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ONSA Room Assignment: How to Find Your CSC Exam Venue in 2024

ONSA Room Assignment: How to Find Your CSC Exam Venue in 2024

The Online Notice of School Assignments (ONSA) is a convenient platform that allows you to locate your CSC exam venue effortlessly. 

(UPDATED) The journey toward a career in civil service is marked by various milestones, and one of the crucial steps is the Civil Service Exam. As the 2024 Civil Service Exam – Pen and Paper Test (CSE-PPT) approaches, candidates are gearing up to take a significant leap toward their professional aspirations. 

To ensure a smooth examination experience, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) has introduced the Online Notice of School Assignments (ONSA). This user-friendly platform provides candidates essential information about their exam venue and assignment. 

It is highly recommended that examinees visit or inspect their assigned school/testing venue at least one day before the exam to become familiar with the location, available public transportation, and estimated travel time considering the traffic situation.

In this blog post, we will guide you through the process of accessing your CSC exam venue using the ONSA platform.

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What is ONSA?

ONSA, short for Online Notice of School Assignments, is a digital platform established by the CSC to facilitate candidates' access to their assigned examination venues. 

With the growing reliance on digital solutions, ONSA is an efficient and convenient way for candidates to obtain vital information regarding their exam location, thereby reducing unnecessary stress and confusion on examination day.

Step-by-Step Guide to Accessing Your CSC Exam Venue

Preparing for the  2024 Civil Service Exam involves a crucial step: generating and checking your room assignment. This guide will walk you through the process, ensuring you're well-prepared for your examination.

Step 1 – Access the ONSA platform

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Access the ONSA platform by visiting the official CSC website or using the provided link, active about two weeks before your exam.

To initiate the process, visit the Civil Service Commission (CSC) official website at Alternatively, you can access the Online Notice of School Assignment (ONSA) platform directly using this link:

It's important to note that the link's availability corresponds to the exam schedule. If the link is currently offline, it's likely that the schedules still need to be posted. Keep checking periodically, as the link becomes active approximately two weeks before your scheduled exam.

Note: Examinees scheduled to take the Career Service Examination-Pencil and Paper Test (CSE-PPT) can utilize ONSA to check the availability of their exam venue.

Step 2 – Fill out your personal information

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Fill in accurate personal information following ONSA instructions, using MM/DD/YYYY format for birthdate.

Upon accessing the ONSA platform, carefully read and follow the provided instructions. Complete the form by entering your accurate personal details. Pay special attention to the middle initial field – input only the letter without periods. For instance, use "C" for Cruz.

In the designated field for your birthdate, provide the information in the MM/DD/YYYY format to ensure accuracy.

Step 3 - Enter the examination details

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Enter exam specifics like date, type, and CSC Office.

Provide the details for the examination, including the date, type of examination (e.g., CSE-PPT Professional), and the CSC Office where you applied for the exam.

Step 4 – Verify Your information

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Review and confirm entered details, accept CSC Privacy Policy, then click "Submit."

Before proceeding, double-check all the information you have entered, including the specific exam you are scheduled to take. Once you have reviewed and confirmed the details, tick the box to indicate your acceptance of the CSC Privacy Policy. Click the "Submit" button to continue.

Step 5 – Generate your room assignment

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Generate your room assignment by clicking "Submit," receive exam details, and print the Online Notice of School Assignment for guidance on exam day.

Once you click the "Submit" button to generate your room assignment, the system will promptly process your information and furnish you with all the necessary details for the exam day.

Don't forget to print out the Online Notice of School Assignment after generating your room assignment. This printout will serve as your guide on the examination day, ensuring you know where you need to be.

Things to Bring on Exam Day

On the day of the Civil Service Exam, it's crucial to come prepared with the necessary items to ensure a smooth and successful examination experience. Here's a list of essential items you must bring:

  • Valid Identification Card (I.D.) – Your original I.D. card is a must. Presenting the same I.D. card you used during the application filing process is advisable. If your original I.D. card is lost or unavailable, you can provide any other accepted I.D. cards for the civil service exam). It's recommended that the I.D. card is valid (not expired) on the exam day.
  • Black Ball Pen/s – Only BLACK BALL PEN is permitted during the examination. Other types of pens, such as gel pens, sign pens, fountain pens, friction pens, and different colors, are strictly prohibited. Ensure you have sufficient black ball pens to complete the exam.
  • Personal Alcohol/Hand Sanitizer – In adherence to health and safety measures, bring a personal alcohol or hand sanitizer. The container should not exceed 100 ml in size. This precautionary item will contribute to maintaining a hygienic environment during the examination.

Note: Examinees are allowed to bring water in a clear or transparent container, as well as candies or biscuits, which will be inspected by the Room Examiner or Proctor prior to the examination.

