Be widely read and keep current on recent trends that may not be covered directly in a classroom environment
Read major newspapers and news magazines regularly
Although current events are not tested directly, contemporary events may influence the topics selected for the knowledge areas and the written essay.
General Knowledge Areas for FSOT
International Trade and Finance
U.S. Economic History
U.S. Political System
U.S. Social and Intellectual History
Qualifications Evaluation Panel (QEP)
If you pass the written test and the essay:
You will receive an email asking you to submit a Personal Narrative in which you answer questions describing your experiences. The firm deadline for submission will be three weeks after the request is sent to you.
The panel will take a comprehensive "total candidate" approach in evaluating your qualifications for the Foreign Service in the context of your chosen career track.
The QEP determines which candidates are invited to the Oral Assessment.
Case Management Written Exercise
Held in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere in the U.S.
Successful candidates are placed on a ranked register for their chosen career track
For more information and prep sessions contact your local Diplomats in Residence