Message for U.S. Citizens: Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) at the U.S. Embassy in Panama

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U.S. Embassy in Panama

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

December 20, 2016

Have you ever wanted to become a diplomat for the U.S. government?  Here is your opportunity!  The U.S. Embassy in Panama will be hosting the computer-based Foreign Service Officer exam on February 2, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.  There is no fee to take the test.  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


In order to register for the FSOT in Panama, please visit  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email on the first business day following submission of your registration from the test administrator (Pearson VUE) that you are eligible to schedule your test seat.  Please do not delay in registering and scheduling your test seat as space is limited so 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.  The test is currently offered quarterly each year, both within the U.S. and at certain locations overseas.


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

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