The Legal Education Board (LEB) has required aspiring law students to attend the Philippine Law School Admission Test (PhiLSAT) examination as one of the qualifications in entering any law school in the Philippines. The PhiLSAT will serve as “uniform test” for all law schools.
It is an aptitude test that will measure their academic potential before admittance to any law school. This is in accordance with a memorandum issued in December last year.
How to apply online for PhiLSAT?
Applicants can register online starting Thursday, March 2 via the website of accredited testing administrator (Center for Education Measurement, Inc. (CEM). Deadline of application will be on April 3, 2017.
Ensure that you have the following before you register:
- A valid e-mail account which you will use for your online application.
- One recent unretouched digital photo with these specifications: 2″x 2″ or at least 600×600 pixels, with white background.
- A valid Passport if you are NOT a Filipino citizen.
How to register online?
- Accomplish the registration form online. Fill out the required fields in the form. Please make sure that all information entered is true and correct. You are responsible for ensuring that your contact information is correct and current at all time.
- Proceed with accomplishing online the Student Information Questionnaire (SIQ).
- Choose your preferred mode of payment — either by credit card or by bank payment.
- Check your e-mail account — inbox and spam mailbox — for your PhiLSAT Identification (ID) Form and a confirmation of your payment if you paid by credit card. Download and print a copy of your PhiLSAT Identification (ID) Form. You will need to submit it on the test day.
- If you need to change some or all the information given on your PhiLSAT ID Form, follow the instructions below.
How much is the examination fee for PhiLSAT?
In its pilot academic year, a payment of Php 1,000 as examination fee will be collected. It may be paid via online or via an over-the-counter deposit in Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) branches nationwide.
PhiLSAT examination dates and venues
The country’s first PhiLSAT examination will be on April 16 in the following testing sites (this may still be subject to changes):
- Baguio City – University of the Cordilleras
- Metro Manila – University of Santo Tomas
- Legazpi City – Aquinas University
- Iloilo City – University of San Agustin
- Cebu City – University of San Jose-Recoletos
- Davao City – Jose Maria College
- Cagayan de Oro City – Xavier University
What is the passing percentage of PhiLSAT?
The passing percentage will be 55%, however, law schools are still allowed to admit examinees who got lower than the passing rate on its pilot year. However, the LEB will not allow schools to enroll students who did not take the PhiLSAT.
Who are qualified to take PhiLSAT?
- Graduate of a 4-year bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent, from duly recognized higher education institutions in the Philippines
- Graduating student of a 4-year bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent, from duly recognized higher education institutions in the Philippines at the end of the school year when the PhiLSAT is administered
- Graduate from foreign higher education institutions with degrees equivalent to a 4-year bachelor’s degree as certified by the Commission on Higher Education
Who are exempted to take the PhiLSAT?
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.