The U.S. Foreign Service
You can read about Diplomatic Security here. By the way, they're accepting applications for the Special Agent position Aug. 8-10.
Congrats, to those of you who have ever even taken the test let alone passed.
I live in San Diego so was thinking about doing the oral assessment in San Fran but you guys said you have heard rumors that they are even harder critics up there. I was thinking about doing the Chicago site because it is in Oct. and Nov. instead of Jan. through Mar. and that way I wouldn't have to wait as long. I will have to pay at least $150 to fly up to SF so was thinking that if I take it at another site I might be able to make a mini vacation out it.
Skobb, I see you are from RI. Did you take your test in DC? Do you guys think that the best call is just to go to the closest location?
Thanks for all of your insight. I will continue to log on here daily for updates. Cheers!
I took my oral at Annex 1 in D.C. If I had passed, I would have chosen the same place simply because I'm familiar with it now.
Do you have idea what the online assessment for Special Agent's consists of? I'm taking it when it opens on Aug. 8.
Send me a PM or post here if you have any questions about the FSOA.
Thanks for the link I'll check that out. Good news one of the books on the reading list has come available so I get to pick that up tommorrow.
Congratz to everyone and to others left behind with me chin up ,we got next year.
Do you guys know where to find stats about how many people take and pass the test for each year? I have heard ranges from 12,000 to 30,000 test takers and 2% to 10% pass rate. Anyone know?
Skobb-what kinds of advice can you offer about the orals? Do the majority of people have advanced degrees or just BA/BS?
Okay....enough questions for one post.
As far as advice goes for the orals itself: I can only say so much due to the non-disclosure agreement, but I can give you some basic advice.
Your one and only goal is to display the required 13 dimensions as much as possible. The assessors have checklists and they are waiting for you to say and do the right things. It's as objective a process as possible.
Make sure you speak out often in the group exercise and vocalize all of your thoughts. You may be thinking the right things, but if you don't say them, then the assessors can't give you credit for it. Go into the group exercise thinking of the other examinees as partners and not competitors. Try to be friendly and stay calm and collected. It's in your best interest to not stress out.
The majority of people that pass these days have advanced degrees, but it isn't a requirement. Of the 11 at my exam, two had law degrees.
Learn those 13 dimensions. Go to one of the State sponsored practice sessions if you can.
Thanks for the advice you were able to give me. I will study up on those dimensions and look into state sponsored practice sessions.
When is your assessment Cinzia?
How about you Skobb? Are you going to keep trying? Did you pass the security and medical clearances?
I think I heard something about the form being online now so maybe that'll help. Last year State supplied the form in pdf format, but it was set so that you couldn't save changes to the form so you had to print out each page right after you filled it in and basically do the whole thing at once. A pain to be sure.
Hopefully, I'll know more after I have my own breakdown in front of me.
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