U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Officer Test

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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

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 www.careers.state.gov 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). The embassies/consulates in the cities where the 23 PPCs are located will no longer administer the FSOT. Embassies/consulates located in other cities will continue to offer the test as their resources permit. BEX chose among the PPCs that are wholly owned by Pearson VUE for this pilot so the PPC may not be in the capital. Candidates testing in these locations must use their U.S. passports for identification verification.

The October 2015 FSOT will be delivered exclusively at Pearson Professional Centers in the following cities: Melbourne and Sydney (Australia); Sao Paulo (Brazil); Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver (Canada); Paris (France); Frankfurt (Germany); Athens (Greece); Osaka and Tokyo (Japan); Seoul (Korea, South); Mexico City (Mexico); Manila (Philippines); Singapore City (Singapore); Johannesburg (South Africa); Madrid (Spain); Taipei (Taiwan); Bangkok (Thailand); Istanbul (Turkey); and London (United Kingdom).

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

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Last updated 2015-06-19