PLM Admission Test
PLM receives thousands of applications from all over the Philippines every year. Qualified residents of Manila, who are graduates or senior students of any DepEd-recognized public and private high school in the Philippines, may be admitted as freshmen based on the ff.:
• General Weighted Average (GWA) of 85%, at the minimum, obtained in the Third Year level in high school
• Performance in the PLM Admission Test (PLMAT)
Who are qualified to apply for the PLM Admission Test?
1. Manila residents who are graduates of public high schools of the Division of City Schools (DCS) Manila
2. Manila residents who are graduates of private high schools in Manila
3. Manila residents who are graduates of public and private high schools outside of Manila
4. Prospective Valedictorians and Saluta- torians from all over the country's private and public high schools may take the examinations (to be scheduled/ announced later) upon presentation of proofs, like documents certifying honors received by their duly constituted school authorities.
Qualifying Criteria over the Years (Historical Evolution)
When PLM opened its doors in 1967, it exclusively admitted the top 10% of the graduating class of the then-29 public high schools under the Division of City Schools-Manila (DCS-Manila). True to its "Life Purpose," brilliant PLM scholars have exclusively emanated from the financially-disadvantaged youth of Manila.
Many years after, the admission criteria were modified to break the monotony of the prevalent culture among public school graduates, thereby infusing a new breed from private schools to perfectly mesh with the former and create a homogeneous mixture of the best of both worlds. Applicants for admission, then, came from any high school in Manila (public and private) who were either a Manila resident or Manila-born, or both, with those coming from private high schools being admitted under the highly-subsidized (minimal-paying) program. Subsequently, qualification was extended to high school students from other cities and provinces who belong to the upper 4% of the graduating class, also under the minimal-paying program.
In 2005, Manila residency has started to be underscored as a qualifying criterion for PLMAT. Hence, only high school graduates, in and out of Manila, who were Manila residents were allowed to take the PLMAT, therein shelving Manila-born as a qualifying criterion. Honor graduates (valedictorian, salutatorian, first to third honorable mentions) of Manila's public high schools have automatically qualified for admission. Those from private high schools in Manila remain to be under the minimal-paying program.
In 2008, Manila residency has been strengthened as a privilege towards quality education at PLM. Even those Manila residents from the middle-class families who graduated at private high schools in Manila were placed under the non-paying program, lumping them with the graduates from public high schools in Manila who belong to the lower-class or poor segment of the society. Non-Manila valedictorians and salutatorians all over the Philippines were still admitted under the minimal-paying program. In 2009 and 2010, the PLMAT fee was shelved and became free for all applicants, all the more democratizing PLM's admission protocols towards quality education.
Starting November 2011, prospectively covering SY 2012-2013, the PLMAT fee was reimposed which increases by 10% in the next five (5) years. Essentially, the qualifying criteria since 2008 were preserved and have not changed up to this publication, except that the minimum GWA was likewise increased in 2011 from 80% to 85%. Manila residents usually apply in November to January and take the PLMAT in December to January. Results are posted usually on the 3rd week of February. Non-Manila valedictorians and salutatorians, on the other hand, usually apply in March, after the honors have been finally determined, until the PLMAT slots are filled-up on a "first-come, first-serve" basis. They take the PLMAT on the 2nd or 3rd week of April. The results are usually released on the 1st or 2nd week of May.
For SY 2006-2007, the acceptance rate is mere 3 percent. PLM admitted approximately 2,000 high school graduates who met the cut-off scores required by the college in which they applied for, out of 5,000 pre-selected applicants from more than 40,000 college applications nationwide.
In recent years, there had been a decrease in the number of students from low-income families that pass the PLMAT and an increase in the number of students from middle-income families that enroll at PLM. Because of this, the administration carried out the "PLM Big Brother" project in 2008 and 2009 which aimed to provide review classes to graduating high-school students who come from poor families in Manila and enable them to be on equal footing with students coming from middle-income families, who normally perform better in the PLMAT. This is also a way of upholding the university's life purpose and vision-mission.
Bring the original copy and photocopy of the ff:
• School ID card
• Third year High School Report Card (F-138) and/or F-137: Original or Certified True Copy with a General Weighted Average (GWA) of at least 85% or better.
• NSO Certified Birth Certificate
• Barangay Certification of Manila Residency
• Parent's latest Voter's Registration with voting record and/or SK Voter's SK Voter's Certification from COMELEC
• Parent's latest Income Tax Return/Real Property Tax receipt (2013), company ID
Upon satisfaction of the qualifying criteria for application, please submit the following requirements:
• Duly accomplished PLMAT Form No. 1 (Application Form); and
• Two (2) 1.5" x 1.5" identical photographs taken within the last six months.
• Official Receipt bearing the payment of application fee
1. Manila residents who are honor graduates of public high schools of the Division of City Schools - Manila (Valedictorians, Salutatorians, and 1st to 3rd Honorable Mentions) shall automatically qualify for admission upon presentation of a certification issued by a duly authorized school official indicating the honor received.
