The National Career Assessment Examination (NCAE) results shall also be used for entry assessment to the specific Senior High School (SHS) tracks/strands in all public and private schools. Prior to entering SHS, the aptitude of students in select programs shall be measured in order to ensure that they have the potential to complete the program.
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National Career Assessment Examination (NCAE)
- To assess the skills of HS students planning to proceed to SHS and other career options;
- To help students make wise career decisions;
- To provide guidance to individual learners for their future educational and career choices; and
- To provide basis for profiling learners’ aptitude in the SHS tracks
NCAE Specific Objectives
To provide guidance to individual learners for their future educational and career choices; and
To provide a basis for profiling learners’ aptitude in the four Senior High School Tracks:
i. Accountancy, Business, Management (ABM)
ii. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
iii. Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS)
d. Arts and Design
A. General Scholastic Aptitude (GSA)
is the average of the standard scores in these areas:
- Scientific Ability
- Reading Comprehension
- Verbal Ability
- Mathematical Ability
- Logical Ability
B. Occupational Inventory Interest (OII)
Is an inventory/checklist of occupational interests which provides an assessment on inclinations/preferences for comprehensive career guidance. A profile chart of the students’ occupational inclinations and preferences through the identified cluster occupations is provided.
C. Aptitude for Senior High School (SHS) Tracks
Measures the innate ability or potential of a student to succeed in the following SHS Tracks:
- Academic – ABM, STEM, HUMSS
- Arts and Design
The test shall be administered to all Grade 9 learners who are currently enrolled in public schools and private schools with a government permit or recognition.
Learners with special needs may also be assessed provided that test accommodations are met. (Refer to DO. 55, s. 2016 Sec. 9)
How to Request for NCAE Duplicate Certificate of Ratings (COR)
Personal appearance/or through a representative:
a) accomplish the NCAE COR request slip at the BEA verification room;
b) wait for the verification of the BEA staff from data base; and
c) pay for the COR
a) send a letter of request to email@example.com
b) BEA staff will verify at the database and will inform requesting party to:
i. send a self addressed envelope and payment for the COR to:
Mr. Abelardo B. Medes
Education Assessment Division
Bureau of Education Assessment
2F Bonifacio Bldg., Deped Complex, Meralco, Pasig City
Walk-in examinees (for those who did not take the NCAE)
1. Send letter or explanation stating reason for not taking the test; and
2. Bring original and photocopy of school ID
Potentials/Inclinations of Students Based on NCAE Results
Scientific Ability (SA). This is an assessment of the individual’s scientific abilities and skills to adopt scientific methods, procedures and processes constructing knowledge and solving experimental or real-life problems. One who has high SA has greater probability to excel in academic programs that work mostly on scientific methodologies (e.g., medical allied professions). Those with average SA can be successful in the field of chemistry, physics, zoology, botany, biology, and other courses related to medicine.
Reading Comprehension (RC). This measures the ability to understand what has been stated directly; to analyze, interpret, and criticize what has been read; to recognize reasonable application of principles or opinions expressed by the author. A student with high RC has the potential to make sound inferences, syntheses, generalizations, or conclusions on what he/she read. Students who possess the skills will most likely succeed in courses that involve public speaking and even writing such as mass communication, teaching, theology, and law.
Verbal Ability (VA). This subtest measures the assertive ability of a person in view of grammatical rules and logical arrangement of ideas. Individuals with high VA have high sense of analogy; hence, they have potential in mass communication, law, teaching, and preaching vocation. Those with average VA can be developed in advertising careers.
Mathematical Ability (MA). This subtest is used to assess quantitative abilities and computational skills, particularly, on working with numbers, perceiving relationship between two quantities and solving word problems. One with high MA has high sense of mathematical calculus, a requisite skill in engineering courses, aeronautics, and marine courses.
Logical Reasoning Ability (LRA). This measures an individual’s ability to understand and analyze complex written material and derive correct conclusions from it. Those with high LRA are likely to succeed in courses which require high analytical/critical thinking skills like law, economics, theology, social science and medical allied professions.
Clerical Ability (CA). This is a test of ability and skill to encode data/information and file office records, as well as ability to note details. High CA is the requisite skill for secretarial jobs for these jobs require good manual dexterity; thus individuals with high CA are potential computer operators, encoders, and stenographers.
Nonverbal Ability (NVA). This tests a person’s reasoning ability to identify patterns presented in diagrammatic form. The series of figures presented in each item requires the perception of an operating principle underlying the changes in the figures. In each instance, the examinee must discover the principle’s governing change/s of the figures and give evidence of his understanding by indicating the diagram that should logically follow. It tests abilities required in jobs such as engineering, science, architecture and any other jobs which involve working with diagrammatic and similar visual information.
Visual Manipulative Skills (VMS). This subtest measures abilities that require perceptual and visual judgment in determining figures, symbols, patterns, and nature of space as well as skills in mentally manipulating objects and concrete materials. Manipulative skills are required in occupations such as machine technicians, jewelers, watchmakers, engravers, handicraft makers, and the like.
Humanities and Social Science (HUMSS). This subtest measures abilities that require historical knowledge, objectivity, civic competence, aptitude in the arts and originality. Leadership, self-discipline, propriety and mentoring skills which are necessary in the field of education are likewise measured.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). This subtest measures intellectual openness and inquisitiveness; ability to interpret, analyze, synthesize and evaluate data. It likewise measures mathematical reasoning ability, justifying geometric relationships and applying numerical concepts. It assesses the ability to apply ideas in deriving innovative and inventive solutions, ability to visualize, analyze and draw conclusions from it.
Accountancy, Business and Management (ABM). This subtest gauges the ability of the students in solving problem-situation involving knowledge in some basic concepts of Accounting, Business and Management.