/ 27 April 2023

THE PHILIPPINE Science High School System will again administer its National Competitive Examination later this year for Academic Year 2024-2025.

NCE will be held on December 2, 2023, three years after it was suspended because of the Covid19 pandemic.

PSHS said the conduct of NCE will assess the scientific and quantitative abilities, abstract reasoning and verbal aptitude of aspiring Pisay scholars.

Current Grade 6 students from a duly recognized school by the Department of Education who meet the following criteria can apply:
• a final grade of 85% or better in Science and Mathematics, evidenced by the student’s report card; (If the student’s grades in Science or Math are below 85%, then, he/she must provide evidence that he/she belongs to the upper 10% of the batch.)
• a Filipino citizen with no pending or approved application as immigrant to any foreign country;
• not more than 15 years-old by June 30, 2024;
• has at least a satisfactory rating (or its equivalent) in his/her Character Rating in his/her report card in Grade 5 or on S.Y. 2022-2023);
• has not previously applied for admission in PSHS; and,
• preferably in good health and fit to undergo a rigorous academic program.

Applicants may apply directly to the nearest PSHS campus, DOST Regional Offices, and Provincial Science and Technology Offices or apply via online platform through

The school will start accepting applications on July 3. The deadline for applications is on October 27.