7 Tips in Answering Reading Comprehension Questions

Reading comprehension questions is one of the types of test in the Civil Service Examination and is usually included in many Standard English tests. Reading comprehension questions are not very difficult, but they take a lot of time. However, with practice and correct strategy, you might be able to reduce the time you spend on the questions, increase your chance of passing the examination, and even get a high score. Below are some of the tips that you can use in answering reading comprehension questions.

7 Tips in Answering Reading Comprehension Questions

1.) Before reading the passage, read the questions first (not the choices). If you know the questions, then you can choose what to take note while reading.

2.) Pay attention to the first and last sentences in the each paragraph. Usually, those sentences state the main idea of the passage.

3.) Most passages have clues about the important ideas. Phrases like “note that,” “clearly,” and “do not overlook” give you hints on which ideas to focus on.

4.) Read ALL the choices. Do not rush answering if you think you found the correct answer. The next answer might be a better answer.

5.) Take note of the difference between the true answer and correct answer. Carefully read the passage and understand the ideas it communicates. Be sure that your answer is based on the passage and not your own opinion.

6.) Do not spend a lot of time in one question. If you cannot find the answer even if you refer to the passage, eliminate the obviously wrong choices, and choose your answer from the remaining choices.

7.) Review your answers. If you finished the exam early, go back to the questions where you have doubts. Reread the passage and answer the question.

I hope these tips can help you in your endeavor to pass the Civil Service Exam or any other exam for that matter. Good luck and share these tips to your friends.

Solving Quadratic Word Problems in Algebra

Quadratic Equations are equations of the form ax^2 + bx + c = 0 where a, b and c are real numbers and a \neq 0. Depending on the form of the equation, you can solve for x by extracting the quare root, factoring, or using the quadratic formula.This type of equation appears in various problems that involves multiplication and usually appears in the Civil Service Exams.

The following series details the method and strategies in solving problems involving quadratic equations.

How to Solve Quadratic Word Problems Part 1 is about solving problems involving consecutive integers. In this problem, the product of consecutive numbers is given and factoring was used to solve the problem.  » Read more

How to Solve Quadratic Word Problems Part 3

In the previous two posts (Part 1 and Part 2), we have discussed two problems involving quadratic equations. The first one is

A rectangular flower garden with dimensions 3m by 7m is surrounded by a walk of uniform width. If the area of the walk is 11 square meters, what is the width of the walk in meters?

Solution

If we let x be the width of the walk, then the length of the walk becomes x + 7 + x = 7 + 2x and the width becomes x + 3 + x = 3 + 2x as shown in the figure below.

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We know that the area of the garden (the inner rectangle) is equal 7 \times 3 = 21 square meters. The area of the larger rectangle is equal to

(3 + 2x)(7 + 2x) = 21 + 14x + 6x + 4x^2 = 21 + 20x + 4x^2.

Now, to get the area of the walk, we have to subtract the area of the garden from the area of the large rectangle. That is,

area of the larger rectangle – area of the smaller rectangle = 11

4x^2 + 20x + 21 - 21 = 11

4x^2 + 20x = 11

Subtracting 11 from both sides, we have

4x^2 + 20x -11 = 0.

Now, the quadratic equation is not factorable, so we use the quadratic formula in order to find the value of x. In using the quadratic formula, we want to identify the values of a, b, and c in the equation ax^2 + bx + c = 0 and substitute in the quadratic formula

x = \dfrac{-b \pm \sqrt{b^2 - 4ac}}{2a}

From the equation above, a = 4, b = 20 and c = -11. Substituting these values in the quadratic formula, we have

x = \dfrac{-20 \pm \sqrt{(-20)^2 - 4(4)(-11)}}{2(4)}

= \dfrac{-20 \pm \sqrt{400 + 176}}{8}

= \dfrac{20 \pm 24}{8}

That means that we have two roots

x_1 = \dfrac{-20 + 24}{8} = \dfrac{1}{2}
and

x_2 = \dfrac{-20 - 24}{8} = \dfrac{-44}{8} = \dfrac{-11}{2}.

As we can see, we x_2 is not a possible root because it is negative. Therefore, the acceptable answer to the problem is

x_1 = \dfrac{1}{2}.

This means that the width of the walk is ½ meters.

Check: If the width of the walk is ½ meters, then the length of the larger rectangle is 1/2 + 7 + 1/2 = 8 and the width is 1/2 + 3 + 1/2 = 4. The area is (8)(4) = 32 sq. m.

