The Department of Education (DepEd) has announced the start of registration for those who are interested to undergo the Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) Test.

The Alternative Learning System A&E Test used to be known as the Non-Formal Education A&E test is a paper and pencil test designed to gauge the competencies of people who failed to attend or finished elementary or secondary education in the formal school system.

DepEd opened the registration starting from October 2 to 25. Those who are wishing to take the test should register as soon as possible to have enough time for preparation.

The test is open to all qualified applicants for free. One only needs to visit an accredited registration center to have his or her name registered. Registration centers can be found in the Schools Division Office or District Office designated by the Schools Division Superintendent (SDS).

Applicants will be assisted by a registration committee to help them complete their registration form and review required documents. A&E Test Elementary Level is open to applicants who are at least 12 years old. Meanwhile, those who would like to take A&E Test Junior High School Level must be at least 16 years old.

Applicants should also bring the following documents along with a duly accomplished registration form:

1) original and copy of the certification of completion program ALS provided by Learning Facilitator (only for students of ALS); and
2) original and copy of birth certificate [available in the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) former National Statistics Office]
3) two copies of 1X1 ID photo with white background and name tag.

DepEd reminds everyone that applicants are required to complete the form by themselves before submitting it to the registration committee. The exam and the certificate of rating are both free of charge. Registration centers are open on weekends to accommodate applicants.