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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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Becoming a FSO

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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Becoming a FSO

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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FSO Career

14 Interesting Protocols a Foreign Service Officer Must Follow

I was looking for a fun first post to kick off 2019 when I stumbled upon the official “Protocol for the Modern Diplomat” handbook, published by the Foreign Service Institute. If this manual will get me one step closer to being suave like Bond, then how could I not read it? …Right? Jokes aside, it

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FSO Career

Secretaries of State Still Living

  Do you know how many Secretaries of State are still living? It may come as a surprise to you. It did for me. My curiosity to determine how many remain arose, as most things do, by accident. I was watching a news reel when a story of the president came on and his meeting

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pFS

Looking back on 2018

The last post was what the kids these days call real. I shared with you my feelings and thoughts on not passing the FSO orals, my lessons learned, and the importance of persevering in this process. The effect from writing that post is more important to me. I was reminded again that this community is

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Becoming a FSO

Starting Over

Well, I didn’t pass the Foreign Service Oral Assessment. I’ve waited several weeks since taking the assessment to get to a point in my life that I am ready to write about it and share just a little with all of you. I’ll be as open as I can be, and as much as I

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Becoming a FSO

Exciting news all around

It’s been a while since I last wrote, and that’s because this summer has been a very busy one. Work has been non-stop, I got engaged, and a house purchase is around the corner. Lots of big moves. BUT, the one y’all are here because of is the Foreign Service. I took and passed the

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Becoming a FSO

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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