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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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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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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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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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