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1,144 examinees expected to take Career Service Exams in Catarman

by Ailene N. Diaz

Catarman, Northern Samar (12 November) -- At least 1,144 examinees, 1,005 of whom are slated for professional and 139 for sub-professional levels will take the Career Service Examinations on November 16, 2008, 7:00 AM at Catarman National High School, Catarman, Northern Samar.

The Civil Service Commission states that the Career Service Professional Examination is a three-hour test that covers vocabulary, grammar and correct usage, paragraph organization, reading comprehension, analogy, logic, and numerical reasoning. The 2.5 hour Sub-professional exam covers the same subject areas except analogy and logic and, in addition, spelling and clerical operations.

Both levels include general information questions on the Philippine Constitution, the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees (R.A. 6713), peace and human rights issues and concepts, and environment management and protection.

According to Director Michael de la Cruz, Director II of CSC Northern Samar Field Office, only Northern Samar and Southern Leyte were considered as examination centers out of the 6 provinces in Eastern Visayas for the year 2008. This is aside from Leyte which is the Regional Center of the Commission. Northern Samar has been administering this Civil Service Examinations annually since 1987.

De la Cruz further said that examination results are released after a period of two months. In recent years, the province of Northern Samar has been able to maintain its passing percentage compared to other provinces.

To pass the test, the examinees should get a grade of at least 80. Passing the Career Service Examinations would result in the conferment of either Professional eligibility or Sub-professional eligibility, which among other requirements is needed for appointment to corresponding positions in the government service.

On examination day, all examinees must be at their assigned examination center not later than 7:00 a.m. and should bring with them the following items: 1) notice of assignment; 2) the same valid ID card presented upon filing of application; 3) lead pencils and erasers; and 4) blue or black ball pen.

The CSC stressed that failure to come on the scheduled examination will mean forfeiture of examination slot and examination fee. No request for re-scheduled examination is allowed.

Days before the conduct of the examination, the Commission will also hold its Training and Retraining on Examination Administration on November 14, 2008 at Kapihan, University of Eastern Philippines, Catarman, Northern Samar for a continued accredition of Examiner and Test Administrator into the Professional Corps of Test Administrators (PROCTAD).

The Training and the Examination will be under the supervision of no less than the Regional Director of the Civil Service Commission, Atty. David E. Cabanag, Jr. CESO III, and Dir. Michael de la Cruz of the CSC Northern Samar Provincial Field Office. (PIA-Northern Samar) [top]

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