You can pass the Professional Civil Service exam easily in one take if you follow the tips I am sharing in this post. It is also known as Career Service Exam. I took the examination myself and successfully passed it without cramming my brains out and burning the midnight oil. I had a humble grade of 82.97 and that was not my best shot because taking the exam was just a spur of the moment that time I was working in the government.
And yes, the CSC Professional Eligibility in the Philippines is one of the requirements to be working to many government offices and agencies like GSIS, SSS, BIR etc. If you passed it, you can even be eligible to apply as a police officer and join the PNP. There are so many benefits of being a civil service eligible professional. Make your schedule now and you will love the result.
Tips on how to pass the Civil Service Exam a.k.a. Career Service Exam
Remember, there is also available exam for Sub-professional Career Service exam but I recommend you take the Professional level right away since you know you can anyway. Also these things I’m going to share here are just tips. I’m NOT going to give answers or reviewers for the exam here okay. You can either choose Paper and Pencil Test (PPT) or Computer-Assisted Test (CAT). I did the PPT since I had the test in my province.
Apply early before taking the exam. The Civil Service Commission always posts their announcement for the dates of Professional and Sub-Professional examination schedule. They give exam twice or thrice a year. Apply early to avoid the rush and deadline. This will give you enough time to relax and review.
Review and refresh your knowledge. There is a book Reviewer for the CSC Exam available for all National Bookstore. I bought mine. It’s orange. Perhaps it has another version or edition right now. I suggest you buy one. It would really sharpen up your mind and refresh your knowledge. The book also contains instructions about taking the CSC test. It covers all subjects for both Career Service Professional and Sub-Professional so it’s worth it.
Relax. It is so important to relax and breathe calmly in taking the exam. The exam covers many topics and your common sense and logic will be used so much. Panicking won’t wake your stock knowledge up. Besides, stressing and panicking would distract your mood.
Go to the bathroom before the exam starts. They only allow a certain time for going out the room so it is important to do your bathroom rituals before the test starts. Remember, every second counts.
Enjoy the quiz. I honestly enjoyed the exam and I didn’t even feel I took one. It felt like playing Sudoku game in the ipad and reading some blog posts. The test covers the following and it’s really just the same as taking an entrance exam in college.
- English and Filipino vocabulary
- grammar and correct usage
- paragraph organization
- reading comprehension
- analogy and logic
- numerical reasoning
- clerical reasoning, functions and procedures
- general information questions (about Philippine Constitution; Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees, peace and human rights issues, environmental protection)
Have some sweets while you do the quiz. I confess I was eating Cadbury mini chocolates (they are like candies) at some parts of the exam especially on that logic and analogy part. I also needed sweets to wake up my logic doing the grammar and vocabulary. There are so many unfamiliar words and you have to really analyze which is synonymous to what and which not.
Bring extra pencils. Extra pencils can save your time sharpening one. Your time is precious for the exam not some other extra activities.
Avoid shading excessively. Just shade lightly on the paper and your best answer. Never shade everything and answer only the items with questions. Never leave a number unanswered.
80 is the passing rate. Believe in yourself that you can get more than 80. If you do, you’ll likely pass it. Can I say – you know already if you would pass the test from the beginning? It’s true. The 80 percent know it in their bones already; the 20 percent are just not quite sure.
The CSC exam results are posted at the official website of CSC. Good luck and congrats in advance. I hope my tips helped you somehow. If you want to know the requirements on how to take the Career Service exam in the Philippines, just go here.
Many readers asked me about the book I used as a reviewer so I tried to find it. Luckily, my mom found it yesterday. I’m happy to share it here. It’s called, REVIEWER for Career Service Examination (Professional and Sub-professional). The authors of the book are Marina T. San Jose-Pangan and Mamerto Duque-Novales. This is not the latest edition though. I’m glad to lend it for free to interested users here who live close to me (Pampanga). Just leave your message me on Philpad’s Facebook page.
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