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March 2017 Career Service Examination-Pen and Paper Test (CSE-PPT): Coverage, Reminders and Review Materials


Almost 240,000 examinees will take the March 2017 Career Service Examination-Pen and Paper Test (CSE-PPT) on Sunday, March 12, in 60 testing centers nationwide.  Out of these, a total of 197,924 examinees will be taking the Professional level exam, while 32,812 examinees will be taking the Subprofessional level.

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) gave reminders that examinees must observe before and during the conduct of examination.

Reminders for examinees of the March 2017 Career Service Examination-Pen and Paper Test (CSE-PPT)

1.  Examinees must be at the testing centers by 7:00 am.  Gates of testing venues will be closed at exactly 7:30 a.m. The CSC urged examinees to have an ocular inspection of their assigned school at least a day before the examination day to familiarize themselves with the location.

2.  Check your school and room assignments online via the Online Notice of School Assignment (ONSA). Those who are unable to access the ONSA should call the CSC Regional or Field Office where they filed their application.

3.  On examination day, examinees must bring black ball pens and a valid I.D. card, preferably the same I.D. card presented during filing of application. If the I.D. card to be presented on the day of the exam is different from the I.D. card presented during application, examinees must present any of the following I.D. cards, which must be valid (not expired):

– Driver’s License;
– Passport;
– PRC License;
– SSS I.D.;
– Voter’s I.D.;
– BIR I.D. (ATM type/TIN card type with picture);
– PhilHealth I.D. (with the bearer’s name, clear picture, signature and PhilHealth number);
– Company/Office I.D.;
– School I.D.;
– Police Clearance/Police Clearance Certificate;
– Postal I.D.;
– Barangay I.D.;
– or NBI Clearance.

The CSC stressed that the “No I.D., No Examination” rule will be strictly implemented.

If the I.D. card has no date of birth, examinees must bring their original Birth Certificate printed on security paper issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority or the Local Civil Registry. If available, examinees may also bring their application receipt with CSC official receipt and Notice of School Assignment generated thru ONSA.

4.  The CSC reminded examinees to come in proper attire on examination day, which means wearing of sleeveless shirt or blouse, short pants, and slippers is not allowed.

5.  Examinees are advised to access and read thoroughly CSC Examination Advisory No. 04, s. 2017 posted on the CSC website for other important details, including reminders for accomplishing the answer sheet.

Coverage of the March 2017 Career Service Examination-Pen and Paper Test (CSE-PPT)?

The Career Service Professional and Sub-professional examinations are general ability tests designed to measure an individual’s preparedness to enter government service. The Professional level lasts for three hours and 10 minutes, while the Sub-professional level, for two hours and 40 minutes.

The CSC said that examinees of the Professional level should review on vocabulary; grammar and correct usage; paragraph organization; reading comprehension; analogy/logic (i.e., word association, identifying assumptions and conclusions, logic, data interpretation); and numerical reasoning (i.e., basic operations, word problems).

Takers of the Sub-professional level should also review on the same subject areas except analogy/logic, in place of which is clerical operations (i.e., filing, spelling).

Examinees for both levels should also review on the Philippine Constitution, the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees (Republic Act No. 6713), peace and human rights issues and concepts, and environment management and protection, all of which form part of General Information questions, the CSC said.

Passing rate is 80.

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