LIST OF PASSERS: April 2017 Principals' Test results NQESH 2016

MANILA, Philippines - (Updated September 12) The Department of Education (DepEd) and the National Educators Academy of the Philippines (NEAP) officially released results of the April 2017 Principals' Test formerly known as National Qualifying Examination for School Heads (NQESH) for 2016 on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. The complete list of passers and top 10 (topnotchers) are available on this page as online.

April 2017 Principals' Test results NQESH 2016

UPDATE: Only 388 examinees passed the 2016 Principals test.

DepEd together with the Bureau of Human Resource and Organizational Development (BHROD) issued a memorandum (DM 145, s. 2017 ) for the results of the 2016 Principals' Test. As indicated, takers must have obtained at least 70% correct answers in all domains.

The 2016 Principals' Test was conducted on Sunday, April 9, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in 18 regions nationwide, corresponding to at least 26 exam centers.


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.

The official results include the complete name of the examinees, region, raw score and standard score.

PASSERS LIST: 2016 Principals' Test results (April 2017 NQESH)

Paragraph No. 7 of DepEd Memorandum No. 80 s. 2016 reiterates that: "Beginning 2018, Principals' Test applicants shall only be allowed to take the examination for three consecutive times. Applicants who did not pass consecutively in the years 2015, 2016 and 2018 shall undergo a specialized preparatory course before they will be allowed to apply again.

Here's the breakdown of passers per region (updated):

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 recent NQESH covered 200 multiple choice items anchored on the role of a school head as stipulated in the National Competency-Based Standards for School Heads (NCBSSH) & 21st Century Managerial Skills.


It is expected that NEAP will follow the cut-off score and not the percentile rank ( forced ranking to upper 10% regardless of the score).

The results of National Executive Committee's deliberation in January 2016 set the cut-off score to 70% overall rating with no grade lower than 68% in any of the domains.

Note that the above scenario produced 2,195 passers in the 2015 exams from the original 1,732 supposed count of passers if using the percentile rank.


As advised, the results will be released through a DepEd Memorandum and will be posted on the NEAP official Facebook page.

Takers may expect results to come out around June to July 2017. However, any development on the checking of test papers or unforessen circumstances may change the probable release date.

June 22, 2017 Update: NEAP staff told The Summit Express that deliberation is still on ongoing. Results are most probably out by July ( no exact date).

July 4, 2017 Update: Through our inquiry, the Human Resource Development Division (HRDD) - NEAP told us that results will be released on the third week of July 2017 or expected between July 17-21. Once available, it will be posted on DepEd website through a memorandum and on NEAP Facebook page.

July 14, 2017 Update: NEAP-HRDD staff told us that checking of test papers and deliberations are still ongoing. There are a lot of factors and issues to consider such as examinees not following the required Unique Tracking Code (UTC) and problems on correct shading of the answer sheets. (Note: UTC is also required for the viewing/release of results).

August 3, 2017 Update: NEAP-HRDD told The Summit Express that new target for the release of results is on or before August 31. "The delay was caused by several factors but it will be released as soon as possible."

August 31, 2017 Update: NEAP -HRDD told The Summit Express that results documents were already forwarded to DepEd officials, particularly to Secretary Leonor M. Briones, for their signing. As confirmed, release of results is most probably NOT TODAY. The definite answer we've got is "IT IS VERY SOON."

September 12: Results are out!

In previous exam, each taker received Official Certificate of Rating (COR) from NEAP. This will be forwarded to the regions and school divisions when all the CORs have been printed.

Those who have passed will undergo training under the School Head's Development Program.


In the October 2015 exam, 2,195 out of nearly 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 top the test.

In the May 2014 exam, 1,301 test takers passed the exam with results posted after 4 months.

In 2013, 1,454 out of the total 14,567 passed the test. Results were released online in less than 3 months.


For those planning to get the 2017 Principals' Test, NEAP said details of the examination will be announced soon.


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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