PMMA Entrance Exam 2020 Schedule, Venues and Requirements

Looking for a course in college where you are assured of 100% employment right after graduation? Why don’t you join the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy (PMMA) this 2020? Aside from the employment opportunities right after college, you will be provided board and lodging, free tuition fees and an assured training onboard international vessels. Interested? Please read on and know the requirements, entrance exam schedule, and application procedure to the most prestigious maritime institution in the country today.

About the PMMA

The Philippine Merchant Marine Academy (PMMA) is the premier state-sponsored maritime school in the Philippines. Being a state institution, it is supported by government funds with the help of several companies from the shipping industry. It offers two (2) major programs, namely: Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation (BSMT) and Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering (BSMarE), as well as short-term training and re-training of marine officers and ratings seamen. Located at a former American radar base in San Narciso, Zambales, the PMMA is the breeding ground of the finest Filipino merchant marine officers preferred by the major shipping companies worldwide. Moreover, graduates of PMMA are also eligible to join the Philippine Navy or the Philippine Coast Guard as commissioned officers.

PMMAEE Schedule and Venues

The PMMA Entrance exam is conducted by the Admissions Office on the last Saturday of September every year. This year, the tentative exam date is on September 26, 2020. The said examination will be administered at selected testing centers nationwide. Please refer to the table below for the complete list of exam venues.

 01 PMMA, ZAMBALES Philippine Merchant Marine Academy, San Narciso, Zambales
 02 AGUSAN Agusan Sur National High School, Agusan Del Sur
 03 ALBAY Tabaco National High School, Tabaco City
 04 BATANGAS Batangas National High School, Batangas City
 05 BENGUET Baguio City National High School, Benguet
 06 BOHOL Dr. Cecilio Putong National HS, Tagbilaran City
 07 BULACAN Marcelo H. Del Pilar National HS, Malolos City
 08 CAGAYAN Cagayan National High School, Tuguegarao
 09 CAMARINES NORTE Camarines Norte State College, Daet
 10 CAMARINES SUR Camarines Sur National School, Naga City
 11 CAVITE Bacoor National High School-Tabing Dagat
 12 CEBU Abellana National School, Cebu City
 13 DAVAO Sta Ana National High School-Guerrero Campus, Davao City
 14 IFUGAO Ifugao State University, Nayon, Lamut
 15 ILIGAN CITY Iligan City National High School, Iligan City
 16 ILOCOS NORTE Ilocos Norte National High School, Laoag City
 17 ILOILO CITY Iloilo National High School, La Paz, Iloilo City
 18 ISABELA Rizal National High School, Santiago City
 19 LAGUNA Pacita Complex National High School, San Pedro
 20 LA UNION La Union National High School, San Fernando
 21 MISAMIS ORIENTAL Misamis Oriental Gen. Comp. H.S., Cagayan de Oro
 22 MT. PROVINCE Mt. Province Gen. Comp. H.S., Bontoc
23 NCR-FAIRVIEW Batasan Hills National High School
 24 NCR-MAKATI Benigno Ninoy S. Aquino High School, Makati City
 25 NUEVA VIZCAYA Solano National High School, Solano
 26 PAMPANGA Pampanga High School, San Fernando
 27 PANGASINAN Dagupan City National High School, Pangasinan
 28 QUEZON PROVINCE Quezon National High School, Lucena City
 29 ROXAS CITY Capiz National High School, Capiz
 30 SOUTH COTABATO Gen. Santos City High School-Main, Rizal St., Calumpang
 31 SOUTHERN LEYTE Sogod National High School
 32 TARLAC Tarlac National High School, Tarlac

PMMA Requirements and Qualifications

To be able to take the entrance examination and eventually join the PMMA as a cadet, an applicant must possess the following requirements and qualifications:

  • The applicant must be a natural-born Filipino citizen;
  • At least 17 years old and not a day older than 23 years old upon enrollment on August 01 of the school year in which he/she seeks admission to the Academy;
  • Must be physically and mentally fit;
  • He or she must be single and never been married and no child to support;
  • Not accused or convicted of any crime against the law and the state;
  • At least high school graduate (K to 12, any Strand);*
  • At least 160 centimeters (5’3″) for male and 155 centimeters (5’1″) for female;
  • BMI of less than 25;
  • At least of good academic performance;
  • Has not been enrolled in PMMA.