Now the area of the walk is 21 meters and 32 - 21 = 11 sq. m. which is the area of the walk indicated in the problem. Therefore, we are correct.

You can also watch the Youtube video below regarding the discussion above.

Enjoy!

December 2015 Region 5 Civil Service Subprof Exam Result – List of Passers

Below is the list of passers from Region 5 of the Civil Service Exam Subprofessional Examination conducted on December 6, 2015.

Seq No Region Exam No Name
1 05 713558 BARRIOS, CELSO JR E
2 05 713520 GUARIN, ARLYN MILLETE G
3 05 713523 VILLALUZ, JAMES PATRICK F
4 05 713561 ZUNIEGA, LIEZL S
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December 2015 Region 5 Civil Service Prof Exam Result – List of Passers

Below is the list of passers from Region 5 of the Civil Service Exam Professional Examination conducted on December 6, 2015.

SeqNo Region ExamNo Name
1 05 233438 ABUNDO, SARAH JANE T
2 05 233796 ALBERTO, DOREEN C
3 05 233264 ALDEA, JOHNAS T
4 05 233654 ARMILLO, ALADIN M
5 05 233351 BANARES, NEIL FRANCIS S
6 05 233595 BAÑAS, HAROLD PAUL T
7 05 233259 BAÑAS, REYZANNE S
8 05 233265 BARBA, FATIMA S
9 05 233787 BINALLA, JUNE ANTONETTE B
10 05 233452 BORJA, KATHLEEN FAYE M
11 05 233198 CABALLAR, MA NOELLE B
12 05 233241 CANARIA, RAFFY P
13 05 233764 CASTRO, JUNALIE G
14 05 233127 CLEMENTE, JEROME IRVIN G
15 05 233228 DAYAWON, JAMILLE KAYE T
16 05 233421 DELA CRUZ, JONALYN S
17 05 233840 DY, ANA MARIE JOVILY T
18 05 233808 GIANAN, JOIO FRANZ C
19 05 233159 GIANAN, KRISTINE MAE S
20 05 233184 GONZALES, JHON MICHAEL A
21 05 233271 MURILLO, SARAH JANE B
22 05 233700 OBLIGAR, MICHAEL E
23 05 233145 OLFINDO, ZIPPORAH JOY L
24 05 233467 PALMES, MA PAMELA T
25 05 233553 REFUGIO, JOSETTE B
26 05 233139 REGALADO, KRISTAN ROSS A
27 05 233217 SAMAR, ANGELEE T
28 05 233591 SOLLEGUE, PAOLO ENRICO C
29 05 233576 SUAISO, LIZETTE T
30 05 233303 SUBION, REYMARK M
31 05 233311 TABLATE, ROY D
32 05 233416 TAYAS, THEA MAE C
33 05 233321 TEJERERO, SUSSANE P
34 05 233624 TINO, GRACE D
35 05 233715 TOTAÑES, EMMANUEL JR Q
36 05 233248 TUBEO, EARL LAURENCE T
37 05 233475 VALEZA, AVIGAIL T
38 05 233744 VARGAS, SHIELA JOY S
39 05 233821 VICTORINO, VICTORIA S
40 05 233402 VILLACORTA, ANGELICA P
41 05 233289 VILLACORTA, ANTHONY P
42 05 233407 VILLAFUERTE, AILEEN JOY C
43 05 233593 VILLAMARTIN, CHRISTOPHER V
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December 2015 Region 4 Civil Service Subprof Exam Result – List of Passers

Below is the list of passers from Region 4 of the Civil Service Exam Subprofessional Examination conducted on December 6, 2015.

