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Philippine Science High School Eligibility Update

This is a correction to the info provided in a previous post: Philippine Science High School Entrance Exam 2011 Application Ongoing.

In the aforementioned post, it was mentioned that to be eligible for the PSHS-NCE, one must have been born on or before June 1, 1996. Hachiko pointed out our error, so we are posting this update.

Actually, one must have been born ON OR AFTER June 1, 1996 to be eligible for the Philippine Science High School National Competitive Examination 2011.

Once again, the entrance exam application deadline is on August 27, 2010. The actual PSHS-NCE is on November 6, 2010. For details on the application process, read the original post: Philippine Science High School Entrance Exam 2011 Application Ongoing.

Please help your friends, relatives and acquaintances by spreading this update around. The original post has already been corrected, so if you know someone who wishes to take the Pisay entrance test, share that article, too.

Once again, we thank Hachiko for promptly pointing out the error. Maraming salamat! 🙂

Philippine Science High School Exam Results and the Next Steps

UPDATE dated January 10, 2010: For the Nov 6, 2010 PSHS results, go to: http://www.pshs.edu.ph/nceresults.php. The reason why the old URL wasn’t working? Because this particular post was written for last year’s PSHS NCE results (as you can see from the content itself), not for this year’s.

Special thanks to Dr. Raymundo for the heads-up. ^_^

Philippine Science High School entrance exam results are out.  You can find the results at http://www.pshs.edu.ph/listgen/listgen.php http://www.pshs.edu.ph/nceresults.php.  Just type your surname into the search box.  If at least one person with your family name passed, a results list would appear.  Look for your name in that list.

If you passed, congratulations.  Now the following is what you need to do next.

Philippine Science High School Passers:  What’s Next?

  1. In the results page, look for the “Campus Eligibility” section.  That’s the name of the campus in which you’re eligible to enroll.
  2. Next, contact the Director or the Registrar of your designated PSHS campus to confirm your slot.  Do this immediately.  The last day of pre-enrollment is March 20, 2010. The following are the addresses and contact information of the 11 Philippine Science High School campuses:
  3. Campus Name Address Telephone numbers
    MAIN CAMPUS Agham Road, Diliman, Quezon City (02) 924-0614
    ILOCOS REGION CAMPUS Poblacion, San Ildefonso, Ilocos Sur (077) 726-4190/726-4191
    CORDILLERA ADMINISTRATIVE REGION CAMPUS San Vicente Annex, Camp 8, Baguio City (074) 442-1100
    CAGAYAN VALLEY CAMPUS NVSIT Compound, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya (078) 321-4112
    CENTRAL LUZON CAMPUS Clark Freeport Zone, Angeles City, Pampanga (045)893-4357
    BICOL REGION CAMPUS Tagontong, Goa, Camarines Sur (054) 453-2048 local 102
    WESTERN VISAYAS CAMPUS Lawaan H. Lopez Campus, Brgy. Bito-on, Jaro District, Iloilo City (033) 329-5644/329-2011
    CENTRAL VISAYAS CAMPUS Talaytay, Argao, Cebu (032) 513-0957
    EASTERN VISAYAS CAMPUS Pawing, Palo, Leyte (053) 327-6192
    CENTRAL MINDANAO CAMPUS Baloi, Lanao del Norte (063) 836-0097
    SOUTHERN MINDANAO CAMPUS Sto. Niño, Tugbok District, Mintal, Davao City (082) 293-0004/293-0002
  4. After confirming your slot, ask when enrollment would start.  If the enrollment dates haven’t been set yet, then be on the lookout for announcements.  Contact the school regularly (if you live far away) or visit the campus to see if the enrollment dates have already been announced. Do not forget to ask your campus director or registrar about enrollment requirements.
  5. Show up at your designated PSHS campus on the day of enrollment. Do not forget to bring whatever documents you were told to bring for enrollment.

So that’s it.  Congratulations and good luck.  Have a happy Pisay high school life!

Philippine Science High School Last Day of Application

Today, September 1, 2009, marks the last day of application for the annual Philippine Science High School (PSHS) National Competitive Examination (NCE).  If you haven’t filed your application yet, please do so now.  You have only until today to do that.

Please help spread the word.

Philippine Science High School Entrance Exam Schedule

There are quite a few things in life that depend on ranking.  Being accepted into the Philippine Science High School (PhiSci) is one of them.  It’s no surprise, really, considering that the institution helps local budding mathematicians and scientists to realize their full potential.

As is the case with its science high school brethren, the beginning of a PhiSci’s student’s high school life starts with a stringent screening process.  Let’s take a closer look at that.

Conditions for PhiSci Eligibility

Keep the magic number ten in mind:  PhiSci draws the line when it requires potential students to be part of the upper ten percent of their graduating class, based on their Grade 5 ranking.  This ranking must be certified by their respective school’s principal.

