It is the acronym for the Philippine Law School Admission Test. The PhiLSAT is a nationwide uniform aptitude test that can determine the academic potential of the examinee to pursue the study of law.
Communications/language proficiency, critical thinking skills, and verbal and quantitative reasoning.
In general, all college graduates and graduating students who intends to start law studies leading to a degree in Bachelor of Laws (Ll. B.) or Juris Doctor (J.D.) beginning in the Academic Year 2017-2018 must take the PhiLSAT as a requirement for admission to a law school in the Philippines.
Honor graduates granted professional civil service eligibility under Presidential Decree No. 907 who will enroll in a law school within two (2) years from graduation in college.
The passing score is 55% correct answers, but in AY 2017-2018 even those who scored below 55% may be admitted for justifiable reasons by the Dean of a law school.
The validity period is 2 years, within which an examinee who passed the PhiLSAT must commence his/her law studies.
No final date has been fixed but it will be administered every year in the month of April, so that results will be out in time for the start of classes in June.
The test venues will be in Baguio City, Metro Manila, Legazpi City, Iloilo City, Cebu City, Davao City and Cagayan de Oro City. The exact sites are still to be arranged.
The testing provider will be required to set-up an online registration system where xaminees can enlist through the internet.
The full results are expected to be released after 6 weeks from the time the test date. The online results may be viewed at an earlier date.
The LEB will not be collecting any testing fee. It is the testing provider that will be authorized to collect testing fee to cover the cost and expenses to be incurred for the examinations, such as the –
i. Compensation for the experts who will design and develop the test, and formulate the questions. A different set of questions will be formulated and used for every examination batch;
ii. Printing and production of test questionnaires and answer sheets, and other supplies;
iii. Development, operation and maintenance of an online registration system for examinees and online viewing of test results;
iv. Rentals for the testing venues;
v. Compensation for the exam proctors and supervisors;
vi. Transportation expenses for the key personnel who will supervise the conduct examinations in various venues;
vii. Freight charges for the delivery and retrieval of test materials;
viii. Correction of the answers;
ix. Releasing and distribution of the exam results;
x. Security arrangements to protect the integrity of the test; and
xi. Various administration expenses for processing application from examinees, data verification, and record maintenance.
The amount of the testing fee is still to be fixed but the LEB will exert earnest effort to fix it to an amount significantly lower than the maximum limit of P1,500.
No. The successful examinees must also meet the other admission requirements of the law school he/she seeks to be admitted.