The Department of Education (DepEd) has announced the registration for the Alternative Learning System Accreditation and Equivalency (ALS A&E) from July 4 to August 2, 2013. The examination will be administered in October this year in 17 regions nationwide by the Bureau of Alternative Learning System (BALS).
Interested test takers/registrants may register in the duly designated Registration and Testing Center (RTC) identified by the schools division superintendent.
The following are the schedules for the A&E test in respective regions:
Regions 9, 10, 11, 12, CARAGA, and ARMM – October 6, 2013
Regions 5, 6, 7, and 8 – October 13, 2013
Regions 1, 2,3, and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) – October 20, 2013
National Capital Region (NCR), CALABARZON (Region 4-A) and MIMAROPA (Region 4-B) – October 27, 2013
The A&E exam is a paper and pencil test which used to be known as the non-formal education test. “It is designed to measure the competencies of those who have neither attended nor finished elementary or secondary education in the formal school system,” said Education Secretary Armin A. Luistro.
Passers of the A&E are given a certificate/diploma, signed by the DepEd secretary, certifying the passers’ competency as comparable to the graduates of the formal school system.
Targets of the A&E are school drop-outs, those who have not attended the formal school system, homeschoolers, or others who have not finished basic education but are basically literate.