Becoming a FSO

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How to pass the FSOT Situational Judgment Section

The Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT), Situational Judgement section, is the newest component of the test, and the one that has left the most people asking, “how do you pass this”? Fortunately for new test takers, it’s been a year and a half since its introduction, and this offers us the opportunity to review what …

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Three more online course platforms to help you study for the Foreign Service Officer Test

There is a lot of online material to help you prepare and study for the Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT). With the advent of the internet, online learning has increased as a leading means of growing one’s skill and knowledge. Two weeks ago, I published an online resource to help you study for the FSOT …

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Twenty Coursera courses to help you study for the FSOT

Coursera is an exciting opportunity to both study on the subject areas the Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) will ask questions on, and complete courses with the potential of receiving a degree from highly accredited colleges. Oh, and did I mention that a lot of it can be done for free? Sign me up! Some …

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How the Shutdown is Affecting the State Department

The partial government shutdown continues in the United States and it is hurting both the economy and federal workers. Keeping personal opinion aside, let’s lay out a few facts about the shutdown: Today is day 28 of the shutdown Today is January 18, when federal district courts run out of funds. Civil cases may be suspended …

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4 Eligibility Myths Keeping you from Applying to the Foreign Service

Here is something I hear often: Everybody I meet in the Foreign Service has a Master’s degree, speaks several languages, served in the military, and… I cannot compete. So what is the point of signing up or even trying to join? Yes, I hear this a lot. These thoughts may have even crossed your mind …

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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! For comparison (I looked it up before I sent …

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How to Practice for the Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT)

So you’ve done all your studying and are ready to practice for the Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT), but you’re not really sure how? Don’t worry, I had the same problem. Actually, the vast majority of folks taking the test have had or are currently having the exact same problem. Why? Part of the reason …

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