How to Solve Work Problems Part 3

This is the third part of the Solving Work Problems Series. The first part of this series discussed in detail the concept behind work problems and the second part discussed the basic work problems and their solutions.

In this post, we discuss two more work problems. The first problem is about two persons who started to work together and after a while, the other person stopped. The second problem is about filling a pool whose outlet pipe is left open.

Sample Problem 4

Jack can dig a ditch alone in 5 days, while John alone can do it in 8 days. The two of them started working together, but after two days, Jack left the job. How many more days do John need to work to finish the job alone?  » Read more

How to Solve Work Problem Part 2

This is the second part of the Solving Work Problems Series. In the previous post, we have discussed in detail the concept behind how to solve work problems.  In this post, we are going to learn more examples and solve more complicated problems.

Problem 2

A hose can fill a pool in 3 hours, while a smaller hose can fill it in 5 hours. If the hoses are opened together the same time, how many hours will they be able to fill the pool?


House A can fill the pool in 3 hours, so it can fill 1/3 of the pool in 1 hour.

House A can fill the pool in 5 hours, so it can fill 1/5 of the pool in 1 hour.

Together, they can fill 1/3 + 1/5 of the pool in 1 hour.  » Read more

How to Read and Explore PH Civil Service Reviewer Effectively

Although there are many topics that I have not discussed yet, I have been repeatedly receiving requests for topics that are already in this blog. Currently, I am trying to update the pages which contains the list of topics by categories. My apologies but my schedule is a bit tight for the next few months.

Anyway, if you want to see if the topic that you are looking for is already in this blog, you can do the following:

1.) Explore the Pages

ph civil servicer reviewerAs of now, not all posts are listed on the pages, but I am slowly updating them. » Read more

How to Solve Work Problems Part 1

This is the first part of the Solving Working Problems Series. In this post, we are going to discuss in details the basics of work problems.

Work problems usually involve the time for two or more persons or machines to complete the same job given the rate that they can work. For discussion purposes, let us have the following example.

Work problem:

Ariel can paint a house in 5 days and Ben can do the same job in 6 days. In how many days can they complete the job if they work together?

Discussion and Scratch Work

If Ariel can finish the job in 5 days, then if he were to work one day, he would have completed 1/5 of the job. If he works for two days, then he would have completed 2/5 of the job. Similarly, if Ben can finish the same job in 6 days, if he were to work for one day, then he would have completed 1/6 of the job. If he works for 2 days, he would have completed 2/6 of the job (or 1/3 of the job if reduced to lowest terms).  » Read more

The Civil Service Exam Vocabulary Review Series

The Civil Service Vocabulary series is a series of vocabulary review for the Civil Service Examination. In this series, I have collected words that usually come out in examinations, wrote their meanings and created sample sentences about them in order for you to remember them easily. Most of the definitions were taken from online dictionaries, although I have simplified many of them for easier reading.

Remember: Being good in vocabulary does not just come overnight (read 5 Ways to Improve Your Vocabulary). It is an accumulation of the words what you have read over time.  » Read more

Civil Service Exam Vocabulary Review 11

This is the eleventh part of the Civil Service Vocabulary Review series of Ph Civil Service Reviewer. In this series, we discuss the words that commonly appear in English vocabulary examinations. The other parts of this series can be found in this blog’s English page.

Most of the meanings of the words below were taken from and Merriam Webster. I have simplified some of them for ease of reading.

Vocabulary Review for the Civil Service Exam

1. appease – to ease, to calm, to satisfy

To appease the angry passengers due to a 5-hour flight delay, the airline gave them free meals. » Read more

English Grammar Mock Quiz 1 – July to August

As you have observed, I am a new writer here at Ph Civil Service. I will be writing articles on Grammar and Correct Usage. 🙂

In the past month, I have discussed subject-verb agreement, how to identify pronouns, how to use the personal pronouns I and me, and contractions. Below is a mock quiz of all these topics.

Good luck. 🙂  » Read more

An, An, and The Quiz

We already have learned to use the articles‘a’ ‘an’ or ‘the’ . Here is a review quiz about their usage. Another quiz is also available here.


Fill in the blank spaces in the following sentences using either ‘a’ ‘an’ or ‘the’ where necessary. Click the + sign under each question to reveal the correct answer.

1. It was on ___________ third of ___________ month that he died.

the, the

2. ___________ Sahara is ____________ biggest desert in the world.

the, the

3. He bought __________ pair of trousers and pressed _________ pair of trousers every day.  » Read more

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