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study for the Foreign Service Officer Test

Composure To stay calm, poised, and effective in stressful or difficult situations; to think on one's feet, adjusting quickly to changing situations; to maintain self-control.
Cultural Adaptability To work and communicate effectively and harmoniously with persons of other cultures, value systems, political beliefs, and economic circumstances; to recognize and respect differences in new and different cultural environments.
Experience and Motivation To demonstrate knowledge, skills or other attributes gained from previous experience of relevance to the Foreign Service; to articulate appropriate motivation for joining the Foreign Service.
Information Integration and Analysis Absorb and retain complex info from many sources; draw reasoned conclusions from analysis and synthesis of available info; evaluate the importance, reliability, and usefulness of info; remember details of a meeting or event without the benefit of notes.
Initiative and Leadership To recognize and assume responsibility for work that needs to be done; to persist in the completion of a task; to influence significantly a group’s activity, direction, or opinion; to motivate others to participate in the activity one is leading.
Judgment To discern what is appropriate, practical, and realistic in a given situation; to weigh relative merits of competing demands.
Objectivity and Integrity To be fair and honest; to avoid deceit, favoritism, and discrimination; to present issues frankly and fully, without injecting subjective bias; to work without letting personal bias prejudice actions.
Oral Communication To speak fluently in a concise, grammatically correct, organized, precise, and persuasive manner; to convey nuances of meaning accurately; to use appropriate styles of communication to fit the audience and purpose.
Planning and Organizing To prioritize and order tasks effectively, to employ a systematic approach to achieving objectives, to make appropriate use of limited resources.
Quantitative Analysis To identify, compile, analyze and draw correct conclusions from pertinent data; to recognize patterns or trends in numerical data; to perform simple mathematical operations.
Resourcefulness To formulate creative alternatives or solutions to resolve problems, to show flexibility in response to unanticipated circumstances.
Working With Others To interact in a constructive, cooperative, and harmonious manner; to work effectively as a team player; to establish positive relationships and gain the confidence of others; to use humor as appropriate.
Written Communication To write concise, well organized, grammatically correct, effective and persuasive English in a limited amount of time.
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