Foreign Service Officer Test

Interested in becoming a Foreign Service Officer? Register for the Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT)


U.S. Citizens who are interested in taking the Foreign Service Officer Test should visit to get information on the exam, register for the test and select a seat. The website also has information on many different career opportunities with the Department of State.

Applicants will start by filling out a registration package that consists of an application form and a set of personal narrative questions that, taken together, provide information about your experience and qualifications.

Applicants will need approximately three hours to complete the registration package.

***Beginning with the registration period for the February 2017 FSOT, the State Department will require that candidates provide credit/debit card information to Pearson VUE in order to complete the registration process. The card will be charged $5 to hold the appointment. This fee is fully refundable and will be credited back to the credit/debit card after score report results are released, approximately three weeks after the close of the testing window. If, however, a candidate either does not take the test or does not cancel an appointment at least 48 hours in advance, the card will be charged an additional $67 for a total no-show fee assessment of $72. If you have questions about this notice you may direct them to


For the February 2017 FSOT the registration period opens on December 15, 2016 and closes on January 25, 2017.

Testing will be held at the US Embassy on February 3, 2017, 9:00am

The updated list of embassies/consulates offering the 2017 FSOT is available at

The FSOT is offered at both domestic and overseas locations in February, June, and October each year.

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