Notification to Candidates:
Changes in the FSOT Registration Process

The U.S. Department of State Board of Examiners (BEX) announces permanent changes in the Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) application and seat selection process to consolidate both steps into one five-week period. Under the process that will be ending, candidates submitted applications at any time throughout the year. Those applications remained active for 11 months from the date of submission, and candidates could then choose which of three tests to take during that period.

Under the new process, candidates will complete both registration steps—submitting an application and selecting a seat—during the same five-week period immediately prior to a specific testing window. Applications will be valid only for a specific test and will expire when the testing window closes.  The registration period will continue to close three days prior to the opening of the testing window.

As a reminder, once an application for a test window is submitted it cannot be changed, and candidates may test only once in a 12-month period.  Under the new process, eligible candidates will be able to submit new applications during each registration period, allowing them to update employment or other important information and change their chosen career track if they wish. These changes in the registration process will take effect on Wednesday, September 30, 2015.

Active applications submitted prior to September 30, will expire on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at the end of the testing window regardless of whether candidates take the October 2015 Foreign Service Officer Test.  Going forward candidates will be able to access their archived applications, but will only be able to submit them during registration periods.

For the February 2016 FSOT the registration period opens on December 16, 2015 and closes on January 27, 2016. The February 2016 FSOT testing window opens on Saturday, January 30, 2016 and closes on Saturday, February 6, 2016. Click here for answers to FAQs.

Scheduling your FSOT

The Board of Examiners (BEX) announces that Pearson VUE will administer the October 2015 Foreign Service Officer Test from Saturday, October 3, 2015 to Saturday, October 10, 2015.

The seat selection portal will open on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 10:00 AM Central Time and close on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 10:00 AM Central Time.

The updated list of embassies/consulates offering the October 2015 FSOT will be available at on Tuesday, August 25, 2015.

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

Pilot Program Using Overseas Pearson Professional Centers

The Board of Examiners is continuing a pilot program to offer the FSOT exclusively at certain overseas Pearson Professional Centers (PPCs). Read more...


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Last updated 2015-08-10