It’s two weeks before the exam! I am sure you are all excited (big big smile from me). However, before you sink yourself in the upcoming Civil Service Review fever, let me give you some tips on how to make your review more organized. Here are the 6 things that I recommend you do in the next two weeks. It’s not a guarantee that you will pass (cross fingers), but I hope they help.
1. Make a Review Schedule
Make a table that will contain your review schedule for the next two weeks. Focus on a particular topic at each time frame. For example, tomorrow, from 6:00-9:00 pm, review about equations. Just all about equations.
2. Focus on English and Mathematics
You are probably going to read Article 6713 of the Philippine constitution (it is included in the test), but questions about it are probably about 5%, or maybe less, of the entire coverage. Of course, you can review everything but focus on English and Mathematics. Mathematics is about 35-40% and English is about 40-45% of the entire coverage of the exam. Others types of questions are discussed in the Scope of the Civil Service Exam.
3. Perform a Self Mock Exam
Buy or borrow a Civil Service Reviewer with answer keys which you have not used before. Use a timer and answer the questions as fast as you can. Answer the questions continuously until everything is finished. Then, check your answers.
4. Review with Timer
You can use a timer to see how you do on different exam types. Allow an average of one minute per question in English exams and a one-and-a-half minute average for math questions. During self-timed exams, answer the questions as fast as you can.
I am not aware of the time they give now for the Civil Service Exams, but it’s better to know how much you can do for a time frame. The shorter time you finished the better because you will still have time to review your answers.
5. Slow Down in the Last Three Days
The peak of the review should be before three days. The Self Mock Exam can be done 3 days before the actual exam. You can also do some light reading and summing up two days before the actual Civil Service Exam.
6. Do Not Review The Night Before the Exam
One of the common mistakes of examination takers is reviewing the night before the exam and sleeping late. If you have no work before the day of the actual Civil Service Exam, maybe you can do some light reading in the morning up to 3 o’clock in the afternoon. After that, do not review. Listen to some light and soothing music and sleep early.
Okay, that’s it. I hope these tips will help you organize your review. I wish you all good luck in the exam. May God bless you all. 🙂