Starting next academic year, all aspiring law students must take the PhilSAT or the Philippine Law School Admission Test before they can be admitted to any law school. This is a counterpart of the National Medical Admission Test (NMAT) for medical students.
The Legal Education Board or LEB said that the first PhilSAT Entrance Exam will be tentantively held on April 16, 2017 in the following testing sites around the country:
- Baguio City
- Metro Manila
- Legazpi City
- Cebu City
- Iloilo City
- Davao City
- Cagayan de Oro City
The registration may start in March 2017. There will be an examination fee not exceeding P1,500—this amount is not yet final, however, as the LEB expects to determine the final computation by the end of February. Passing percentage is target at 55%.
This coming school year (2017-2018) will be the pilot year for the exam, so law schools will still be allowed to enroll students in Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor programs who do not meet the passing score of 55 percent, the LEB said in an interview with ABS-CBN News.
However, aspiring law students will not be able to enroll if they did not take the PhilSAT.
The PhilSAT will be a ‘uniform test’ for all law schools since not all of these schools require an entrance exam. Mostly, a so-called ‘open-admission policy’ is being implemented.
The exam is going to be multiple choice. It is a one-day aptitude test intended to measure the academic potential of an examinee pursuing the study of law.
It will test a potential student’s communication and language proficiency, critical thinking skills, and verbal and quantitative reasoning.
Those qualified to take the PhilSAT include holders of a 4-year bachelor’s degree or its equivalent, and those expecting to gain one at the end of the current school year.
Honor graduates granted professional civil service eligibility, who are enrolling within 2 years from their college graduation, are exempted from taking the PhilSAT. Those exempted from the exam will have to submit a civil service recognition to the LEB.