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I speak both Arabic and Farsi, does that mean I get .8 added to my score?

Unfortunately, no.  The State Department only awards points to candidates for one language, and the maximum number of points that a candidate can accrue through language testing is .4.

Can I get double points if I speak more than one Critical Needs Language?

Unfortunately, no.  The State Department only awards points to candidates for one language, and the maximum number of points that a candidate can accrue through language testing is .4.

If I ranked my knowledge of a foreign language as level S1 when I registered for the test, but now feel it is at S2 because I have taken additional language study, will they allow me to take the telephonic test if I pass the oral section of the FSOT??

You will have an opportunity to test any foreign language while attending your A-100 class.  Individuals that took the telephonic test during the FSOT p;rocess and passed will also be re-tested to ascertain whether additional coursework is necessary at the Foreign Service Institute.

Is the A-100 Foreign Service Orientation Course the start of being on the State Department payroll or should you keep your day job until you are sent overseas?

When a FSO begins their A-100 course, they are officially an employee of the State Department.  In addition to your salary, you will receive a living stipend to allow for short-term housing.

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