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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.

If you are interested in taking the PEPT or ALS A & E, you may get in touch with the officials of the Department of Education through the following contact information:

Director IV, Bureau of Alternative Learning System

3F Mabini Bldg., DepEd Complex, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City 1600

Telephone Number: (02)635-5193; 635-5188

Fax: (02)635-5189

DETxt Action Center: 0919-4560027

Email Address:


  1. Good afternoon po… Another concern po… Sa cotabato po Ako .. Gusto KO po kasing mag Aral Sa Als. Pag mag enroll pi Ako..pwede pa po ba? Kailangan KO point kasi ..Sobra.. Bago lang po Ako nakapag stop.. Dati po Sa baryo po Ako ga Aral.. Tos di po Ako makapag focus Kay nakakatakot kaya lumipat to kami dto.g. Naka pag exam na po Ako ng 2nd period.. Last month.. Naka stop to Ako ksi tinutulungan KO ung mama KO Sa financial namin at Sa problems nya… Pah naipasa KO point ba ang exam pwede na KO makakuha ng diploma or. Makapg senior high agad? 15 yes old to KO.. I need ur response po sana.. Willing na po talaga ako. Interesado na po talaga.. D po kc ako sanay mag stay lang.. Gusto ko pong makapag aral..Salamat point..

  2. Hello po… Another concern po.. Nasa cotabato po ako nakatira.. Nahihirapan point kasi Ako mag enroll dto …hindi ko po alam kung pwede pa bang mag enroll Sa ALS po..kailangan KO lang po talaga .. Gusto KO po kasing mag advance Sa year level KO.. At para if ealang klase makakapagipon point Ako.. Itatanong KO lang po kung makaka pag college Ako or senior high school if in case na maipasa KO ang exam.??.at pwede pa po bang mag enroll??

  3. Good day po ..i just wan to ask lang pi kung kailan ang next registration for next pept examination.. As I think so nung nag internet Ako kahapon magpapaexam po sila .. So Hindi pi kasi Ako nakahabol.. Kaya itatanong KO lang ✆.. Mag eexam po Sana Ako.. Naka stopped po ksi ako bago lang po nakapag exam pa po Ako ng 2nd period exam.. Tos naka stooped to ako kasi financial at tintulungan KO so mama Sa problem namin… Grade 9. Po Ako ..15 yrs old po Ako…please po i need your response asap..thanks po.

  4. magandang tanghali po, tanong ko lang po kung kelan po ulit ang registration ng pept test. thanks po

  5. Hello po pwede pa po ba mag register sa PEPT kahit malapit na ang test sa november?

    • Hi, Camille!

      The deadline for registration was August 2015, so probably not. If you still want to give it a shot, though, we suggest you contact the Department of Education for verification.


    • Hi Camille! As much as we’d like to help with your concern, we’re not affiliated with DepEd, so we’re afraid we can’t answer that question for you. We suggest you call the nearest DepEd division office so they can give you a more accurate and detailed response.

  6. Good morning po,

    I’m turning 16 this year po, pero grade 8 pa din po ako kasi nagstop po ako ng 2 years due to financial problems. Could I possibly take the PEPT test po? And if ever I pass the test, anong grade po ako eh diba po may k-12 na dito.

    Thank you.:)

  7. Hi good afternoon po ma’am/sir,mag tatanong lang po,It’s been 9 years po kasi mula nung nag graduate po ako sa high school, anu po ang madaganda ko kunin PEPT po ba o ALS po?

  8. Hello po. I really want to take PEPT exam this year. Hope you can help me out to know the details.

  9. Hmm can i ask im a iregular HS student ksi meron akong naiwan na back subject from 1st year and second year ALS A&E ba dapat kung kunin na Test para maka kuha na ako ng Diploma for HS.. Im Working now

    • Hi, Marvie!

      If you just want to make it to the year you were supposed to be on based on your age, then the PEPT is the one for you. For example, if you stopped on your first year in high school and you are already 16 years old, then you can get the PEPT so you can skip the first, second, and third years and enroll as a fourth year student instead. If you are past the standard age for high schoolers (used to be 16 years of age) then the ALS A & E Test is the one for you. We’re not sure how the implementation of the K-12 program has affected the PEPT and the ALS A & E Test, though, so you might want to check with the Department of Education for more information.

  10. HI! Gusto ko lang itanong ASL ba ang dapat na test para maka kuha ng Diploma ng HS going to college ksi gusto ko ulit mag aral im working now. san ba mag papasa at may babayadan ba?

  11. Hi PO pano ano po ang mag magandang kunin PEP TEST ba o yung ALS A&E under grad po ako ng HS irregular Student pro im working na po ngaun pano po need ipasa at kelan puwede mag pasa..

    sana po maka pag reply kayo thank you.

