Application for PSHS National Competitive Examination (NCE)

Annually, over 20,000 grade school students all over the Philippines send in their application forms to the PSHS and eagerly await the arrival of their test permits. Test permits that will allow them to take the National Competitive Exam, a test designed to separate the best from the best.

Out of the 20,000 examinees, the 240 students with the highest exam scores gain the privilege of studying at the Main Campus, while the others go to the campus of their choice. Regardless of campus, the qualifiers will receive the best secondary education the Philippines has to offer.


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 National Competitive Examination (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;
  • not be more than 15 years old by June 30, 2021;
  • have at least a satisfactory rating (or its equivalent) in his/her Character Rating in his/her report card (SY 2020 - 2021);
  • not have taken the PSHS NCE previously; and
  • preferably, be in good health and fit to undergo a rigorous academic program.


  1. Fully accomplished Application Form in two (2) copies
  2. Two (2) identical recent 1x1 ID pictures
  3. Non-refundable test fee (for private school students — Php 300, for public school students and indigent students from private schools — Free)
  4. Certified true copy of report card (SY 2020 - 2021) by the class adviser / principal
  5. If the final grades in Science or Math are below 85%, a certification or proof that the pupil-applicant belongs to the upper 10% of the batch must be submitted.
  6. If the pupil-applicant is in full scholarship from a private school, a certification from the respective school must also be submitted.


Only one test will be administered, a scholastic aptitude test (known as National Competitive Examination) which is designed to measure Scientific Ability, Quantitative Ability, Abstract Reasoning, and Verbal Aptitude.


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


  • Free tuition fee
  • Free loan of textbooks
  • Monthly stipend
  • Uniform, transportation and living allowances for low income groups
  • Dormitory accommodation (if applicable)

** The deadline for filing of application for applicants from Private School is on October 29, 2021.
** The deadline for filing of application for applicants from Public School is on December 18, 2021.

Downloadable copy of Application Form, NCE Application Process and Requirements and Sample Test Questions