Civil Service Exam Correct Usage Reviewer

Here are some multiple-choice Civil Service exam reviewers on Correct Usage.

Instruction: Choose the letter that corresponds to the word or phrase that will correctly complete each sentence.

1.) The musical play _______ we saw last night was fascinating.
A.) whose
B.) whom
C.) that
D.) since

2.) _______ the four candidates, Margot was chosen to become the school representative.
A.) Between
B.) Among
C.) Meanwhile
D.) Already

3.) I noticed that you don’t look too well. What is it that _______ you?
A.) ails
B.) ales
C.) aisles
D.) isles

4.) My teacher _______ I was absent last time when she _______ the lesson on Tirad Pass.
A.) taught, thought
B.) tot, thawed
C.) thought, taught
D.) thought, teached

5.) The envoy from Latvia handled the affair in a _______ fashion.
A.) discreet
B.) discrete
C.) discretely
D.) discreetly

6.) My friends and I have known each other _______ 1990.
A.) after
B.) since
C.) mean while
D.) because of

7.) Jasper, a known rebel, _______ the speed limit by doing 170 on the road.
A.) flaunted
B.) flouted
C.) flagged
D.) flippant

8.) Martin speaks French. _______ you?
A.) Should
B.) Can
C.) May
D.) How

9.) Policies in society that do not work for the people should be _______ so that they serve the common good.
A.) praised
B.) undermined
C.) ameliorated
D.) metabolized

10.) _______ are fourteen volunteers in _______ group. _______ waiting for you.
A.) Their, they’re, There
B.) There, they’re, Their
C.) There, their, They’re
D.) They’re, there, Their

11.) Cheating on you is the _______ thing in my mind right now.
A.) furthest
B.) farther
C.) farthest
D.) further

12.) After playing three soccer games, Diego left _______.
A.) burned out
B.) burned in
C.) burned over
D.) burned up

13.) Please do not _______ the volume of the radio as I am studying for my exams.
A.) turn over
B.) turn out
C.) turn up
D.) turn with

14.) They were playing in the yard when the balloons _______.
A.) pooped
B.) plooped
C.) bursted
D.) burst

15.) People of different religions should _______ with each other despite their creeds and beliefs.
A.) get around
B.) get along
C.) get over
D.) get with

16.) _______ are my students you are scolding.
A.) That
B.) Than
C.) This
D.) These

17.) There is _______ that I can do to help you at this point.
A.) little
B.) more
C.) somehow
D.) few

18.) The fifth grade children of Mrs. Santos are _______. They ignored their teacher’s reminders.
A.) uninteresting
B.) disinterested
C.) disinteresting
D.) interested

19.) The sheriff _______ the bank robbers last Sunday.
A.) hung
B.) hanging
C.) hanged
D.) hunging

20.) The _______ at work is that of gravity.
A.) participle
B.) particle
C.) principal
D.) principle


1.) C.) that. The relative pronoun used here (“here”) applies to any object that is concrete or tangible.
2.) B.) among. The proper word should be “among” as there are several choices given. “Between” applies only when two choices are provided.
3.) A.) ails. The correct word is “ails” which means “makes one feel sick”.
4.) C.) thought, taught. “Thought” as the past tense of “think, and “taught” as the past tense of “teach”
5.) A.) discreet. “Discreet” means in a secret manner while “discrete” means separate unit.
6.) B.) since. The adverb of time “since” is the correct choice to suggest that the speaker in the sentence and his peers have known each other sometime in the past.
7.) B.) flouted. The word “flaunt” means to be overly expressive so as to boast while “flout” means to disregard rules or conventions. The correct answer is therefore flouted.
8.) B.) can. The correct choice is “can” making the reader ask if it is possible for him to do what is suggested.
9.) C.) ameliorated. Policies that don’t work need to be improved. “Ameliorate” means to change something for the better.
10.) C.) There, their, they’re. The use of “there” indicates an assertion of some quality or trait, or even to point at a direction. “Their” is a pronoun used to show possession, while “they’re” is a contraction (short-cut) for “they are”.
11.) A.) furthest. The rule on the use of “farther” applies to physical distance in space, while “further” implies mental distance/degree.
12.) A.) burned out. The expression “burn out” means to reach a point of exhaustion.
13.) C.) turn up. To “turn up” something means to increase the sound or volume.
14.) D.) burst. The verb “burst” is an irregular verb and its past tense is also “burst” not bursted.
15.) B.) get along. The phrasal verb “get along” means to cooperate with each other.
16.) D.) these. The correct answer is “these” as it agrees with the referent, children (plural form).
17.) A.) little. The tone of the sentence suggests not much can be done. The appropriate answer is “little” not “few” because the idea is something that is not quantifiable.
18.) B.) disinterested. “Disinterested” means indifferent, impartial or unconcerned.
19.) C.) hanged. The verb hang has two meanings but both mean to suspend something. The past tense for hanging “people” as a form of punishment in some societies is “hanged” while “hung” suggests the past of objects being suspended like clothes.
20.) D.) principle. “Principle” names a fundamental belief, rule or idea.

