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Marikina Science High School Admissions Basics

There are a lot of things in life that come in handy sets of two.  The philosophy of yin and yang, the moral absolutes of good and evil and the concepts of light and darkness, heat and cold are good examples of this principle at work.

Interestingly enough, one science high school also comes in a dual package.  Marikina Science High School, also known affectionately as Marisci, is subdivided into a main building and an annex.  Likewise, its application process also incorporates the magic number two.  We’ll take a closer look at it in this article.

Standard Issue Screening

The screening process is rather straightforward.  It consists of a two-step process involving a written exam and an oral exam (their term for the standard issue face-to-face interview).  The first step will test the applicants’ academic proficiency; the second step will gauge how well the students can express themselves when they are placed on the hot seat.

Whenever you apply at a science high school, it is highly recommended that you keep a close eye on your grade school grades, especially in such subjects as Mathematics, Science and English.  These are the subjects of interest, though they are by no means the only things that the school will scrutinize.

MariSci’s academic standards for applicants are very similar to those of its fellow schools—it is required that all applicants maintain a minimum average of 85 (or its equivalent) in the three aforementioned subjects, with no grade lower than 80 in all the others.

Applicants must also submit the following:

  • Proof of Markina City residency
    • Proof of billing (water/electric bills, etc.)
    • Postal ID
    • Driver’s ID
    • Voter’s ID
  • A photocopy of Form 138 (the grade school report card)

They will receive the application form after turning everything in.

Application Timetable Lowdown

Like its contemporaries, MariSci’s application process for school year 2010-2011 will begin in the latter quarter of 2010—in November, to be precise.  This is when the school will release flyers containing all the information you need to know (dates to remember, requirements, etc.)

When I first got in touch with the school, I was told that the estimated final deadline period for submitting all the necessary documents would fall on the first week of January 2011.  The school’s written entrance exam was tentatively set on the first Saturday of that month.

This means that the exam results may be out by the third or fourth week of January 2011.  The interview in early February 2011 will follow, the results of which may be revealed around the third week of that same month.  After that, all that’s left is to wait for the enrolment period in April 2011.

These may no longer apply in the light of new developments, so please check with the school registrar whose contact details I have listed below.

Contact Details

Sources have informed me that the complete details of the final application schedule should be available by middle to late October 2010.  To inquire, simply call the MariSci Registrar’s Office (02) 647-4262 and ask for Miss Nancy Suegay.  You may also e-mail her at marisci_2010@yahoo.com.

For those who prefer the classic face-to-face inquiries, the Admissions Office is located in the main building of the school, which is itself situated along Mayor Juan Chanyungco Street, Santa Elena, Marikina City (near the city hall).  The annex building lies along Panama Street, Greenheights Subdivision, Concepcion Uno.

For more info, please refer to the following:  Marikina Science HighSchool Admissions Primer


Ms. Nancy Suegay of the Marikina Science High School Admissions Office


Marikina Science High School Entrance Exam Schedule 2010

Marikina Science High School Admission Procedure



Selection  shall be done in three stages

1.      Screening(Submission of the Application Forms and other Documents)

2.      Qualifying Exam

3.      Interview

  1. Only Grade VI students whose average grade in all English, Science and Math subjects is 85% and above are qualified to take the Marikina  Science High School Admission Test. Prioritization of the residency will be based on the City Ordinance No.028 Series of 2002.
  2. The average will be given 20% weight. The students should submit all the necessary credentials before the issuance of the Test Permit.
  3. Students will be given the test schedule and the room assignment for the qualifying

4.  After the qualifying examination, students will be ranked according to their score. The upper 50% of the examinees will proceed to the next phase which is the interview.

5.  Only those with interview slips will be interviewed.  Interviewees will likewise be given the room assignments and the date and time of the interview.

6.  During the interview, students will be asked to read silently and orally a reading passage. After which, the students will be asked questions based on the reading passage. A separate question will also be given to determine the speaking and thinking skills of the students.

Below is the Distribution of Scores

Reading Skill                                 10

Reading Comprehension         10

Interview                                         5

Personality                                      5

Total                                                  30

7.  The score obtained by the students in the interview will be transmuted using the formula Score /30X100. This comprises 30% of the students total score.

8.  The students’ total score will be computed as follows:

a. Weighted Average Grade in

English, Science & Math

(2nd Grading Period)                                                     20%

b. Entrance Exam                                                          50%

c. Interview                                                                     30%

Total                                                                                  100%

In order to be admitted, the students should belong to the top qualifier as per quota requirement which is 200.

Applicants must also submit the following:

  • Proof of residency
    • Proof of billing (water/electric bills, etc.)
    • Postal ID
    • Driver’s ID
    • Voter’s ID
  • Photocopy of Form 138 (school report card for 1st and 2nd Grading Period)
  • Average grade of 85% in English, Mathematics and Science and no grade lower than 80% in other subjects.
  • 2 pcs. 1” x 1” ID picture


Nov. 2, 2010 – Dec. 10, 2010       -Issuance and Submission of Application Form

Jan. 8, 2011 (Saturday)                 -Entrance Exam

Jan. 19, 2011                                 -Release of Exam Results and Interview Schedule

Feb. 23, 2011                                -Release of Results to Qualified Applicants


Principal II

For Inquiries call Tel # 647-4262 and look for Mrs. Nancy Suegay School Registrar.