* An applicant must be a Senior High School Graduate (any Strand) or a High School graduate (prior to the implementation of K-12) with a College background before admission to PMMA in August 2021. Hence, High School graduates with Vocational and/or TESDA courses shall be disqualified.


Any false declaration on the application form shall be subject to disqualification regardless if he or she passes the examination. Likewise, any applicant who possesses the medical and dental conditions enumerated below are also disqualified:

  • Any visual impairment like color blindness, near/far-sightedness, and other visual conditions;
  • Physical deformities like bow-leggedness and other birth defects;
  • Other medical conditions like perforated eardrum, chronic sinusitis, bleeding tendencies, hemorrhoids, hernia (if not treated), varicocele, extensive skin disorders, and the likes;
  • With a history of heart disease hypertension, asthma, active PTB, kidney and liver diseases, epileptic seizure disorders, major operations, communicable diseases (such as AIDS, Hepatitis, VD, etc.);
  • Full dentures, upper and lower;
  • Cleft lip and palate, Malocclusion, Deformities of the face, Open bite, Tongue-tied;
  • Missing of four anterior or front teeth or missing of four posterior/molar teeth;
  • Tattoos and other brotherhood marks;
  • For female applicants: Goiter, History of pregnancy, the presence of breast mass, painful menstruation.

How to Apply in the PMMA

The journey towards your future seafaring career starts by submitting your application for the entrance examination. Please follow the step by step procedure on how to file your application.

Documentary Requirements:

  • A fully-accomplished application form. It can be downloaded from the PMMA official website or from the various testing centers nationwide;
  • 3 copies of recent 2×2 colored pictures with a name tag, on a white background;
  • Photocopy of your Birth Certificate issued by the PSA (Baptismal and Hospital Birth Certificate not honored)
  • 2 pcs. self-addressed long white mailing envelopes with 40.00 Pesos worth of mailing stamps per envelope.


1. Fill-up your application form and choose your preferred testing center from the list above. Write the testing code in the space provided on the application form.

2. Submit your fully-accomplished application form together with the documentary requirements in person or through the mail to this address:

Admissions Office
Philippine Merchant Marine Academy
San Narciso, Zambales

3. For applicants who will submit their applications personally, you may submit right after the last entrance examination up to September (the following year). For those applicants who opt to send their application by mail, you may submit right after the last examination up to August 31 only.

4. Complete all the documentary requirements before filing your application. Any applications with incomplete requirements will not be processed

Any applicant who passed the PMMAEE will have to undergo the following to qualify for admission:

  • Psychological Evaluation;
  • Height and weight measurement;
  • Color Perception Test (ISHIHARA) and Snellens;
  • Dental (Pre-Med / Pre-Dental)
  • Physical Examination
  • Laboratory Examination

TOPNOTCHER Philippines encourages applicants to go to your local hospital or clinic for these examinations especially the color perception tests. This way, you will know if you are qualified before filing your application. Doing so will save you time and effort once you found out you are not qualified for the failure to these exams means disqualification.

Walk-in Application

There are limited slots for walk-in applicants and they are subject for approval. If you failed to submit your application via mail, you may go directly to the designated testing center with the requirements stated above. Please make sure you have the complete requirements. Applicants with incomplete requirements are not allowed to take the PMMAEE. The registration time for walk-in applicants starts at 0600H and ends at 0800H.

