If you are reading this, chances are you have worked for the Nigerian Public Service for more than 2 years, and are preparing for the Compulsory Confirmation Promotion Examination. This post is a collection of helpful information to keep in mind, to make passing this exam easier for you.

  1. Keep a diligent eye on your office Notice Board for information regarding dates and venues of the upcoming examination.
  2. Follow up this information by meeting with related staff, particularly those in the Admininstrative Department.
  3. Go early to your Accreditation venue. Be sure you have photocopies of relevant documents and certificates, along with your originals. Better safe than sorry.
  4. On the eve of the examination, it is wise to pack your bag with at least 2 reliable biros (one for you and the other as a back-up, or help for the person who forgets to come with, yes there is always that one person who forgot) and your identification slip provided to you after accreditation. If you live far from the venue, or your venue is Federal Public Service Institute of Nigeria, Kubwa, do well to carry your food and water.
  5. On the exam day, be at the venue between 1 hour or 30 minutes before the exam start time. This will give you ample time to revise with your colleagues before the paper begins. This interaction is invaluable.
  6. If you don’t know already, this examination is an open-book exam and reference materials are allowed for use (ref. 060207 of the PSR). These include:
    • The Civil Service Handbook
    • Financial Regulation (FR)
    • Public Service Rules (PSR)
    • Federal Establishment Circulars
    • Notes for Guidance Nos 1, 2 and 5.

    Past Questions booklets are not allowed.

  7. Get your own copy of these books. They are commonly sold around the Federal Secretariat, Central Area. You do not want to be the guy begging for PSR in the exam hall, disturbing people trying to write. It costs N1000. Respect yourself.
  8. You don’t need to be told to put your phone on silent or turn it off.
  9. Make friends and exchange contact details. This way, if there are any changes regarding dates, time or location of the examination, someone will notify you.
  10. Each paper usually lasts 2 hours and the question paper often has 7 questions, answer 5. These questions may have sub questions written immediately following. It is a written examination so if you haven’t done significant hand writing in a while, I recommend you practice.

I hope you find these recommendations useful. I have a few past questions on my Resource Page that might prove helpful to you. To get the password, please click here and subscribe.

Please accept the assurances of my best personal regards, Best of luck.


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