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U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Officer Test

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Foreign Service Officer!

The Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) is an important part of the FSO selection process, covering the job knowledge, English expression and biographic information necessary to work as a Foreign Service Officer. View complete information on the FSOT and selection process.

Scheduling your FSOT

Seat selection for the October 2014 Foreign Service Officer Test has now closed.   

You may create an account and submit the completed eligibility verification and application forms at any time.  The seat selection window is typically open for 5 weeks and closes a few days before the start of the testing window.  The FSOT is offered three times per year in February, June, and October.  Candidates with active applications will automatically be invited to take the next test.

Who can become a Foreign Service Officer?

To be eligible, the U.S. Department of State requires that all applicants be:

  • U.S. citizens on the date they submit their registration package
  • At least 20 years old and no older than 59 years of age on the day you submit your registration
  • At least 21 years old and not yet 60 on the day you are appointed as a Foreign Service Officer
  • Available for worldwide assignments, including Washington, D.C.

Find more information on a rewarding career in the Foreign Service.

If you have specific questions about the Foreign Service Officer Test you may send them to FSOTQuestions@state.gov.

Last updated 2014-10-29