Philippine Science High School NCE 2020 application period, exam date

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Science High School System (PSHSS) will start accepting applications on August 1 for the 2020 National Competitive Examination (NCE), which is expected to be held later this year or early 2021 due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Philippine Science High School NCE 2020 application period, exam date

The NCE is a scholastic test that will assess the applicant’s aptitude in Science, Math, Language, and Abstract Reasoning. Qualifiers for PSHS scholarship are those who earned high scores in NCE.

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The premier science high school also reminds incoming Grade 7 students for School Year 2021-2022 of the deadline of filing applications:
  • Private school applicants: December 11, 2020
  • Public school applicants: December 18, 2020

Previous NCE used to be held every October in several test centers nationwide.


A grade 6 elementary pupil from a duly recognized school by the Department of Education who meets the following criteria is eligible to apply for the PSHS NCE.

He / She must:
  • have a final grade of 85% or better in Science and Mathematics, evidenced by the student's report card. If the student's grades in Science or Math are below 85%, then, he/she must provide evidence that he/she belongs to the upper 10% of the batch;
  • be a Filipino citizen with no pending or approved application as immigrant to any foreign country;
  • be born on or after 2006 (for update of specific date)
  • have at least a satisfactory rating (or its equivalent) in his/her Character Rating in his/her report card (SY 2019 - 2020);
  • not have taken the PSHS NCE previously; and
  • preferably, be in good health and fit to undergo a rigorous academic program.

  • Fully accomplished Application Form in two (2) copies
  • Two (2) identical recent 1x1 ID pictures
  • Non-refundable test fee (Php 100 for private schools, free for public schools)
  • Certified true copy of report card (SY 2019 - 2020) by the class adviser / principal
  • If the final grades in Science or Math are below 85%, certification or proof that the child belongs to the upper 10% of the batch


The PSHS NCE Application Form and the accompanying material are not for sale, may be photocopied, and may be downloaded through this link. No reservation fee is required.

Application forms are also available and may be filed at any of the following: PSHS campuses, DOST Regional offices, or Provincial Science and Technology Offices. Application forms with incomplete information will not be processed. Erasures, alterations and insertions must be initialed by the applicant.

The Examination Permit/s will be issued to the applicants upon completion of all documents by the campus where the application was processed. For applications filed with DOST agencies, the exam permits will be mailed to the applicant, or to the School Principal for distribution to its applicant/s.

In case the exam permits are not received two (2) weeks before the examination day, the applicants should check with the nearest PSHS campus, DOST Regional Office, DOST Provincial Science and Technology Office, or the PSHS System Admissions Office.

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PSHS scholars get a monthly stipend in addition to free tuition and free loan of textbooks. Uniform, transportation, and living allowances are also given according to financial need. Scholars are expected to meet the highest standard of scholastic achievement and behavior.

The PSHSS is a specialized public high school system in the Philippines that operates as an attached agency of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). It is considered as the top high school in the country and is viewed to be one of the best in the ASEAN region.


The Summit Express will update this page for the criteria for eligibility, exact date of NCE and development on application processing.

Do you have question or clarification? You may contact nearest PSHS campus or thru the following:
  • Telephone No.: (02) 8-9397747
  • E-mail address:

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