Graduating elementary students wishing to enter the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) may now access the free online PSHS Reviewer in preparation for the nationwide entrance examination that will be held on September 18.
According to Rowena Guevara, executive director of the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCIEERD), the online reviewer may be accessed via these sites: pshsreviewer.org and pshsreviewer.dost.gov.ph.
Being Internet-based, it is accessible to any interested party, most especially to those who wish to simulate the examination, or those cannot afford to enroll in private review centers or have no access at all to such reviewers. This is also the official practice test provided by the PSHS, according to PCIEERD.
There is high demand for the scholarships and this has even resulted in external parties offering review classes, particularly for the PSHS National Competitive Examination (NCE).
Currently, the PSHS NCE examination administered throughout the country is paper-based.
The official DOST online reviewer provides a uniform and accessible practice test environment, from which examinees could simulate the actual PSHS examination. The questions were randomly drawn from a pool provided by PSHS and the question grouping, time constraints, and format follow the actual examination.
In developing the software, project leader Susan P. Festin said that they benchmarked against current industry practice for online testing such as SHL (SHL, 2013) and ExamBuilder (ExamBuilder, 2013).
SHL provides a portfolio of more than 1000 off-the-shelf assessment tests, while ExamBuilder provides exam authoring, delivery, reporting, and analytics.
Both charge fees for this service. ExamBuilder starts at $695 for 50 licenses (exam takers) or $13.90/examinee. SHL’s pricing depends on the type of assessment that would be acquired.
The DOST offers science and technology (S&T) scholarships through several means, two of which are the PSHS system for the high school level and the DOST Science Education Institute (SEI) scholarships for the undergraduate level.
Guevara said that the free online reviewer for the SEI examination is also expected to be up in the coming weeks. The DOST-PCIEERD is the monitoring agency for the development of the software programs under its S&T human resource program. – Ma. Elena A. Talingdan, DOST-PCIEERD