August 2013 POE and MISE Exam Results

To those who took the Penology Officer Examination and Meat Inspection and Safety Examinatoin on August 11, 2013, the official results are now available at the Official Civil Service Commission website.  The  links below point to the official list of POE and MISE exam results in PDF format.

Penology Officer Examination Results

MISE Examination Results

Congratulations to all passers!

A Teaser on Answering Number Series Questions

First of all, I would like to point out the term series in the “Number Series” questions in the Civil Service Examinations is a bit incorrect. Technically, the list of numbers in the examinations is actually called a sequence.  A series is a sequence of sums — well, I will not go into details since it is not included in the examinations.  You can  click the link though if you want to know about it.

Second, this is quite a premature discussion since I have only written a few posts about integers. I planned to write about this later, but I thought that a teaser would be nice. In this post, I will show you that it is a must to master all the topics in mathematics because they are all connected. We will not discuss the strategies on how to answer the sequence problems here; I will have a separate post about them later. Don’t stop reading though because you are going to miss half of your life if you do (kidding). » Read more

The Scope of the Civil Service Examinations

The scope of the Civil Service examinations in the Philippines, both Professional and Subprofessional, are mainly  English and Mathematics proficiency. They comprise  about 80%  of the examination. Some of the questionnaires in grammar, correct usage, and paragraph organizations are in Filipino.  The remaining 20% are General Information questions, clerical operations in the Subprofessional examination and logical reasoning in the Professional examination.

Below are the scope of the Civil Service Examinations.

Professional Level

In mainly English and a small percentage in Filipino: vocabulary, grammar and correct usage, paragraph organization, reading comprehension, analogy, logical reasoning, and numerical reasoning.

Subprofessional Level

In mainly English and a small percentage in Filipino: vocabulary, grammar and correct usage, paragraph organization, reading comprehension, spelling, clerical operations, and numerical reasoning.

Both Professional and Subprofessional exams also include General Information on the following topics: Code of Conduct  and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees (Republic Act 6713), Peace and Human Rights Issues and Concepts, and Environment Management and Protection.

For more information visit the Official Civil Service Commission website of the Philippines.


5 Effective Ways to Improve Your Vocabulary

English Proficiency makes up about 50% of the Philippine Civil Service Examinations both Professional and Subprofessional. Vocabulary test items such as word meaning and analogy are included in these exams. For a higher probability of passing, it is important that you have a wide vocabulary when taking these examinations. In this post, I am going to give you some tips on how to improve your vocabulary in English based on personal experience. I think these tips will not only improve your vocabulary, but also will improve your command of the English language in general. One thing to remember though: a wide vocabulary does not just develop overnight. It takes time.

1. Read, Read, and Read

Reading is one of the best ways to improve your vocabulary and you should do this everyday. In reading, you do not only meet new words, you see how they are used in sentences. Try reading an article or two a day and you will see your progress in a few months.


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Reading novels will introduce you to conversational English and reading news will introduce you to technical English. If you are observant with sentence structure, reading will also introduce you to correct grammar and usage. In effect, if you have not learned grammar formally, you’ll have an idea if a sentence is constructed correctly or not.

2. Play Word Games

Playing word games especially Scrabble against a computer will surely introduce you to new words. If you own a gadget, download a word game app and play against a computer. Download also a dictionary app so that you can look up the new words that you have learned.

In playing word games, you will not just enjoy, you will also learn.

3. Watch English Movies

Watching English movies can also help improve vocabulary. If you are not native English speaker (I assume that this is also read in other countries), I recommend that you watch movies with subtitles.  In so doing, you will most likely meet new words that are used in daily conversations especially in movies with modern settings. Be warned though that in order to make the movies more realistic, some dialogues may be grammatically incorrect. This is because it happens in reality.

4. Take Notes

Whether reading, playing word games, or watching movies, you might also want to take note of the new words that you encounter. Look up their meaning in a dictionary and use them in sentences. After writing a sentence using the new words, you might also want to look at online dictionaries. Most online dictionaries nowadays (such as have sample sentences on how to use words.

5. Write, Write, and Write

Writing a blog or a journal can also help improve your vocabulary. In writing your thoughts, you search for appropriate words to use. This will also help you better remember those words.

After all I said, you are probably asking the following questions in your mind.

How about memorizing?
What if I randomly look up a word at a dictionary and memorize them?

Well, picking some words and memorizing their meaning will help you a little. This strategy based on personal experience is not effective. Most word meanings that are memorized without context are easily forgotten.

April 2013 Civil Service Exam Top 10 and Results

Below are the lists of the national top 10 of  the 2013 Civil Service Exam. The paper-and-pencil test was held nationwide on April 14, 2013.  To view the official complete list of passers, please go to the official website of Civil Service Commission.

Professional National Topnotchers 

1. Maravilla, Jan Angelique B – 86.21
2. Villaraza, Kristine C – 86.07
2. Baello, Joseph Alejandro M – 86.07
3. Mina, Rhinebert Kyle A – 85.95
3. Canoza, Bianca May O  – 85.95
4. Maravilla, Jan Abigail B – 85.94
5. Gapuz, Hazel Bernadette B – 85.93
6. Ganzon, Mina Angeles L  – 85.91
7. Guillen, Neil Daniel B – 85.75
8. Querubin, Emmanuel S – 85.7
8. Villar, Irene Marie F – 85.7
9. Palabay, Francis A – 85.67
10. Asur, Jodel LL – 85.63

SubProfessional Topnotchers

1. Gaite, Danielle JOanna C – 87.63
2. Ysulat, Andrea Claire C – 87.4
3. Tolentino, Ericko Paolo S – 87.35
4. Torres, Rosette Joy DF – 86.77
5. Quindoza, Mara Patricia D – 87.62
6. Durian, Noreen Rose A – 86.65
7. Briones, Glenn Ray B – 86.47
8. Marquez, Cielo Mae D – 86.39
9. Flores, Maria Kimmy I – 86.29
10. Villanueva, Acer M – 86.24

Source: Civil Service Commision

What is the Philippine Civil Service Examination?

The Philippine Civil Service Examination is given by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) to aspirants who want to work in the Philippine government. All government employees aside from a few exceptions (like passing selected board exams) are required to take the CSC Examination to be granted tenure.

There are two levels of Civil Service Examinations: Subprofessional and Professional. The Subprofessional level is for those who have finished 2-year courses or below. Those who have graduated 4-year courses or beyond are advised to take the Professional level.

The CSC examination is mainly composed of English and Mathematics proficiency. The other areas include Filipino, office filing and ethics, and Philippine constitution particularly Republic Act 6713.  As of this writing, the passing score of the CSC Examination is 80%.

This blog will serve as a Civil Service Reviewer for those who want to take the examination. I will be discussing questions that are similar to the examination and provide answers, detailed explanations, and tips. I will also give online mock exercises and examinations. In addition, I will also provide updates, links, and examination results.

For now, I will be discussing Mathematics and English subjects. The other subjects such as Philippine constitution will be discussed later by more qualified persons.

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