CSC Computerized Examination System
COMEX Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
This is a press release from the Civil Service Commission.
The Civil Service Commission Computerized Examination (CSC-COMEX) is a system that will automate and integrate each step in the administration of computerized examination, making the entire process faster, easier, and more efficient. It is undertaken by the CSC in collaboration with the Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI), the research and development arm of the Department of Science and Technology.
The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has set 13 schedules of the Computerized Career Service Examination (COMEX) for the first half of 2019.
There will be 9 examinations to be conducted at the CSC Central Office in Batasan Hills, Quezon City, and 4 exam schedules for the regional offices.
CSC COMEX is the computerized mode of administration of the Career Service Examination in addition to the traditional Pen and Paper Test (PPT) held twice a year.
Examination schedules under the CSC Regional Offices only include CSC ROs joining the scheduled date of examination. The CSC strongly advises the applicants to check the “Testing Center and Personal Appearance Venue” indicated in the Examination Schedule page before making a reservation.
The CSC reminds applicants that the number of examination slots is very limited, thus, may be taken and filled up in a matter of minutes. In the event that the slot counter reached a negative count, all affected examinees will no longer be accepted.
As a rule, applicants must not have taken the same level of Career Service Exam being applied for, either through the PPT mode or the COMEX mode, within 3 months before the date of examination.
To apply for COMEX, an individual must create a user account in the COMEX website. Once activated, the user will have access to the Examination Schedules and may reserve an examination slot through the COMEX Reservation website.
Once a reservation has been made, an applicant should personally submit an original and photocopy of a valid ID card and pay the examination fee of P680 to the designated CSC Office on the scheduled date and time.
Accepted ID cards are:
Driver’s License/Temporary Driver’s License (LTO OR must be presented together with old Driver’s License; OR alone is not allowed)/Student Driver’s Permit
GSIS ID (UMID)
Voter’s ID/Voter’s Certification
BIR/Taxpayer’s ID (ATM type/TIN card type with picture)
PhilHealth ID (must have the bearer’s name, clear picture, signature, and PhilHealth number)
Police Clearance/Police Clearance Certificate
HDMF Transaction ID
Solo Parent ID
Senior Citizen’s ID
CSC Eligibility Card
The test results will be posted in the CSC website within one week after the examination. The Certification of Eligibility will also be available at the same time.
For further details, please read up CSC COMEX Advisory No. 01, s. 2019
Download at the CSC website
The CSC Computerized Examination (CSC COMEX)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: How do I take the Career Service Examination through the COMEX?
A: Before you can actually take the test through the COMEX, you have to undergo three steps, as follows: First, you have to register an account in the COMEX website.
Second, you will receive an email notification of examination offerings including the type of examination, number of slots, date and time of personal appearance, date and time of examination, and examination venue. You can choose from any of the available examination and reserve an examination slot.
Third, on the day of your personal appearance, you have to present yourself at the CSC Testing Center for the verification of your identity, payment of examination fee, and capturing of your photo, fingerprints, and digital signature.
The system will ask you to supply personal and other pertinent information. You must have an active email account where the confirmation email will be sent for the activation of your COMEX account.
Q: Where can I possibly take the COMEX?
A: The COMEX is administered in sixteen (16) Testing Centers across the country. All CSC Regional Offices (CSCROs) and the Central Office serve as Testing Centers. You can take the COMEX in your preferred Testing Center.
Q: In a testing center, how many slots are available per examination schedule?
A: Twenty (20) slots are available in each Regional Testing Center while fifty (50) slots are available in the Central Office per examination schedule.
Q: What is the difference between the Paper-and-Pencil Test (PPT) and the COMEX?
A. The difference between the PPT and COMEX are 1) the manner of filing of application, 2) the examination fee, 3) the manner of taking the examination, and 4) the number of days test results are released.
In the PPT, application is filed personally in any CSCRO while in COMEX, the application begins when an applicant reserved an examination slot and is completed when the applicant confirmed his/her reservation during personal appearance at the Testing Center.
The examination fee is P500 and P600 for the PPT and COMEX, respectively.
With regard to manner of taking the test, examinees in PPT read the test question from a test booklet and record their responses on an answer sheet. On the other hand, examinees in COMEX read the test questions from computer screen and record their answers on the computer through the keyboard.
Results of the PPT are released within forty-five (45) days while results of the COMEX are released within one (1) hour after the test.
Q: Is the examination more difficult in the COMEX than in the PPT?
A: No. Test forms used in the PPT and the COMEX are equivalent in terms of level of difficulty. Also, both the PPT and the COMEX contained the same number of test questions and have the same time limit.
Q: What are the documentary requirements in the taking the COMEX?
A: At least one (1) valid ID and the printed application. The application is created during account registration.
Applicants need not submit passport-size ID pictures since photo capture is done electronically on the day of personal appearance.
Q: Why can’t I edit my profile?
A: A registered user is only allowed to edit his/her profile if he/she does not have a reserved examination slot. In case he/she already had reservations, editing data (Profile Management) is temporarily disabled. However, a user may request editing of data only during slot confirmation or personal appearance.
Q: I am a registered user but cannot reserve a slot. What could be the possible reason?
A: When an applicant made a slot reservation, the COMEX system checks from the CSC database files if the applicant is qualified to take an examination. If the applicant is not qualified, he/she will receive a notification through email.
An applicant will not be allowed to reserve a slot if he/she meets any of the following conditions:
- the applicant’s name is found in the database of individuals prohibited from taking any civil service examination due to involvement in examination anomaly, or prohibited from re-entering government service as a result of the imposition of the penalty of dismissal;
- the applicant reserves a slot for the same level of examination, either Professional or SubProfessional, he/she has taken within three (3) months; and
- the applicant reserves a slot for an examination he/she has already passed.
Q: Is there a cutoff for slot reservation?
A: There is no cutoff for reserving a slot. As long as the number of slots in a particular examination schedule and your preferred Testing Center is not yet full, you can still reserve a slot.
Q: Can I reserve more than one slot for the same level of examination?
A: Technically, yes. However, you may not be allowed to take the examination in subsequent schedule based on the following reasons:
- if you have already passed the examination you previously took; and
- if you failed the previous examination but the gap between your next schedule is less than three (3) months.
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