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Results for civil service exam in HK out, low pass rate posted

06 January 2017

by The SUN Team

Applicants check their names against the list of those approved to take the Civil Service exam
About 1 out of 10 who took the Civil Service sub-professional examination given in Hong Kong last November passed, while the pass rate for the professional-level grade was just 2.5%.
The results for Hong Kong, posted separately on the Civil Service website, show that of the 277 who took the sub-professional exam, only 30 passed, for a pass rate of 10.8%. In the professional level, where the examinees were more than twice as many, at 676, only 17 passed.
As disheartening as the results may be for the majority of the examinees, they were not unexpected, given the lack of time for review and their general difficulty in getting off work to brush up on current events and other subjects for which they were tested.
The examination, the first ever to be held in Hong Kong, took place on Nov. 27 at Delia Memorial School in Kwun Tong, barely a month since the month-long registration ended. Up until a few weeks before it was held, Labatt de la Torre was scouring for a venue big enough to accommodate the nearly three thousand Filipinos in both Hong Kong and Macau who had originally expressed an interest in taking the exam.
"We can aim to improve this year by fixing the date of the exam months in advance so they have time to prepare," Labor Attache Jalilo de la Torre said when asked for a reaction by The SUN.
"We will also encourage Filcom (members) to help them in the review".
Blanche Abasa  passed the sub-prof exam
One of the successful examinees is Blanche Abasa, founder and president of Cebu Federation International, whose surname guaranteed her being put on top of the list for those who passed the sub-professional level.
Abasa said she was overjoyed on hearing from The SUN that she was among those who passed the exam.
She said she was confident for the most part about taking the exam, but felt at the last minute that she needed to brush up on mathematics.
“(It’s so) overwhelming, kasi I never reviewed, and only reviewed for math two days before the exam since it’s my weakest subject”, she said. “The last part was the most difficult, because I had to answer 50 questions in just 7 minutes”.
Without anyone to help her with the review, Abasa said she checked out blog sites that gave tips on the exam questions. From there, she found math formulas that she memorized in preparation for the test.
As a domestic helper who started working at age 17, barely a year after graduating from high school, Abasa said she compensated for this by embracing learning.
“I love learning, but I admit that I found the exam really difficult,” she said.
Abasa said she is sure that many of her friends will be encouraged to give the next civil service examination a try after learning about her hurdling it.
She is also willing to help out those who will take it, as she regards her success a blessing that must be shared.
The exam was conducted by the Civil Service Commission in support of the Department of Labor and Employment’s reintegration program to “encourage the vulnerable OFWs to return to the country and be with their families again.”
Those who passed the exam are advised to personally claim their Certification of Eligibility at the CSC office they indicated on the online registration when they return home.  No representatives will be allowed to claim the certification for passers.
Passers of the professional level exam will earn a Career Service Professional Eligibility appropriate for both first level (clerical) and second level (technical up to division chief).
Those who pass the sub-professional test will be eligible only for the first level positions. 
The CSC also clarified that a professional or sub-professional eligibility is just one of the requirements for landing a job in government. Education, experience, and training are also required of those seeking permanent positions in government service.
The full list of successful examinees can be found here:

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