Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Niamey to Offer the Foreign Service Officer Test in October 2021

Location: Niger

Event: The U.S. Embassy in Niger will offer the October 2021 Foreign Service Officer Exam.

The U.S. Department of State offers worldwide career opportunities providing an experience where you will connect with the global community, conduct diplomacy by communicating U.S. foreign policy, and explore different cultures while living and working overseas. Tens of thousands of Americans throughout the years have chosen to pursue careers in the Foreign Service, helping to further U.S. interests and foreign policy through diplomacy. The Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) is the first step in the process to join this diplomatic corps of officers who serve in countries around the world and regularly engage in these activities.

On Thursday, August 26, 2021 the FSOT registration window will open for four weeks when candidates can submit applications and schedule tests. The test will be administered at U.S. Embassy Niamey on Saturday, October 2 and Saturday, October 9, 2021.  Interested individuals should visit and select “Register for the FSOT” under the “Next Steps” section of the “Work” tab.

Once on the site, candidates can choose from Pearson OnVUE’s At-Home Online Proctored testing (this is the preferred method), or an onsite test at the U.S. Embassy Niamey offered on October 2 and 9, 2021. Onsite testing at the U.S. Embassy Niamey is very limited (no more than 4 seats are available) and we strongly encourage individuals to choose the Pearson OnVUE At-Home Online Proctored testing.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible, the U.S. Department of State requires that each candidate be:

  • A U.S. citizen on the date the candidate submits the registration package.
  • At least 20 years old and no older than 59 years of age on the day the candidate submits the registration.
  • At least 21 years old and not yet 60 on the day the candidate is appointed as a Foreign Service Officer.
  • Available for worldwide assignments, including Washington, D.C.

During the 4-week registration process candidates must complete two steps – submitting an application and selecting a seat. Applications submitted during this registration period are valid only for the selected test and will expire when that testing window closes. The registration period closes three days prior to the opening of the testing window.

If you have a documented need for an accommodation, you must request and receive approval for your accommodation before scheduling your test.

Once an application for a test window is submitted it cannot be changed, and candidates may test only once in a 12-month period. Click here for answers to General FSOT FAQs.

In preparation for the Pearson OnVUE At-Home Online Proctored test you should follow the following guidance:

  • Visit the FSOT Online Proctoring page and review information on exam policies and procedures, system requirements, and the System Test.
  • It is very important to complete the required System Test on the same computer, in the same location, and at the same time as your exam appointment so the System Test can accurately read the computer’s connectivity in that location and timeframe.
  • Corporate, university, and military firewalls often cause issues while trying to take your exam. We strongly recommend taking your exam in a setting without an institutional firewall.
  • Review the identification requirements below.

Identification: Please be prepared to show one (1) valid form of unexpired, Government-issued personal ID. The Government-issued ID must have your signature and must have your photo. The name on the exam registration in the Pearson VUE system must match the name on the Government issued ID exactly. Please verify that your name listed on your confirmation email matches your identification. *If your identification is not considered valid, you will not be permitted to complete your exam and are unlikely to receive a refund.

Examples of acceptable identification:

  • Passport
  • Driver’s license
  • Military ID (including spouse and dependent)
  • Identification card (national or local)
  • Registration card (such as green card, permanent resident, visa)

Please note that we are unable to accept the following IDs for an online proctored exam:

  • Renewal forms with expired IDs
  • Government-issued name change documents with Government ID

Once registered candidates should not communicate directly with the embassy about seat availability or cancellations. Candidates must use the online system to find openings, schedule, or cancel a seat. There is no “waiting list” for seats. When the Pearson VUE registration window closes, no additions to post’s scheduled test takers are permitted regardless of unfilled seats. There is no mechanism to accept walk-in test takers. Post will communicate directly with candidates after the close of registration if post needs to share specific information about arrival procedures (i.e., how early a test taker should arrive in order to pass through security).