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Civil Service Exam Information

Civil service exams are used across the nation to screen candidates for federalstate, and local government positions. They test for various professions within these agencies.

Bear in mind that the content and exact structure of the exam usually varies according to the state administering the test and the position the test is screening for.


Math Word Problem

Ariel, Alex, and Dana form a business agreement in which Ariel receives 20% of profits, Alex receives 70% of profits, and Dana receives the remaining 10%. The total profits for the month of June were $6,600. How much more would Dana receive if the profits were divided equally?

A. $1,540
B. $1,820
C. $1,900
D. $2,180
E. $2,200
F. None of these

The correct answer is (A).

Per the current agreement, Dana receives 10% of $6,600, which is $6,600*0.10 = $660.

If the profits were divided equally among all three people, Dana would have received one third of the total profits, which is $6,600/3 = $2,200.
Therefore, she would have made $2,200 – $660 = $1,540 more if the profits were divided equally.


Basic Arithmetic – Working with US Money

Count the money. How much money is there?



A. $3.90
B. $3.95
C. $4.05
D. $4.10

The correct answer is (C).

If you add up each bill or coin with that match in type, you will get:

Dollars: 1 + 1 + 1 = 3

Quarters: 0.25 + 0.25 = 0.50

Nickels: 0.05 + 0.05 + 0.05 = 0.15

Dimes: 0.10 + 0.10 + 0.10 + 0.10 = 0.40

Add the sums of each bill or coin to find the entire sum: $3.00 + $0.50 + $0.15 + $0.40 = $4.05.


Administrative and Clerical

Arrange the following items in alphabetical order for filing:

  1. Michael Jordan
  2. Janis Joplin
  3. Michael Jackson
  4. Jennifer Lopez

A. 4, 3, 2, 1
B. 2, 4, 3, 1
C. 3, 2, 1, 4
D. 3, 1, 2, 4

The correct answer is (C).

Filing is done according to the first letter of the last name in alphabetical order. When the first letters are the same, the filing is done according to the second letter, and so on. When last names are identical, filing is done according to the first name and then the middle name.

The names rewritten for alphabetic filing:

Jordan, Michael; Joplin, Janis; Jackson, Michael; Lopez, Jennifer.

Arranged by alphabetic order:

Jackson, Michael; Joplin, Janis; Jordan, Michael; Lopez, Jennifer.


Grammar – Written Materials Analysis

Answer the question that follows the passage:

  1.   Education of man does not begin at school, but at birth. It ends, not when
  2.   he graduates from the university, but at his death. Hence, education is a life-long
  3.   process. The child learns through his experience; it went on forever without any
  4.   break or barrier. Thus, education becomes an active and dynamic process. It is
  5.   much more than schooling, memorizing or learning a prescribed syllabus. When
  6.   the learner comes in contact with a real situation, he utilizes all his past
  7.   experiences that are relevant to it and gains new experiences. Therefore,
  8.   education is considered by educationalists as an active and dynamic process.

What change, if any, is needed in line 3?

A. Change "process" to "processes"
B. Add a comma after "forever"
C. Change "went" to "goes"
D. No change is needed

The correct answer is (C).

The sentence should read, "it goes on forever without any break or barrier." Though the sentence is grammatically correct, "went" is past tense, which is not suitable as the paragraph is written in present tense.


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