Don’t Just Practice, Simulate the FSOT

Not sure where to begin or how to practice for the test? FSO Compass is your resource of simulators to help you  prepare for the Foreign Service Officer Test.

Simulators to Help you Pass the FSOT

The Foreign Service Officer Test is a challenge.

The questions are many, the time is short, and you only have one opportunity per year to take the test. You have to make it count. These simulators were created to give you a leg up, and know what to expect.


FSOT Simulator

The job knowledge section of the FSOT asks you in a  range of questions you must be familiar with.

Essay Simulator 2

How the essay section was originally. This is more challenging, for you only receive one prompt.

Essay Simulator 1

The current essay section. You are provided with three prompts, and must choose one.

More Coming...

FSO Compass is growing! More resources and simulators are being created to help you on your path.

Practice Makes Perfect

Preparing for the FSOT, I kept this principle in mind.

On top of reading the news and reviewing a lot of material, I also bought study guides, downloaded apps or visited websites with random questions, and pretended to take the test at home.

But these options had one major limitation…

…they did not simulate the FSOT.

Something was always missing. Either in the timing, the number of questions, or just in “the feel” of taking it.

You might ask, why does it matter?

I say to you, “practice makes perfect”.

In order to best prepare for the test, you want to simulate as much as possible:

  • the environment;
  • the type and number of questions asked;
  • the way you are asked; and
  • the amount of time you are provided to take the test.

FSO Compass does just that!

FSOT Simulator

The only online simulator that suggests knowledge and skill areas you can improve on for the FSOT.  

The job knowledge section of the FSOT is made up of eight knowledge and skill areas. You need to be knowledgeable in all of them. The FSOT Simulator not only tests you, but also suggests further areas of study for you based on your results and reading resources to help you learn.

This is a full test: 40 minutes to complete 60 questions.

Essay Simulator 1 & 2

The only online simulators to help you purposefully practice for the essay section of the FSOT.

Training for the essay section is tricky. If you know the prompt ahead of your practice session, you are already writing your response in your head before the timer starts. The essay simulators help you solve this problem with over 25 prompts.

You are timed. You are limited in characters. You have no grammar checker. Just like the test.

Great insight to the test. Simulators ran smoothly, and a great variation of questions.

– Abdul Qureshi

The simulators were created with the FSOT applicant in mind. Having gone through the process myself, I know the challenges associated with trying to prepare for the test. Not finding resources for myself, I built them for the community.

What Other People are Saying

It was very straight forward and easy to use. I also liked that it reflected the real FSOT by being timed. I really appreciated the feedback after the test too.

Abby Harris

It provides a as real as possible experience and training for the test.

Sonia Amadeo

Thank you for making the FS practice tests! I thought they were great and I saved the PDF of results in my files so I can keep practicing!

Nicole Kuruszko

The explanations were amazing and a great help! It was super helpful to be able to download results and not only get an option to print or lose forever. It was also wonderful that you directed users to resources… Very well constructed and easy to navigate.

Rubi Vallee

When asked if they would recommend FSO Compass to others, 100% of users who have taken the actual test said YES!
The variety of questions, the timer, and the ability to return to questions makes this 5/5.

Jean Mahony

It provides an excellent opportunity to practice on questions similar to the ones available on the FSOT exam. It also highlights the area(s) of weakness at the end of the test.


It’s exactly what I needed.

Erin Schmiedl

I went ahead and purchased the essay simulator. I am finding it fantastic as a study tool. Thank you again for making it available!

Benjamin Linden

Pick the Simulator(s)
That Work for You

The simulators work best together. But, if you would just like to practice on the essay or the job knowledge portion of the FSOT, you have that option.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does The FSOT Simulator only cover the Job Knowledge section?

Yes. I plan to create the English expression section in the future.

Does practicing with the simulators guarantee passing the FSOT?

Absolutely not, and it would be dishonest to say it does. But what the simulators do is prepare you for the actual test. If you know what to expect, and practice, then you increase your opportunity to pass.

Are the simulator questions former FSOT questions?

The simulators and questions are of my own creation. They are meant to be similar to the scope, the number, and the type of area questions asked by the actual test. This simulators keep to the principles and stipulations laid out in the Non-Disclosure Agreement. To the best of my ability and knowledge, non of the questions are from former FSOT questions I have participated in and nobody else has assisted me in the creation of these questions.

Why use FSO Compass when I could just ask myself questions?

Very true. You could just ask yourself questions you find on the internet, from a study guide, or from your head, but then you are limited. The simulators, as the name suggests, closely simulate the Job Knowledge and Essay section of the FSOT.

For the Job Knowledge section this includes a countdown clock, 60 questions that are asked one at a time (so no accidental cheating by looking ahead), the type of questions asked (there are multiple knowledge areas from economics, to geography, to US Culture, and more), and an ‘answer later’ function. There is nothing else online or offline that has as many functions. Further, the goal of the FSOT Simulator is to prepare you to take the test as best as possible. This is a great resource to help you accomplish that.

Likewise, for the Essay Simulators 1 & 2 you are provided with either three prompts or one prompt, and are limited to no more than 30 minutes to write. The prompts appear and the timer starts at the same time. This is the best way to practice for an unknown prompt, and to make sure you keep to the time and the character limit.

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