What if the students don’t belong to the cream of the crop, though?  The good news is that PhiSci will still consider their application, provided they show proof of their skill in English and the hard sciences (i.e., through letters of recommendation and report cards).

Furthermore, student hopefuls must also take and pass the National Competitive Examination (NCE).  This is basically a Scholastics Aptitude Test (SAT).  The exam will focus on four main components:  Verbal Aptitude, Abstract Reasoning, Quantitative Ability and Scientific Ability.

Requirements for Application

The requirements don’t stop there, though:  For one thing, they must be Filipino citizens with no intention of migrating in the near future.  They must also be no older than fifteen years by the June 30, 2010.  Good health and good moral character (again, written certification from school authorities is needed) are also musts.

Document-wise, PhiSci will ask for the usual 1 x 1 ID pictures, the report card and the completed application form (in duplicate).  A one hundred peso processing fee applies to students coming from private schools; it’s automatically waived for those from public schools, though.

The cool thing about securing and filing an NCE application form is that you’re not limited to the PhiSci campus alone.  Just search out any regional office of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) or a regional PhiSci campus in your area.  Take a look at this list for the one closest to you.

Important PhiSci Dates and Further Inquiries

August 31, 2009:  deadline for application filing for school year 2010-2011

November 7, 2009:  NCE date for school year 2010-2011

February 2010:  estimated release of exam results

As of this writing, the application process is already underway, with the deadliest deadline being the last day of August, 2009.  There’s no official release date for results yet, as everything will depend on a variety of factors (such as the number of test takers).  The Admission Office folks estimate that the results should be out by February 2010.

Things may change sometime between then and now, so it’s always a good idea to keep communication lines open.  Feel free to get in touch with the PhiSci folks at 9240639, 9291603, 9265701 or 4341066.  Facsimiles may also reach them at the first two numbers.

Alternatively, you may also visit the campus grounds themselves.  The main one is located along Agham Road, Diliman, Quezon City.  For the regional campuses, just visit this page to find out how you can get in touch with them.

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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

Increasing Your Chances of Passing the Philippine Science High School Entrance Test

With its reputation as the premiere secondary institution in the country, it’s no surprise that a seat in the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) is highly coveted. Nearly 100,000 grade school graduates compete for a mere 240 slots, and competition is always stiff. That doesn’t mean, however, that you should go down without a fight.

Take Grade 7

One of the more recent trends observed in PSHS enrollment is the increasing number of graduates from private high schools. Many believe that the extra year private school students have compared to their public school counterparts means an advantage in the entrance tests because of the additional preparation and the better grasp of lessons.

Mathematics, in particular, is a major component of the Philippine Science High School entrance test. Private school graduates who complete Grade 7 have an edge here, as the test covers basic to intermediate algebra and geometry – something that’s barely discussed in the Grade 6 curricula of public grade schools.

The last few batches of Philippine Science High School freshmen have a considerable population of private grade school graduates – over half, in fact. Schools like Ateneo, Claret and Miriam typically compose over 20% of the batch populations between them. The extra year is a year worth taking if you’re serious about passing into PSHS.

Practice Logic, Not Numbers

Many aspiring entrance test passers make the mistake of focusing almost entirely on the Mathematics aspect of the exam. But Math is just one component of the test, and the level of the questions usually requires just a basic grasp of the concepts involved. You may want to turn your attention to the Logic or Non-Verbal Reasoning portion instead.

One of the more overlooked components of the entrance exam, the Logic portion can be just as helpful in giving you a score that’ll get you into PSHS. Not everyone, however, is gifted enough to decipher patterns within such a short period of time. It’s a skill you’ll want to hone during your review, especially in the last few weeks before the test.

Don’t bother with memorizing things like complex numbers or basic trigonometry. While some questions do involve that kind of higher Math, they’re not numerous enough to give you a very big boost in your score.

Test-Taking Skills Count

If you weren’t one to listen to all those lectures on test-taking techniques back in grade school, now is the time to start. The best strategy for attacking the PSHS entrance test involves not just preparing for the questions themselves, but planning an approach to the test as a whole.

It’s not unheard of for the makers of the test to put in a few unanswerable or extremely hard questions here and there to give test takers a challenge. Yet many aspirants have fallen by the wayside exactly because of these trick questions. Because they wasted too much time answering just one item, they were unable to finish a larger chunk of the test.

Remember that almost all of the items in the test have an equal weight, and that there’s a very real element of time in test-taking. Do all the items that you can readily answer first so that you already secure yourself a score, and then come back later on for all the other items. That way, the difficult questions will just act as boosters to the score that you already have.

Too many people think that the Philippine Science High School entrance exam is very hard, and that a genius-level IQ is required to pass. In reality, your IQ doesn’t matter as much so long as you have the right strategy to take on the test.

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.

Suggested Reading:

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2.  Science High School Entrance Exam: English Portion Tips and Coverage
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