Learn more here for the important reminders for examinees:

Presented here are reminders to guide you in taking the 20 August 2023 Career Service Examination-Pencil and Paper Test....

Posted by Civil Service Commission Regional Office VIII on Tuesday, 8 August 2023

Why ONSA is important?

The introduction of the ONSA platform by the CSC serves as a testament to the commission's commitment to enhancing the examination experience for candidates. This online solution offers a range of benefits:

  • Convenience – Gone are the days of scouring through lengthy lists to find your exam venue. With ONSA, all the information you need is just a few clicks away.
  • Accuracy – By providing accurate personal and contact details, candidates can be confident that the information received through ONSA is tailored to their specific needs.
  • Reduced Anxiety – The period leading up to an exam can be nerve-wracking. ONSA eliminates unnecessary stress by ensuring candidates know exactly where they need to be on the examination day.

Additional Tips for a Successful Examination Day

While ONSA streamlines the process of obtaining your exam venue information, here are some additional tips to ensure a successful examination day:

  • Advance Familiarization – Visit your assigned school or testing venue before the examination day. This helps you familiarize yourself with the location, reducing the chances of getting lost or being late.
  • Punctuality –  Examinees must arrive at the testing venue no later than 6:30 a.m. or as specified by the concerned CSC Regional/Field Office. The gates of the testing venues will be closed promptly at 7:45 a.m.
  • Dress Code – It is recommended to wear a plain white shirt or top. Examinees who arrive at the exam venue wearing sleeveless shirts, blouses, shorts, short pants, tokong pants, ripped jeans, or slippers will not be permitted to enter. Additionally, it is necessary to tie long hair.
  • No Unauthorized Items – Leave prohibited items like cellular phones, calculators, and books at home. These items are not allowed inside the examination premises.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about ONSA and CSE

1. Is wearing a face mask mandatory during the exam?

Wearing face masks is optional. However, it is recommended for individuals such as the elderly, those with comorbidities, pregnant women, unvaccinated individuals, and those exhibiting symptoms.

2. What if I forget my I.D. card on exam day?

No I.D. card or document, no exam. Ensure you have a valid identification card before entering the exam venue.

3. What time should I be at the testing venue?

Arrive no later than 6:30 a.m. to complete the necessary check-in procedures.

4. What's the gate closure time for testing venues?

Gates will be closed to examinees at precisely 7:45 a.m. Those arriving after this time will not be allowed to take the exam.

5. Should I visit the testing venue before the exam?

If feasible, visit and conduct an ocular inspection one day before the exam to familiarize yourself with the location and route. Do not solely rely on GPS navigation.

6. What's the recommended attire for the exam?

Wear proper attire, preferably a plain white shirt/top. Sleeveless shirts/blouses, shorts/short pants, ripped jeans, and slippers are prohibited. Long hair must be tied. Examinees are encouraged to use a transparent bag.

7. Can I bring personal items like water and candies?

Examinees may bring water in a clear/transparent container and candies/biscuits. These items will be inspected by the Room Examiner/Proctor.

8. Are electronic devices allowed during the exam?

Bringing cellular phones, smartphones/watches, and other gadgets with built-in cameras is prohibited. Examinees cannot keep cell phones in their pockets during the exam.

9. Can I use aids for answering the test?

Using aids like calculators, tablets, books, and electronic devices is not allowed during the exam.

10. Can I take pictures or videos during the exam?

Taking photos, videos, or posting exam-related content on social media is strictly prohibited.

11. Can I take the Test Booklet out of the testing room?

Bringing the Test Booklet outside the testing room is strictly prohibited. Violators' exam results will be canceled.

12. Does the CSC offer review classes or materials?

The CSC doesn't provide review classes or materials nor accredit any review centers. Availing of such services is optional and personal.

13. How can I generate my school assignment using ONSA?

Examinees can generate their school assignments through the Online Notice of School Assignment (ONSA) on the CSC website [] by encoding the required data accurately following the indicated format.

14. Do I need to print my Notice of School Assignment from ONSA?

While not mandatory, examinees can print their Notice of School Assignment from ONSA for personal reference.

15. What if I can't access ONSA or don't know my school assignment?

If you need access to ONSA or are unaware of your school assignment one week before the exam, inquire directly with the CSC Regional Office or Field Offices.


The Civil Service Exam represents a significant milestone for individuals aspiring to contribute to the civil service sector. With the Online Notice of School Assignments (ONSA) introduction, accessing your exam venue has never been easier. 

By following the step-by-step guide in this blog post, candidates can ensure they have all the information they need for a successful and stress-free examination day. ONSA's convenience and accuracy underscore the CSC's commitment to providing candidates with a seamless examination experience, allowing them to focus on showcasing their knowledge and skills. —iTacloban/AJ Yes

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