Department of State has its own appointment process for the Foreign Service.
When seeking a position as a Foreign Service Officer, applicants first take an exam. If the individual passes the Foreign Service Officer’s Test, then an oral assessment is performed. If the individual also passes that assessment, then points are added to the register score—but not the same points as were used in the rule of three.
The Department of State adds “0.175 for a five point standing and 0.35 for a 10 point standing.