Seq No Region Exam No Name
1 04 661208 ARELLANO, GRACE ANN P
2 04 661204 CHAN, HEZELLE A
3 04 661199 COLOCAR, MYRA M
4 04 661402 CRUZA, DANAH MILCAH T
5 04 661393 DENCIO, ANA ROSE M
6 04 662542 DRILON, SHAIRA MAE
7 04 662554 EMBING, KRISTINE L
8 04 662555 ESPERANZA, MONICA M
9 04 661255 FLORES, ELUETERIA M
10 04 661361 INGCO, CHRISTENE A
11 04 661382 ISIANG, LILIBETH D
12 04 661142 MALABANAN, CHRISTINE B
13 04 661175 MANIGOS, JESSICA F
14 04 662534 MANRIQUE, JAMES ALFRED A
15 04 662538 MANUBA, MARYROSE E
16 04 661201 MARIANO, CHARLEMAGNE B
17 04 662509 MONDOÑEDO, MARY MICHELLE J
18 04 661273 MONTANO, WILFREDO JR C
19 04 661228 NARVADEZ, CLARA L
20 04 662572 PIELAGO, PRINCESS YVONNE S
21 04 661304 PONGYAN, ABE DANIELLE M
22 04 661324 QUIAMBAO, JULIUS ISAAC R
23 04 662584 RAFON, MARY JOAN ANTONETTE F
24 04 661229 RESURRECCION, NESTOR JR P
25 04 662502 SAGAD, MARIA RUSELYNNE S
26 04 662580 SARMIENTO, KRISELDA CELINA M
27 04 661234 SARREAL, ELAIZA S
28 04 662520 SEMILLA, MARIA ALETA M
29 04 661290 SIBULO, JAIME JR S
30 04 661331 TRAMBULO, JOANNE T
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December 2015 Region 4 Civil Service Prof Exam Result – List of Passers

Below is the list of passers from Region 4 of the Civil Service Exam Professional Examination conducted on December 6, 2015.

SeqNo Region ExamNo Name
1 04 195148 ABILLE, RUTH JAN M
2 04 195311 AGUILERA, MILETTE D
3 04 194842 AINZA, MA CECILIA I
4 04 200819 ALBAN, PRECIOUS ANNE D
5 04 200816 ALMENTEROS, ANGELU M
6 04 200718 ALMENTEROS, MARIA ISABEL M
7 04 195697 ALVARADO, JOSEPH S
8 04 194916 ANDRES, MARINELLA GRACE C
9 04 195511 ARAGON, AYN GILLIAN C
10 04 200933 ARCETA, MARYLL V
11 04 195445 AWID, JHELLY ACE S
12 04 195080 BAGOS, ETHEL R
13 04 195328 BANDONG, MICHELLE F
14 04 194923 BANE, MA KRISTEL T
15 04 195350 BAUTISTA, ANNE RHONDA S
16 04 195433 BONILLA, LU JUSTIN L
17 04 200827 BUOT, MICHIKO KARISA M
18 04 195838 CALINGASAN, LADY JEANE E
19 04 200759 CANAY, MARVIN GLENN A
20 04 194862 CASTILLO, JAIME JR V
21 04 195587 CATINDIG, JOSHUA B
22 04 195448 CLEOFAS, ELDON EARL
23 04 194981 CORNEJO, KRISTA RAE P
24 04 195899 CORRALES, JALVIN JANE V
25 04 195221 DE LA CRUZ, VIKTOR FRANCISCO D
26 04 196013 DE VILLA, LEANNA LOU JEAN R
27 04 195457 DELGADO, LADY GRACE A
28 04 195680 DELMO, SHARMAINE M
29 04 195082 DIEGO, NICOLE JEHRU R
