Contrary to what many people think, you CAN take the written portion of the Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) overseas. The test registration page states:
“The list of overseas testing sites for the October 2-9, 2010 testing window will be available o/a late August 2010.”
So if you’re living overseas, don’t rule out taking the test if the location is close enough to you. Remember, there is no penalty for taking the test as many times as you want and the State Department does NOT keep track of how many times you pass (or fail) the exam! So test early, test often!