FSOT Situational Judgment Practice Test Questions and Answers

FSOT Situational Judgment Practice Test Questions and Answers: The Situational Judgment Test (SJT) is designed to assess an individual’s ability to determine the most and least appropriate actions given a series of scenarios. The questions were written to assess precepts or competencies that are related to the job of a Foreign Service Officer, including Adaptability, Decision Making and Judgment, Operational Effectiveness, Professional Standards, Team Building, and Workplace Perceptiveness.

The SJT presents 28 scenarios (i.e., descriptions of situations) that you might encounter on the job as a Foreign Service Officer. Each scenario is accompanied by possible responses to that scenario. For each scenario, select the BEST response and the WORST response. The SJT section of the test consists of 28 scenarios administered in 42 minutes..

FSOT Situational Judgment Practice Test

Q1. Your supervisor edited a document you drafted that will be sent to your agency headquartered in Washington, DC. You think the document was much better without the edits. What should you do?
🔘A. Accept all the edits and say nothing to your supervisor
🔘B. Ask to speak to your supervisor to understand the reasons for the edits
🔘C.  Accept only the edits you agree with and send the document to Washington.
🔘D. Ask your supervisor to explain how you can improve your writing skills.
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Answers: A. Accept all the edits and say nothing to your supervisor
Q2. You work with a peer to negotiate leases. You notice that your peer seems to give preferential treatment to certain landlords and states that it is because he/she trusts them. However, you review the contracts and notice they are not the lowest cost. What should you do?
🔘A. Let your peer choose the landlords as long as everything stays within budget.
🔘B. Tell your peer that this conduct appears biased and to consider reevaluating the contracts.
🔘C.  Tell your boss to look into your peer’s behavior for possible ethics violations.
🔘D. Ask your peer to explain the decisions given the higher costs.
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Answers: C.  Tell your boss to look into your peer’s behavior for possible ethics violations.
Q3. You are speaking a foreign language to greet guests at an overseas affair. Guests are laughing at your pronunciation of many words, and you are getting very self-conscious. Also, you think the guests may misinterpret what you are saying. What should you do?
🔘A. Try to minimize how much you have to speak so you do not make the problem worse.
🔘B. Tell the guests you are still learning, and ask for their help in pronouncing words
🔘C. Do the best you can, while being as careful as you can to pronounce words correctly
🔘D. Take advantage of the guests’ laughter to build rapport at your own expense.
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Answers: D. Take advantage of the guests’ laughter to build rapport at your own expense.
Q4. You manage cultural programs for the embassy and normally conduct eight training programs per month. Your boss tells you that budget cuts mean you must limit your programs to six per month in the future. What should you do?
🔘A. Prioritize the types of programs you conduct and cut those that are not as important.
🔘B. Gather your staff and brainstorm ways to make counterarguments in favor of sustaining programs at current levels
🔘C. Encourage influential people to attend your programs and to put in a good word for you and your programs with your boss
🔘D. Work with your staff to identify potential areas to make cuts to minimize the impact on program priorities.
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Answers: D. Work with your staff to identify potential areas to make cuts to minimize the impact on program priorities.
Q5. One of your colleagues routinely speaks in a very loud voice when interviewing visa applicants, making it difficult for you and others to hear and be heard by visa applicants you are interviewing. What should you do?
🔘A. Speak more loudly when conducting your visa interviews to ensure the applicant can hear you.
🔘B. Complain to your supervisor
🔘C. Speak to your colleagues about how to best address the issue.
🔘D. Explain to your colleague how conducting interviews with a loud voice interferes with the other interviews.
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Answers: D.  Explain to your colleague how conducting interviews with a loud voice interferes with the other interviews.

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