Benefits of Being a Midshipman in the PMMA

Being a cadet of the PMMA makes you a government scholar. This is where you will experience a semi-military lifestyle of leadership environment. In addition to the free tuition and board/lodging, a midshipman is entitled to the following benefits:

  • A chance to join the pioneer institution in maritime education in the country;
  • A chance to travel the world for free while still studying;
  • An assured shipboard training onboard international ocean-going vessels;
  • Automatic commissionship in the Philippine Navy and Philippine Coast Guard as Ensign (2Lt);
  • 100% employability, immediate hiring by more than thirty (30) partner international and manning companies; and
  • Promising careers in the seafaring industry as master mariners; chief engineers; shipping executives, naval or coast guard officers, educators, trainers in maritime-related industries/institutions.

What are you waiting for? Here is the chance to become one of the successful seafarers at little or no cost! Submit your application now and be a part of the long BLUE LINE!

183 thoughts on “PMMA Entrance Exam 2020 Schedule, Venues and Requirements”

  1. Good Day
    Sir ask ko lng po ung anak ko kc noong 7 yrs old xa nag undergo ng appendicitis operation. Disqualified na po ba xa nun?Thank u

  2. Sir pwede pa po ba magsubmit ng application through online kahit na naipa lbc na po namin yung sa amin kaso ngangayon lang po namin nalaman na sa online po pala magsusubmit?

  3. Sir pwedi paba ako mag send ng mail na may fill up na diritso ngayon? tsaka pwedi po ba sa mismong araw ng examination ako magpasa ng requirements?

  4. Sir hope so po masagot ang tanong ko. Kukuha po sana ako ng exam . Graduate of Education po ako. Anu po ba requirements para makakuha ng exam?

  5. Sir bakit po ganun nag submit po ako ng application KO through mail dalawa po kami ng classmate KO nag submit pero bakit siya LNG po ang nabigyan ng test permit eh sabay nman po making nagpasa disqualified poba ako sir? Qualified nman ako Sa lahat eh pero bat wala papo ung test permit KO noong 13 po dumating ung test permit ng classmate KO Saakin wala papo sir Reply ASAP plss gustong gusto kupo mag test eh

  6. bakit po nag eeror pag kini click po yung sa application form ?? ilang days ko na po tinatry na iopen yung link for application wala parin

  7. Tumatangap po ba ng babae ang school ng PMMA ang anak ko po bagong graduate lang ng k-12 gusto po nya sakay ng barko panu po ba ang proseso

  8. Good Afternoon 🙂 Pwede po bang magtanong if On Going pa po ba ang Pre-Registration? Gusto ko sanang mag apply.

    Name: Kenneth John Gomba Kangleon
    Address: 290 Tomas Oppus Street Tagnipa Maasin City, Southern Leyte

  9. pano poh kung g-11 plng po ako pero gusto k napo mag join dito.ok lang po ba yun?ano po ba mga requirments tapos ano po ba dapt k gawin ?

  10. Good morning! May I ask, kailan ang submission ng application for 2019 entrance exam and kailan ang schedule ng exam for next year?

  11. Good morning sir, my friend wants to take PMMA exam next year, Sept 2019. Unfortunately he haven’t finish K-12, and he doesn’t have completer diploma in Junior High School. But he finish his Alternative Learning System or ALS. He’s qualified to all other requirements except that, can he still take an exam?

  12. Good evening sir i just want to ask that is it okay to pass the requirements on the day of examination with the 350 examination fee.

    • Yes, as a walk-in applicant you need to be at your preferred testing center on the day of the examination at 06:00 am with the following requirements:

      – Filled out PMMA Application Form
      – 1pc 2×2 ID Photo with Name Tag and white background
      – Proof of Eligibility:
      o Certification from School Principal that the applicant is currently enrolled as Grade 12 (for Grade 12 applicants)
      o Photocopy of Senior High School Diploma or Form 138 (for Senior High School Graduate)
      o Photocopy of Registration Form (for College Student)
      o Photocopy of College Diploma (for College Graduate)
      – PSA Birth Certificate
      – 1pc self-addressed Long white mailing envelope

      Please take note that walk-in applicants will be accommodated in FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE Basis (Limited Slots).

