14 June 2013, 11:13 p.m. – THE University posted a slightly lower passing rate in the recent licensure examination for architects, with one Thomasian entering the top 10.

UST recorded a 73.79-percent passing rate this year as 152 out of 206 Thomasians passed the exams last June 7 and 9, figures from the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) showed. This was a tad lower than last year’s 75 percent, in which 201 out of 268 Thomasian examinees made the cut.

Among the 152 examinees this year, 130 were first-time takers. Leading the new batch of Thomasian architects is Patrick Andrew Tanhuanco, who placed third nationwide with a score of 85 percent. Last year, five Thomasians entered the top 10.

No school qualified for the list of top-performing schools this year. The PRC requires a passing rate of at least 80 percent and a minimum of 50 examinees to be named a top-performing school. The University of San Carlos was the top-performing school last year.

Former Varsitarian Features writer Alma Maria Sarmiento and former artist Fritzie Marie Amar were among those who passed the exams.

The national passing rate stood at 50.99 percent, with only 901 out of 1,767 examinees making the cut. Last year’s passing rate was 50.69 percent, wherein 987 out of 1,947 examinees passed the exams. Jon Christoffer R. Obice


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