NOT EVEN the country’s “leading architecture school” made it to the list of top performers in the June 2011 board exam as a result of stricter rules imposed by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

For a university or college to qualify as a top performing school, the PRC now requires 50 or more examinees, and a minimum 80-percent overall passing rate.

College of Architecture Dean John Joseph Fernandez said he was “disappointed” that UST was not declared the top architecture school this year.

The University got an overall passing rate of 78.79, with 208 out of 264 examinees passing. The result was better than the 72.70-percent passing rate last year, where 240 out of 330 examinees passed.

UST was the top-performing school in both January and June licensure examinations in the years 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010.

“If the PRC considered only [the] first-timers in the exam, [UST might have been] the top-performing school [again],” said Fernandez. “But they have included the repeaters, that is why the University’s percentage dropped.”

Fernandez said many of the examinees this year were repeaters. Among the 264 Thomasian examinees, 50 were repeaters, out of which only 30 passed.

“Some of them were graduates in [the years] 1998, 1999, and 2000. They have a different curriculum back then, and there have been a lot of modifications in the exams. That’s probably [the reason] why they failed,” Fernandez said.

However, Thomasians still managed to enter the top ten.

Melissa Mae Tan landed on second place (86.80 percent), followed by Gian Lotereña at seventh (85.20 percent), and Gabriel Halili at 10th (84.70 percent).

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Fernandez said UST students were given a pre-board examination to help them assess their competence in the board exam.

“It’s supposed to test how much the examinees have retained in their minds during their stay in the University,” Fernandez said.

“It will assist them in knowing what aspect they excel in and to determine what their weaknesses are,” he added.

The national passing rate went up to 52.68 percent (with 1,082 passers out of 2,054 examinees), from 49.55 percent (993 passers out of 2,004 board examinees) last January.

According to Fernandez, PRC is planning to modify the exam by adding a drawing or design test. While this will make the exam more difficult, the University would be able to maintain its good passing rate and be the top performing school again, he claimed.

“The first- and second-year students [now] have a cut-off grade and a [particular] general weighted average to maintain. They [were] carefully selected students and they are expected to perform well,” Fernandez said. Diana Jean B. Evite

3 COMMENTS

  1. “NOT EVEN the country’s “leading architecture school” made it to the list of top performers in the June 2011 board exam as a result of stricter rules imposed by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).”

    Kaya nga dapat strict ang UST sa pag-aadmit ng students. May mga nakakapasa sa ustet na below sea level ang IQ. at nagmamanifest yun sa mga licensure examinations. haaay. 🙁

    • Stop blaming the USTet. Baka ikaw ang bobo at yan lang ang binabasehan mo. Alam mo, nasa tao narin yan kung magaaral siya or hindi.

      UST accepts average and above average students ONLY, that is why almost 30, 000 students fail it yearly. kung bobo ang nakakapasok, ano tawag mo sa mga bumagsak? basura?

      mag isip ka nga!

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