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BYU offers prep class for Foreign Service exam

Brigham Young University's Foreign Service Student Organization (FSSO) is sponsoring a series of free preparation courses for the Foreign Service written exam beginning Thursday, March 17, at 11 a.m.

Each session will be taught by a member of the BYU faculty and is designed to teach the keys to passing the exam, which is scheduled for April 23. The exam is also free, but the application deadline is March 23.

The proposed schedule of prep courses is as follows: March 17, economics; March 24, writing and grammar; March 31, history; and April 7, biography.

Individuals ages 20 to 50 interested in taking the Foreign Service exam will benefit from the free courses. Only 5-10 percent of those who take the exam pass, and of that percent, approximately 85 percent attended a well-taught prep class.

Foreign Service officers are an elite group of professionals who live and work all over the world. The Foreign Service is looking for students who are knowledgeable about any one of the following areas: political science, law, international relations, economics, public affairs, international business, business management, engineering, computer science, English writing and expression or U.S. history.

To register, send an e-mail to with "Prep Course" in the subject line and your name, major and class status (if applicable) in the message.

Writer: Lee Simons

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