The Civil Service Commission (CSC) exams have two (2) modes: The Written Exam and the Computerized Exam. Usually, the test forms are actually dependent on the level of difficulty of the exams. In addition to that, the two (2) options have the same time limit and the same number of questions. Although that’s the case, there are differences in the application process and the fees so don’t go full into one set of information. In this article, we will give you the detailed guide on how you can apply and register for the CSC-computerized examination.
Before we go into the details, let’s first tackle the basics of both the exams. The Pen and Paper Test (PPT) or the written test is offered usually twice each year. The application and submission of requirements should be submitted to any Field Office or CSC Regional Offices within the specific period set by the CSC in their website.
The CSC-computerized examination (COMEX), on the other hand, has their schedules announced through the COMEX website. If you’re interested, you can register through their website and we’re here to give you a guide for you not to get lost while doing so!
Are there requirements if you apply and register for the CSC-Computerized Examination?
There are documentary requirements you need to presen during both the examination date and the personal appearance before the scheduled date of the exam. Be sure to bring the following:
- The original and photocopy of any of the following IDs:
- Driver’s license
- PRC I.D.
- SSS I.D.
- GSIS I.D.
- GSIS UMID I.D.
- PhilHealth I.D.
- Current Office/Company I.D.
- Postal I.D.
- Current School I.D.
- BIR I.D.
- Police Clearance/Police Clearance Certificate
- NBI Clearance; and
- Voter’s I.D.
NOTE: The ID must contain the full name, clear picture, date of birth, and signature of the bearer of the I.D. The I.D. should not be expired and must be active upon the date of the personal appearance.
- Applicants who would present I.D.s without the date of birth, must have a photocopy of the PSA-certified birth certificate or the Local Civil Registry properly printed on Security Paper (SecPa).
- Lastly, for applicants who have dual citizenship, under Republic Act 9225, they need to present both the original and the photocopy of the Certification of Retention or Re-Acquisiton of Philippine Citizenship which is given by the Bureau of Immigration.
How much is the COMEX fee?
As mentioned above, the PPT Exam fee is different from the COMEX fee. The COMEX fee is a total of P680.00. It is P600.00 for the examination fee and P80.00 for the service fee for the digital information (digital signature, photo, and biometric fingerprints).
So what are the steps to apply and register for the CSC-computerized examination?
The process is actually really simple. Once you get to know how the whole registration and application process works, you will find it easy, fast, and efficient.
You first need to register and to create an account (Examination Registration). You first have to accomplish creating an email account (if you don’t have one) because you will need it in the registration. Afterward, you will be asked to populate information like education, employment history, examinations and assessments passed, etc.
- Access the CSC Comex website at comex.csc.gov.ph/user
- Once there, click on the “Sign Up Now!” button
- Duly accomplish the registration form. Double-check all of the information before clicking on the “Submit” button.
- The system will send you an email for the confirmation. NOTE: Sometimes, it can be found in the SPAM folder, so don’t panic when you don’t receive it. Usually, it will be within an hour after your registration.
- Activate your COMEX user account by clicking on the activation link in the confirmation email. You will know that it’s successful if it redirects you to the COMEX website.
NOTE: Failure to activate the email will automatically delete your application so you would have to register again. So, be sure to activate your email within 24 hours from the time you registered.
Exam slot reservation
Once you confirm the email ontification, you’d have to ensure a slot for yourself. Through this, you can reserve a date and time of both the personal appearance and the examination.
- Log-in to the COMEX system using your username and password.
- Click on the “Examination Schedules” tab. Try to look for your desired schedule of examination date.
- Reserve the exam slot for yourself.
Make your appearance for the exam slot confirmation
Once you reserve an exam slot, you’d have to personally appear at the CSC Testing Center to confirm the application. When there, you have to finish the remaining stages of the application process. This involves the following actions:
- Examination fee payment
- Verification of the applicant’s identity. This will be based on what you put in the online registration
- Specimen and photo taking including digital signature and biometrics.
Once those are all done, you’re ready to take the COMEX! Before taking the test, officials will double-check all of the information in the account to make sure you’re the person dealing with them.
Getting the COMEX results online
The results will then be processed and will be shown online. The score, together with the average, will be free for everyone through the COMEX website and, of course, through affiliates.
CSC COMEX website errors
Some people will come across the obstacle of not being able to access the COMEX website. This can be a hindrance if you plan to apply and register for the CSC-Computerized Examination. You can handle the issue by allowing the website.
Basically, the error would just be because the specific connection you currently have is unsafe. It’s just a typical government website-error that you need to overcome by proceeding to the site with your permission.
You just have to go to the “Advanced” section of the webpage error, then click on “Proceed to Comex.csc.gov.ph (unsafe).”
- Be sure to be at the testing center at 8:30 A.M. on the examination date because admission closes exactly on that date.
- Proper attire should be observed. Some testing centers are strict when it comes to this and this might be the reason why you can’t take the exam.
- Bring extra pens and pencils. Even if it’s a computerized exam, you might still have to fill out something at the testing center. So, to avoid hassle, bring writing mediums.
- The test results will be available one (1) week after the examination date. The CSC will release the list of the passers in their website.
Do you plan on taking the COMEX? If yes, then don’t worry because you can apply and register for the CSC-computerized examination online! No need for you to go to local CSC centers and offices just to apply and register, you can do it right in the comfort of your own homes!