Civil Service Exam Analogy Reviewer

Here are some multiple-choice Civil Service exam reviewers on Single-word analogy.

Direction: Choose the letter that corresponds to the word matches perfectly with each analogy.

1.) Gaborone : Botswana :: Kiev : _______

A.) Moldova
B.) Estonia
C.) Ukraine
D.) Latvia

2.) Lucban : Quezon :: Naga : _______

A.) Laguna
B.) Sulu
C.) Bohol
D.) Camarines Sur

3.) Ilocos : bagnet :: Cebu : _______

A.) lechon
B.) diningding
C.) Bicol express
D.) pinaupong manok

4.) Shakespeare : Hamlet :: J.K. Rowling : _______

A.) Jonathan Livingstone
B.) Robinson Crusoe
C.) Frodo Baggins
D.) Harry Potter

5.) Odin : Norse :: Thoth : _______

A.) Greek
B.) Aztec
C.) Babylonian
D.) Egyptian

6.) nephelic : cloud :: pluvial : _______

A.) rainbow
B.) snow
C.) rain
D.) fog

7.) Oxford : England :: Sorbonne : _______

A.) United States
B.) France
C.) Netherlands
D.) Belgium

8.) nephrologist : kidney :: Cardiologist : _______

A.) stomach
B.) brain
C.) lungs
D.) heart

9.) Apollo : Greece :: Amaterasu : _______

A.) Japan
B.) China
C.) Korea
D.) Vietnam

10.) Carlo J. Caparas : Panday :: Mars Ravelo : _______

A.) Darna
B.) Bakekang
C.) Joaquin Bordado
D.) Pugad Baboy

11.) Church : Christianity :: synagogue : _______

A.) Islam
B.) Buddhisim
C.) Judaism
D.) Jainism

12.) murder : crows :: gaggle : _______

A.) roadrunners
B.) geese
C.) owls
D.) chickens

13.) Roman Catholic : Aquinas :: Protestant : _______

A.) Ratzinger
B.) Calvin
C.) Augustine
D.) Bellarmine

14.) Baranggay : Philippines :: canton : _______

A.) Hungary
B.) Switzerland
C.) Greece
D.) Malta

15.) leukemia : blood :: pneumonia : _______

A.) liver
B.) stomach
C.) esophagus
D.) lungs

16.) volleyball : libero :: soccer : _______

A.) quarterback
B.) mid-spiker
C.) center guard
D.) midfielder

17.) DC Universe : Superman :: Marvel Universe : ______

A.) Wonder Woman
B.) Spiderman
C.) Batman
D.) The Flash

18.) aquiline : eagle-like :: hircine : _______

A.) sheep-like
B.) tiger-like
C.) pig-like
D.) goat-like

19.) yeti : The Himalayas :: Dracula : _______

A.) Bulgaria
B.) Romania
C.) Montenegro
D.) Albania

20.) scarlet : red :: turquoise : _______

A.) gray
B.) yellow
C.) blue
D.) green


1.) C.) Ukraine
2.) D.) Camarines Sur
3.) A.) lechon
4.) D.) Harry Potter
5.) D.) Egyptian
6.) C.) rain
7.) B.) France
8.) D.) heart
9.) A.) Japan
10.) A.) Darna
11.) C.) Judaism
12.) B.) geese
13.) B.) Calvin
14.) B.) Switzerland
15.) D.) lungs
16.) D.) midfielder
17.) B.) Spiderman
18.) D.) goat-like
19.) B.) Romania
20.) C.) blue

Civil Service Exam Antonyms Reviewer

Here are some multiple-choice Civil Service exam reviewers on antonyms.

Instruction: Choose the letter that corresponds to the word opposite in meaning to the bold and italicized word in the sentence.

1.) Because of his love for culture and the arts, Martin is considered by his friends as elegant and refined.

A.) aggressive
B.) praiseworthy
C.) philistine
D.) peaceful

2.) I don’t think they have the temerity to put these accusations in print.

A.) meekness
B.) silence
C.) daring
D.) strength

3.) Waging a campaign against the candidate’s character, the press attempted to vilify Mr. Rosario and his family.

A.) criticize
B.) publish
C.) mask
D.) praise

4.) Young people who experience unrequited love often outgrow it and become more mature in their dealings.

A.) uncensored
B.) reciprocated
C.) remarkable
D.) rejected

5.) It is not a good thing to hang out with people with morose dispositions in life.

A.) thoughtful
B.) jubilant
C.) depressing
D.) unresponsive

6.) Mrs. Cabral’s art works are acclaimed by both critics and lay people alike because of their beauty and insight.

A.) disregarded
B.) noteworthy
C.) indispensable
D.) praised

7.) Ramsay’s articles in the papers are noted for their avant-garde take on contemporary issues and concerns.

A.) antediluvian
B.) postmodern
C.) cultural
D.) graceful

8.) Many philanthropists are known for their altruistic efforts to change society and fix social problems that exist.

A.) collaborative
B.) organized
C.) selfish
D.) compassionate

9.) Expressions like, “Follow your dreams” are examples of trite expressions these days.