  12. Hello po . Ask ko lang po ano pong mas dapat kong i-take als or pept? nag stop po kc aq ng 3rd year high school ng 3rd quarter po. Nag ka baby po kc aq 16yo po ako nun . Now im 18 years old na po , gsto ko na pong asikasuhin pag study ko . Malaki na din naman po baby ko kaya gusto ko po sana mag take ng als or pept? Anong po bang much better kong itake? Please reply . THANK YOU !

    • Hi, Katherine!

      If you’re already aiming for a high school diploma, ALS A & E would probably be the better option since you can go straight to college after passing the test.


  13. Ahmm tanong ko lang po..tuwing kailan po ba ang exam sa PEPT.. kukuha po kasi ako ng PEPT sa school po na pinapasukan ko. eh hindi ko pa po alam kung kailan yung exam at ano ano po ang requirements para makapag take po ng exam sa PEPT..

    thanks po 🙂

  14. Magandang umaga po sir and ma’am
    Ask kulang po sana Kung,,, Yong result po sa pep test nong November 16, 2014 meron na po ba…nag exam po kasi nun, don po sa binangonan 17 yrs old na po ako nagbabakasakali po kasi ako na baka nakapasa ako sa exam .

    • Hi, Jhonabelle!

      We’re sorry, but we have no available information regarding the passers of the November 2014 ALS A & E Test. We suggest that you check the Department of Education’s website for announcements.


  15. Hi!!tanung ko lang po,,im 29yrs old 3rd year highschool lng nrating ko..ano po ba dapat kong kunin??PEPTest o ALS??

    • Hi, Hsirt21!

      We’re not too sure about it, but we believe the ALS A & E Test would be the better option because passing it is equivalent to graduating from high school while passing the PEPT test will only promote you to the year level that is equivalent to your age. That’s just based from what we know, though. It’s still best if you’ll consult official representatives of the Bureau of Alternative Learning System of the Department of Education so they can give you a more accurate response.


  16. hi po, I would like to ask is thera a way na makakuha result ng PEPT na way back 1993 pa. Yung kasi sa akin na sama sa nasira ng baha. I want to study po ulit sana. kaso hinahanapan ako ng card ng highschool which i was not able finish.

    • Hi, Margarita!

      We’re sorry, but as much as we’d like to help with your concern, we’re not affiliated with DepEd, so we’re afraid we can’t answer that question for you. We suggest you call the nearest DepEd division office to inform them of your situation. Hopefully, they might be able to arrange something for you.


  17. Hello po,interesado po Ako magtake ng exam,sa pept ..kapag nakauwi po kmi sa pinas..4rtyear level lng po Ako,ano po bang month para mgtake ng exam..araw araw po bang papasok sa school?pls answer asap

  18. Hi poh sir.. ask lng poh.hindi poh aq nkatapos ng high school. Gustu q po sna mktpos. My program poh bh kau. N pwedi aq mka kuha ng exam pra mkpunta in college?? Tnx poh..

  19. Tanong ko lang nakuha ko na result ng peptest is a lang po bagsak ko sa science science nlng ba ieexam ko ? Ty respond pls.

    • Hi, Gerica!

      We’re sorry, but we’re not really sure about that. It’s best if you’ll call up DepEd so they can answer that question for you.


  20. Hello sir,
    I would like to know if I’m qualified to take the PEPT exam. I use to live in the states then came back here but I could not enroll since I came in the middle of the school year. I am currently a 3rd year high school student and supposed to be 4th year high school. I was wondering if after I finish my third year; I could take the PEPT and skip fourth year s I could go to college.

  21. hi sir/madam pwede ba po bang magparegister kasi magkuha ng test at san po ba malapit pwedeng puntahan na lugar? i’m from r.papa st, tondo manila. thanks!

  22. Magandang hapon po, interesado po ako sa ALS gusto ko po sana mag-aral ulit, naka graduate po ako ng high school, nag college po ako hanggang 1st yr lang at higit 5 taon na po ang nakakalipas. Pupwede po ba ako sa ALS. Anu-ano po ba ng mga kakailanganin ko? Maraming Salamat po. God Bless!

    • Hi, Hushbaby!

      Thanks for visiting our site.

      The ALS program is only for those who haven’t obtained their elementary or high school diplomas yet. Since you’ve already graduated from high school, you no longer have to go through the program.

      If you meant you want to finish your college education without going through the traditional process, what you can take is the Expanded Tertiary Equivalency and Accreditation Program (ETEEAP).

