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The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has released the school assignments and important reminders for the January 27, 2019 Career Service Examination for Foreign Service Officer (CSE-FSO).

CSE-FSO is the qualifying test of the five-part FSO examination. Examinees must obtain a passing grade of 80.00 to qualify for the second part, which is the preliminary interview to be conducted by the Department of Foreign Affairs. Succeeding parts are written test, psychological test, and oral test.

There are 16 testing centers nationwide—UST Angelicum College, 112 Sen. Mariano Cuenco St., Brgy. Sto. Domingo, Quezon City (National Capital Region); CSC Regional Office III, Diosdado Macapagal Government Center, Maimpis, City of San Fernando, Pampanga (Region 3); St. Anne College Lucena, Inc., Diversion Road, Lucena City (Region 4); CSC Regional Office V, Training Hall, Rawis, Legazpi City (Region 5); CSC Regional Office VI, 7 Oñate St., Mandurriao, Iloilo City (Region 6); University of Cebu-Banilad Campus, Governor Cuenco Avenue, Banilad, Cebu City (Region 7); Don Pablo Lorenzo Memorial High School, Governor Ramos Avenue, Sta. Maria, Zamboanga City (Region 9); Liceo de Cagayan University, Cagayan de Oro City (Region 10); Malayan Colleges Mindanao, Km 2, McArthur Highway, Matina, Davao City (Region 11); CSC CAR Learning & Development Center, 116 Wagner Road, Military Cut-off, Baguio City (Cordillera Administrative Region).

The CSC strictly implements the no I.D., no exam policy. Examinees should bring a valid I.D. card, preferably the same I.D. card presented during filing of application. If not, they must present any of the following accepted I.D. cards, which is preferably valid (not expired)—Driver’s License/Temporary Driver’s License (LTO O.R. must be presented together with old Driver’s License; O.R. alone is not allowed)/Student Driver’s Permit; Passport; PRC License; SSS I.D.; GSIS I.D. (UMID); Voter’s I.D./Voter’s Certification; BIR/Taxpayer’s I.D. (ATM type/TIN card type with picture); PhilHealth I.D. (must have the bearer’s name, clear picture, signature and PhilHealth number); Company/Office I.D.; School I.D.; Police Clearance/Police Clearance Certificate; Postal I.D.; Barangay I.D.; NBI Clearance; Seaman’s Book; HDMF Transaction I.D.; PWD I.D.; Solo Parent I.D.; Senior Citizen’s I.D.; Alien Certificate of Registration Identity Card (ACR I-CARD); and CSC Eligibility Card. If the I.D. card has no date of birth, an original copy of PSA/LCR issued Birth Certificate printed on security paper must be presented. The application receipt and/or CSC official receipt may be brought, only if available.

Only black ball pens will be used in answering the examination sheet. Pencils and any other kinds of pen (e.g. gel pen, sign pen, fountain pen, friction pen, etc.) including other colors of ball pen are not allowed. Cellular phones and any other gadgets, including smart phones/watches and pens/eyeglasses with built-in camera, calculators, wristwatches with calculator, books and other forms of printed materials and all other similar items, are prohibited. Proper attire will be also observed during examination. Sleeveless shirt/blouse, shorts/short pants, and slippers are not allowed.

The CSC advised examinees to be at the assigned school early on examination day for the verification and locating of room assignment. Testing venues will be opened at 6:00 a.m. and will be closed at exactly 7:30 a.m. Examinees who arrive later than 7:30 a.m. will not be admitted. Failure to take the examination on scheduled date will mean forfeiture of examination fee and slot. Re-scheduling of examination date is not allowed.

The 150 test items cover numerical, analytical, verbal, and managerial ability in both English and Filipino, which should be answered within 3 hours and 5 minutes.