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Appointment availability is limited due to social distancing precautions and varies by location. Please note that our customer service wait-times are also longer than usual right now. For information on rescheduling, refunds, and more, please check out our FAQs.

A Career in the Foreign Service

A Career in the Foreign Service

The U.S. Department of State is the United States’ premier diplomatic institution, with opportunities to serve our country overseas and domestically. If you are interested in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, we are now hiring Office Management Specialists for Foreign Service careers.

Among the many benefits you will receive are: paid housing or a housing allowance when serving overseas, health and medical coverage, federal retirement benefits, paid education for dependent children in K-12 overseas, generous paid leave, and an unprecedented chance to see the world and experience different cultures.

To learn more about the Department of State and a career in the Foreign Service, please visit

U.S. Department of State Office Management Specialist Test (OMST)

The Office Management Specialist Test (OMST) is a key step in the Foreign Service Office Management Specialist (OMS) selection process, covering English expression, reading comprehension, and situational judgment necessary to work as an OMS. Learn more about the OMS selection process.

The OMST is conveniently offered throughout the United States and worldwide, likely in a location near you, and is available Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Some test centers offer testing Monday through Sunday with some evening hours. Click here to find a test center near you. 

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 and available for worldwide service.
  • Be able to obtain a Top Secret - SCI Security Clearance.
  • Be able to obtain an appropriate Foreign Service Medical Clearance.
  • Be able to obtain a favorable Suitability Review Panel determination.
  • Be at least 20 years old to apply; at least 21 years old to be appointed as an OMS.
  • Be appointed prior to age 60 (preference eligible veterans excepted).

Education Requirements:

At the time of application, you must have one of the following:

  • A High School diploma or equivalent and three years of Specialized Experience in the last 10 years; or
  • An Associate’s degree in Office Management or Business Administration and two years of Specialized Experience in the last 10 years; or
  • A Bachelor’s or higher degree in any major and one year of Specialized Experience in the last 10 years

Please refer to the Vacancy Announcement for complete information on eligibility requirements and qualifications.

If you have questions about the OMS selection process, please email us at or search for topics of interest in our forums or FAQs.

Collection of No-Show Fees

The OMST is offered for free. However, please note that Department of State requires that candidates provide credit/debit card information to Pearson VUE (the test administrator) 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.

Registering for the OMST

Candidates must complete two registration steps: submitting an application, and selecting an appointment. Applications are valid only for the OMST and will expire after six months. Once an application for the OMST is submitted it cannot be changed until the six months have passed. Candidates may test only once in a 12-month period.

Last updated 2021-04-30