Thursday, March 26, 2009

Nothing more to be done!

I received my score breakdown from State a week or so ago, and I was surprised at just how close to the passing level I was. Here are the numbers:

Job Knowledge: 56.47
Biographical: 41.13 (an abysmal score!)
English Expression: 61.16

Total Score: 158.76

Essay: 10 (yay!)

I was really hoping to do better on the test since I don't have much working for me when it comes to the QEP. The bio section was awful; I have my theories as to why I didn't do so well, and it has nothing to do with being inconsistent. These scores and my PNQ's must now get me to the oral assessment, and as badly as I want it, I'm unfortunately expecting a rejection. I am going up against people with all sorts of impressive backgrounds (lawyers, Ph.Ds, Peace Corps volunteers, etc.), and I don't even have a bachelor's degree. I'm unemployed, had barely any corporate experience, and none in management. I am desperately hoping that they see something in my essays that make them want to take a chance on me, but I'm not expecting it.

We're supposed to hear back in mid- to late-June, but I'm hoping it will be sooner (it was only three weeks instead of the 8-10 they originally said for the WE results). Time will tell, and until then I'm going to be a nervous wreck.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Step Two

I finished writing my PNQs for the QEP portion of the evaluation. The only thing I'm waiting on now is hearing back from two of my potential verifiers. I need their phone numbers, but haven't talked to them in years. Oh, the wonders of Facebook! I sent emails, and now I'm just waiting...waiting...waiting... It's due on March 24, so I'm hoping they get back to me soon. I feel confident in my essays, and I'm hoping that they give me a chance. My resume is probably one of the most underwhelming in their applicant pool, so these five short essays count for a lot. Fingers crossed, gang.

I'm also waiting on my score breakdown for the FSWE, which should be coming soon. People who faxed their request the day they received their pass/fail results got their score reports today. When I get mine, I'll be sure to update.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


The results came a day early. I opened my email this morning to 70+ emails from the Yahoo board, half of them saying things like, "Results are in!" or "I passed!" Needless to say I went right to the FSOT letter retrieval site on ACT's website and logged in. I clicked the link to download my results letter.

"Dear FSO Hopeful,

"Congratulations! ..."

I didn't need to read anymore right then. I screamed, upset my dogs, and then called my mom. Step 1 in my quest of becoming a U.S. Diplomat has been successfully completed. Next up, the QEP!

Monday, March 2, 2009

The butterflies are pterodactyls

On the Yahoo FSWE board (, two people have said that they checked with ACT to see when the February cohort would be notified of their scores, or at least their pass/fail status, and were informed that the results would be available this Wednesday (3/4). I am anxiously waiting to find out whether or not this is true. I've been a ball of nerves for days now, which is ridiculous. I want to know, but I'm terrified of the results.

Just under three days until I (potentially) find out. Fingers crossed.