The State Department has recently announced that they’ve made available a full-length Foreign Service Exam online. This is a great way to time yourself and avoid running late on the various sections. You’ll receive your score after completing the test as well as an “estimate of your probability of passing an actual FSOT.” Don’t worry about the passing probability, it’s probably a gimmick and inaccurate, but use the test score to show you where you’re weak and you need to study more. No essays or Biographical Information Questionnaire or Written Essay(s) on this test.
Based your results on the practice Foreign Service Exam, the program will provide you with suggestions on study materials to improve your score. Meantime, here’s a preliminary list from the practice FSOT
At the same time, the Human Resources announced they have switched FSOT administrators from ACT to Pearson VUE. It’s unclear why they opted to quit ACT, but presumably it was the result of a bidding process. State insists that the transition will be seamless, and ACT will continue to take in FSOT registrations until March 14, when the registration process changes.
Apparently Pearson VUE will not go live until April 28. Register here to receive an email informing you when Pearson VUE is stood up to receive registrations.
Pearson VUE will contact all applicants who completed their registrations on ACT with instructions on how to create a new registration profile. With this new account, you then log in to select your test date and site.
So, plain and simple:
- you can register on ACT until March 14;
- after March 14, neither ACT nor Pearson VUE will accept registrations. Consider it a dead period;
- in late April, Pearson VUE will go live and accept new registrations; and,
- if you had registered on ACT, Pearson VUE will contact you to re-register on their system and pick your test date and site.
As always, good luck.