06 February 2013, 6:28 p.m. – THE University posted a higher passing rate in the recent licensure examinations for architects, with five Thomasians entering the top 10 list.

Data from the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) showed UST recorded a 79.9-percent passing rate as 174 out of 220 examinees made the cut. This was a few notches higher from last year’s 75-percent passing rate in which 201 out of 268 examinees passed.

Among the 174 who passed, 154 were first-time examinees.

Leading the new batch of Thomasian architects is Earlwin Jerome Tion Tee, who placed second nationwide with a score of 86.5 percent.

Other Thomasians who entered the top 10 were Jose Crisanto Cruz Estrella III and Mary Grace Yu Te (85.10 percent), Jose Ignacio Quebral Faustino (84.40 percent), and Nelson Arayata Roquero Jr. (83.70 percent), who grabbed the fourth, sixth and 10th places, respectively.

Meanwhile, no university was named the top-performing school in this year’s examinations. The PRC requires a passing rate of at least 80 percent and a minimum of 50 examinees to be named a top-performing school.

This year’s national passing rate went up to 52.41 percent or 816 passers out of 1,557 examinees. Last year’s passing rate was 50.69 percent, wherein 987 of 1,947 examinees passed the test. Nikka Lavinia G. Valenzuela


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