THE Department of Education (DepEd) has scheduled the registration for the Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) test from July 4 to August 2.
The examinations are scheduled on October in 17 regions nationwide.
Administered by the DepEd’s Bureau of Alternative Learning System, the A&E is a paper and pencil test which used to be known as the non-formal education test.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro on Monday said the test may also be given to visually-impaired test takers by Braille.
“This is part of our continuing push to give the differently- abled learners an equal access to education,” Luistro said. “It is designed to measure the competencies of those who have neither attended nor finished elementary or secondary education in the formal school system.”
A&E passers are given a certificate or diploma, signed by the DepEd chief, certifying the passers’ competency as comparable to the graduates of the formal school system.
The A&E for takers in Regions 9, 10, 11, 12, Caraga and ARMM is on October 6, 2013. For takers in Regions 5, 6, 7 and 8, the date is October 13. Regions 1, 2,3 and Cordillera Administrative Region A&E takers is set on October 20 while it is October 27 for the National Capital Region, Calabarzon (Region 4-A) and Mimaropa (Region 4-B).
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.
The A&E registration, administration, and certification are provided free.
NEIL A. ALCOBER