DEPED: 2017 Principals’ Test on December 17

Finally, Department of Education (DepEd) has confirmed that the 2017 Principals’ Test will be held before the end of this year, on December 17. For the first time, application process will be done online.

DepEd through the Bureau of Human Resource and Organizational Development (BHROD) and the Quality Assurance Divisions of the Regional Offices (RO-QAD) administers the Principals Test (also known as National Qualifying Examination for School Heads or NQESH) as one of the requirements for appointment to Principal and Assistant Principal positions in all public elementary and secondary schools in the country.


To qualify for the test, applicants must meet any of the following experience requirements by November 30, 2017:
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 Special Education (SPED) Teacher; or
d. Five years as incumbent public school teacher with five years of managerial and supervisory experience in a DepEd-recognized private institution or Commission on Higher Education (CHED)-recognized higher education institution.


The test shall cover the competencies 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. It shall serve as a mechanism for determining the readiness of the aspiring School Head to take on the role as a School Leader, Instructional Leader, and School Manager. As such, the domains are clustered into three, namely:
a. School Leader
i. School Leadership
ii. Personal and Professional Attributes and Interpersonal Effectiveness

b. Instructional Leader
i. Instructional Leadership
ii. Creating Student-Centered Learning Climate

c. School Manager
i. School Management and Operations
ii. Human Resource Management and Professional Development
iii. Parent Involvement and Community Partnership

In order to pass the test, takers must obtain a rating of at least 70% in each of the three clustered domains. Official Results shall be released through a DepEd Memorandum followed by the distribution of printed Certificates of Rating to all test takers through the RO-QAD.


The following are the schedules in relation to the 2017 Principals’ Test:
October 23-27, 2017: Regional Orientation for the Division Coordinators and ITOs on the Online Application
October 30-November 10, 2017: Online Application
October 30-November 17, 2017 Evaluation and Validation of Documents
November 13-17, 2017 Determination of Testing Venues
November 20, 2017 Release of the Final List of Examinees and Testing Venues Through a Regional Memorandum

[Related: Step by Step Guide on Principals Test Online Application System]

To ensure orderly application and to guide applicants and offices involved in the preparation and administration of the test, BHROD provides the detailed guidelines on the conduct of the 2017 Principals’ Test enclosed in this Memorandum.

Applicants who failed to pass the 2015 and 2016 Principals’ Tests and will be unable to pass the 2017 examination shall be required to undergo a specialized preparatory course before applying for the test. Guidelines on the implementation of the said intervention will be issued soon.

I will be posting the Step by Step Guide with screenshots of the Online Application for Deped Principals Test later so please follow this blog for updates. The link for the Principals’ Test Online Application System (PTOAS) is but it’s not activated yet as start of application will be on Monday, October 30.

If you have other concerns and inquiries, you may contact:
The Human Resource and Development Division
Bureau of Human Resource and Organizational Development Department of Education Central Office
DepEd Complex, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City
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