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The 2017 Principals’ Test is open to all aspirants for a Principal I position as required under DepEd Order (DO) No. 39, s. 2007 entitled Modified Qualification Standards for the Positions of Head Teachers and Principals and DO 97, s. 2011 entitled Revised Guidelines on the Allocation and Reclassification of School Heads Positions. Passing the Principals’ Test is one of the requirements for appointment to a Principal position.
The applicant should meet any of the following eligibility requirements by November 6, 2016:
a. One year as Head Teacher; or
b. Two years as Teacher-in-Charge or Master Teacher; or
c. Five years as Teacher III or SPED Teacher; or
d. Five years as incumbent public school teacher who has five years of managerial and supervisory experience in a DepEd recognized private institution or Commission on Higher Education (CHED) recognized higher education institution.
The examination shall cover situational critical thinking questions relevant to the role of a SH anchored on the domains of the National Competency-Based Standards for School Heads (NCBSSH) stipulated in DO 32, s. 2010 entitled National Adoption and Implementation of the National Competency-Based Standards for School Heads:
a. School Leadership;
b. Instructional Leadership;
c. Creating Student-Centered Learning Climate;
d. Human Resource Management and Professional Development;
e. Parent Involvement and Community Partnership;
f. School Management and Operations; and
g. Personal and Professional Attributes and Interpersonal Effectiveness.
In order to pass the examination, test takers must obtain at least 70% correct answers in all domains. Official final results shall be released through a DepEd Memorandum followed by the distribution of printed Certificates of Rating of all test takers.
Beginning 2018 Principals’ Test, applicants shall only be allowed to take the examination for three consecutive times. Applicants who did not pass consecutively in the years 2015, 2016 and 2017 shall undergo a specialized preparatory course before they will be allowed to apply again.