What is the National Career Assessment Examination (NCAE)?
It is an aptitude test geared toward providing information through test results for self-assessment, career awareness and career guidance of junior high school students of the K to 12 Basic Education Program (BEP).
- Test-taking is mandatory.
- Test results are recommendatory.
- For K to 12 Program: career guidance for choosing the tracks in Senior High School
What other features characterize the NCAE?
- A locally developed test which was standardized and validated using Filipino respondents
- A paper-and-pencil test which utilizes scannable answer sheets that are processed electronically
- A multiple-choice type of test
- Culture fair and sensitive
- Provides an end-user-friendly report format (COR)
Why was NCAE developed?
The NCAE was developed to:
- To foster the highest quality of education in the Philippines by regulating and monitoring the flow of students to post secondary institutions of learning and their potential contribution to national development.
- To minimize indiscriminate wastage of manpower and resources by working for a match between manpower skill outputs and job market demands.
What are the specific objectives of the NCAE?
- To assess the skills of Grade 9 students planning to proceed to senior HS, toward providing relevant information on their skills, abilities and readiness for academic and non-academic courses;
- To provide information that will help high school students make wise career decision; and
How is NCAE different from NCEE?
- Both are general scholastic aptitude tests (GSAT)
- NCAE includes scientific ability as an area in GSAT
- Still recommendatory – without cut-off score
- Includes technical-vocational aptitude, logical reasoning ability, occupational interest inventory, aptitude on academic tracks
Who are the target examinees of the NCAE?
All enrolled Grade 9 students in public and private high schools operating with permit.
Clusters of Occupational Fields*
- Natural Sciences
- Aquaculture and Agriculture/Forestry
- Business and Finance / Commerce
- Professional Services
- Personal Services
- Computers and Technology
- Media and Communication
- Community Services
- Architecture and Construction
- The Arts
- Fashion: Garments, Hairstyle/Cosmetics/Parlor Services, Jewelry and Accessories
- Military and Law Enforcement
- Spiritual Vocation
*As per consultation with Dr. Annadaisy J. Carlota, Consultant, Department of Psychology, UP Diliman (2014)
What are the domains measured in the NCAE?
General Scholastic Aptitude (GSA)
- Scientific Ability (SA) – 40 items
- Reading Comprehension (RC) – 30 items
- Verbal Ability (VA) – 30 items
- Mathematical Ability (MA) – 40 items
- Logical Reasoning Ability (LRA) – 15 items
Aptitude for Academic Tracks
- Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS) – 50 items
- Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) – 50 items
- Accountancy, Business and Management (ABM) – 50 items
Technical-Vocational Aptitude (TVA)
Occupational Interest Inventory of Students in Secondary Schools (OIISSS)
This is an inventory / checklist of occupational interests which provides an assessment on inclinations / preferences for comprehensive career guidance.
The students are provided with a profile chart of their occupational inclinations and preferences thru the identified cluster occupations.
What information is derived from the NCAE Certificate of Rating (COR)?
COR = Certificate of Rating
The COR contains the report on how the examinees performed in the test which is presented in a graph alongside the Standard Scores and Percentile Ranks.
The descriptive rating of the Percentile Rank is also included.
The overall GSA and TVA scores are reported along with scores in the subtests.
The GSA score is the average of the standard scores in these areas: SA, RC, VA, MA and LRA.
Reporting of results for HUMSS, STEM and ABM will be in Standard Score and Percentile Rank.
Likewise, the TVA score is the composite of the CA and VMS scores.
OIISSS: The level of preference for each area of occupational interest is displayed based on percentage score which is as follows: high (76-100), moderate (51-75), low (26-50) and very low (0-25)
Examinees can gauge their individual strengths and weaknesses in every domain/area measured based on the test results.
How are the NCAE scores reported and interpreted?
- The scores are reported in Standard Scores and Percentile Ranks.
- Standard Score – where the mean is 500 and the standard deviation is 100. The highest scores are in the 700’s; the lowest scores are in the 300’s.
- Percentile Rank – shows the test taker’s position among all the examinees. If an examinee scores at percentile rank 99+, it means that he scored above the other 99 percent of the examinees.
Is there a testing fee required in taking the NCAE?
- The cost in the preparation of test materials and administration of the test does not entail any amount from the schools, parents and students.
- All expenses are shouldered by the Department.
How long does it take for an examinee to receive his/ her individual COR (test results)?
- 3-4 months
How will the NCAE guide high school students and their parents in determining the career track they should take?
- The NCAE intends to provide information that will help high school students make wise career decisions based on the results of the domains of the test.
- It also provides an interest inventory that will show the inclinations of the students in a particular occupational field.
- The test results will validate the previously thought career choice by showing the student’s strengths and weaknesses in the aforementioned domains.
How has the general public responded to the results of the exam? Are parents willing to follow the test results for their children’s career plans?
- In 2007, DepED-NETRC conducted a survey on the utilization of the NCAE results for SY 2006-2007.
- Nineteen (19) higher education institutions and TESDA accredited schools in twelve (12) schools divisions participated in the survey.
- The NCAE annual administration was viewed positively by 81.31% of the students.
- 80% of their parents affirmed in the necessity to administer the NCAE yearly.
- 85% of the school officials favored the annual administration of the NCAE.
- Across the four groups of respondents (students, parents, school officials and CHED/TESDA institutions), the NCAE elicited high acceptance level.
- All groups manifested agreement on the yearly administration of the NCAE.
Based on the results of the test, what are the policy directions of DepED on the basic education curriculum?
- Based on the results of the NCAE over the years, majority of our high school graduates have inclinations toward technical-vocational (tech-voc) occupations.
- The strengthening of 261 technical-vocational high schools is being carried out by the Department wherein improvements are being made in their curriculum, training, physical and policy support.
- The results validate DepED’s decision to put great stress on tech-voc program, that is, to equip high school students with technical-vocational skills that can empower them to find meaningful employment, whether or not they pursue college education.
- DepED’s tech-voc curriculum is being aligned with the training regulations of TESDA. This will allow tech-voc high school graduates to acquire TESDA certificates.
- It is also the Department’s goal to improve the abilities of students in the general scholastic domain.
- Moreover, the Department is currently working on intensifying the career guidance programs in public national high schools and in orienting the guidance staff in the schools and division offices on how to maximize the utilization of the NCAE results in order to properly guide students in making wise career decisions.
How can the results of the exam help solve the problem of job mismatch?
- With the results of the NCAE, the students will be directed to occupational fields where they would be potentially productive and successful.
Can the results of the NCAE be used in ranking schools?
- The results of the NCAE should NOT be used for other purposes other than career guidance.
How to Request for DepEd NCAE Duplicate Certificate of Ratings (COR)?
Please follow this instruction for the duplicate copy of your NCAE Result.
Please be informed that there is a payment for a duplicate copy of the Certificate of Rating which costs Fifty Pesos (P50.00) and One Hundred Twenty Pesos (P120.00) for the mailing of the said COR via LBC (cash to be delivered to our Office, not for pick up). For payment of the COR and courier, kindly send it thru mail addressed to Dr. Nelia V. Benito, Director IV, Bureau of Education Assessment, 2F Bonifacio Bldg., DepEd Complex, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City. For further inquiries, you may contact the Education Assessment Division [email protected]
Make sure you give them your complete details such as your name, name of school, the year you took the NCAE, and the address of your school, so they can easily trace your data.
Hoping this helps.
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