Tips to Passing the Civil Service Secretary Exam

The Civil Service Secretary Exam is your gateway to a federal job. In fact, you can't even expect to be considered for the position you are applying for if you don't pass this test. Thus, it's important that you prepare for it.

Many individuals who have a good head on their shoulders and who have always excelled in school feel that they do not have to study for such a test. After all, if they have passed other exams, then there is no reason why they will not pass this one.

But the Civil Service Secretary Exam needs preparation. You can't expect to pass it if you won't study for it. Here are some tips to help you ace the test that could spell the difference between a stable job and unemployment:

First of all, learn what comprises the Civil Service Secretary Exam. Now various states have different tests but they contain the following common topics: Math, Reading Comprehension, Spelling, Alphabetizing, Record Keeping and Filing, Grammar and Punctuation and Word Meaning. Some states have tests on typing and dictation, so make sure that your typing skills are up to par.

There are many study manuals that you can buy online or in bookstores that will help you review for this test. Get the study guide with practice questions so you get the feel of what the real test is like. There are guides that are easily downloaded to your computer and those that are on physical books. Choose the mode of study that you are more comfortable with.

Read, read, read. Whether it's newspapers or books, take the time to read and try as much as you can to increase your reading speed. There will be questions in the test which will require you to read long lengths of paragraph with questions to be answered in the end. Thus, you should practice your ability to read with understanding under time pressure.

Learn how to utilize context clues within the paragraph if there are certain words that you don't understand. Context clues are very important since you won't have the benefit of using a dictionary (and you won't have the time for it even if you were allowed) in the test.

On the day before the exam, make sure that you have everything you need. You should know where the exam is going to be held and when. Try to relax your mind the day before the test. Get a good night's rest so you wake up refreshed and ready to take your test.

Be sure to give yourself enough time to get to the testing center, giving some allowance for emergencies that may crop up along the way. If you do get there early, don't fret. Use the time to meditate and psyche yourself up to pass your Civil Service Secretary Exam with flying colors. Read the exam questions thoroughly and choose your answer without lingering too long on one item.

After you have taken the test, congratulate yourself for the feat even if the results are not in yet. If you have adequately prepared for your test, there's no reason why you should get stressed at the outcome. You'll surely get that passing mark and be on your way towards getting that government job.

If you believe that you have what it takes to be a Civil Service Secretary, then the first step is the Civil Service Secretary Exam Study Guide that walks you through the entire Civil Service Secretary hiring process.

For more information, go to our page for the Civil Service Secretary Exam Study Guide.

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