National career assessment exam also open to 3rd year students

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011


THE Department of Education (DepEd) has amended provisions in the conduct of the National Career Assessment Examination (NCAE), including the change of exam date from today, August 31 to September 28, 2011.

As per DepEd Order 28-2011, the NCAE, which used to be given to fourth year high school students only, would now be administered as well to third year high school students, both in public and private secondary schools.

“We deem it better to administer the NCAE to third year high school students to give them sufficient time for comprehensive career guidance before they enter the tertiary level,” DepEd explained in an advisory.

Also covered to take the NCAE are fourth year high school students applying for scholarship programs offered by the Commission on Higher Education and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda).

“Those who will take the NCAE for Ched and Tesda scholarship should belong to the top 10 percent of each secondary high school, regardless of school size. They should also have a general weighted average of 80 percent in third year and should come from a family whose gross annual income does not exceed P300,000,” DepEd added.

NCAE is an assessment of a student’s aptitude and estimates what field or discipline the student can excel in. The result will show the interest and career inclination of the student, whether it is technical-vocational, entrepreneurial or a full college education course.

This way, parents and students will be guided on what career track would best be taken after high school, DepEd said, adding that the result of the NCAE is not mandatory but recommendatory. The exam is also open to other interested fourth year students, out-of-school youth and A & E passers. (CGC)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 31, 2011.

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