Message for U.S. Citizens: Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) February 2021

Due to the extraordinary and unpredictable nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the February 2021 Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) will not be offered in Panama. In lieu of a Panama-based test, you can register for FSOT At-Home Online Proctored Testing (OnVUE) available in February 2021. For more information, test, and registration dates for future FSOTs, please refer to:

Have you ever wanted to become a diplomat for the U.S. government? Here is your opportunity!

The requirements are as follows:

  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States.
  • Applicants must be at least 20 years old.
  • Applicants must be available for worldwide assignment.
  • No specific level in a foreign language is required for applicants.

For detailed information on pursuing a career in the Foreign Service, to learn about what career track might be right for you, and to explore in detail the steps of the Foreign Service hiring process, please go to

All registrations for the Foreign Service Officer Test must be completed online. The test will be offered three times each year in February, June, and October and registration for the FSOT will be open on a continuous basis. Please do not delay in registering and scheduling your test seat as space is limited. Availability is on a first-come, first-served basis. If the test seats are all filled, you will have to take the exam next time it is offered.

If you have specific questions about the Foreign Service Officer Test, you may send an e-mail to