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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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Becoming a FSO

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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Becoming a FSO

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 utilize the pro version, and multiple prompts, please follow this

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FSO Career

Language Training at FSI

The Stories from the Field series continues with Rob, who was recently posted in Brazil. His first assignment! You can keep up with Rob on his website. Rob and I actually met up a couple of times when we both lived in DC in 2017. We connected because of Path to Foreign Service, and I

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Becoming a FSO

FSO, FSS, and Consular Fellows 2017 Fiscal Year Hiring Rates

The Foreign Service Officer (FSO), Foreign Service Specialist (FSS), and Consular Fellows hiring numbers for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 have been released! If you have been following the blog for some time, then you know I enjoy learning this information and presenting it to you visually. I’ve done it for the last two years and

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Becoming a FSO

2017: Year in Review and Implications for FSO Applicants

It’s the start of the New Year, and with it an opportunity to review what has happened over the last 12 months. It is no secret the Department of State is being minimized both in personnel and its influential capacity. You need only walk down memory lane: Diplomats and staff members are being “incentivized” to

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Becoming a FSO

Should I Join the Foreign Service: Pros and Cons

There are a variety of considerations you should make before joining the Foreign Service as a diplomat. The “job” is not just a career, but it is also a lifestyle – one that has many perks and potential drawbacks. Searching online, asking former/current diplomats and their spouses, asking questions on forums, and reading books, just

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