Foreign Service and taking the Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) (Open NOW and closes on February 1, 2023)

Are you interested in joining the Foreign Service and taking the Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT)? Did you know that you can now take it from the comfort of your home?

The Department of State is pleased to announce that the February 2024 FSOT will be administered from February 3 – 10, 2024. Interested candidates will need to register through Pearson Vue. The registration window is open NOW and closes on February 1, 2023.

Testing has never been eaiser. OnVUE, Pearson VUE’s online testing program, allows interested candidates to take the FSOT from home.  Taking an exam with OnVUE is flexible and convenient. You can find complete information for home-based online proctored testing at Foreign Service Officer Test Pearson VUE. For the best experience possible, please familiarize yourself with the requirements of the on-line proctored option prior to scheduling.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible, the U.S. Department of State requires that each candidate be:

  • A U.S. citizen on the date the candidate submits the registration package
  • At least 20 years old and no older than 59 years of age on the day the candidate submits the registration
  • At least 21 years old and not yet 60 on the day the candidate is appointed as a Foreign Service Officer
  • Open to acceptance of assignments based on the needs of the service

Once an application for a test window is submitted it cannot be changed, and candidates may test only once in a 12-month period. Click here for answers to General FSOT FAQs.

Information about the Foreign Service selection process can be found at the Department of State Careers website.