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

Does the State Department have a diversity problem?

The question isn’t a new one, it is an important one, and one that continues to be asked: does the State Department have a diversity problem? Whenever there is a discussion of workforce development and the State Department, it appears. At times, the driver to increase diversity is strong, and at other times it is

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FSO Career

The Foreign Service Economic Officer

The Foreign Service Economic Officer helps strengthen (or minimize) ties between the U.S. and the host country. By working with many different people in and out of government, the Economic Officer seeks out the information that will benefit U.S. business. This can be as global as putting together a trans ocean agreement or environmental package, to as local as

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FSO Career

The Foreign Service Consular Officer

For many citizens in overseas countries, the Foreign Service Consular Officer is the principle diplomat they will (ever) interact with. Adjudicators of visas and primary support to U.S. citizens abroad, the Consular Officer must hold a broad range of skills. Unlike the other career tracks, acting as a Consular Officer for your first or two

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Becoming a FSO

Wrong: My 2016 FY FSO and FSS Hiring Rate Prediction

The Department of State Foreign Service hiring numbers for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 were recently made public, and I was wrong in my prediction. This makes me happy. To recap, in March 2016 I tried to predict what the hiring rates would be. I believed the hiring rates would continue to decline as in previous

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FSO Career

Department of Sate Diversity Statistics: Sept. 30, 2016

The Department of State recently published its diversity statistics, which allows us to do a comparison between the State Department and the U.S. as a whole! Some Brief History Earlier this year, the “Department of State Operations Authorization and Embassy Security Act, Fiscal Year 2016” came into being. One small requirement is that the State

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Becoming a FSO

The FSOT Simulator: Its Creation Story

Practice for the Foreign Service Officer Test with The FSOT Simulator! I created The FSOT Simulator because what was available for folks to use was lacking. Either it was lacking in the number of questions asked, lacking in utilizing a timing function, lacking in giving feedback to your answers, and/or lacking in suggestions of what

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Becoming a FSO

The June 2016 FSOT Results

I passed the June 2016 Foreign Service Test! …Finally! For those who have read this blog from the beginning, you will know this was my third attempt at taking it, and finally, third time is the charm. The previous two times I barely missed passing, with the first missing by 0.91 and the second missing by

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