  13. Hi sir gud day!pwede po bang walkin nalng sa testing center sa date ng exam, doon barin po mgbabayad at magpapasa ng requirements.ok lang po yon , sila narin po ba mgbibigay ng permit para mka exam.pls.reply thanks po

  14. Ma’am/sir, ask ko lng po.
    Yung mga nakapasa po ng entrance exam last year na bumagsak ng neuro test, uulit lng po ba mg neuro this year o kylangan ipasa ulit ang entrance exam?

  15. Good day sir/mam,

    I’m a graduating student this school year of AB Philosophy and mailed my application form as well as my school requirements just before August 31 as mentioned in the procedures. However, I never received any mails coming from PMMA that would serve as my examination permit.
    I’m from Negros and the testing center I only have in my options is in Iloilo but I’m afraid that the examination day would come without my examination permit.
    Does it mean that my application form wasn’t processed or I still have the choice to compile the application requirements again and present myself in the testing center as a walk in applicant?

    Please reply ASAP.
    PS, I would love to be part of that long blue line.

  16. good evening po sir pwdi po ba high shool grad. lng hindi ksi aku nka k12 pero college po aku ngayon 1st yr college criminilogy student at hindi pa po natatapos ang first semister namin .. pls reply po thanks

  17. Magandang tanghali po sir/maam. Ask ko lang po kong kelan ang exam sa Tarlac National High School. Kong pwede po bang walk in isubmit ang mga requiement and gr.12 palang po ako, pwede po ba akong nag take ng exam?

    • Yes, as a walk-in applicant you need to be at your preferred testing center on the day of the examination at 06:00 am with the following requirements:

      – Filled out PMMA Application Form
      – 1pc 2×2 ID Photo with Name Tag and white background
      – Proof of Eligibility:
      o Certification from School Principal that the applicant is currently enrolled as Grade 12 (for Grade 12 applicants)
      o Photocopy of Senior High School Diploma or Form 138 (for Senior High School Graduate)
      o Photocopy of Registration Form (for College Student)
      o Photocopy of College Diploma (for College Graduate)
      – PSA Birth Certificate
      – 1pc self-addressed Long white mailing envelope

      Please take note that walk-in applicants will be accommodated in FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE Basis (Limited Slots).

    • Good morning po maam/sir taga zambales po ako tatanong ko lang po sana kung pwede papo bang mag exam or kailan po ulit pwedeng mag exam



  19. good morning maam/sir, ask ko po kung kailang ung schedule ng entrance examination dto sa Benguet? paki contact po ako sa email ko, TY. po

  20. Good Day po Sir/Ma’am may clarification lang po ako about sa nabasa ko po sa requirements at qualification po, i’m graduated in senior high school level from the course of Technical Vocational Livelihood (TVL Track) major in Bread and Pastry Production ito po bang track na kinuha ko nung senior high school po ako pwede po bang mag take ng exam this year ? at pwede pa po bang mag submit this month ?
    Hoping for your response po Sir/Ma’am Thank you po

  21. Hello Sir/Ma’am,
    What if po kung magsa-submit ako ng application ko this september 22, 2018 or mas maaga this september … in person, and balak ko na rin po mag exam this september 29, 2018. Pwede po ba yun? Thank you po

  22. hi sir, ang application po ba ay sa testing center na ipapasa kasama ang mga requirents?March 2019 pa po gagraduate ang anak ko sa Grade 12 pwede na po ba na kumuha ng exam? pls.reply..thanks po

  23. Sir saan po ba magpapasa ng Application Form at iba pang Requirements sa Cebu City. Dahil sa Testing Center po kasi ang nakalagay doon ang dealine sa August 31,2018 (12. Cebu City. Abellana National School, Cebu City.) po ako nakatira, dapat po bang ipasa ito ng personal sa nakasabi na testing center? O mail po?

