ABOUT THE BOOK
2nd Edition: The second edition of the Study Guide was published in mid-2014 and reflects the changes to the test resulting from the shift from ACT to PearsonVue as the provider of the test.
The purpose of this book is to provide an introduction to the FSOT, and to help you prepare for the written exam and oral assessment. Although it is not possible to provide all the information that you need to pass the exam in one volume – as much of the materials for the exam will be based on current affairs, the coverage of which is beyond the scope of this material–, we have prepared a reading list that is much shorter and more focused than the list provided by the Department of State, which we consider far too extensive to be useful in your preparation. We also provide a study guide and practice questions for the exam.
According to a Department of State presentation, only 8% of candidates that took the written exam in 2009 passed all three steps. This demonstrates how important it is to prepare appropriately for the exam. After passing all three steps, your name is added to the register (explained later in this chapter). Note that not all candidates in the register actually receive an offer to join the Foreign Service. In the example below, even though 778 candidates passed all three levels, the Foreign Service may only need to hire 250 new FSOs.
250 pages - paperback
TABLE OF CONTENTS
I. Introduction to the Foreign Service Officer Selection Process
II. Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) – Written Exam
III. Foreign Service Oral Assessment (FSOA)
Appendix: Hypothetical Scenarios from the FAM
IV. Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM)
V. Practice Test I: Job Knowledge Test
VI. Practice Essays
VII. Recommended Links
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