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Manila Science High School Entrance Exam Schedule

Being one of the members in the science high school triumvirate, Manila Science (henceforth referred to as MaSci) joins its peer institutions in training promising young scientists of tomorrow.

While qualifying for MaSci is a challenge in itself, the interesting thing to note is that MaSci’s application process is somewhat reminiscent of QueSci’s, only with some modifications here and there.  Let’s take a closer look at it.

MaSci Application Process Facts

The document requirements are fairly straightforward:  a couple of 1 x 1 ID photos with your name tag on them, a certified true copy of your report card (aka Form 138) complete with a seal, and written certification from your school’s principal vouching for your good moral character.

This is where it gets tricky:  MaSci is looking for students with at least an average of 85% in English, Science and Mathematics, and an average of at least 83% in all other subjects.  I cannot stress the importance of this enough—fall short in this area and you’re disqualified from applying, even if you pass the entrance exam.

MaSci Important Dates

November 2009-January 2010:  estimated application period for school year 2010-2011

a Saturday of mid-January, 2010; 8 a.m.-12 nn, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m:   estimated testing date for entrance exam, school year 2010-2011

March 2010:   estimated posting of exam results

As this is a science high school, expect the entrance test to focus heavily on the hard sciences (Science and Mathematics) and English.  Even when you pass the exam, don’t think that the process is all over—you’ll still need to go through an interview and a medical examination afterward.  MaSci will only announce the dates for the latter two after you pass the initial screening.

Intriguingly, it’s possible to skip the entrance test altogether—IF you belong to the crème de la crème of your particular elementary school.  That is, depending on the size of your grade school, you’ll need to be either the top dog or among the top 3 graduates in order to qualify for this “freebie.”

Another catch is that you’ll still need to take a diagnostic exam when MaSci deems it necessary.  You’re also supposed to let the school know that you really wish to apply there before the end of March 2010.  Otherwise, you’ll forfeit your chance.

Download Links and Then Some

If you’d like to check out the application form, just click on this link for it.  On the other hand, this link will allow you to download a copy of the school agreement.  In the event that you’re having trouble with the above links, go to this page and try downloading them from there.

MaSci has put up a convenient page where Internet surfers can check out its the latest entrance exam results.  It currently has the 2009 results posted on it, so if you’re applying for school year 2010-2011, check back sometime March of next year.

Got Further Inquiries?

For the most recent, up-to-date information, I highly recommend that you give the MaSci staff a call at (02) 525-6197.  Try calling sometime around November 2009, as more detailed information with respect to the 2010-2011 process should be out by that time.

Alternatively, you may also drop by the MaSci campus itself during office hours (8 a.m – 4 p.m.), as the school also tends to post exam results and other information on its various bulletin boards.  The school grounds are located along Taft Avenue, corner Padre Faura Street, Ermita, Manila.

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