Does anyone have any suggestions on passing the civil service exam?

Jump to Last Post 1-7 of 7 discussions (7 posts)
  1. Christopher Floyd profile image61
    Christopher Floydposted 10 years ago

    Does anyone have any suggestions on passing the civil service exam?

    I want to know what the test was like, what to study, things like that. Thanks for your help.

  2. ni8killer profile image60
    ni8killerposted 10 years ago

    A comprehensive civil service exam, a government employee to those who, once in government used to refer to a professional work I want to be given is the test period. Passing the exam many local, state and federal level is a condition for government jobs. The civil service work in various civil service examination is required for each, based on circumstances can. Questions on general knowledge and education generally with specific knowledge of the work based on requirements are divided between those.

  3. what_say_you profile image60
    what_say_youposted 10 years ago

    Go to and get a study guide...they have one for every type of exam....depending on which job you are testing for. There are different exams for different gov jobs.  Also, some gov websites have practice exams if you just google it.

  4. capncrunch profile image74
    capncrunchposted 10 years ago

    I've worked in civil service for around 14 years.  What particular exam or position are you interested in taking/ applying?  Have you applied and are already scheduled to take the exam?

    Just as ni8killer says, there are vairious types of civil service examinations.  One exam does not fit all.  There are competitive exams.  Competitive means open to the general public as well as a current civil service employee as long as qualifications are met.

    There are promotional exams geared for employees going after a promotion within a civil service company.  Promotional exams are generally allowed only to current employees with a few exceptions. 

    And just as what_say_you says, there are study guides you can get your hands on depending on what exam you will take, and a good place to start is where you apply for the exam itself.

    In general you should not have to pay for a study guide.  I spent over 10 years helping people get employment in a civil service system.  It is not as hard to gain employment as some make it sound. 

    Civil service exams are constantly changing, and so do the study guides.  Get the study guide from the place you apply for the position or exam.  If there is no study guide, they can lead you to where you should look.  Exams are specific and have specific study material.  Books can be used for study material of certain exams.  If so, there should be a list of study references for you to follow.

  5. dtchosen profile image59
    dtchosenposted 10 years ago

    Read a variety of things. Exams like this requires that you'd be a wide reader..

  6. Christopher Floyd profile image61
    Christopher Floydposted 10 years ago

    Thanks for all your input. You guys have been very helpful.
    I'm about to start classes towards my Security Management degree. I'm minoring in Intelligence studies and intend to follow up with a masters in Intel. Or I may just get bachelors degrees in both (8 semesters as my credits stand now.) and pursue a Masters in Homeland Security. I live pretty close to Stennis Space Center, a world trade center, a major port, a few other things. I know I could find work in the civilian sector, but I want a government job, ideally with Homeland Security or a state agency. Something with a law enforcement emphasis.
    That's the plan, anyway.
    CapnCrunch, any specific info on prepping for a job in these fields? I can tell you I do not want to work for FEMA or the TSA, and I'm not eligible for military service (unfortunately.).

  7. Ken Barton profile image62
    Ken Bartonposted 10 years ago

    A associate of mine suggested I keep my eyes open for employment in the Civil Service field and said that if I see an opening I am interested, I can go down to the Library and get a copy of the exam that is given for that particular position.  Evidently, the questions are the same as those given on the regular test.

    Often times, there are classes you can take that will assist you in taking a test.  For example, for the Postal Service, i took a weekend class that taught me certain techniques to aid me in the speed at which I can answer questions and thus allow me to complete the test with plenty of time.  An example of this is learning to hold the pencil so I fill in the circles on the answer sheet using the side of the led vs. the point of the pencil.  With the side of the led you end up with an elongated flat spot that covers more of the circle allowing you to fill in the circle with just a couple swipes of the pencil.  Using the tip takes quite a bit longer and wastes time.

    I hope these suggestions have helped you.  The best technique to use in any test is to study, practice going over the questions, don't rush, and relax!  Getting stressed during an exam is like slamming the door on your brain.  You don't want to set yourself up for a fall.  Rather go into the test telling yourself over and over again, "I'm going to do Great!  I know this material!"  Be positive minded and trust yourself to do well.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)