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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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Philippine Science, Manila Science and Quezon City Science Highschool Admissions

The world may be taking the necessary precautions against the A/H1N1 flu strain, another kind of “infection” seems to be running around these days: admission fever. Colleges and high schools, parents and students are preparing for the upcoming application processes and their accompanying exams.

While all schools generally follow the same basic formula, one will find slight variations of the practice depending on which institution they go to. Let’s take a look at the details of three high schools in particular: Philippine Science, Manila Science and Quezon City Science.

PhiSci, Masci and Quesci Admission Requirements

The documents needed for all three are standard fare: two ID pictures of the 1 x 1 variety, the original copy and a photocopy of the applicant’s report card, a completed application form and written certification from the student’s principal vouching for the student’s good moral character. .

All science high schools value physical and mental fitness—they’ll pay close attention to your current academic standing in particular. If you have an average of at least eighty-five in Mathematics, Science, and English for the first two quarters of the current academic year, plus at least an eighty-three in all other subjects, then you’re good to go.

Of the three schools, Philippine Science specifically targets the upper ten percent of the student hopeful’s graduating class. Those who don’t fall into this bracket may still apply, though, provided their grades and their letters of recommendation show evidence of consummate skill in the exact sciences.

Besides the requirements mentioned above, the schools generally won’t accept anyone who’ll be older than fifteen by the time the coming school year rolls in. Since there’s no such thing as a free lunch, potential students will also need to pay a one hundred to two hundred peso fee when they apply.

PhiSci, Masci and Quesci Entrance Exam Schedules

The thing to note about these science high schools is that, while their written requirements are largely the same, their testing schedules are not. For example, Philippine Science tends to hold its exams during the last quarter of the year, with the exam results released sometime February or March of the following year.  For more details, click here.

Manila Science, on the other hand, starts welcoming applications during the last two months of the year, with exams usually held on the first or second weekend of the January of the following year.  To see MaSci’s application schedule, click here.  Lastly, Quezon City Science starts giving out forms during the latter half of October and holds the first exam during the first Sunday of December. The second and third screenings take place in January and February, respectively.  QueSci’s application can be seen here.

Phisci, Masci and Quesci Entrance Exam Results Release

Looking for entrance exam results? They’ll likely come out some three to four weeks after the test is administered. Philippine Science and Manila Science will post them online and on the bulletin boards and gates of their school grounds. Quezon City Science doesn’t appear to have an official website as of the time of this article’s writing, so check the school’s guard house for test results.

Before you go running off to the three schools, a caveat: the schedules tend to vary from year to year, so it’s really tricky to pin down the exact dates for this year’s exams and their results’ release dates. The info on the schools’ official websites reveals the schedules of the previous year, which is no longer applicable.

The best thing to do would be to check with the folks at the admission offices of the schools themselves. They’ll be glad to help you out, if you ask them nicely enough.

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3.  Science High School Entrance Exam: Science Portion Tips and Coverage
4.  Science High School Entrance Exam: Math Portion Tips and Coverage
5.  Increasing Your Chances of Passing the Philippine Science High School Entrance Test
6.  The Science of Applying for a Spot in a Science High School
7.  Philippine Science High Schools’ Culture and Campus Life
8.  What to Expect When Studying in a Science High School
9.  Financing Your Studies in Philippine Science High Schools
10. The Advantages of Studying in a Science High School