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  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Adar Educational Technologies, LLC (July 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061581137X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615811376
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adar Educational Technologies is an educational company that provides test preparation materials
for specialized exams.

More people rely on Adar Review than on any other FSOT Review for sale at Amazon.

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Adar began offering test preparation services for the CFA Exam, a six-hour long exam
given by the CFA Institute® in 2006. The CFA test preparation course includes a study
guide on several different topics, including Economics, Finance, Statistics and Ethics.

In 2008, Adar recognized the need for a comprehensive preparation course for the
Foreign Service Officer Test. Although there were many preparation materials in the market, we
found that none of them offered a comprehensive solution to prepare for the exam.
Some books offered practice questions only, while others offered a general test-taking course
but lacked sufficient specific information targeted to the FSOT.

The Adar Review materials were prepared by successful candidates who passed the CFA Exam,
the FSOT and the FSOA. The principal author of the FSOT review materials received an
appointment offer to a recent Junior Officer Class.

The purpose of this book is to provide an introduction to the FSOT, and to help you prepare
for the written exam and oral assessment. Although it is not possible to provide all the
information that you need to pass the exam in one volume as much of the materials for the
exam will be based on current affairs, the coverage of which is beyond the scope of this
material, we have prepared a reading list that is much shorter and more focused than the list
provided by the Department of State, which we consider far too extensive to be useful in you
preparation. We also provide a study guide and practice questions for the exam.

Adar Review believes that all candidates should be able to afford our Study Guide. Thus,
while we believe that a physical book offers the best resource for test preparation, we also
offer a more economical Kindle version of the Study Guide and a free version to Amazon Prime
members through the Kindle Owners' Lending Library.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jackson on March 28, 2013
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The book was much more thorough than I had expected, especially with respect to making sure that I am prepared for the entire process (not just the written exam).

Since passing the FSOT requires more than just reading through a study guide, I was concerned about putting together an overall "game plan", but the book did a very good job of helping to fill in the gaps. I had actually expected that it would just skip over elements that can't be studied for, but found that the book either provided solid advice, or pointed me to specific resources that will help me become a well rounded candidate. I should also point out that it provides specific recommendations about various things you can do so that you have relevant experiences to draw from for the biographical section of the FSOT.

Overall, I thought the book was well laid out and very informative. It covers both the FSOT (written exam) and FSOA (oral assessment). While this review focuses only on the FSOT portion of the book, I looked through the chapter on the oral assessment and it seems very well done.

I've only flipped through some of the other FSOT study guides out there, but this is by far the most comprehensive one I have seen.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Baumann on September 18, 2013
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I have been studying for about a month for the FSOT. This book has greatly aided me in ensuring that I know the process of applying to the foreign service and it has also narrowed down my studying, foscusing on more important issues + countries. I wouldn't start the foreign service process without this book.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Pet Doorman on May 22, 2013
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This is a very comprehensive preparation guide for the Foreign Service Officer Test. It provides an overview of the Foreign Service Officer selection process, then walks through the written exam and oral assessment given to prospective candidates for these positions. There are practice tests and essays, highly applicable excerpts from the State Department's Foreign Affairs Manual, and many links to additional useful resources. For someone interested in giving themselves a through primer on and sufficient preparation for what is a very competitive and selective process, this one volume is an excellent, well-organized resource they should have.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By michaline skibinski on October 8, 2013
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It is the best book I have found on foreign services. I would have enjoyed having a little more stories and what do each discipline perform. It has prepared me for the 2nd and 3rd steps in this process also which was a bonus
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ANDREW GISLER on May 30, 2013
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This is the only study guide that makes reference to another study guide that I have ever seen but other than that it is good.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By B. Benton on February 10, 2014
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Ok, I'm not sure how many times this book has been reviewed by the authors or their publishers under aliases, but it must have been at least as many times as there were positive reviews.

Note that if you are completely oblivious to what the FSOT is, who uses it, why they use it, and what kind of topics are likely to be covered, AND you are not reading this review because you DON'T have internet access (DOS webpage), then this book is a great way to get started... it also means that you are a long, long, long, long, long, way from taking and passing the FSOT.

This book gives you a thorough detailing of the DOS hiring process and a review of the sections that make up the FSOT. There is absolutely no study material in this book.... again - there is absolutely no study material in this book. I would say that the most useful part of this book is where it notes a number of other books you 'should' read/study in order to pass the FSOT... however, the 'books' they reference are Cliffs Notes texts on each of the FSOT topic areas. If you expect to pass the FSOT... well, let's back up... if you expect to have a career in the US State Dept Foreign Service, please God read something more substantial than Cliffs Notes. That would explain though why our foreign policy is in such terrible shambles. Cliffs Notes to geography & Cliffs Notes for culture... what a disastrous idea.

Ok, so in case you still want to get all of the information that's available in this book, but have been convinced of the folly of paying for it - get away from (at least this) study guide(s) and go to the DOS webpage. The webpage has all of the same information you will find in this text including a few dozen books you will need to get your hands on AND READ.
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This book compiles information from a number of sources, and presents in a concise and straight forward manner. It then adds the insights gained by having been through the process, and provides clear answers to a number of common questions. It does not provide any secrets that one could not glean from studying the Department of State's web site (careers.state.gov) the yahoo groups for candidates, and the FAM, and then going through the process. However, it provides the information is a neat and accessible package.

Some areas of speculation in the book, such as whether how one dresses for the FSOT matters, are matters with which I would disagree. Also, some information will have to be updated as a result of the change in testing companies, additional portions added to the OA, and new information being provided by DOS about the process.

If one wants an insider's view from RE&E, with secrets on how the game the process and gain advantage, one will not find it here, or anywhere. DOS guards those secrets jealously. However, if one wants a concise understanding of the process in order to guide one's preparation for the FSOT and beyond, I recommend this book.
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