Can You Pass the FSOT?

I recently noticed the U.S. Department of State offers a practice test on their site that will give you a rough approximation of your chances of passing the FSOT. After nearly nine years in, I thought I’d take it and see if I would have any chance these days of successfully beating the exam.

FSOT Results

A solid “B”. Better than most of my college grades.

How to Close a U.S. Embassy

I’m certain you’ve all been following the news. The United States is closing – at least for the moment – the embassy in Sanaa, Yemen due to the deteriorating security environment following a recent coup. This is a big step, and not one taken lightly. It is no simple thing to close one of our embassies and besides the diplomatic impact, it also throws the lives of those USG employees working at the mission into turmoil.

Peter Van Buren (famously known for all of this stuff) has written a very informative piece for Reuters about the nuts and bolts of closing an embassy.

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The Work of the U.S. Foreign Service (VIDEO)

Although recently reposted on YouTube, this video is actually a few years old now. It’s essentially a recruiting piece and does a really nice job of giving a brief overview of the work of the U.S. Foreign Service. I know a few people in the video and had a tour in a special off-shoot of the Operations Center discussed.

If you skip ahead to the 5:13 point, there are a few tips on preparing for the exam, especially helpful at the moment as the FSOT is currently underway in select locations overseas and should be starting soon in the States.

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Save the Diplopundit – Save the World!

I already mentioned this a few weeks ago on our companion Facebook page (which I’m sure you already know about, right), but I think it deserves a post of its very own here at Foreign Service Test.

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Introverts in the U.S. Foreign Service

I recently had email from a reader who asked:

Thank you for such a great site.  As a fellow introvert, I am having a hard time choosing a cone.  I’ve narrowed it down to consular or management.  Do you find the management cone to be overwhelming as an introvert?

Consular also seems like it would be taxing on an introvert with the many interviews per day required.  Was it an issue during your consular tour?  Is that a good cone for introverts as well?

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