?Pisay? calls on young techies, math wizards to take entrance exam

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By Paolo Julian

An exciting world of knowledge awaits techies and number crunchers fresh out of elementary schools.

Free tuition and monthly stipend will be the norm for top-grade students who pass the entrance exam of the Philippine Science High School (PSHS), also affectionately called Pisay.

Pisay students

Textbooks on loan are free and, for those from low-income families, free uniform, transportation and living allowances.

The deadline for the filing of application is on September 1, in time for the entrance examination on October 21 administered by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), which oversees the country’s premier science high school.

Those eligible to take the exam are Filipino elementary school graduates with a final grade of 85 or better in science and mathematics; those with grades below 85 must belong to the upper 10 percent of the class.

He or she must have no pending or approved application as immigrant to any foreign country; born on or after August 1, 2003; have at least a satisfactory rating (or its equivalent) in character rating in the School Year 2016-2017 report card; have now taken the PSHS examination previously; and preferably be in good health and fit to undergo a rigorous academic program.

Other requirements are: two copies of the application form; two identical and recent 1×1 ID pictures; non-refundable test fee (P100 for private schools, free for public schools); and a Certified True Copy of School Year 2016-2017 report card signed by the class adviser or principal.

Certification or proof is required when the applicant belongs to the upper 10 percent of the class if he or she has grades below 85 in science and math.

A one-time screening process for successful applicants will be conducted on October 21; the scholastic aptitude test will measure scientific ability, quantitative ability, abstract reasoning and verbal aptitude.

The application form and the accompanying materials are not for sale, may be photocopied and may be downloaded from the PSHS website. No reservation fee is required.

Application forms are also available and may be filed at any PSHS campuses, DOST Regional offices or Provincial Science and Technology Offices. Application forms with incomplete information will not be processed. Erasures, alterations and insertions must be initialed by the applicant.

An Examination Permit will be issued to the applicant upon completion of all documents by the campus where the application was processed. For applications filed with DOST agencies, the exam permit will be mailed to the applicant or to the school principal for distribution to the applicant.

In case the exam permits are not received two weeks before the examination day, the applicant should check with the nearest PSHS campus, DOST Regional Office, DOST Provincial Science and Technology Office or the PSHS System Admissions Office.

The PSHS System has 14 campuses: Caraga (Butuan, Agusan del Norte); Soccsksargen (Paraiso, Koronadal, South Cotabato; Central Mindanao (Baloi, Lanao del Norte); Southern Mindanao (Davao City); Western Visayas (Jaro, Iloilo City); Central Visayas (Argao, Cebu); Eastern Visayas (Palo, Leyte); Cagayan Valley (Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya); Ilocos (San Ildefonso, Ilocos Sur); Cordillera Administrative Region (Baguio City); Central Luzon (Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga); CALABARZON (Batangas City); and Bicol (Goa, Camarines Sur) and the Main Campus (Diliman, Quezon City) . Two campuses are planned for MIMAROPA (Odiongan, Romblon) and the Zamboanga Peninsula (Dipolog, Zamboanga del Norte).

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