The 2010 Alternative Learning System (ALS) ? Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) tests of the Department of Education (DepEd) for the elementary and secondary levels will be administered in 200 school’ divisions nationwide on August 1 except for the National Capital Region which is set August 15, this year.
The ALS A&E test, formerly known as the Nonformal Education A&E Test, is a paper and pencil test which is designed to measure the competencies of those who have not finished either the formal elementary or secondary education.
Basically, the test is divided into two parts: the Multiple Choice and the Composition Writing which covers the five (5) learning strands/subject areas (Kasanayang Pangkomunikasyon, English Communication Skills, Matematika at Agham, Kabuhayan at Likas na Yaman and Pagpapalawak ng Pananaw) of the ALS curriculum.
It runs for 3 hours and 30 minutes for the elementary level and 4 hours and 55 minutes for the secondary level.
Passers of this test are given a certificate/diploma which bears the seal and signature of the DepEd secretary, certifying their competencies as comparable to graduates of the formal school system.
As such, they are qualified to enroll in high school for elementary level passers and college for secondary level passers.
DepEd Region 1 Chief of the ALS Division Mariano Raquel said that passers of the ALS A&E test are given chance to mainstream in the formal education system of the country.
“This means that they can enroll in the post secondary schools taking up technical or vocational or even two, four or five-year course of the Commission on Higher Education for private colleges and universities per DepEd Memo No. 101, S. 2001,” Raquel added.
“In cases that the passers prefer to enroll in government-owned or controlled universities and schools, still the choice of their course or even number of years in college is allowed as per DepEd Memo No. 344, S. 2000,” Raquel continued.
Other benefits that Raquel cited are the opportunities for passers to access MFI (per DepEd Memo No. 533, s. 2000) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (per DepEd Order No. 110, s.1999) skills training programs.
Likewise, DepEd Order No. 20, s. 2000 gives a chance for the passers to acquire eligibility for government employment positions under Civil Service Commission Resolution No. 499.
Qualified examinees include those elementary and high school drop-outs who are not enrolled in the current year who is at least 11 years of age (for the elementary level A&E test) and 15 years of age (for the secondary level A&E test) on or before the day of the test.
Also qualified are those who are non-passers of previous ALS A&E tests, learners/completers of the ALS program, including youth and adults who are in-school but over aged for Grade 6 (more than 11 years old) or for 4th year (more than 15 years old).
Others who are qualified to take the test include those who are at least basically literate that belongs to the a) unemployed/underemployed out-of-school youths (OSYs) and adults; b) industry-based workers, housewives, maids, factory workers, drivers; c) members of the cultural minorities/indigenous peoples (IPs); d) persons with disabilities or better known now as differently-abled persons; and e) inmates, rebel/soldiers integrees.
Qualified registrants must present any of the following documents on the day of the registration, to wit: original and xerox copies of the following government-issued identification with photo (valid driver’s license, valid passport, voter’s ID, SSS/GSIS ID, postal ID, NBI clearance or barangay certification with photo stating complete name and date of birth of the prospective registrant); or authenticated birth certificate for school-drop-outs who are not employed and not old enough to acquire the above documents.
Registration of qualified examinees for this year’s test is scheduled on May 3 to June 15, 2010 starting from 8 o’clock in the morning until 5 o’clock in the afternoon at all designated registration and testing centers nationwide.
The test is free, thus no fees are collected during the registration, administration, processing and certification.