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Basic Math : What is PEMDAS ?

PEMDAS (or what others remember as Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally) is simply an acronym which stands for ‘Parenthesis, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition, and Subtraction’. If you have a number sentence with two or more operations, the order of the letters in PEMDAS tells you how to go about these operations. It tells you what to calculate first, second, third and so on, until everything is done.

PEMDAS serves as a guideline so all of us can obtain only one correct answer in a math expression. Without PEMDAS, we can end up having two or more different answers to a single equation.

For example, 5 + 4 x 3 = ?

WITHOUT PEMDAS,

  • We can do the addition first and get: 9 x 3 = 27
  • or we can do the multiplication first and get 5 + 12 = 17

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Highly Effective Tips and Tricks in Passing the Civil Service Exam in your First Take

Unless you’re pretty sure that luck is always on your side, there’s no other way for you to pass the CSE PPT (or any other exam) than to PREPARE for it and PRACTICE. You have to make time to STUDY. You have to review the subjects covered by the exam bit by bit, whenever you have time to spare.

Now, here are some real-life tips and tricks in passing the Civil Service Exam in your first take (These tips and strategies are based on my personal experience in passing the Dec 2015 CSE-PPT Professional Level Exam in my first take. Strategies and stories shared by other successful examinees were also taken into consideration.):
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English Lesson # 3: Sentences with Neither – Nor, Either – Or

Most questions in the Sentence Error Identification part of the Civil Service Exam will include those which make use of correlative conjunctions “Neither – Nor” and “Either – Or”.

RULE: In sentences with ‘Neither-Nor’ or ‘Either-Or’, or just ‘Or’ or ‘Nor’, remember that if both the subjects are singular, the verb must be singular. If both are plural, then the verb is plural.
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Practice Exercises: Sentence Error Identification I

This short quiz is patterned after the “Identifying Sentence Errors” section of the Civil Service Exam. If you’re familiar with the rules of grammar as well as the most common grammar mistakes, it will be easy for you to decide which part of the following sentences is grammatically incorrect.
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CSE-PPT FAQs : Should I go for the Civil Service Exam – Professional level or should I take the SubProfessional level first?

Should you take the exam for the Professional level right away or opt for the SubProfessional level first? Most people would go for the CSE-SubProfessional level first before they take the CSE-Professional level. However, there is really no need to take both or to take one after the other. You can simply take the Professional level right away if you are aiming for second-level positions – and if you’re prepared for it.
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CSE-PPT FAQs : What is the scope of the Civil Service Examination for Professional and SubProfessional Levels?

The professional level exam has 170 questions which you have to finish answering in 3 hours, while the subprofessional level exam has 165 items which you should finish in 2 hours and 40 minutes. Both the Professional and Subprofessional levels of the exam include 20 Personal Information Questions. (more…)

CSE-PPT FAQs: Can I take the Civil Service Exam?

Do you want to work for the government? You can take the Career Service Examination – Pen and Paper Test, if you meet the following qualifications…
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Practice Exercises: Subject and Verb Agreement I

Subjects and verbs in a sentence must AGREE with one another in number. This only means that if a subject is singular, its verb must also be singular; if a subject is plural, its verb must also be plural. Being able to find the right subject and verb will help you correct errors of subject-verb agreement. Knowing the rules of subject and verb agreement will help you deal with Verbal Ability questions in the Civil Service Exam, and in other aptitude tests.
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CSE-PPT FAQs: Why Should I try to Pass the Civil Service Exam?

The CSC or the Civil Service Commission uses the Civil Service Exam or the CSE-PPT (Career Service Examination-Pen and Paper Test) to determine which individuals are fit to work for the government. (more…)

Effective Tips in Passing the Civil Service Exam

About the Author

I'm a Journalism graduate of the University of the Philippines - Diliman and I'm currently taking up units in Professional Education courses. I have written for various blogs, websites, and magazines in the past. Right now, I work as a freelance eBook writer and a mobile app developer.

While I was managing a fledgling online business and being a full-time mom to my four kids - Yana, Yshi, Yza and Vincent Jr., I took the Career Service Examination - Pencil and Paper Test - Professional Level (CSE-PPT- Prof) for the first time in December 2015. I passed and I got lucky enough to be among the Top 10 examinees in my batch, 3rd in the National Capital Region.