|DOST: Free Reviewer for Scholarship Exam Now Accessible Online|
|Written by Liz Navera, Bicol Pulse|
|Saturday, 24 August 2013 10:00|
Through the latest initiative of the Department of Science and Technology, called the PSHS online reviewer, graduating elementary students wanting to attain a scholarship slot at the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) will now have better chances of passing the National Competitive Examinations (NCE) of the Philippines’ premier science secondary school.
The free reviewer, which is accessible online, is designed to assist aspiring scholars to gear up for the PSHS NCE. It can be accessed through the following websites: pshsreviewer.org and pshsreviewer.dost.gov.ph.
Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara, executive director of the DOST’s Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development of the (PCIEERD), stated that the online reviewer is the official practice test provided by the PSHS. It is free and accessible through the Internet such that even students living in provinces and outside the country, especially those who cannot afford the services of private review centers, can experience and learn from the exam simulation.
The official online reviewer provides a uniform and accessible practice test environment that simulates the actual PSHS examination. The question grouping, time constraints, and format adopt the actual examination while a team of experts formulated the questions. The advance test-taking strategies and practice drills acquaint users with the nuances of the exam, leaving them better chances of passing the PSHS examination.
In developing the software, project leader Dr. Susan P. Festin of the University of the Philippines stated that her team benchmarked from current industry practice for online testing such as SHL and ExamBuilder. Both tests, for a fee, provide companies with assessment tools across different sectors. SHL provides a portfolio of more than 1,000 off-the-shelf assessment tests, while ExamBuilder provides exam authoring, delivery, reporting, and analytics.
For DOST college scholarship aspirants, on the other hand, Dr. Guevara assured that DOST is coming up with the free online reviewer for the DOST-Science Education Institute examination in a few weeks.
The DOST-PCIEERD is the monitoring agency for the development of the software programs, including the PSHS online reviewer, under its S&T human resource program.