      By enrolling in the program, you may be able to use your accumulated work experience in exchange for course credits; allowing you to finish what was supposed to be a four or five-year degree program in a much shorter time. The process depends on the schools offering the program, though, so it’s best if you’ll contact them directly so they can tell you more about the program, the procedure, and the requirements.

      Good luck! 🙂

  23. hello there! I’m one of PEPT Passer from grade 6 promoted to 2nd yr high… I have a permanent job….hoping for those interested to finish their studies there is always a chance and solutions for every trials

    • Hi, Reyna!

      Thanks for visiting our site and for sharing your story.

      We hope our readers will be inspired by what you shared.


  24. hmm ok mam/sir so i guess we need to pass by at deped office to get in touch with them.thanks a lot on ur site..any deped office is available to entertain for this kind of case?or only the deped in pasay only?thanks again

  25. i saw that the registration for als is done already,if is still possible for us to take a late registration?..we are asking for ur help mam/sir,were hoping and praying that my fren can still catch up for the registration of exam thanks alot

    • Hi, Mhel!

      Unfortunately, as much as we’d like to help you out, it’s not for us to decide. The Bureau of Alternative Learning System (under the supervision of the Department of Education) oversees the ALS A & E Test so it’s best if you’ll get in touch with them so you can ask them if they can give your friend a special consideration. 🙁

  26. greetings….

    A pleasant day mam/sir, im melissa from pampanga i just want to us if my fren is still qualified to take the PEPT exam he is 27y/o now and kick out of both public and private school. he only finished upto 3rd highschool and now he is starting to fix his life again and one of his priority is to pursue his schooling..if my fren is still qualified to take the exam what are the possible requirement need to submit and when is the next schedule of the next exam as i saw on ur site the june 12 2012 exam is already done..Thanks a lot. your reply to us means alot. hoping and praying that u can help us. may godbless u and ur family..have a good day..:)

  27. hello good morning po maam ,sir taga caloocan po ako dito ,,san po dito mas malapit dito sa caloocan..

    • Hi, Anna!

      Thanks for visiting our site.

      We’re sorry but we have no available information about Registration and Testing Centers or schools that are offering ALS classes in Caloocan. You can visit the nearest public elementary school, high school, or barangay hall, though, and they’ll tell you where to go.

      Good luck! 🙂

  28. gaano po ba katagal ang training sa ALS? salamat po

    • Hi, Kimhyuk!

      Thanks for visiting our site.

      It depends whether you’re going to enroll in the Accreditation and Equivalency class or the livelihood program. The A & E class takes a minimum of 800 hours to complete while the livelihood program will depend on which vocational /TESDA course you’re going to take. Gas Metal Arc Welding NC I, for example, takes about 248 hours while Commercial Cooking NC II takes about 436 hours to complete.


  29. tnx po sa PEPT at nakapag college na po ako:)..God bless po s mga gusto kumuha.nabigyan pa ako ng pagkakataon dhil s PEPT dhil pasaway n student ako nun..tnx PEPT:)

  30. gud pm. mam/sr ask ko lng po kng pwd b ako mag take ng exam 1st year high school plang po kc ang ntapos ko 25 years old n po ako. thanks n godbless…

    • Hi, Ana!

      Thanks for visiting our site.

      Yes, you can. Just complete the required documents then follow the registration procedure.


  31. good morning sir/mam,tanong ko lang poh sana kung pwede mag take ng exam yong mga 20-22 years old?

  32. Hello, I am interested taking the Acceleration exam, do i have to attend the sit-in class or ill just have to go the facility and take the Acceleration Exam?? how long will the result come out??
    thank you

    • Hi, Chloe!

      Thanks for visiting our site.

      We’ve been trying to find out the answer to that question, but unfortunately, we haven’t confirmed it yet. For now, it would be best if you’ll contact the Bureau of Alternative System directly so they can address your concern properly.

      As for the results, the ALS A & E test for 2011 was held on the month of October and the results came out around May, so it took more or less six months.


  33. Excuse me sir/mam, do you offer a home study program specialy for those people with disabilities?

    • Hi, Lyndon!

      Thanks for visiting our site.

      From what we know, There are ALS classes that can be attended online. We don’t have available information about how and where these classes can be taken, though, so it’s best if you’ll contact the DepEd office nearest your place so they can give you a more accurate and more detailed response.

      Good luck! 🙂

  34. Sir. ako po c Ramonito caballero gusto ko pong mka kuha ng ALS A & E plcemnt test?… pwede po bah? 19 yers old na poh..ako kaso d pa ako nka graduate ng highschool.. due to financial problem.. pwede poh bah humingi ng kunting tunlong sa inyo mga sir?

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