DOST’s free online reviewer for PSHS scholarship exam is now available


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Department of Science and Technology (DOST) today, August 22, 2013 announced that free and accessible online reviewer for Philippine Science High School (PSHS) National Competitive Examinations (NCE) - scholarship exam is now available.

Graduating elementary students wishing to bag a scholarship slot at the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) will now have better chances of passing the National Competitive Examinations (NCE) of the country’s premier science secondary school. This opportunity is made possible through the initiative of DOST called the PSHS online reviewer.

The free reviewer, which is now available online, is designed to help aspiring scholars to prepare better for the PSHS NCE. It can be accessed at pshsreviewer.org and pshsreviewer.dost.gov.ph.

According to Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara, executive director of the DOST’s Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development of the (PCIEERD), the online reviewer is the official practice test provided by the PSHS. It is free and accessible through the Internet such that even students who live in the provinces and outside the country, especially those who can not afford the services of private review centers, can experience and learn from the exam simulation.

The official online reviewer provides a uniform and accessible practice test environment that simulates the actual PSHS examination. The question grouping, time constraints, and format follow the actual examination while a pool of experts formulated the questions. The better test-taking strategies and practice drills familiarize users with the nuances of the exam, giving them better chances of passing the PSHS examination.

In developing the software, project leader Dr. Susan P. Festin of the University of the Philippines said that her team benchmarked from current industry practice for online testing such as SHL and ExamBuilder. Both tests, for a fee, provide companies with assessment tools across various sectors. SHL provides a portfolio of more than 1,000 off-the-shelf assessment tests, while ExamBuilder provides exam authoring, delivery, reporting, and analytics.

For DOST college scholarship aspirants, Dr. Guevara said that DOST is coming up with the free online reviewer for the DOST-Science Education Institute examination in a few weeks.

The DOST-PCIEERD is the monitoring agency for the development of the software programs, including said PSHS online reviewer, under its S&T human resource program.

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