A.) overused
B.) empty
C.) powerful
D.) original

10.) People who live debauched lifestyles only care about the pursuit of pure pleasure.

A.) excellent
B.) notorious
C.) wholesome
D.) happy

11.) In the modern world, lazy and unproductive individuals are deplored by others.

A.) admired
B.) criticized
C.) silenced
D.) grieved

12.) Some mental patients who speak in gibberish may suffer from problems of meaning comprehension.

A.) complicated
B.) attentive
C.) intelligible
D.) depressed

13.) Many poets and prophets see the length of human life on earth as ephemeral.

A.) transient
B.) short
C.) eternal
D.) diffused

14.) A significant group of scientists have debunked the so called idea that the earth is a flat disk.

A.) destroyed
B.) invalidated
C.) restored
D.) confirmed

15.) A lot communities and towns are built near a dormant volcano.
A.) asleep
B.) active
C.) beautiful
D.) peaceful


1.) C.) philistine
2.) A.) meekness
3.) D.) praise
4.) B.) reciprocated
5.) B.) jubilant
6.) A.) disregarded
7.) A.) antediluvian
8.) C.) selfish
9.) D.) original
10.) C.) wholesome
11.) A.) admired
12.) C.) intelligible
13.) C.) eternal
14.) D.) confirmed
15.) B.) active

Civil Service Exam Synonyms Reviewer

Here are some multiple-choice Civil Service exam reviewers on synonyms.

Choose the letter that corresponds to the word closest in meaning to the bold and italicized word in the sentence.

1.) It is paradoxical to say that one can be patriotic and not patriotic at the same time.

A.) supportive
B.) contradictory
C.) energizing
D.) truthful

2.) Many false stories surfaced the author’s death but only those which are widely popular remained canonical.

A.) valuable
B.) meaningful
C.) engaging
D.) acceptable

3.) The five star general remained composed in his behaviour although a lot of logistical problems continued to fill his ranks.

A.) serene
B.) inspired
C.) thoughtful
D.) focused

4.) The football team remained enervated after the particularly difficult final match with the defending champions from Barotac.

A.) exhausted
B.) motivated
C.) calculating
D.) noisy

5.) The chief operating officer suggested a more pragmatic approach in dealing with the situation, relying more on results and outcomes.

A.) planned
B.) practical
C.) polite
D.) purposeful

6.) Between rumors of a tryst with a government official and allegations of drug dependency, the student athlete decided to disappear from the public eye.

A.) flight
B.) love affair
C.) secret meet
D.) corruption

7.) Doctors recommend that people should drink more water when they are working out strenuously.

A.) consistently
B.) thoroughly
C.) vigorously
D.) slowly

8.) The Harry Potter books have become ubiquitous in bookstores around the English-speaking world.

A.) amazing
B.) widespread
C.) annoying
D.) entertaining

9.) Batman defeated Gotham’s mob bosses and ended their nefarious activities that took advantage on the weak and the poor.

A.) questionable
B.) hidden
C.) altruistic
D.) wicked

10.) Because of his flippant remarks, Quentin’s friends never took him seriously.

A.) light-hearted
B.) profound
C.) demeaning
D.) wise

11.) The old professor’s lectures were soporific in their effect as seen from the immediate results in the lecture hall.

A.) enlightening
B.) merciful
C.) sleep-inducing
D.) engaging

12.) The young lady was often lachrymose whenever she reads books that lead to tragic ends.

A.) silly
B.) preoccupied
C.) lazy
D.) tear-filled

13.) Many civic minded members of society decry government policies that continue to ignore the concerns of the poor.

A.) condemn
B.) express
C.) support
D.) lessen

14.) Many college textbooks, despite the appeal of their subject matter, remain stodgy in their discussion and presentation of topics.

A.) limited
B.) short-sighted
C.) boring
D.) erroneous

15.) Because of his warm attitude and scholarly erudition, the class admired Mr. Pelaez and ignored his minor weaknesses.

A.) positivity
B.) intelligence
C.) virtue
D.) religiousness

Answer key:

1.) B.) contradictory
2.) D.) acceptable
3.) A.) serene
4.) A.) exhausted
5.) B.) practical
6.) C.) secret meet
7.) C.) vigorously
8.) B.) widespread
9.) D.) wicked
10.) A. ) light-hearted
11.) C.) sleep-inducing
12.) D.) tear-filled
13.) A.) condemn
14.) C.) boring
15.) B.) intelligence

Conversion of Units Part 1: Centimeters, Meters, Kilometers

Converting from one unit to another is one of the skills that you should learn before taking the Civil Service Examinations. It sometimes makes calculations easier and therefore saves time.

In this series, I will discuss the different methods that can be used in converting from one unit to another. I will illustrate several examples such as conversion among centimeters (cm), meters (m) and kilometers (km). Take note that the methods used here can also be used in conversion of other units of measure.

It is important that you memorize some standard conversions such as the following:

1 m = 100 cm

1 km = 1000 m

1 kg = 1000 g

1 ft = 30 cm

1 ft = 12 inches

1 mile = 1.6 km  » Read more

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