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First, we have to know why there is a Civil Service exam. Civic service exams are implemented
in various countries as a way to achieve an effective, rational public administration on a merit
system. CS exams are conducted to establish a register of eligibles from which certification and
appointment to the second and first level positions in the Civil Service shall be made, provided
said eligibles meet the qualifications and other requirements of the positions.

Have you taken a Civil Service examination? If you already have successfully hurdled it,
congratulations! If not, well, do not lose hope.

Do you want to pass a CS exam easily? Yes? Then read on.

The  of the exams are as follows:

u Career Service Professional - In English and Filipino; Vocabulary, grammar and correct
usage, paragraph organization, reading comprehension, analogy logic, and numerical
reasoning

u Career Service Sub-professional - In English and Filipino; Vocabulary, grammar and


correct usage, paragraph organization, reading comprehension, spelling, clerical
operations, and numerical reasoning

Ô Goth Professional and Sub-professional levels of the examinations will have


general information on the following areas: Philippine Constitution, Code of
Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees (R.A. 6713),
Peace and Human Rights Issues and Concepts, and Environment Management
and Protection.

To pass the test, the examinees should get a grade of at least 80.00. How to easily pass that
rating?

Here are a few tips:

u Read books (see the scopes to know what subject areas to focus).

u Take time to browse the internet for some useful information.

u Read the newspaper at least a month before the exam proper for current events on that
period. Not the very recent issues because the questionnaire could have been written
probably a month or couple of months ago.
u If you prefer to self-review, Civil Service Exam reviewers are available at bookstores.
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  from a friend, borrow it.

u Prepare yourself a week before the exam. Keep yourself stress-free.

u Sleep early and soundly the night before the exam.

u During the exam day, eat your breakfast and take a bath. It will keep you fresh and
relaxed.

u Double check if you have with you the necessary things like pencil, eraser, sharpener and
most importantly the examination slip and receipt.

u ·o to the examination venue at least an hour before the official exam time, which is 8:00
o'clock in the morning.

u Gring with you something to eat and drink.

u åhile the exam is on-going, focus and read the instructions and questions carefully, with
comprehension.

u Do not stay long on hard questions, go back to them when you¶re done with easier ones.

u If you are finished answering all questions ahead of cut-off time, do not go home
immediately. Make use of the remaining time to review your answers.
u Enjoy the feel of it. Ge confident.

I followed all these tips and passed the professional CS exam that was conducted on March 9,
2008. If you do the same, you will surely find your name listed in the examination results page of
the Civil Service Commission.

Tips / pointers from the CSC:

u According to the CSC, the career service examinations are general ability tests where
speed and accuracy matter. The Professional level, consisting of 150 test items, lasts for
three hours while the Sub-professional level, also with 150 test items, lasts for 2.5 hours.
Passing rate for both levels is 80.
u The CSC advises examinees of the Professional level to review on vocabulary, grammar
and correct usage, paragraph organization, reading comprehension, analogy, logic and
numerical reasoning. Takers of the Sub-professional level should review on the same
subject areas except analogy and logic, and in addition, spelling and clerical operations.