Philippine Law School Admission Test (PhiLSAT) is a qualifying exam for aspiring law students. Starting the academic year 2017-18, aspiring law students are required to take the PhiLSAT before they can be admitted to any law school, according to a Legal Education Board memorandum issued on December 29, 2016.
When is PhiLSAT? No official announcement released yet regarding the PhiLSAT schedule. But the first ever PhiLSAT was administered on April 16, 2017. The Center for Educational Measurement, Inc. (CEM) has been accredited to manage the affairs and activities related to the operation of the PhiLSAT. With CEM’s experience as an educational testing agency, it was commissioned to develop the PhiLSAT, ensure the reliability and validity of the test, and uphold the confidentiality of results and integrity of its administration.
Where to take? It can be taken in 7 sites around the country:
- Baguio City,
- Metro Manila,
- Legazpi City,
- Cebu City,
- Iloilo City,
- Davao City, and
- Cagayan de Oro City.
When is the registration? Online registration is available thru https://www.cem-inc.org.ph/philsat/user/register
How much is the fee? There will be an examination fee not exceeding P1,000. The testing fee is non-refundable. Failure to take or complete the test on the scheduled test date under any circumstances forfeits your testing fee.
What is the passing score? It was initially announced that 55% is the passing score. But when the results of the first ever PhiLSAT was released, the passing grade was adjusted to 45% as a consideration because the examinations have limited review materials.
How long is the exam? PhiLSAT has a time limit of up to 3 hours.
What is the coverage of the exam? The PhiLSAT is going to be multiple choice, covering the following areas:
- Communication and Language Proficiency
- Critical thinking skills
- Verbal Reasoning
- Quantitative Reasoning
If I pass, does this mean I can go to any Law School I want to enroll in? Yes, but your prospected Law School has prerogative to require you to take supplementary exam. In UP, for example, you still have to pass its UP Law Aptitude Exam.
Who are qualified to take PhiLSAT? You are qualified to take the PhiLSAT if you are a:
- Graduate of a 4-year bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent, from duly recognized higher education institutions in the Philippines.
- 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.
- 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
Who are exempted to take PhiLSAT? Honor graduates granted professional civil service eligibility, who are enrolling within 2 years from their college graduation, are exempted from taking the test. Those exempted from the exam will have to submit civil service recognition to the LEB.
What are the requirements? Ensure that you have the following before you register:
- A valid e-mail account that you will use for your online application
- An unretouched digital photo that meets the following specifications:
- Must be 2” x 2”, colored, with white background
- The height of the head (top of hair to bottom of chin) should measure 1 inch to 1 3/8 inches (25 mm – 35 mm)
- Taken within the last six (6) months to reflect your current appearance
- The image pixel dimensions must be in a square aspect ratio (meaning the height must be equal to the width). Minimum acceptable dimensions are 600 x 600 pixels.
- The file size must be less than or equal to 2 MB
- Must be in JPG or PNG file format
- NO “selfies” or improper poses. Your digital photo will appear on your PhiLSAT Identification (ID) Form, Examination Pass, and on your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) or Certificate of Grade (COG)
- A passport, particularly for applicants from foreign countries
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