TOP PASSERS: 2016 Principals' Test results April 2017 NQESH


MANILA, Philippines - (Updated September 12) The 2016 Principals' Test results together with the list of topnotchers or top passers are available on this page as released online on Tuesday, September 12, or in 5 months after the exam. The examination was conducted on Sunday, April 9, 2017.

TOP PASSERS: 2016 Principals' Test results April 2017 NQESH

The 2016 Principals' Test formerly known as National Qualifying Examination for School Heads (NQESH) was administered by the Department of Education (DepEd) and the National Educators Academy of the Philippines (NEAP) in 18 regions nationwide, corresponding to at least 26 exam centers.

Only 388 successfully hurdled the examinations, DepEd Memorandum 145, s. 2017 stated.

Meanwhile, here's the breakdown of passers per region.

Region Number of Passers
I (Ilocos Region) 32
II (Cagayan Valley Region) 21
III (Central Luzon Region) 52
V (Bicol Region) 28
National Capital Region (NCR) 15
Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) 11
VI (Western Visayas Region) 20
VII (Central Visayas Region) 23
VIII (Eastern Visayas Region) 32
IX (Western Mindanao Region) 13
X (Northern Mindanao Region) 12
XI (Southern Mindanao Region) 21
XII (Central Mindanao Region) 10
Negros Island Region (NIR) 23

The list of topnotchers for the April 2017 exam include those who have scored over 90% overall rating.


Note: Final criteria on the selection of passers and topnotchers will be announced by NEAP once results have been released.

Here's the full list of topnotchers (top passers) for 2016 Principals' Test (NQESH):

Updating for the results....


In the October 2015 exam, 2,195 out of more than 19,000 takers passed the Principals' Test. Results were released online in less than 3 months after the exam.

Erwin John Santos (Region 3) and Garry Vacunawa (Region 8) garnered 186 points or 93% overall rating to ace the test.

Sharon Angupa from Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) ranked second with 185 points or 92.5% rating.


The administration of the test is DepEd's mechanism to select school heads in the public education sector - a qualifying process for interested applicants to Principal I positions. It is being implemented in coordination with the Schools Divisions Offices (DOs) through the Regional Offices (ROs).

Examination is originally scheduled on November 6, 2016 but was rescheduled to December 18, 2016 and later to April 2017 due to administrative constraints in the procurement of test materials and other issues.


Monitor this page for the relevant and #original updates coming from DepEd/NEAP. For several years, The Summit Express is among the trusted websites delivering reliable content for the Principals' Test.

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