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AEFM/CA Program - Frequently Asked Questions


The Appointment Eligible Family Member Consular Adjudicator (AEFM/CA) program (announced in June) provides opportunities for AEFMs who are at least 21 years of age to fill entry-level Consular Adjudicator (CA) positions at select posts. Below is a list of most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). 

Application Process

  1. How do I apply?
  2. What documents do I need to submit with my application?
  3. What is the application deadline? 
  4. What is the vacancy announcement number?

Board of Examinars (BEX) Exam

  1. How do I prepare for the Board of Examiners (BEX) assessment?
  2. How do I register for the AEFM/CA online test, administered through BEX?
  3. How long do I have to complete the online portion of the exam?
  4. How often does BEX schedule the online test and Oral Assessments?
  5. How many times can I take the online test?
  6. I passed the online test. Now what?
  7. I passed the FS Oral Assessment and/or the CA/LNA exam and am on the register. Do I also have to pass the AEFM/CA exam?

Application Process
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  1. How do I apply?
    See the vacancy announcement on FLO’s AEFM/CA webpage.
  2. What documents do I need to submit with my application?
    The required documents are the DS-1950 application form and transcripts or a diploma proving that you have earned at least a bachelor’s degree. You must also provide evidence that you are a U.S. Citizen (sending a copy of your passport is best), and the full name and current assignment of your direct hire spouse. Please do not submit any other documentation apart from what is listed in the vacancy announcement.
  3. What is the application deadline?
    There is no application deadline for the AEFM/CA program at this time.
  4. What is the vacancy announcement number?
    There is no vacancy announcement number for this program.

Board of Examiners (BEX) Exam
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  1. How do I prepare for the Board of Examiners (BEX) assessment?
    Check out the BEX study guide on careers.state.gov. The first step is an online test that has four components: General Knowledge, English Language Expression, Situational Judgment, and Understanding Regulations (see the vacancy announcement for more information).
  2. How do I register for the AEFM/CA online test, administered through BEX?
    Once you submit your application to AEFM-CA@state.gov you will receive confirmation that you have the minimum qualifications to continue with the process. CA/EX will ask you for the name and State Department email address of your proctor for the online test. Once you have provided the proctor information, CA/EX will send your application and proctor information to the BEX office and the BEX scheduler will contact you directly to arrange the online test. BEX has hundreds of AEFM/CA applicants to schedule and it may take some time before you are contacted.
  3. How long do I have to complete the online portion of the exam?
    Once BEX contacts you and the proctor, you have one month to complete the exam. If you are in Washington, DC BEX can proctor the exam.
  4. How often does BEX schedule the online test and Oral Assessments?
    BEX schedules both of these tests multiple times a week on a rolling basis.
  5. How many times can I take the online test?
    If you fail the online test, you must wait 12 months before you can take it again.
  6. I passed the online test. Now what? BEX will send you information on how to schedule the Oral Assessment. You will have 12 months to schedule the Oral Assessment in Washington, DC from the time that you pass the online test. There is no funding available for travel to Washington, DC to take the Oral Assessment.
  7. I passed the FS Oral Assessment and/or the CA/LNA exam and am on the register. Do I also have to pass the AEFM/CA exam?
    No, if you are currently on the FS or CA/LNA register, you are exempt from the AEFM/CA exam and can be added to the AEFM/CA register. BEX will verify that you are on the register and will provide further instructions. If you have not passed the FS Oral Assessment, but have passed the online portion of the Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT), you will need to take the online portion of the AEFM/CA exam.

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For more information, email AEFM-CA-Questions@state.gov.


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