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March 2017


The Immaculate Conception Cathedral School is opening an Alternative Learning System (ALS) which is a free education offered to Out of School Youth (OSY) and Out of School Adult (OSA) Elementary and High School dropouts. This program will give them the opportunity to finish their elementary and high school studies even while they are working within ten (10) months. This is accredited by the Department of Education (DepEd).

The school is opening this program to extend help in the field of education to our less fortunate brothers and sisters in the Diocese of Cubao. The learners will need modules, school supplies, reading materials for their studies and honorarium of the Instructional Managers. The budget for every learner is amounting to ten thousand and nine hundred pesos (10, 900.00) for ten (10) months.

The school is accepting any amount to support the program for our Out of School Youth and Out of School Adult have a better life.

For inquiries:
Mr. Noe Castillano
Mr. Juan Balauag
Sr. Ma. Minda Derilo, MCST

Tel Nos: 727-2741 to 44
ALS CP: 09153772443

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
DECS Memo No. 204, 2. 1998
DECS Order Nos. 22 and 28, s. 1999

What is the ALS Accreditation and Equivalency Test?

The ALS A&E Test formerly the Nonformal Education A&E Test is one of the four
components of the ALS A&E (then NFE A&E)..

It offers the successful test takers
certification of learning achievements at two learning levels – Elementary and Secondary –
that is comparable to the formal school system. The ALS A&E Tests in both levels are
standardized paper and pencil-based tests and use multiple-choice test and composition

The test items are based on the learning competencies of the five learning strands
of the ALS Curriculum.

Who are the target clienteles of the ALS A&E Test?

The target learners / clienteles of the ALS A&E Test are Filipino Out-of-School Youth (OSY)
and Adults at least 11 years old (for elementary level test) and at least 15 years old (for the secondary level test) who are basically literate.

They may include:

  • 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
  • persons with disabilities / 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 himself / herself for the test?

A test taker may either be a learner/attendee or completer of the ALS A&E Learning Support Delivery (LSDS) System, a learning intervention designed to help equip the prospective test taker with the necessary competencies to prepare him/her for the test. The test is largely based on prior learning. Through the test, and OSY is still encouraged to attend the learning interventions to upgrade his/her knowledge and skills acquired from experiences

What does one benefit after passing the ALS A&E Test?

A test passer of either the Elementary or Secondary Level gets a certificate which bears the signature of the Secretary of the Department of Education. This allows a passer to mainstream in the educational system of the country.

It offers him/her the following opportunities:

  • enroll in post secondary courses (technical /
    vocational, two / four / fiveyear course) of the CHED
    (for private colleges and universities) and PASUC (for government owned / controlled) member institutions;
  • access to MFI and TESDA skills training programs; and
  • acquire eligibility for government employment positions.

What is the ALS A&E Test made of?

  • The test is divided into 2 parts: the Multiple Choice Tests and the Composition Writing. The test runs for 3 hours and 30 minutes for the Elementary Level and 4 hours and 15 minutes for the Secondary Level.
  • The test covers the following strands (subject areas):
  • ELEMENTARY : 3 hours and 30 minutes
  • Multiple Choice – 3 hours
  • Bahagi I (Communication) – 40 minutes
  • Bahagi II (Problem Solving & Critical Thinking –
    60 minutes
  • Bahagi III (Sustainable Use of Resources &
    Productivity) – 40 minutes
  • Bahagi IV (Dev’t. of Self & Expanding One’s World
    Vision) – 40 minutes
  • Composition Writing – 30 minutes
  • SECONDARY : 4 hours and 15 minutes
  • Multiple Choice – 3 hours 45 minutes s
  • Bahagi I (Komunikasyon sa Filipino) – 45 minutes
  • Bahagi II (English Communication) – 30 minutes
  • Bahagi III (Problem Solving & Critical Thinking) –
    60 minutes
  • Bahagi IV (Sustainable Use of Resources &
    Productivity) – 45 minutes
  • Bahagi V (Dev’t. of Self & Expanding One’s World
    Vision) – 45 minutes
  • Composition Writing – 30 minutes

How does one register for the A&E Test?

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, voter’s ID , postal ID, TIN card
    driver’s license, passport
  • provide all required data and affix their signature on the space provided it;
  • provide two copies of their latest 1” x 1” 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.

Where does one take the A&E Test? When is the test?

A prospective test taker shall register at designated registration centers nationwide. List of these centers will be announced.

For more information and queries…

  • S. Ma. Minda Derilo, MCST
  • Mr. Juan T. Balauag
  • Mr. Noe Castillano