need to take the first step…

…the plane will come later.


The beginning is the easiest,
you know you want to become a Foreign Service Officer.

The hard part is what follows. From start to finish, the application process averages one year and there are many hurdles along the way. If at any point you falter, you most likely need to start over. As they say, this is a marathon and not a sprint- and I am in it for the long haul.

With nearly 20,000 applicants a year taking the Foreign Service Officer Test in pursuit of this career, my story is just one of many. However, we all experience much of the same woes and joys as we strive for this opportunity.

From the basics to the interesting, and my personal experiences, Path to Foreign Service is your resource to help you along your way.


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Path to Foreign Service began as a blog to talk about my experience, but it has since grown into a community of individuals each trying to become an Officer and assisting one another. With publications, reading resources, and simulators, the website has turned into a repository of information and tools to help you become a diplomat!

FSOT Reading List

Compiled by the State Department, this is their suggested reading list for passing the FSOT.

FSOT Essay Simulator

Writing is more complicated when there is a time and character limit, this simulator helps you handle the stress.

The FSOT Simulator

Not sure what the FSOT is like, this is the best way to practice.


FSO Compass is Evolving: 5 things to look forward to

FSO Compass is Evolving: 5 things to look forward to

A month ago, I sent an email to subscribers of the pFS newsletter with a simple question: would you be interested in a course to help you prep, study, and practice for the FSOT. The response surprised me. Nearly 20% responded yes! This percentage is huge!...

FSOT Practice Essay Question Simulators (2018 Update)

FSOT Practice Essay Question Simulators (2018 Update)

The Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) practice essay simulators were created to help applicants pass the essay section of the FSOT. If you would like to go directly to the basic practice simulator, the link follows: FSOT Essay Simulator Basic If you would like to...