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Comprehensive, practical, and resource packed. Information to help you out on your journey.

Simulators

Don’t go to the testing center blind. Practice the FSOT with simulators that will help you pass.

Reading Material

Recommended reading material by the State Department to pass the FSOT, and other Foreign Service literature.

Forums

Have your Foreign Service questions answered by the global community, an indispensable resource.

Tools

A highly curated shortlist of the best apps, tools, and services to help you on your journey.

Simulators

FSOT Essay Simulator

The FSOT essay section constrains you in two ways: time and characters. Writing at home without limitations helps only so much. This simulator helps you handle the stress of balancing the two, by testing you on it.

The FSOT Simulator

This premium simulator will prepare you for taking the Job Knowledge section of the Foreign Service Officer Test. One of the best ways to learn, and with a track record. Many applicants have passed with its help.

Reading Material

Suggested Reading Materials

The test covers a broad range of topics, these are the State Department suggested list of books to help you study and pass the FSOT.

Inside a U.S. Embassy

Recognized as the essential guide to the Foreign Service. Everything you want to know, from the application to the role of U.S. embassies is in this volume.

Living SoS Memoirs

Secretaries of State memoirs are historical records that express their views on the influence of U.S. foreign policy and the role they played in the administration.

Forums

FSO Test Yahoo Group

The oldest of the three, the Yahoo group has been a staple for interested applicants to ask questions, find resources, and start study groups.

r/foreignservice

The Reddit group is the newest, however it is quickly becoming the larger of the two communities and discussion goes beyond the test.

State Department FS Forum

The official forum is where you want to go with technical questions and have them answered by a State Department rep (look for the green check).

Tools

Trello

One of the best productivity and organization apps out there, either as an individual or in a group. This is the tool that keeps me focused on my work, both for my career and this site.

Dropbox

Cloud storage is fantastic! All you need is the internet and then you have access to all of your files, no more searching for a hard disk. If you sign up through this link, you get a bonus 500 MB!

Grammarly

This proofreading tool is AMAZING! Much better than Microsoft Word, and the grammar checker has saved me from more mistakes than I care to mention. Highly recommend!

Pocket

Find something really interesting online, but don’t have the time to read it right when you find it? Save it to Pocket! You will no longer have to wonder where that interesting article was!

Evernote

This is your mobile work station! Your second brain. Any idea I have, whether I am studying for the FSOT, writing my next post or digitizing documents goes here.

Coursera

Continued learning is essential! Coursera offers online courses from universities in a variety of subjects, such as social sciences, mathematics, economics, and more. Perfect to study and pass the FSOT!