DO 45, s. 1991 – Large Scale Try-Out of the Unified/Integrated National College Entrance Examination Program

May 13, 1991
DO 45, s. 1991
Large Scale Try-Out of the Unified/Integrated National College Entrance Examination Program
To:  Bureau Directors
Regional Directors
Schools Superintendents
Presidents, State Colleges and Universities
Heads of Private Schools, Colleges and Universities
Members of the NCEE Board:
1.   The broad goal of the Unified / Integrated National College Entrance Examination System is to attain the following:
a.   sustained and / or improved quality in education
b.   improved efficiency in the educational system
c.   democratized / equitable access to educational opportunities
d.   relevant education / training for national development
2.   Towards this goal, the Unified / Integrated National College Entrance Examination System specifically aims to develop instruments / tests that will identify skills, abilities and aptitudes, and provide other information necessary for diagnostic, selection, guidance, and placement purposes.
3.   This program shall integrate into one national test all existing college admission / entrance tests which are independently and separately developed and administrated by schools, colleges and universities in the country ( government and private ).
4.   The specific benefits of the Unified / Integrated National College Entrance Examination are three-fold:
      a.   For Students / Families
      Savings in time, effort, and money as a result of “ Isang Bayad, Isang Hirap” scheme. Under this scheme, there will be only one college entrance test, one test fee, and one test result to be used by schools, colleges and universities.
      b.   For Institutions ( Colleges / Universities )
1) Academic freedom fully respected
2) Admission standards of individual institutions retained
3) Expenditure of considerable amount of resources by individual institutions in developing and administering separate standardized admission tests is eliminated.
4) Institutional career planning services strengthened
5) Financial aid services expanded
      c.    For Society
1) Testing system rationalized
2) Savings of about P250 per student, per year
3) Cumulative savings of about P200M yearly ( this is computed on an average of 3 entrance tests per student )
5.   To ensure that this goal is achieved and sustained, a large scale program try-out will be administered in selected representative schools in Metro Manila ( NCR ), Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao areas on September 29, 1991. The participating schools are: University of Sto. Tomas, St. Scholastica’s College, University of the Philippines System, St. Paul’s College, Philippine Normal College, College of the Holy Spirit, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, Philippine Women’s University, Philippine Christian University, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, De la Salle University, Centro Escolar University, La Concordia College, Perpetual Help College, and Mindanao State University.
6.    Students who aspire to enrol in these schools are required to take both the current NCEE and the new Unified / Integrated Entrance test which will be given separately on the same day. College aspirants to each of these institutions from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao areas shall take the examination in designated testing centers (to be announced later ) in Metro Manila in Luzon, Cebu City in Visayas, and Zamboanga City in Mindanao. The higher scores obtained by students in either of these two tests shall be reported to the actual result of the NCEE.
7.   For 1991, colleges and universities participating in the program try-out may still administer their own regular college admission tests in addition to these tests ( current NCEE and New Unified NCEE ).
8.   The main objectives of the Large Scale Program Try-out briefly include the following:
a.   Further checks on determining the item difficulty indices, equating item difficulty indices and the assessment of item discrimination
b.   Further checks on the time allotment per sub-test area of the test
c.   Assessment of the effect of an improved plan of distribution, security of test materials in the examination centers, training of examiners and proctors, etc.
d.   Management scheme of the program in forging a meaningful cooperation and collaboration with institution of higher learning in the country ( private and government )
e.   Validity studies on content, construct, concurrent, and predictive
9.   The Evaluating Package is viewed as a continuous process and therefore is considered developmental. The evaluation component aims to : ( a ) compare actual effects / impact of the program with forecast target; ( b ) determine short-term long-term, and the WHY’s of the discrepancies between the actual and the projected impacts; and ( d ) draw implications of future directions and policy implementation.
                                                        ( SGD. ) ISIDRO D. CARIÑO


Allotment:   1-2-3-4—( M.O. 1-87 )
To be indicated in the Perpetual Index
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