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NCAE Tips: Basics of NCAE






Whoever said that “life it a test” knew exactly what he or she was talking about.  It’s easy to think that college entrance tests are the only major tests to look forward to (or to shy away from), yet there is at least one other test that deserves mention:  the National Career Assessment Examination or NCAE.


The Nature of the Exam

The NCAE first saw the light of day in 2007, when it replaced its predecessor, the NCEE.  Developed by the DepEd National Education Testing and Research Center (NETRC), its main purpose is to reduce or prevent the occurrence of unemployment due to employee-career mismatch.  The government surmises that people are most likely succeed if they pursue endeavors that suit their natural talents and abilities, and the exam aims to steer them (particularly third year high school students) in the right direction.


As its name suggests, it is also a government tool for checking what students’ strengths are.  It measures their skills and aptitudes and calculates the best-fitting field or discipline for the test takers to pursue.  Besides general scholastic aptitude, the NCAE also takes entrepreneurial skills and technical-vocational aptitude into account.  It also has an interest inventory.


Besides career guidance, the NCAE also serves at least one other purpose:  it is one of the requirements involved in the CHED and TESDA scholarship application process.  The scholarship option is open to fourth year high school students, provided they meet the criteria below.



If you’re going for the scholarship, please take note of the following:

  • Academically speaking, applicants must belong to the upper 10% of their fourth year high school population.
  • They must have a minimum general weighted average of 80.
  • Their parents’ gross annual income must be no higher than 300,000 pesos.
  • They must present a letter of intent to apply for a CHED or TESDA scholarship.


The test, however, is for high school juniors and seniors from either public or private schools.  While the NCAE is a tool for career assessment and prerequisite for a college scholarship, its results aren’t mandatory by themselves—they’re recommendatory.  Think of the test as a potential guide to a matching course and a fitting future career, not just another test to be taken and passed at all costs.


Miscellaneous Details

The NCAE for this year will take place on September 28, 2011.  It will be held between 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the applicants’ very own high school.  Beginning next school year, it will fall on every last Wednesday of August.


NCAE Coverage:

ncae coverage1. General Scholastic Aptitude

* Scientific Ability [40 items]
* Reading Comprehension [60 items]
* Verbal Ability [60 items]
* Mathematical Ability [60 items]

2. Technical-Vocational Aptitude
* Clerical Ability [20 items]
* Manipulative Ability [30 items]

Non Verbal Ability [30 items]
Entrepreneurial Skill [30 items]
Occupational Field of Interest


If you have any questions about it, feel free to contact the NETRC folks at (02) 631-2589, (02) 687-6717 and (02) 631-2571.  You may also send SMS (DepED <space> message/ name) to 0919-4560027.  Alternatively, you can send e-mail to or visit this webpage and send them a message.



Ms. Aurora Fernandez of the NTRCE test department division