The Philippine Law School Admission Test (PhiLSAT) is a standardized battery of aptitude tests designed to measure academic potential to pursue the study of law.
Pursuant to the power of the Legal Education Board (LEB) to prescribe the minimum standards for law admission under Section 7(e) of Republic Act No. 7662, entitled the “Legal Education Reform Act of 1993,” the LEB, under LEB Memorandum Order No. 7 Series of 2016, required the PhiLSAT as a prerequisite for admission to the basic law courses leading to either a Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor degree beginning school year 2017 - 2018.
The Center for Educational Measurement, Inc. (CEM) has been accredited to manage the affairs and activities related to the operation of the PhiLSAT. With CEM's experience as an educational testing agency, it was commissioned to develop the PhiLSAT, ensure the reliability and validity of the test, and uphold the confidentiality of results and integrity of its administration.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE TEST
The PhiLSAT consists of subtests on communications and language proficiency, critical thinking skills, and verbal and quantitative reasoning.
COMMUNICATIONS AND LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY. This subtest measures the ability to recognize grammar and usage errors and determine the appropriateness of words and phrases in given sentences. This subtest consists of three question types—sentence completion, identifying sentence error, and improving sentences.
CRITICAL THINKING. This subtest measures the ability to analyze and evaluate reasoning in written materials and to draw conclusions about given propositions. This subtest consists of two question types—logical reasoning and analytical reasoning.
VERBAL REASONING. This subtest measures the ability to understand written materials and make conclusions based on their content. This subtest consists of reading passages followed by questions about the passage.
QUANTITATIVE REASONING. This subtest measures the ability to apply basic mathematical skills to the analysis and interpretation of real-world numerical information to draw conclusions. This subtest consists of three question types—pattern recognition, data interpretation, and data sufficiency.
The test scores are reported through the Certificate of Eligibility (COE) if you pass or a Certificate of Grade (COG) if you score below the passing score and the Master List of Test Results (MLTR).
RELEASE OF TEST RESULTS: ELECTRONIC COPY
An electronic copy of your test results is available after twenty-one days from the test date. You may click on the link for Test Results under the Online Options on the CEM website to view and/or download this electronic copy. The electronic copy is NOT valid for admission purposes. It is only meant to make you understand your scores to help you decide to which Philippine law schools to apply and whether or not you will retake the test.
RELEASE OF TEST RESULTS: CERTIFICATE OF ELIGIBILITY/GRADE
Your PhiLSAT score will be printed in the Certificate of Eligibility (COE) if you pass or a Certificate of Grade (COG) if you score below the passing score. The original three copies of the COE/COG will be mailed (at the mailing address indicated on the PhiLSAT ID Form) or be ready for pickup (at the CEM testing center indicated also on the PhiLSAT ID Form) forty-five days after the test date.
To maintain confidentiality, the COE/COG is given only to the examinee or to an authorized representative. If you will personally pickup your COE/COG, you must present a valid ID.
If your authorized representative will request and/or pickup your COE/COG, the following documents should be presented:
- Your signed authorization letter
- Photocopy of your valid ID
- Valid ID of your representative
***Phoned-in inquiries on an individual's scores will NOT be entertained.
REQUEST FOR DUPLICATE COPIES
In case you need a second set of the COE/COG, you may file a written request after one week from the release of the test results. A minimal retrieval fee is charged for every copy of the COE/COG. The identification requirements are as stated above.
DISTRIBUTION OF MASTER LIST OF TEST RESULTS
To safeguard the authenticity of the results, your score will also appear on the Master List of Test Results (MLTR) which will be sent to the Legal Education Board (LEB) and all Philippine law schools. They must refer only to the MLTR for official PhiLSAT scores.
RECHECKING OF ANSWER SHEETS
The CEM does not entertain rechecking of PhiLSAT answer sheets. The results contained in the COE/COG and in the PhiLSAT MLTR are official and are guaranteed free of discrepancies.
ABSENCE ON TEST DAY
If you are absent on the day of the test, your name will not be included in the MLTR.