30 04 195877 DIMAANO, ALLEN KARLO I
31 04 195409 DOLOJAN, LIEZL M
32 04 195070 DUDAS, MARY JOY H
33 04 200919 ERANDIO, JOEL E
34 04 195419 EVANGELIO, VAUGHN ANGELO G
35 04 195215 EVANGELISTA, RICHER IRISH B
36 04 195441 FESALBON, CHRISTINE MHAY C
37 04 200890 FLORES, GELLIE MARE E
38 04 195296 FORTUS, REMIA A
39 04 195850 FRANCISCO, MALAICA MAY B
40 04 195792 FUERTEZ, ALVIN BRIAN V
41 04 195321 GALZOTE, JOHN ANTHONY M
42 04 196072 GAMIER, MARIE ANNE C
43 04 195345 GARCIA, JOZIEL A
44 04 195887 GARCIA, MARK GERALD A
45 04 195079 GARCIA, PEARL RYZEL B
46 04 194996 GOJAR, ELISEO JR G
47 04 195309 GOZO, IVY D
48 04 195656 HERRERA, LEMUEL S
49 04 195344 LANDICHO, NIKKO ZONEL B
50 04 200860 LIM, MEI ANGELIQUE M
51 04 200894 LOGATOC, LADYMAY M
52 04 196000 LUBRICA, RAY JASON A
53 04 200979 LUGTU, PATRICIA JANE C
54 04 200904 MAAC, JOSEPH CHRISTIAN J
55 04 195651 MALABAD, MONICA M
56 04 195858 MALIJAN, JOSEPHINE LOVELLA L
57 04 194969 MANALO, RAHZIEL MICAH D
58 04 195368 MARIANO, JAMES BENEDICT B
59 04 194943 MARTINEZ, MARK GIL B
60 04 195885 MENDOZA, TIFFANY JOY M
61 04 194902 MERANO, VERANELLE JOY S
62 04 195788 METRE, JASMIN E
63 04 200783 MORALES, CHERRY LOU G
64 04 195262 MOSQUEDA, MARIA JOSEFA B
65 04 195550 NARVAEZ, SHEENA MAY M
66 04 195829 NOMBRE, APRIL S
67 04 194958 OBRADOR, ROSALIE D
68 04 195018 OCAMPO, JOANNE P
69 04 200882 ORQUEZA, SYRINE R
70 04 195263 PAMI, HONEY GRACE B
71 04 200834 PICHE, LAPURISMA B
72 04 196031 PUNZALAN, GAUDIOSO A
73 04 195444 QUIATCHON, ANDREA LORAINNE G
74 04 195408 RAMIREZ, JOYCE A
75 04 194956 RAÑIN, JESSICA M
76 04 195281 RECIO, PATRICIA ALLISON S
77 04 196029 REGIO, ALVIN P
78 04 195967 ROLDAN, HARE KRISNA Z
79 04 195085 ROMASANTA, MABEL D
80 04 200880 ROSAL, JUDY ANN C
81 04 195666 SALAZAR, MARY RUTH B
82 04 194972 SALCEDO, JOSEPH CHARLES P
83 04 195029 SANTOS, ZIARRA MAY BERNARDINE D
84 04 200831 SAZON, LUZVIMINDA ANN R
85 04 195137 SELVA, NEIL GABRIEL C
86 04 195164 SEVILLA, MICHAEL AUSTIN G
87 04 195072 SORIANO, SUZANNE K
88 04 195524 TARDIO, RAINIELLE KIZZNIE D
89 04 195993 TOLEDO, EVANGELINE P
90 04 195447 TORRES, JOLEA G
91 04 194878 TORRES, VINCENT JASON M
92 04 200739 URREA, JULIENNE M
93 04 195092 VALDEZ, FREDERICK F
94 04 195577 VALENCIA, ALBERT AUBREY O
95 04 195431 VICENTE, ABIGAIL ALLEN S
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Congratulations!

