Here are tips on how to pass the Civil Service Exam in one take:
1. Decide when to take Civil Service Exam
You need to have a decision if you are taking the Civil Service Exam and when. Wag kang mag-aalinglangan, baka ma alinlangan din yung score mo. Decide if you want to take it via PPT (Pen and Paper Test) or COMEX (Computerized Examination.)
The next date of exam as per Philippine Service Commission Facebook Page for Professional and Subprofessional Levels:
- March 15, 2020, with an application period of December 16, 2019 – January 15, 2020
- August 9, 2020, with an application period of May 11 to June 10, 2020
If you have time and willingness to study for the said exams then go and apply on the periods; if not, then I suggest you will take it on another day.
For example; if you are studying and busy ka pa sa graduation and other requirements in school before March 15; then baka hindi ka maka-focus. Or if you have a lot of deadlines in March, then I suggest you do it when you are relaxed and free of school or work worries and pressure. One take tayo, so take the Civil Service exam when you can give it your 200%!
2. Review for the Civil Service Exam
Don’t be complacent. The Civil Service Exam may be basic or you may feel it’s easy as a normal school exam, but since most of us have graduated from school or started working, then we might forget some concepts. FYI, the passing rate for the past years has been 12-10% out of more than 200,000 examinees; about 20,000 have only passed. So it’s better to be safe than sorry. Read the other tips to be a part of that 10%.
3. Know what is inside the exam. Know your strengths and weaknesses.
As said by Sun Tzu in the Art of War ““If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”
Kaya dapat malaman mo ang subjects sa Civil Service Exam. If nag-study ka nga pero more on Science naman then pag-check mo sa exam walang Science-related na question; lugi ka na.
Professional Level and Subprofessional Level
Exams in English and Filipino
- Basic Operation
- Word Problems
- Number Series
- Numerical Reasoning
- Grammar and Correct Usage
- Reading Comprehension
- Paragraph Organizations
- General Information
- Philippine Constitution
- RA 6713 – Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees
- Current Events Issues
Exclusively for Professional: Analysis and Logic
Exclusively for Subprofeessional: Clerical (Filing and Spelling)
You need to also need to know which subjects are you good at and which needs improvement. Mostly, you will skim the ones you are best at and focus more time and energy on those concepts you don’t understand or you forgot.
You can assess yourself by taking a sample Civil Service Exam online or from a reviewer so you may know what subjects you have the most mistakes.
4. Have a reviewer
Buy, borrow or download a reviewer. Make sure they are legit and have answer keys on their questions. May nasa internet kasi na parang Civil Service Exam pero walang answer key or yung question walang tamang sagot, nag-aaway pa ang nag-cocomment, so better buy something sure.
You need a reviewer to help you with the civil service exams. It will give you explanations on the concepts you might need to refresh your mind. Or give you suggestions on how to attack a question. It also has sample questions you can practice on.
Don’t have too many reviewers. One or two reviewer books are good enough. Baka iba-iba ang approach nila and ma-confuse ka pa.
5. Schedule a time of studying
Don’t study if “feel mo” – that’s a bad attitude when you are studying, parang laro-laro lang ang Civil Service Exam pag-ganyan. Dapat seryoso ka para seryoso din and score mo.
Find a time when you are most relaxed or vacant – after dinner, before sleeping, lunchtime or when you are traveling. Pag-wala, you need to sacrifice something; maybe time online – facebook or mobile legends, or lakwatsa time. Don’t worry, your studying will pay-off – it’s only for a few days.
Make sure you cover the entire reviewer, so you can divide all the topics into days you are going to study. Allocate also your Saturdays or Sundays for practice exams.
So for example, the reviewer has 30 topics, and then you want to study for a month; then review 1 hard topic or 2 easy topics a day. Cover all, para hindi sayang yung libro.