FSOT Practice Test
The Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) is required of anyone who is interested in working as a Foreign Service Officer of any kind. Whether you want to work in the consulate, diplomacy, politics, or any other department, taking this test will be a necessary step on your career path.
When Can I Register for the FSOT?
The FSOT is offered three times a year and each testing window comes with its own registration window. These windows are as follows:
- For tests given between June 2nd and June 9th, registration is open from May 2nd to May 30th.
- For tests given between September 29th and October 6th, registration is open from August 29th to September 26th.
- For tests given between February 2nd and February 9th, registration is open from January 2nd to January 30th.
The fee to register is just $5 and that fee will be returned to you a couple weeks after you take the test. If you don’t show up to your test, however, you have to pay a $72 no-show fee. So don’t register unless you are confident you will be ready to take the test.
What Should I Expect on Test Day?
On the day of the test, you need to bring your admissions letter and a valid government-issued photo ID with you. If you are taking the exam at a consulate or embassy, you must use your US passport as your ID. Otherwise, a driver’s license, state ID, or military ID are also accepted.</p
Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes early and account for any possible delays like traffic or detours by leaving earlier than you need to because there will be no allowances made for those who show up late.
The entire test will last about three hours and will be entirely computer based. You will be allowed to skip questions and return to them later so use this to your advantage while testing.
Which Subjects Will the FSOT Include?
There are a total of four sections on the test: job knowledge, situational judgement, English expression and a written essay. The first three sections will be entirely multiple choice with about 60 questions on the job knowledge section, 75 questions on the situational judgement section, and 65 questions on the English expression section.
The English expression is a fairly straight-forward measure of your command of grammar, sentence structure, punctuation and other dimensions of the English language. The job knowledge and situational judgement sections will both cover a wide array of subjects including:
- US Government
- US History, Society, Customs, and Culture
- Management Principles, Psychology, and Human Behavior
- Computers and the Internet
- World History and Geography
- Mathematics and Statistics
You will have 30 minutes to complete a well-crafted essay in response to a prompt provided for the written essay section.
When Will I Find Out if I Passed the Test?
You’ll be able to view your scores within three weeks of taking the test. The score required to pass the test can shift slightly from year to year due to the way that scores are calculated. However, you usually need a minimum cumulative score for the three multiple-choice sections of 154.
Then, you need at least a 6 out of a possible 12 points on the written essay. If you do achieve a 154 minimum on the first three sections, your essay won’t be graded. If you do not pass the exam, you have to wait a full 12 months before retaking it. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time (at least six months) to study and prepare for this test.
How Can I Improve My Chances of Passing the FSOT?
The FSOT is a very challenging exam with a low pass-rate (hovering between just 30% and 50% of test takers). So you should not underestimate the need to study for this test.
Because it covers such a wide span of information ranging from history to economics to math, you will need a carefully crafted study plan that includes a variety of different study methods. The Mometrix Study Guide includes exactly that. In addition to a great overview of all the subjects, it provides a straightforward and highly-effective plan for using your study time well.
But what about your ability to recall that information quickly during the test? To develop that skill, you need the Mometrix Flashcards. These will help really drill the core concepts and ideas into your brain. They will also include useful practice questions to help you get familiar with the kinds of questions and phrasing you are going to see on the test.
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