- Paperback: 234 pages
- Publisher: Adar Educational Technologies, LLC (July 22, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 061581137X
- ISBN-13: 978-0615811376
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 10 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) 2013 Edition: Complete Study Guide to the Written Exam and Oral Assessment
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Adar Educational Technologies is an educational company that provides test preparation materials for specialized exams.
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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.
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Top Customer 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. This should be in addition to a solid understanding of politics, economics, sociology, history, intercultural communication, marketing, business administration, leadership, and current events. If that sounds like a lot... it's because it is a lot. Unless you graduated from a state university or better with a 3.9 or higher you are likely to be overwhelmed by the amount of information you need to know to pass the FSOT... let alone have the capacity to be an effective diplomat. If you want a job in the Foreign Service, you need to prepare at least 18 months prior to taking the exam. If you are doing the cram math (like I tend to do), stop yourself. That would be 18 months of cram or 36 months of regular study.
Here's the good news: If you are already in, or about to go into, a graduate field like International Conflict Management/Resolution, International Affairs, Political Science, International Business, or International Law, then you are at least double tapping relevant material when you're studying for the FSOT.
Do yourself a quick easy and download the free DOS app to your phone - take the FSOT practice tests and if you score better than a 50% you're not alone, but you do have a lot of work ahead of you.
Bottom Line - sorry, no short-cut study guide, at least not with this text.
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.
FYI on the essay....my essay was god awful, but the structure was "correct" and I received a 6/12 (lowest possible pass score). I'm fairly confident that if you focus on proper essay structure (clear thesis, 3-4 paragraphs where you, 1-tell them what you are going to tell them, 2-tell them, and 3-tell them what you told them) you will at least score a 6/12 even if your essay is a piece of junk like I know mine was. The essay was by far the most stressful part of the test for me...my advice is to focus on being clear and concise and don't worry about content so much.