  24. Good day Mam/Sir. Am i still qualified for taking the entrance exam if i have a slightly underbite? I hope you will reply to this message. Thanks.

    • sir pag 81 average ng marka, qualified po ba kumuha ng entrance examination/
      pag i me mail po ba kasama na yung bayad na 350? salamat

  25. Good pm. Imail lang po nmin ang application for entrance exam…Ask lang po kung papaano namin ipadala ang examination fee. Thank u

  26. Hello maam/sir pwedi po bang mag take ng entrance exam kahit hindii pa graduate ng high school?? Pero po next year mag gragraduate po ako?? Grade 12 po ako ngayon????

  27. Good day po ma’am sir ask ko lang po kung paano po ifi-fill uo yung application form tsaka kung ano pong email add nung pagpapasahan. Balak ko po kasing magtest sa batasan hills sir medyo malapit po kasi sa bahay. Thank you po ma’am sir godbless

  28. Hi sir, Ive seen the requirements. Pano po magbabayad? Nakalagay lang po how much.
    Plano po mag exam sa laguna. Bale kng magssend po ba kami ng req thru mail pano din malalaman kung nrecv nila at pano kami magbabayad un pang po salamat

  29. Good day po sir. Sir can i take the entrance exam if below 85% GAP? Noong grade 11 po sir final average po nya ay 85% but after graduate po sya ng grade 12 naging average po nya ay 82% GAP nalang po. Qualified pa po ba sya?. I hope you will response this .. Thank you sir. And god blese

  30. Ma’am/sir what if I graduate already the k-12 program Me i do not get the certification from school principal?? I’m looking forward to your reply..

  31. Good day, Sir/Ma’am! Wala na po bang consideration dun sa age limit (Not a day older than 23 years old upon enrollment on august 1)? Kasi I’ll be turning 23 yo on April next year po.

    P.s. I just graduated from college last march 2018 po

  32. Hi Maam/Sir, pwd po bah Arts and Design Track ang nakalagay lang po any strand, eh yung sakin po Track ang akin. Pwd po ba yan? Mag wait po ako ng reply ninyu

  33. open po ba kau ng saturday?submit po sana kami ng anak ko ng application form for entrance exam.working mom kc ako.

  34. Ma’am,sir can I apply I’m K to 12 graduate of TVLstrand (technical vocational and livelihood) with the course of ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION AND MAINTENANCE.Im looking forward to your reply thank you very much.

    • The PMMA Entrance exam is conducted by the Admissions Office on the last Saturday of September every year. This year, it will be on September 29, 2018.

  35. ask ko lng po,maggagraduate next year ang anak ko pwede pa rin po bang magfile form for entrance examination dis september.

  36. Sir, pwede po magtransfer? halimbawa po, nagschool ako sa isang mariner school ng 1 year tapos mag eentrance exam po ako sa pmma, kung makapasa po, pwede po ba magtransfer? tapos kung mag uulit po as a freshman?

    • Yes po pwede yan. Di ko lang sure if ulit as freshman but malamang. balik ulit. To be sure, contact them directly po.

    • If u mean u have to go to Zambales to file ur app form there’s no need to. You can mail it addressed to PMMA. I think it’s written in the app form on how to submit it.

      If u passed the entrance exam and all other exam like physical, medical, dental etc. plus the 1 month orientation period you will be a “4th Class Midshipman” or freshman in other term. Meaning your past school credentials will not be credited.

  37. Good evening sir/ma’am , Am i still qualified , I’m turning 23 this coming Sept. 9,2018 ? My DOB is 09/09/1995.

  38. Goodday, Im currently in college and planning to shift and transfer in PMMA. Maccredit po ba yung subjs ko?


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