ENTRANCE EXAM FOR ASPIRING LAW STUDENTS NEXT SCHOOL YEAR, 2017-2018
Starting next academic year, aspiring law students will be required to take the Philippine Law School Admission Test (PhilSAT) before they can be admitted to any law school. This is according to a Memorandum issued on December 29, 2016 by the Legal Education Board. The target date for the first PhilSAT exam to be administered is April 16, 2017, in 7 sites around the country:
- Baguio City,
- Metro Manila,
- Legazpi City,
- Cebu City,
- Iloilo City,
- Davao City, and
- Cagayan de Oro City.
Only GRADUATES or GRADUATING STUDENTS (by the end of the current school year) of COLLEGE (Bachelor's) DEGREE PROGRAMS are qualified to take the Philippine Law School Admission Test (PhiLSAT). PhiLSAT Online Registration System All PhiLSAT applicants must read the following information and those posted at the Bulletin of Information menu before they proceed with their registration.
Qualified Applicants: As specified in LEBMO No. 7, you are qualified to take the PhiLSAT if you are a:
1. Graduate of a 4-year bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent, from duly recognized higher education institutions in the Philippines 2. Graduating student of a 4-year bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent, from duly recognized higher education institutions in the Philippines at the end of the school year when the PhiLSAT is administered 3. Graduate from foreign higher education institutions with degrees equivalent to a 4-year bachelor’s degree as certified by the Commission on Higher Education
A qualified examinee may take the PhiLSAT for as many times as he/she wants, without any limit (LEBMO No. 7, Qualified examinees). Honor graduates granted professional civil service eligibility pursuant to Presidential Decree No. 907 who are enrolling within two (2) years from their college graduation are exempted from taking and passing the PhiLSAT for purposes of admission to the basic law course (LEBMO No. 7, Exemption). Application for exemption shall be filed directly with the LEB.
Registration Requirements Ensure that you have the following before you register: 1. A valid e-mail account which you will use for your online application. 2. One recent unretouched digital photo with these specifications: 2"x 2" or at least 600x600 pixels, with white background. 3. A valid Passport if you are NOT a Filipino citizen.
Registration Procedure 1. Accomplish the registration form online. Fill out the required fields in the form. Please make sure that all information entered is true and correct. You are responsible for ensuring that your contact information is correct and current at all time. 2. Proceed with accomplishing online the Student Information Questionnaire (SIQ). 3. Choose your preferred mode of payment -- either by credit card or by bank payment. 4. Check your e-mail account -- inbox and spam mailbox -- for your PhiLSAT Identification (ID) Form and a confirmation of your payment if you paid by credit card. Download and print a copy of your PhiLSAT Identification (ID) Form. You will need to submit it on the test day. 5. If you need to change some or all the information given on your PhiLSAT ID Form, follow the instructions below. There will be an examination fee not exceeding P1,500—this amount is not yet final.
According to LEB Memorandum Order 7, the PhilSAT is a one-day aptitude test intended to measure the academic potential of an examinee pursuing the study of law. It will test a potential student's communication and language proficiency, critical thinking skills, and verbal and quantitative reasoning. All law schools are required to comply. If they don't, they will be subject to sanctions, or a fine of up to P10,000.
Payment Procedure You can pay online using a credit card or go through an over-the-counter transaction at the bank. Payment should be made on or before the deadline for registration. Please note that you are NOTcompletely registered or fully qualified to take the PhiLSAT if you have NOT paid the PhiLSAT testing fee even if you have already downloaded, printed, and accomplished your PhiLSAT ID Form. 1. If you choose to pay by bank deposit, you must go to the nearest Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) branch and accomplish a Deposit/Payment Slip using the bank reference number and CEM BPI account number given on your PhiLSAT Identification Form. 2. If you choose to pay by credit card, you will be directed to the website of BPI SecurePay and will be instructed accordingly until payment is successful.
NOTICE: Review centers are NOT authorized to collect or accept in behalf of CEM any PhiLSAT testing fee from PhiLSAT applicants. Any incident arising from your dealings with a review center, or any such entity, is solely your responsibility.
Confirmation of payment 1. Credit card payments are automatically confirmed by e-mail once payment is successful. Check your e-mail account, both your inbox and spam mailbox, for your PhiLSAT ID Form and payment confirmation. 2. If you pay through BPI, you shall receive a payment confirmation e-mail in your inbox (or spam mailbox) after two (2) business days. 3. All examinees shall get their CEM Official Receipt (OR) together with their official PhiLSAT Certificate of Eligibility (COE) or Certificate of Grade (COG).
Examination Pass Go back to this website two (2) weeks before the test date and click on the link for Room Assignment to know your test site and room assignment. Download and print your PhiLSAT Examination Pass. If your PhiLSAT Application Number is not included in the list, call the PhiLSAT Secretariat at (02) 813-3686 or 813-3694 to 95 local 108 immediately.
Test Day Instructions 1. Report to the Test Site before 7:00 a.m. 2. Examinee must bring the following documents and materials: • PhiLSAT Identification (ID) Form • Notarized Official Certification from the college/university Registrar that the applicant is either a GRADUATE (with details of bachelor's degree received, year of graduation, granting institution and its address) or a CANDIDATE FOR GRADUATION (with details of the course enrolled in, expected date of graduation, and name of institution with its address) • Valid School or Government-issued ID (e.g. Passport, Driver’s License, PRC ID, etc.) • Examination Pass (to be downloaded from this website two weeks before test date) • Pencils (no. 2 or HB) with/and eraser • Transparent plastic envelope for personal valuables and other allowed items 3. Applicant is also advised to wear appropriate attire for air-conditioned testing rooms.
PhiLSAT Results Your PhiLSAT scores will appear on the Master List of Test Results that will be sent to the Legal Education Board (LEB) and all Philippine law schools.
Click on the link for Test Results under the Online Options of this website to view and/or download an electronic copy of your test results twenty-one (21) days after the test date. The electronic copy is NOT valid for admission purposes. It is only meant to make you understand your scores to help you decide to which Philippine law schools to apply and whether or not you will retake the test. Your PhiLSAT scores will be printed in the Certificate of Eligibility (COE) or Certificate of Grade (COG). The original three copies of the COE/COG will be mailed (at the mailing address indicated on the PhiLSAT ID Form) or be ready for pickup (at the CEM testing center indicated also on the PhiLSAT ID Form) forty-five (45) days after the test date. You can personally request and pick up copies of your COE/COG at the CEM Head Office, Makati City. You must present a valid ID if you will personally pick up your COE/COG.
If your authorized representative will request and/or pick up your COE/COG, the following documents should be presented: 1. Your signed Authorization Letter 2. Photocopy of your valid ID 3. Valid ID of the representative
PHILSAT | Law school admission test slated April 16