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Information Guide to the Foreign Service Officer Selection Process
Information Guide to the Foreign Service Officer Selection Process
 
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The Board of Examiners has replaced the 6th Edition Study Guide with an Information Guide to the Foreign Service Officer Selection Process. The content is similar; the Information Guide provides review information and sample questions for the four components of the FSOT: Job Knowledge test, Biographic Information Questionnaire, English Expression Test, and the Written Essay. The significant addition is that the Information Guide includes the updated instructions that will be used to score the February 2016 Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) Written Essay.
*Please note returns are not accepted on the Information Guide to the Foreign Service Officer Selection Process.
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Pearson VUE is responsible for administering the FSOT and providing the Information Guide to the Foreign Service Officer Selection Process for sale. Substantively, the Information Guide questions are the same as the previous Study Guide. Here's what has been added:

  • Updated instructions for the Written Essay
  • Updated suggested study materials
  • An overview of the Foreign Service Officer Selection Process
  • The full text of Non-Disclosure Agreement that candidates are required to consent to onscreen in order to start the test

The Information Guide to the Foreign Service Officer Selection Process provides information for those contemplating taking the FSOT. The Information Guide includes the following sections:

  • A description of the FSOT and the purpose of the selection process
  • The eight steps of the Foreign Service Officer selection process explained in further detail including what to expect at the testing center
  • The knowledge and skill areas covered on the test
  • Sample questions from each of the FSOT sections (i.e., the Job Knowledge Test, Biographic Information Questionnaire, English Expression Test, and Written Essay)
  • Suggested study materials
  • The 13 dimensions evaluated during the Oral Assessment

If you choose the PDF version it will be available for you to download from your account page and the order confirmation screen when your purchase is completed. The electronic copy of the Information Guide to the Foreign Service Officer Selection Process will also include an electronic copy of the Foreign Service Oral Assessment (FSOA) Information Guide - the first FSOA Information Guide ever developed by the Department of State. The FSOA Information Guide is only available with the purchase of the electronic or PDF version of the Information Guide to the Foreign Service Officer Selection Process, and only provided in electronic form. The FSOA Information Guide will NOT be included with the purchase of a paper version of the Information Guide.


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Very Helpful Guide July 18, 2016
Reviewer: Laura McNeil from Reston, VA United States  
The Information Guide to the Foreign Service Provides a nice overview of the process and the the test. It is very helpful and the sample questions provide insight as to what to expect on test day.

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I had hoped for more. June 27, 2016
Reviewer: Daniel H from Karlsruhe, Baden-Wuerttemberg Germany  
I had hope the Information Guide to the Foreign Service Officer Test would contain comprehensive information on the Test that can also be found on the State Department's website which I find to be incomprehensible scattered over several pages. Instead, much of the information in the Guide is copied from the website. Especially important to me was information on the essay portion of the Test, which the Guide provides only scantily. Furthermore, the physical quality of the guide is that of a handbook that could easily be printed off at home and bound at the next printshop.

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Foreign service officers test March 8, 2016
Reviewer: Ahmed Mullah from Minneapolis, MN United States  
So far great

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  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
 
Literally the same content as the 6th edition February 4, 2016
Reviewer: Disappointed from College Park, MD United States  
Purchasing this guide is a complete waste of money unless you have never purchased one of these before. This contains all the same sample questions as the 5th and 6th editions. The "updated essay instructions" the description refers to is nothing more than 2-3 additional sentences about the character limit and overall test time that you could find on the forums section of careers.state.gov.

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  0 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
 
A complete waste of money October 23, 2015
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from Atlanta, GA  
I read some of the reviews saying this wasn't that helpful, but decided to spend the $29 anyway just in case.

It ended up in my recycling bin. I might as well just have burned $29.

This guide is basically something you would expect to be on a shelf that say "free information" if you visited the State Department. It's more-ore-less printed off and in-house printer and stapled together -- and the actual text of the pamphlet is very short.

This wouldn't be so bad if the information were helpful, but all it gives you is one practice test for the multiple choice questions and some basic information. Literally every "resource" of this book can be found online without any effort.

Seriously, don't buy this thing. It is an astounding rip off. Just do a couple Google searched for practice material -- it will provide you with more and better information, and you'll be $29 richer.

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