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FOREIGN SERVICE OFFICER TEST I N F O R M AT I O N G U I D E

OUR SUCCESS = A BETTER WORLD + NEW HORIZONS

U.S. citizenship is required. An equal opportunity employer.

Information Guide to the Foreign Service Officer Selection Process INTRODUCTION .............................................................................................. 1 What is the Foreign Service Officer Selection Process? .................................. 1 Purpose and Use of this Guide ........................................................................... 2 What is the FSOT? ............................................................................................. 2 Test Dates ............................................................................................................ 2 Disability Accommodations............................................................................... 2 8 STEPS TO A FOREIGN SERVICE CAREER ............................................... 3 Step 1: Choose a Career Track.......................................................................... 3 Step 2: Register for the FSOT ........................................................................... 3 Step 3: Take the FSOT ...................................................................................... 5 On the Day of the Test .............................................................. 5 Procedures at the Test Center.................................................... 6 Computer-Based Testing Procedures ........................................ 7 What to Expect During the FSOT ............................................. 7 FSOT Knowledge and Skill Areas ............................................ 9 Related Areas of Study ........................................................... 10 Once the Test Session is Over ................................................. 11 Step 4: Submit Personal Narratives for QEP Review ...................................12 Step 5: Take the Oral Assessment ..................................................................14 Before the Oral Assessment .................................................... 14 Oral Assessment Procedures ................................................... 15 The Oral Assessment .............................................................. 17 Step 6: Obtain Security and Medical Clearances ..........................................21 Step 7: Pass the Suitability Review ................................................................21 Step 8: Go On The Register ............................................................................22 FSOT Non-Disclosure Agreement ..................................................................23 FSOA Non-Disclosure Agreement..................................................................23 SAMPLE FSOT JOB KNOWLEDGE QUESTIONS ...................................... 24 SAMPLE FSOT BIOGRAPHIC QUESTIONAIRE ITEMS ........................... 28 SAMPLE FSOT ENGLISH EXPRESSION QUESTIONS ............................. 29 SAMPLE FSOT WRITTEN ESSAY TOPICS ................................................ 39 SAMPLE FSOA GROUP EXERCISE ............................................................. 40 SAMPLE FSOA STRUCTURED INTERVIEW HYPOTHETICAL SCENARIOS .................................................................................................... 64 SAMPLE FSOA CASE MANAGEMENT EXERCISE .................................. 65 SUGGESTED REFERENCE MATERIALS ................................................... 83

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