- Can you use college courses in a particular language to gain language points?
Points are not awarded for college language courses.
- Chinese Reading/Writing test for Consular Adjudicators - is it in pinyin or hanzi?
Candidates can choose either traditional or simplified Chinese characters for the reading portion of the exam. There is no use of pinyin in the test.
- Does the Foreign Service look more favorably on individuals with advanced degrees or foreign language skills?
There is no set educational level or foreign language skill required to join the Foreign Service as an Officer. Some Foreign Service Specialist positions do have degree requirements.