December 2015 Region 3 Civil Service Subprof Exam Result – List of Passers

Below is the list of passers from Region 3 of the Civil Service Exam Subprofessional Examination conducted on December 6, 2015.

Seq No Region Exam No Name
1 03 640409 ABAN, JENNY A
2 03 640672 ABERIN, MA RHONA ROSE R
3 03 640820 ADAJAR, ANGELINE A
4 03 645148 AMADO, EUFEMIA S
5 03 645577 AMBONI, JERA MAE R
6 03 645180 ANTONIO, MYRTLE JUDE M
7 03 640706 ARAHAN, DENISSE KIM D
8 03 645156 ASISTIN, MARIA DELIA F
9 03 640533 BAGAYAN, CYNDI C
10 03 645543 BALAGTAS, AISHA ACE D
11 03 645602 BALUYOT, AARON PAUL S
12 03 640941 BOTE, JOANA MARIE L
13 03 640732 CADIENTE, RAYA GAIL B
14 03 640887 CAJUCOM, ASHER C
15 03 640076 CALALO, JAMY JILL C
16 03 645294 CALARA, NORISSA GRACE S
17 03 640638 CALUGTONG, IVY QUEEN V
18 03 640077 CANAGURAN, CRISTINA C
19 03 640954 CAPIAN, JIXIE ANNE C
20 03 640826 CENTENO, JEROME G
21 03 640467 CIPRIANO, KIMBERLY ANN S
22 03 645210 CODOY, MHERA NOVA N
23 03 640075 CORPUZ, KURTH B
24 03 640845 CUEVAS, IRENE C
25 03 645373 CUEVAS, RHODORA J
26 03 640534 DACAYMAT, ANGELINE DJ
27 03 640693 DACUMOS, JERONIE D
28 03 645540 DAVID, FHEY D
29 03 645474 DE GUZMAN, ROWELL C
30 03 640682 DELA CRUZ, CHRISTINE JOYCE S
31 03 645471 DELA CRUZ, JULIUS KIN D
32 03 645601 DIANA, MARIA LUISA D
33 03 640975 DOMINGO, JO ANNE B
34 03 640782 DUBAL, MARLO JR J
35 03 645209 EBILANE, JASON E
36 03 645138 EDEJER, KRISTIAN DOMINIC A
37 03 645214 EDORA, BARBRA MAE M
38 03 645570 EDQUILANG, CHIN-CHIN A
39 03 645340 EDRADA, AURELIUS NES LU S
40 03 640469 ESGUERRA, JOSHNA P
41 03 645508 FASTIDIO, ELAINE ANN Q
42 03 645488 FELARCA, NIÑA GRETEL C
43 03 645250 FLORENTINO, RALPH HARREN G
44 03 645223 FLORES, ANA MAY G
45 03 645495 FORMENTO, LEJANE R
46 03 640023 FRONDA, MARY ANNE MARGARETTE C
47 03 640463 GACUYA, CRISTALYN D
48 03 645611 GADIANO, JOHN KENNETH A
49 03 640789 GALAPON, PATRYK IAN A
50 03 640493 GARAVILLO, SHIELA MAY D
51 03 645225 GELACIO, GISELLE C
52 03 640630 GONZALES, ANA MARIE C
53 03 645383 HENSON, ALAIN S
54 03 640640 HIPOLITO, MARIZA LARA JEAN I
55 03 640851 HIZON, MARIE SOL D
56 03 640728 HUERNO, RUEL JR C
57 03 640063 JACINTO, RENEE JANE C
58 03 645445 JAKARIA, SAMAD B
59 03 640702 JOPSON, MARINETH R
60 03 640025 LACAMIENTO, MELANIE D
61 03 645530 LACONDE, MARIA ANGELA E
62 03 645588 LEGASPI, PAUL ALLAN A
63 03 640798 LOPEZ, KIMBERLY L
64 03 640459 LORENZO, JAIMIE A
65 03 645580 MACAM, CESAR JR M
66 03 640410 MAGNO, MARIE MAR C
67 03 640055 MANDAP, RODESSA A
68 03 645153 MANUGAY, ROSELLE Q
69 03 640423 MARTIN, DEAN P
70 03 645265 MEDINA, KHRISTIAN YIEL R
71 03 640503 MEDRANO, HAROLD RAPHAEL B
72 03 640731 NAZAR, ELIZA MAE S
73 03 645284 ORFANO, NOURENE C
74 03 640432 ORLANDA, NOIMIE C
75 03 640579 ORTIZ, MAC ACE C
76 03 645318 PAGUIO, MARK ALFRED V
77 03 640092 PANTOJA, MA. CORAZON V
78 03 640912 PASCUAL, JUVY ANN Y
79 03 645245 PASCUAL, LARA MAE R
80 03 645335 PILONE, JULIE ANN L
81 03 640720 PINEDA, LESLIE MAE L
82 03 645613 PRADO, ISAGANI P
83 03 640952 PRINCIPE, JENEIL E
84 03 645464 QUIZON, CHRISTIAN DAVIS H
85 03 645484 RAMOS, JULIE ANN F
86 03 645146 RAMOS, MANUEL A
87 03 645362 REFORBA, LORETTA B
88 03 640947 RODRIGUEZ, JOHN LESTER M
89 03 645433 ROLDAN, REBECCA A
90 03 640681 RUIZ, MARK JAYSON C
91 03 645242 SAGUN, ART LOUIE E
92 03 640629 SANICO, MELISSA R
93 03 645479 SAPANLAY, LOUI JOSEPH
94 03 640726 SARMIENTO, KATHLEEN V
95 03 640771 SINDANUM, RICOMAR G
96 03 645505 SISON, JOURNEY S
97 03 640923 SISON, LYRA DIANNE D
98 03 645418 SUMALA, HAZEL KRIS M
99 03 640914 TADEO, JAYTEE G
100 03 640520 TADIAMAN, LORMALYN T
101 03 645129 UMALI, MARICAR B
102 03 640657 VALDEZ, DONDON G
103 03 640034 VALDEZ, JANE H
104 03 640548 VELASCO, HANNA ELAISHA S
105 03 640905 VERDE, JERIC A
106 03 640917 VERGARA, RHOSE ANN QUEENE C
107 03 645229 VILLARMEA, HARLEY JEROME D
108 03 645199 VISITACION, SANDRA LEIN A
109 03 640036 YALUNG JOHN DEREK ANTHONY R
110 03 640942 YAP, KAREN JERAMIE R
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