The Consular Fellows Program Test (CFPT) is an important part of the selection process, covering the job knowledge, English expression and situational judgment necessary to work as a Consular Fellow. View complete information on the CFPT and the selection process.
The Test is offered Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. However, there are some test centers that offer testing Monday through Sunday with some evening hours. Click here to find a test center.
Please note: New candidates must create a web account before they can submit an application.
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 on the day the candidate submits the registration
- At least 21 years old on the day the candidate is appointed as a Consular Fellow
- Able to be posted to a language-designated position anywhere in the world corresponding to the language for which the candidate is applying
Collection of No-Show Fees
The Department of State will require that candidates provide credit/debit card information to Pearson VUE in order to complete the registration process. The card will be charged $5 to hold the appointment. This fee is fully refundable and will be credited back to the credit/debit card a few weeks after you test. If however, a candidate either does not take the test or does not cancel an appointment at least 48 hours in advance, the card will be charged an additional $40 for a total no-show fee assessment of $45. If you have questions about this fee, you may direct them to CFPInfo@state.gov.
Registering for the CFPT
Candidates must complete two registration steps: submitting an application and selecting an appointment. Applicants have six months to schedule an appointment for the gateway test, however due to required administrative processes, the appointment must be made within eight weeks of the desired testing date. If you would like to schedule an appointment further than eight weeks out, you will need to log back into this system closer to the date you wish to schedule the test to make a request. Candidates may test only once in a 12-month period. Click here for answers to CFPT FAQs.
Find more information on rewarding work as a Consular Fellow. If you have questions about the Consular Fellows Program Test (CFPT) you may send them to CFPInfo@state.gov.
AUTHORITIES: The information is sought pursuant to 301(b) of the Foreign Service Act of 1980, as amended (22 U.S.C. § 3941(b)).
PURPOSE: The information solicited on this form will be used to determine eligibility to take the Consular Fellows Program Test, to register for the Consular Fellows Program Test, to assess qualifications for selection as a Consular Fellow, and to ensure the integrity of the examination process.
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DISCLOSURE: Providing this information is voluntary. Failure to provide the information requested on this form may result in the user’s inability to submit appropriate responses to the FSOT questionnaire and/or the FSOT and oral exam.