The Foreign Service Officer Test is required for all aspiring diplomats and covers a broad array of cultural, political, geographical, economic, and communications questions. This module contains a 230 multiple choice questions and detailed and explanatory answers.
The Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) is administered by the U.S. Department of State. FSOT test-takers are interested in careers abroad at U.S. embassies, consulates, and other facilities, Foreign service officers carry out U.S. foreign policy and aid U.S. citizens abroad.
There are three multiple-choice sections of around 60 questions each and one essay. Applicants must display knowledge of the FSO position, history of the U.S., and English grammar, as well as the following general knowledge areas:
Applicants are given 45 minutes to complete each section. Test takers must obtain a minimum combined score of 154 on the multiple-choice section and a 6 out of 12 on the essay.
Applicants can register for the exam during the three annual testing windows, and those taking it must be U.S. citizens over the age of 20. Applicants may take the test as many times as they choose, but must wait a calendar year before a retest. It is offered only in computerized form.
Check out DynamicPath.com for 50 more free FSOT Foreign Service practice test questions and to study hundreds more on the go with the Dynamic Path app.
Disclaimer: This content is provided for informational purposes only. It has not been edited, fact checked or updated. This content is neither affiliated nor endorsed by the United States Foreign Service or any other official agency. These questions were written by the US Department of State and per the public domain nature of government documents, are presented here by Practice Quiz for the convenience of the test-takers. Please use at your own discretion.
Ted Chan is the Managing Editor of PracticeQuiz.com. Ted has experience as a journalist and a writer, including editorial or content production roles at ESPN, Better Business Bureau, The Boston Globe, and Forbes. Ted holds a BA from Swarthmore College with High Honors, and a MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Ted also studied at the Harvard Business School, earning a Certificate in Value-based Health Care Delivery.
All content, unless otherwise noted, was created for PracticeQuiz. Let an editor now if you have suggested content edits by emailing us at the support address in the header, or by commenting in the Contribute box above.