NQESH: Principals’ Test Result December 2018

NQESH 2018 Results– The Department of Education (DepEd) announces the official list of passers of the 2018 Principals’ Test or the National Qualifying Examination for School Heads (NQESH). The said examination was conducted by the DepEd, Bureau of Human Resource and Organization Development (BHROD) and all Quality Assurance Division of each Regional Office Quality Assurance Division (RO-QAD) on December 9, 2018 in different testing centers nationwide.

The Principals’ Test is administered annually to select school heads in the public education sector. Passing the test is one of the requirements for appointment to School Principal and Assistant School Principal positions in public elementary and secondary schools.

Principals’ Test Result

As per DepEd Memorandum No. 076 Series of 2019, 148 examinees passed the December 2018 Principal’s Test. Congratulations!



The results are final and the DepEd shall not entertain requests for rechecking of examination papers and appeal for calibration of scores. The individual Certificate of Rating of all the test takers will be forwarded to the regional offices through their respective Quality Assurance Division.

Exam Coverage

The Principals’ Test is a three-hour examination that covers the following:

  • Cluster Domain 1: School Leader
    • School Leadership
    • Personal and Professional Attributes and Interpersonal Effectiveness
  • Cluster Domain 2: Instructional Leader
    • Instructional Leadership
    • Creating Student-Centered Learning Climate
  • Cluster Domain 3: School Manager (Governance)
    • Human Resource Management and Professional Development
    • Parent Involvement and Community Partnership
    • School Management and Operations

To pass the examination, the examinee must obtain a rating of at least 70% in each of the three cluster domains.

Previous Exam

The DepEd conducts the Principals’ Test once a year. In December 2017 examination, only 5,111 out of 20,653 (24.75%) hurdled the exam. Grant B. Gubatan from Region 1 and Rhoda O. Dela Cruz from Region 4A tied on the highest spot. They are followed by Rowena L. Oyo-A from Region 8 and Cherryl May A. Hongcuay from Region 7 who also shared the top 2 spots.

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