Admission tests for maritime courses eyed

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Incoming college freshmen may have to take a national entrance examination to qualify for their desired course.

Lawyer Julito Vitriolo, Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) executive director, said the commission is considering requiring a national entrance exam for specific courses, especially maritime programs.

“There are plans to have a national entrance exam like the NMAT (National Medical Admission Test) or the NVAT (National Veterinary Admission Test) for specific courses particularly maritime education,” Vitriolo told reporters.

“We are studying it. It’s about time,” he added.


Vitriolo said it was a strategy to ensure that the quality of maritime graduates will meet international standards.

“Those who do not pass the admission test can take other courses or they can take the training for ratings (marine non-officers) instead of taking the full college course in BS Marine Engineering and BS Marine Transportation,” he said.

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