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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Taking the FSOT Again

Yes, it begins again. Since I'm still going through hiring clearances and have yet to be placed on the register, I decided to start a second consular candidacy in the hopes I can get a higher Oral Assessment score.

So, I took the FSOT yesterday with a group of fellow PCVs and others living/working in Guatemala. It was really interesting taking the exam at the embassy and getting to see FSOs doing their everyday jobs. The woman working as our proctor and escort was an IT Specialist, and she was so nice! We also made nice with one of the Marines working behind the glass. Hopefully we can hang out sometime.

So...the test. Believe it or not, I believe I failed the essay. I have no idea what happened, but my 5 paragraphs, though complete and with transitions, went around in circles and rambled. I definitely didn't put my best foot forward with the essay, and I think I may be scored with a 4 or a 5. Yikes. Hopefully I'm wrong, but if I have to take the exam again in 2015, that's fine, too!

MC was as it always has been for me: not too hard, not too easy. I finished each section with about 15 minutes to spare and sat during the time, mentally preparing myself for the following section. I know I was completely clueless on some of the Job Knowledge questions, and I might have possibly done the best on the Biographical section (like last time.)

Well, I've got 3-5 weeks to fret over receiving results, and I have my fingers crossed that everyone gets good news in March!

8 comments:

  1. Took my FSOT today. Ugh. Same old same old, but ugh, that essay is always a killer. How can 30 min go so fast? Let's just keep our fingers crossed. Should be Feb 26th when we receive our "news". Again, ugh, but glad it is over!

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    1. February 26th? Wow, that's so soon! Congrats for taking the exam again and yes -- how is that essay such a killer! Well, I've got my fingers crossed for both of us! ;)

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  2. I got a text message from our marine friend yesterday. Maybe we can hang out soon?

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    1. That would be great -- let me know when you're thinking!

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  3. Daughter of a diplomat here, can't wait to see my results and see how I did. Suspense is KILLING me.

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    1. Results should be out soon! Hope you hear good news! :D

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  4. My daugther got her scores last night. 156 pass, first time tester.

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    1. Wonderful! Is she part of any of the Yahoo Groups? They are very helpful when it comes to the next stage: the very opaque QEP!

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