Frequently asked questions

Actual Entrance Exam (May 29, 2021)

What is the schedule of the actual exam?


May 29, 2021




How can I get my exam link and NUADU 8-digit code for the actual exam?


Exam link will be sent via email together with the code.




Can a student be guided by a parent prior to the actual exam?


Yes, BUT not during the examination. Only the student is allowed in the frame.




How many minutes will it take to go through the entire verification process? What time should we login if the exam is at 8:00 AM?





How many items is the exam?


Total of 70 items.




Is the exam purely multiple choice?


Yes.




What are the subjects covered in the actual entrance exam?


Mathematics, Science, English and Abstract Reasoning.




Are there any pointers to review?


We don’t give pointers to review.





Exam Rules

Can we do the exams like one by one like math today and science tomorrow?


No. There is a schedule time per subject.




Is there any lead time on or before taking exams or preparation before exam? If the exam start time is at 8:00 at what time should the student start with the verification process?


At least 15 mins. Before the exam.




Do I need to show my scratch paper while solving the questions for Math and Science?





What if po in the middle of the exam, I encountered a problem with my gadget, are we allowed to switch to another gadget?


You will be given at most 15 mins to go back to continue your exam.




In case the student encounter error and did not finish the exam on time, is there any consideration for retaking or recontinue the exam?


Each confirmed question will be recorded. If interruptions are due to any valid reason, you may request for retake subject to the approval of the school. Make sure to submit documentation.




How is the exam scored? Is it right minus wrong?


No.




Are we allowed to drink water during the exam?


Yes, but your water should be on the exam area. You are not allowed to go beyond the exam frame.




Do we have to wear our uniform during the examination since our proctors will be able to see us?


School uniform is highly recommended.




In case we lost internet connection and needed to reconnect on our back up internet service provider, what is the process in reconnecting to the exam?





Can the student open www.bigpond.ph on their browser before starting the exam?


Yes before exam, BUT while taking the exam, you are not allowed to change tabs. Examus will detect it. Unless you have an error/issue to ask.




Can we request for a retake due to internet connection problems?


You need to document proofs/capture the error. Then you may message the official FB page of PCSHS and request for a retake. We will evaluate and act accordingly.




How to take photos if cellphone is not allowed po during exam?


Please see this step-by-step guide: The Easiest Way to Take a Screenshot in Windows | wikiHow




Are we allowed to screenshot our answers, to make sure that we did not miss any items?


No, you're not allowed. It will be detected as violation that another window is open.




My camera is built within the keyboard of the laptop, is that fine for the test?


We recommend to have a webcam so the camera captures your entire face.




Are we allowed to use scratch paper for the exam?


You are only allowed to use clean sheets of paper and ballpen just in case you need them in your math or science exam or also if allowed by PCSHS.




Are the students allowed to take a bathroom break?


No, you can do it before the exam.




What if there was a connection issue or a sudden power loss and there is no backup?


Make sure you have a back up device/s if a sudden power loss happen, also make sure to have a stable internet connection.




Can I use my cellphone for the exam?


Yes. Just download the Examus App, then click the link given in your e-mail for the actual exam. Also allow the needed permissions.




Are we allowed to use calculators during the exam?


No. You are not allowed to use calculators. Clean sheets of paper and ballpen are allowed.




Can I take the exam using my mobile device?


Yes.




What if background noises are inevitable like noises from an electric fan, neighbors, cars, construction, will I be disqualified?


It will be detected and recorded by the Examus but you can still continue answering the exam. As much as possible find a place free from noise and destructions.




What is there are other people in the exam area, and they are talking will I be disqualified?


It will be detected and recorded by the Examus but you can still continue answering the exam. As much as possible find a place free from noise and distractions.




About the photo, can the student use a saved photo? We don't think our desktop can capture photo.


There is no uploading of photo. But camera of laptop or tablet should be turned on during the exam.





Exam Requirements

What if I do not meet the system specifications of the exam?


We recommend you to prepare ahead, for you to check if your device meet the system requirements of Examus for you to take the exam.




