Become a Foreign Service Officer

Steps to becoming a Foreign Service Officer (FSO)
Step 1: Choose a Career Track After you pass the Oral Assessment:
Step 2: Register for the Test Step 6: Clearances: Medical and Security
Step 3: Take the Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) Step 7: Final Review Panel
After you pass the FSOT: Step 8: The Register
Step 4: Submit Personal Narrative Other Considerations:
After you pass the QEP: Veterans PreferenceForeign Languages, etc.
Step 5: Take the Oral Assessment

1. Choose a Career Track

Next to deciding to pursue a Foreign Service career, selecting a career track is the most important decision to make. Since you may not change Foreign Service Officer career tracks once you are hired from the register, you should carefully consider which career track is the best fit for your interests and background.

Learn more about the five career tracks >

2. Register for the Test

What is the FSOT? The FSOT measures your knowledge, skills and abilities, including writing skills that are necessary to the work of a Foreign Service Officer.

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Registration is the next step toward becoming a Foreign Service Officer.

Click here to start the online registration process >

FSOT Step-by-Step Guide: from registering to take the test, downloading your admissions letter, cancelling/rescheduling your test date and information on retaking the test.

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3. Take the Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT)

The Foreign Service Officer Test is administered three times each year in domestic and overseas test centers.

Learn more about dates, deadlines and locations >

How to prepare for the Foreign Service Officer Test, order a study guide, and search for a FSOT prep session hosted by a Diplomat in Residence near you.

Test prep resources and information >

4. Submit Personal Narrative for the QEP Review

If you pass the FSOT multiple choice and essay sections, you will receive an email asking you to submit a Personal Narrative (PN) to the Qualifications Evaluation Panel (QEP) for review.

Learn more >


Read more at U.S. Department of State

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