The 2019 Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT)

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U.S. Embassy Dili, Timor-Leste: June 1, 2019

We are pleased to announce that U.S. Embassy Dili is an official testing site for the 2019 Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT)!

Registering for the FSOT is the first step in becoming a Foreign Service Officer (FSO) with the U.S. Department of State.  The mission of an FSO – as a U.S. diplomat in the Foreign Service – is to promote peace, support prosperity, and protect American citizens while advancing U.S. interests abroad.  You will be asked to serve at any of the more than 230 Embassies, Consulates, and other diplomatic missions around the world.  While some of these missions are in difficult and dangerous environments, working in them affords you the opportunity for great challenges and rewards.  For general information about the FSOT and serving in the Foreign Service, you are encouraged to speak with other current Foreign Service Officers to learn more about this career and selection process.

 How to Register:  Beginning on December 27, 2019 please visit to register for the FSOT and to find more information about the Foreign Service Officer selection process.  Seats at U.S. Embassy Dili are scheduled for: Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 9:00AM to 11:30AM.  Because test seats are limited, you are encouraged to register and select seats as early as possible.  More information about career opportunities with the Department of State can be found at

 Who can become a Foreign Service Officer?

To be eligible, the U.S. Department of State requires all applicants be:

  • U.S. citizens on the date they submit their registration package;
  • At least 20 years old and no older than 59 years of age on the day you submit your registration;
  • At least 21 years old and not yet 60 on the day you are appointed as a Foreign Service Officer; and,
  • Available for both domestic and worldwide assignments.

 Other Considerations:  Even though you are not required to know a foreign language to become a FSO, proficiency in one or more languages will enhance your competitiveness for selection.  U.S. veterans will also receive Veterans Preference points.

 Important dates regarding the FSOT:  The following deadlines will apply to the upcoming 2019 test window.  Note that some of these require specific action by posts.  All deadlines are COB Eastern Time unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, April 25, 2019:  The Pearson VUE seat selection portal will be open for candidates to schedule seats for the June 2019 testing window.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019: Deadline for candidates to submit completed eligibility verification and application forms and schedule a test seat.  NOTE:  In the past, some candidates have waited until the last minute and either missed deadlines or found that desired testing locations were full.  Candidates who are unable to test in this window, but have active applications will automatically be invited to the next testing window.

For any questions about the FSOT at the U.S. Embassy Dili, please contact us at