THE UNIVERSITY emerged as the top-performing school in the recent architecture board examinations, and third top-performing school in the off-season licensure examinations for teachers (LET) in the secondary level, while recording higher passing rates in the licensure examinations for certified public accountants (CPA) and librarians.

UST recorded an 88.74-percent passing rate or 197 passers out of 222 examinees in the June 2015 licensure exam for architects, higher than last year’s 81.89 percent or 199 passers out of 243 examinees. Last year, the University placed second behind the University of San Carlos.

Thomasian Christian Lyle La Madrid led this year’s batch of architects, with a score of 85.90 percent. Other Thomasians who made it to the top 10 were Christian Salandanan (84.80 percent) at fifth place and Bianca Mari Villamayor (84.20 percent) at sixth place. Former Varsitarian Circle writer Christopher Enriquez was among the passers.

The national passing rate stood at 61.15 percent (1,201 passers out of 1,964 examinees), almost the same as last year’s 61.01 percent (1,100 passers out of 1,803 examinees)

In the LET-secondary level, UST recorded an 89.06-percent passing rate wherein 57 passed out of 64 examinees. This was slightly lower than last year's 89.29 percent, equivalent to 50 passers out of 56 examinees. UST was named the second top-performing school last year.

Jinky Marie Bahiwag led the fresh batch of Thomasian high school teachers after sharing the eighth spot with six passers from other schools. All of them scored 89 percent.

In the LET-elementary level, UST registered an 85.71-percent passing rate, wherein six Thomasians, all first-time takers, passed out of seven examinees. Last year, the University had a 100-percent passing rate as all three UST examinees passed.

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The national passing rate for LET-secondary went up to 31.63 percent, or 17,904 passers out of 56,596 examinees, from last year's 28.41 percent or 12,033 passers out of 42,358 examinees. For LET-elementary, the overall passing rate went down to 27.42 percent or 12,103 passers out of 44,144 examinees, from last year's 28.98 percent or 11,120 passers out of 38,377 examinees.

In the off-season licensure examination for CPAs, the University registered a 66.67-percent passing rate, with 18 out of 27 Thomasian examinees making the cut. This was higher than last year’s 39.88 percent wherein only 65 of 163 Thomasians passed the exam.

Sixteen out of 22 second-time takers and two out of five first-time takers passed.

The national passing rate improved to 35.77 percent (2,132 passers out of 5,959 takers) from last year’s 19.98 percent (1,107 passers out of 5,540 takers).

Meanwhile, the University emerged as the second top-performing school in the April librarian licensure examination, with an 87.88-percent passing rate.

Twenty-nine out of 33 Thomasian examinees passed, an improvement from last year wherein only three out of seven examinees passed.

This year’s national passing rate improved to 47.04 percent or 349 passers out of 742 examinees, from last year’s 27.95 or 149 passers out of 533 examinees. Roberto A. Vergara, Jr. and J. P. Villanueva

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