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2018 PCSR Civil Service Review Guide 3

2018 PCSR Civil Service Review Guide 3

Week 3: October 9 – October 15, 2017


A. Subtraction of Fractions

Youtube Tutorial Videos (Taglish)

Lesson 1: Subtraction of Similar Fractions

Lesson 2: Subtraction of Fractions (Dissimilar Fractions)

Lesson 3: Subtraction of Fractions (Mixed Fractions)

Lesson 4: Subtraction of Mixed Fractions Part 1 (Shortcut)

Lesson 5: Subtraction of Mixed Fractions Part 2 (Shortcut)

More videos

Link 1: Subtraction of Similar Fractions Examples

Link 2: Subtraction of Similar Fractions

Link 3: Subtraction of Mixed Fractions

Link 4: How to Subtract Fractions Part 1

Tutorial Articles

Link 1: How to Subtract Fractions

Link 2: How to Subtract Fractions Practice Test

Link 3: How to Subtract Fractions Solution to Practice Test


A. Vocabulary

B. Grammar
Understanding Simple Past Tense with Exercise

C. Spelling

Part III: CLERICAL (Subprofessional)

Alphabetizing Rules Part 3

Rule 3 Alphabetizing Exercise

Alphabetizing Quiz 3


8 Tips on How to Pass Civil Service Examination Next Time


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3 Mistakes Done Before or During the Civil Service Exam Day

During the Civil Service Exam day, it is important to be prepared, but what is more important is not to get late. The most important goal during the day of the examination is to arrive at the venue ahead of time. In this article, we learn from mistakes done by previous examinees. Please keep them in mind.

1. They sleep very late.

Some examinees usually sleep very late the night before the Civil Service Examination. One potential drawback about this is waking up late. There was one examinee in May 2015 who woke up 9:00 am. The start of the examination was usually 8:00 am.

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In any examination, it is always advisable to relax the night before. This will make you fresh during the day of the examination. Sleepiness during exams can make you slower and can affect your focus.

2. They wake up very early.

There are some cases in Civil Service Examinations where examinees sleep early but also wake up very early. This is probably due to excitement (wink) or nervousness or being afraid to be late. However, many of them experienced headache during the day of the examination making it difficult for them to answer the questions.

You can set your alarm clock during the day of the examination. Better still, set two alarm clocks. I usually do this if I have some important appointments. If you wake up too early, at least you can sleep a bit more without being worried.

And it is not advisable to review if you wake up early!

3. They don’t search ahead for the venue.

Many examinees only search for the venue during the day of the examination. Many of them get lost and some even get late. Note that the examiners don’t allow late comers during the exam!

Related: 5 Things to Do a Day Before the Exam

It is important to know the venue of the Civil Service Examination ahead of time. It is even better to visit the venue before the examination and know some alternative routes as well as traffic conditions. To those who are very far the venue, you can sleep at a friend’s house or even rent a hostel.

And most of all, during the day of the examination, don’t forget your pencil. Simple things count!

How to Solve Venn Diagram Problems Part 1

According to examinees, some of the items that were included in the recently concluded Civil Service Exams are problems involving Venn Diagrams. So, in this series, we will discuss in detail how to solve these types of problems. If you are not familiar with Venn diagrams, please read the Introduction to Venn Diagrams.

Problems involving Venn Diagrams usually discusses choices of groups of people. Let’s have the first example.

Problem 1

In a class of 40 students, 25 are taking English and 17 are taking Mathematics. If 7 are taking both subjects,

(a) How many students are not taking English, and at the same time not taking Math?

(b) How many students are in English class only? in Math class only?   Continue Reading

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. Continue Reading

Frequently Asked Questions about Civil Service Exams

Since the PH Civil Service Reviewer Facebook Page (please Like it) is asked by the same set of questions repeatedly, I have decided to create a Frequently Asked Questions page about the Civil Service Examination. Note that all these information are summarized from the official page of the Civil Service Exam.

Warning: As the CSC may change any rule or information in the link above any time, the information below may not be always up-to-date. Make sure to go the to official web page given above if the data you need is crucial or important.

Frequently Asked Questions in Civil Service Exam

1.) What is the Philippine Civil Service Exam?

The Civil Service Exam or the Career Service Examination is a set of examinations for people who want to work as  government employee in the Philippines. Most positions in the government require Civil Service eligibility; that is, require persons who passed the CSE.  Continue Reading

5 Things To Do A Day Before the Civil Service Exam

One of the most common mistakes examination takers do is to cram and do a lot of studying the day before the examination. If you think you have done enough review for the past days, you have to relax a day before the examination. Here are a few tips and things to do a day before the examination.

1.) Relax, don’t overdo the review.

Cramming one day before the examination will really not help you a lot, it may even be the reason why you will not pass the exam. During the last day of the examination, you can review a bit in the morning, but try to relax in the afternoon. Lie down on a sofa and listen to soothing music,  go out and watch the sunset, or watch a movie at home with family and friends. Continue Reading

Introduction to the Concept of Perimeter

Aside from Algebra problems, the Civil Service Examination also contains geometric problems. In this post, I am going to introduce you to the concept of perimeter.

The perimeter of a polygon is the total distance around it. If you have a rectangular pool, for example, and you start walking from one corner along its edge (as near as you can), until you reach the place where you started, then the distance you have walked is its perimeter. Continue Reading

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