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U.S. Department of State Consular Fellows Program Test (CFPT)

U.S. Department of State Consular Fellows Program Test (CFPT)

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.

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 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

Registering for the CFPT

Candidates must complete two registration steps: submitting an application and selecting an appointment. Applications are valid only for that test and will expire after six months. Once an application for a test is submitted it cannot be changed until the six months have passed. 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

Last updated 2020-03-18