OCTOBER 2008 ALS A&E TEST – ALTERNATIVE LEARNING SYSTEM ACCREDITATION & EQUIVALENCY PROGRAM
What are the legal bases of the Alternative Learning System?
- Constitution of the Philippines 1987, Art. XIV, Sec. 15
- Executive Order No. 117 Sec. 115
- DepEd Order No. 32, 1972
- Proclamation No. 480
What is the ALS Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) Test?
The ALS A&E Test formerly known as the Nonformal Education A&E Test is a multiple
choice paper and pencil test. The test is designed to measure the competencies of those
who have not finished either the formal elementary or secondary education. Passers of this
test are given a certificate/diploma (which bears the seal and the signature of the
Department Secretary) certifying their competencies as comparable to graduates of the
formal school system. Hence, they are qualified to enroll in high school (for elementary level
passers) and to enroll in college (for secondary level passers).
Who are the target clienteles of the ALS A&E Test?
â€¢ An elementary level dropout at least 11 years old on or before October 5, 2008
â€¢ A high school dropout at least 15 years old on or before October 5, 2008
â€¢ Non-passers of previous ALS A&E Tests
â€¢ Youth and adults although in-school but overaged for Grade 6 (more than 11 years)
or for 4th year (more than 15 years)
Others (at least basically literate) who may be:
- unemployed/underemployed OSYs and adults
- elementary and secondary school drop-outs/leavers
- industry-based workers, housewives, maids, factory workers, drivers
- members of cultural minorities/indigenous peoples (IPs)
- persons with disabilities (PWDs)/physically challenged
- inmates, rebel/soldier integrees
Most of these target learners live below the poverty line, predominantly coming from depressed, disadvantaged, underserved communities.
What does a prospective test taker do to prepare for the test?
- may see an ALS Official of the DepEd Division Office nearest to him/her to get basic
information on A&E learning program
- may enroll in the ALS A&E learning program designed to help equip the prospective
test taker with the necessary competencies to upgrade his/her knowledge and skills
acquired from life experience
What does one benefit after passing the ALS A&E Test?
A secondary level test passer is given a chance to mainstream in the formal educational
system of the country like:
- enroll in post secondary courses (technical/vocational, two/four/five-year course)
of the CHED (for private colleges and universities â€“ DepEd Memo #101 s.2001)
and PASUC (for government owned/controlled â€“ DepEd Memo #344 s.2000)
- access to MFI (DepEd Memo #533 s.2000) and TESDA (DepEd Order #110
s.1999) skills training programs;
and a chance to acquire eligibility for government employment positions under CSC
Resolution No. 499 (DepEd Order #20 s.2000).
An elementary level test passer is qualified to enroll as freshman in the secondary level
What is the ALS A&E Test made of?
The test is divided into 2 parts: the Multiple Choice Test and the Composition Writing. The
test runs for 4 hours for the Elementary Level and 4 hours and 55 minutes for the Secondary
The test covers the five Learning Strands (subject areas) of the ALS Curriculum:
Elementary Level: 4 hours
Multiple Choice = 3 hours & 30 minutes
Bahagi I Kasanayang Pangkomunikasyon – 50 items – 45 minutes
Bahagi II Matematika at Agham – 50 items – 70 minutes
Bahagi III Kabuhayan at Likas na Yaman – 50 items – 50 minutes
Bahagi IV Pagpapalawak ng Pananaw – 50 items – 45 minutes
Composition Writing = 30 minutes
Secondary Level: 4 hours and 5 minutes
Multiple Choice = 4 hours & 25 minutes
Bahagi I Kasanayang Pangkomunikasyon – 60 items – 50 minutes
Bahagi II English Communication Skills – 60 items – 35 minutes
Bahagi III Matematika at Agham – 60 items – 70 minutes
Bahagi IV Kabuhayan at Likas na Yaman – 60 items – 50 minutes
Bahagi V Pagpapalawak ng Pananaw – 60 items – 50 minutes
Composition Writing = 30 minutes
How does one register for the A&E Test?
Registration period is held from August 1â€“31, 2008 in 199 Registration and Testing Centers
(RTCs) nationwide. There is no extension period for said registration. However, walk-in test
takers may register on the day before the test from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The prospective
test taker/registrant shall accomplish the registration form and shall:
* provide any of the following documents as proof of their identity:
- copy of birth certificate
- copy of marriage contract
- form 137
- voterâ€™s ID
- TIN card
- valid driverâ€™s license
- valid passport
- postal ID
* provide all the required data and affix their signature on the space provided for it;
* provide two copies of their latest 1â€ x 1â€ photo;
* submit accomplished registration form to test registration officer; and
* get the lower portion of the registration form for presentation to the Examiner on
the day of the test for proper identification.
Where does one take the A&E Test?
One (1) Registration & Testing Center (RTC) preferably a secondary school is designated for
each Division. List of said RTCs are found at the last page. Qualified test takers shall report
to the same venue to take the A&E Test on the following dates:
Area Covered – Date of Test
Regions IX, X, XI, XII, XIII (Caraga) & ARMM October 5, 2008
Regions V, VI, VII & VIII October 12, 2008
Regions I, II, III & CAR October 19, 2008
Regions IV-A, IV-B & NCR October 26, 2008
For more information, you may:
- Call Tel. No. (02)635-5188, 635-5193 and 632-1361 loc.2083
- Fax message to No.(02)635-5189
- Text at our DETxt Action Center at 0919-4560027
- Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Write The Director IV â€“ Bureau of Alternative Learning System (BALS), 3rd Floor
Mabini Bldg., DepEd Complex, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City 1600