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Becoming a Foreign Service Officer Just got easier

YOU’RE JUST SECONDS AWAY FROM THE ESSENTIAL TRAINING, PRACTICE, AND SUPPORT YOU NEED TO CHOOSING A CAREER TRACK, WRITING YOUR PERSONAL NARRATIVES, AND PASSING THE FOREIGN SERVICE OFFICER TEST

STOP US IF ANY OF THIS SOUNDS FAMILIAR...

You found out about an awesome new career with the Foreign Service, but your are not sure if you are a right fit and want to learn more

You feel overwhelmed with how to prepare, practice, and study for the FSOT, and are looking for guidance…

You need to write your personal narratives, but you are not sure on how to write them, what stories to choose from, or how you are assessed...

You want to study and prepare with others, and are looking for a community to grow with, share resources with, and learn with…

If it does, then you already know what a minefield it can be trying to get quality advice & support

THAT'S WHAT INSPIRED US TO BUILD THIS PLACE

The membership is built by those who have taken the FSOT, passed the QEP, and want to help the next group of candidates.

It is not built by a for-profit testing company that doesn’t understand the test.

It is not overly technical.

It is kept up to date as the FSO application process updates routinely.

It accurately portrays the test assessment questions.

Introducing FSO Compass

Compass is the leading training community for aspiring Foreign Service Officers.

It’s a membership to help you along every step of the Foreign service application process!

Courses, training on the FSOT, and resources on all aspects of learning about the Service, choosing a career track, writing your personal narratives, studying for the test, and more.

PLUS the community support you need as you progress in the application process.

What's under the hood?

We get it, you want to know exactly what FSO Compass includes. Here is everything that is included:

Three online courses

There are currently three courses. Learn about the career and the career tracks, submit a strong application, and write compelling personal narratives.

Community driven conversation

The members of Compass are at the heart of the community. We're all driven to become Foreign Service Officers, Compass provides the space to share, learn, and prepare with one another.

Library of resources

A "library" of ever expanding resources on the Foreign Service and the application process.

FSOT practice tests

The best way to prepare for the FSOT, is to practice the test questions. Compass includes practice tests on the Job Knowledge, English Expression, and Essay sections. The best part, the tests simulate the actual experience.

Live monthly member calls

More of a verbal person? Call into the monthly member calls. A great opportunity to speak with other community members on all things Foreign Service.

Supportive members

Taking the next test? Join the next cohort of members who are also taking the next test; study, practice, and review narratives.

What our members say

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Got questions?

Very true. You could just ask yourself questions you find on the internet, from a study guide, or from your head, but then you are limited. The practice tests closely replicate the FSOT.

For the Job Knowledge section this includes a countdown clock, 60 questions that are asked one at a time (so no accidental cheating by looking ahead), the type of questions asked (there are multiple knowledge areas from economics, to geography, to US Culture, and more), and an ‘answer later’ function. There is nothing else online or offline that has as many functions. Further, the goal of the practice test is to prepare you to take the test as best as possible. This is a great resource to help you accomplish that. The English Expression section is similar.

Likewise, for the Essay practice tests you are provided with either three prompts or one prompt, and are limited to no more than 30 minutes to write. The prompts appear and the timer starts at the same time. This is the best way to practice for an unknown prompt, and to make sure you keep to the time and the character limit.

The tests and questions are made for FSO Compass. They are meant to be similar to the scope, the number, and the type of area questions asked by the actual test. The practice tests keep to the principles and stipulations laid out in the Non-Disclosure Agreement. To the best of our ability and knowledge, non of the questions are from former FSOT questions.

Absolutely not, and it would be dishonest to say it does. But what FSO Compass does is prepare you for the test and process. If you know what to expect, how to practice, and how to write your narratives, then you increase your opportunity to pass.
You get access to everything already inside FSO Compass straight away! No waiting for content to be released to you, just jump in and start making use of the training straight away. As FSO Compass grows and new material is added, then you get immediate access as well.
If you’re not 100% satisfied you can easily cancel whenever you want in the account page with just two clicks of a mouse.