Note: If the certification is not available yet upon application, they may take the PLMAT; however, if they qualify for honors, they shall automatically be admitted.
2. Graduates of other high schools recognized by the Department of Education (DepEd), who are either valedictorians or salutatorians may qualify for admission upon passing the PLMAT.
3. Children/direct descendants of PLM employees may qualify for admission upon passing the PLMAT.
The PLMAT is a 2-hour examination consisting of subtests on English, Science, Mathematics, Filipino and Abstract Reasoning.
The applicants' scores are weighted against a standardized PLMAT score. If their scores satisfy the suggested cut-off score, they will qualify for enrollment. The range of cut-off scores for each degree program approximates the applicant's expected performance in the University.
Examinees who successfully achieve a score that is equal to or better than the standardized cut-off score are expected to hurdle the rigors of an excellent university scholarship.
PLM reserves the right to accept or reject applicants on the basis of their performance scores in the admission test and other factors as deemed appropriate by the University.
PLMAT Examinee's Report
The PLMAT Examinee's Report is a system-generated output which indicates whether or not the applicant is qualified to enroll in PLM. Qualified applicants will be advised to see the Office of teh University Registrar for enrollment purposes.
From 2005-2008, PLMAT passers were admitted under the General Education Program (GEP) where there was no course assigned.
Starting SY 2009-2010, PLM reverted to the regular system of admitting the new freshmen to the specific colleges that they qualified to.
Students who took the PEPT, and the Non-Formal Education (NFE) test or the Alternative Learning System (ALS) are also eligible to apply. Attach a photocopy of the PEPT or NFE/ALS test result for evaluation.
1. As a matter of policy dictated by good norms, fine bearing and deportment expected of a PLM scholar, no applicant with body tattoo shall be admitted to the University.
2. Submitted credentials become the property of PLM and will no longer be returned to the applicant.
3. Previous applicants who did not qualify for admission need not apply again
4. If a PLMAT passer, for any valid reason, will not be able to enroll in the current school year, he/she shall submit a letter of deferment to the University Registrar for approval. Approved request is valid only for one school year. Failure to enroll in the succeeding school year would mean the cancellation of the admission privilege.
PLM Admission Test (PLMAT)
for School Year 2014-2015
• By mid-November 2013, the printed version of the PLMAT Primer will be available at the PLM campus, Intramuros, Manila. Some copies will be provided the public high schools of the City of Manila under the Department of Education.
• 18 November 2013 to 14 December 2013 - Processing of the PLMAT applications. The application form, which costs PhP 605, is security coded and is available only at PLM.
• Admission tests will be administered on the following dates:
• 15 December 2013 • 19 January 2014
• The specific test schedule is as stamped on the PLMAT Test Permit to be issued by PLM upon acceptance of application.
• Non-Manila Valedictorians and Salutatorians will be scheduled tentatively by 3rd week of April 2014.
Exact date is usually announced in mid-February. PLM will start to issue PLMAT Form No. 1 when the honors are determined.
Upon confirmation of honor received, please submit all verifiable credentials for the processing of your PLMAT application.
• Test results for regular applicants will be released on 21 February 2014. Should there be any change, a prior notice will be announced.
For more information, pls. visit the FAQ section.
For updates, pls. visit the Announcements section.
For queries or concerns not addressed in the FAQ section, pls. post on the wall of the official FB page of PLM.
For a copy of the 2012 PLMAT primer, pls. download the electronic version here. (The 2013 version is yet to be sanitized.)
Upon passing the PLMAT, all freshmen are ascribed a Good Standing scholastic status.
Graduates of DCS-Manila and graduates of any school in and outside of Manila who are residents of Manila shall be admitted as full (non-paying) scholars. All other PLMAT passers shall be admitted as highly-subsidized (minimal-paying) scholars.
Freshmen are categorized as follows:
Category I (Non-Paying status – full scholar)
Bonafide residents of Manila who have satisfactorily complied with all the requirements
Category II (Partial Paying status).
A non-paying student who was not able to maintain the required General Weighted Average (GWA) of 2.25 or better.
Category III (Full Paying status)
Non-Manilans (Valedictorians & Salutatorians) who have satisfactorily complied with all the requirements.
Note that the Category II of the upperclassmen is not a category applicable to the incoming freshmen.
PLM scholars (upperclassmen) are categorized as follows:
Category I: Full (Non-Paying) scholar
Bonafide Manilans who have maintained a Good Standing scholastic status.
Category II: Full (Minimal-Paying) scholars
A non-paying Manilan who failed to maintain a Good Standing scholastic status (under Probation or lower, like ASA).
Category III: Highly-subsidized (Minimal-Paying) Scholars
Non-Manilans (Valedictorians and Salutatorians) are under the minimal-paying program while enrolled at PLM.
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(Posted on 25 Nov 2013, four  days after effecting the changes that originated from another office)