Philippine Educational Placement Test and Alternative Learning System Accreditation and Equivalency Program
Not everyone is given the chance to complete their studies without interruption. Sometimes financial, health, and personal problems force a student to stop schooling for a year or two; sometimes they force the student to stop from going to school altogether, probably in order to work, raise a family, or to attend to a personal problem.
In the past, students would have had no choice but to catch up on the years they spent away from school once they have resumed their schooling, but thanks to programs like the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) and the Alternative Learning System Accreditation and Equivalency (ALS A & E) Program of the Department of Education, students who have stopped schooling now have better options.
The Philippine Educational Placement Test or PEPT is a test that seeks to evaluate a student’s competency in five core subjects – English, Filipino, Science, Mathematics, and Social Studies – in relation to their age. By taking the PEPT, a student who fell behind their classmates because of dropping out from school can have the option to skip the grade or year levels they would normally be required to complete as long as they can prove that their competency is equivalent to students the same age as theirs.
For example, a 12-year-old student who stopped during the third grade can choose to skip the fourth and fifth grades and be automatically promoted to sixth grade as long as he’ll pass the test. The same also goes for High School students. A 16-year-old student who stopped in her first year of high school can choose to skip the second and third years and be automatically promoted to the fourth year as long as she can prove that she is as competent as any 4th year High School student.
ALS A & E
Like PEPT, the Alternative Learning System Accreditation and Equivalency or ALS A & E seeks to evaluate the competency of a student who has stopped schooling; however, contrary to PEPT that is primarily concerned with promoting students to their rightful grade or year levels in relation to their age, ALS A & E is more concerned with helping people who have not had or have stopped formal schooling become eligible to pursue higher education at a college or university or be employed or promoted at a private company or government agency. Examples of these are out-of-school youths, industry-based workers like domestic helpers; factory workers; and drivers, people with disabilities, members of cultural minorities like Aetas and Mangyans, and former inmates and rebels.
Director IV, Bureau of Alternative Learning System
3F Mabini Bldg., DepEd Complex, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City 1600
Telephone Number: (02)635-5193; 635-5188
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