About two weeks ago, the revenue officers in the Bureau of Internal Revenue all over the country took the Comprehensive Exam for Revenue Officers. It was held on three (3) testing centers; one in Manila, another in Cebu then also in Davao. All Revenue Officers went to the said testing centers to have their brains checked if indeed they know the Internal Revenue Code or not.
I was among those Revenue Officers who took the exam. Whew! The exam gave me headaches, really! For that, I congratulate the examiner who prepared the exam based on the following:
a.) The exam is not the typical multiple choice type.
b.) Some questions may have more than one answers.
c.) The exam coverage are more of the general principles of taxation and those common transactions which a revenuer must know by heart (unfortunately, I dont know some of them).
d.) The manner of getting points also is a bit tricky. For items which has more than one answers, it would be right minus wrong but never to have a negative score. This will refrain the examinees from checking all the choices given, right? In other words, you have to be sure of your answers otherwise, you wont earn any point as a result of other incorrect statements which you think are right.
Anyway, those are good points. Now here is the negative point. The manner of checking. For sure, it will be manually checked. Well there will always be a tendency that some checkers might miss something like they will not give credit to correct answers or the other way around. And of course, I hope there will be no switching of score/grade too.
I wont discuss the consequences if a revenue officer will pass the exam or not. I’ll leave it to the bureau. I just hope they will apply a uniform rule on these like giving intensive trainings to those who didnt pass the exam or no promotions for that matter.
By the way, an officemate received a text message two or three days after the exam date allegedly stating that some examinees were given copies of the questionnaires a day before the exam. Uh-oh! I hope this is not true.