Becoming a FSO

How to become a Foreign Service Officer (FSO)/Diplomat in 2021: Guide

This is the ultimate guide to help you become a US Foreign Service Officer (FSO)/diplomat in 2021. Along with a discussion on the process to become an FSO/diplomat, I will also share with you the steps you can take to best prepare and study for the personal narratives, the FSOT, and the oral assessment. Plus, …

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Taking the FSOT At-Home Online Proctored Test (OnVUE)

Beginning with the October 2020 Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT), Pearson is now offering candidates the opportunity to take the test at home with an online proctored test.  With COVID-19 as a major concern, this is good timing and, most likely, a response to the pandemic. COVID-19 aside, this is still great news. Pearson and …

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FSOT February 2020 Updates

Update: The FSOT in 2020 Beginning with the February 2020 FSOT, as a part of the registration process, candidates will be asked to complete their Personal Narratives (PNs). Candidates will be asked to address the following six areas: Leadership Skills, Interpersonal Skills, Communication Skills, Management Skills, Intellectual Skills, and Substantive Knowledge. Each of the six …

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Yahoo is shutting down the FSO Yahoo Groups

Yahoo is shutting down Yahoo Groups effective December 14, 2019, which means the FSO community is losing the “FSO Test” and “FSO Orals” Yahoo Groups, and all the files will be permanently deleted. Source. This is really bad news. For those of you who do not know, these two online groups have been instrumental to many …

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Updates to the October 2019 Foreign Service Officer Test

The Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) is going through another iteration of updates beginning with the October 2019 test. As a positive, you will have a higher chance of passing the test. As a negative, there is (potentially) less transparency in the application process. The FSOT before October 2019 The FSOT is made up of …

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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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