What is the difference between Examus and NUADU, and why do we need to use both softwares for the entrance exam?





Can I take the exam using my mobile device?


Yes.




What e-mail should the student use to receive information about the exam like exam links and 8-digit codes?


The e-mail address you gave in PCSHS form.




My tablet is from DepEd and unauthorized apps cannot be installed. What should I do?


Please use another device/s if you can't access it to your tablet.




What if my mobile device has no camera?


You may not be able to access the exam without a Webcam/Camera. It is one of the requirements in Examus.




Is it a problem if the default camera of the laptop is of low quality or low resolution?


Yes, but as long as you passed the system requirement check, then you can proceed with the exam.




What if the student does not have his/her own room?


Noise will be detected and recorded by the Examus but you can still continue answering the exam. As much as possible find place free from noise and destructions.




The exam involves a high internet connection. Given that the entrance exam is on a weekend, tendency is that most family members will be using the internet connection. Are there any offline options in taking the exam?


None. We recommend to prepare a back up connection or go to a place where the internet is stable.




Can we use during the exam headphones because my device’s speaker and mic are broken?


No, headphones cannot be worn during the exam. If you will use the mic on your headset, do not wear your headphones while taking the exam.




Do I need a webcam for the exam?


Yes. It is one of the requirements.





Exam Trial (May 27, 2021)

What is the scheduled of trial exam on Thursday, May 27, 2021


■ 8:00 AM for Grade 7
■ 1:00 PM for Grade 11




How long will the trial exam be?


The trial exam will be for 15 mins only. Examus verification is not included in the 15 mins.




I have an online class during the trial exam. Can I still access the exam link at another time?


Yes BUT the link is for ONE TIME USE ONLY. Once you tried the link, you cannot retry again beyond 15 minutes.




Can a student be guided by a parent prior to the trial exam?


Yes. BUT not during the actual exam.




How can I get my exam link and NUADU 8-digit code for the trial exam?


Exam link will be sent via e-mail together with the code.





Examus

How many minutes will it take to go through the entire verification process?


At least 5-10 minutes.




Do we need to download Examus?


For Desktop, no. For Mobile device, yes.




Do I close the tab of Examus or just leave it open while I’m taking exam in Nuadu? Will we still be using Zoom during the exam?


No need. You will be redirected to NUADU for your exam. No Zoom meeting during the Exam.




Are we live test proctors to help students manage the exams?





What is the chrome latest version needed for Examus?


Please watch this tutorial: How to Update Google Chrome - Are you using the latest version? - Bing video




How to access the exam via a mobile device?


Just download the Examus App in Google Playstore/Appstore, then click the given link in your email. You will be redirected to the Examus App. Just allow all needed permision.




Do aircon and electric fan sounds/noise be detected by the system?


No. But as much as possible find a place free from noise and destructions.




What if we lose internet connection while taking exam on Examus?


You will be given at most 15 mins to go back to your exam.




What are the technical requirements for Examus?


■ ОS Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10, Mac OS 10.9 and higher​ ■ Google Chrome web browser (latest version)​ ■ Working and switched-on webcam (including built-in cameras in laptops)​ ■ Working and switched-on microphone (including built-in microphones in laptops)​ ■ Stable internet connection with data rates of not less than 1 Mbps (minimum), 5 Mbps (maximum)​ ■ The ability to transfer video using WebRTC protocol (you can check at https://test.webrtc.org/)





NUADU

Can we answer all the questions and then we'll just confirm it after answering it all?


Yes, you can skip. But we recommend that you confirm your answer per question, so if any errors/issues occur it will be saved.




Do I need to download the NUADU app?


No need, it is a browser-based application, also you will be automatically redirected to NUADU from Examus.




What do I do after I finish the exam on NUADU?


Just close the browser. The results will be announced in PCSHS FB page.




Regarding the questions in the exam, will we be able to proceed to other questions without confirming the answer in the previous question?


Yes, you can skip. But we recommend that you confirm your answer per question, so if any errors/issues occur it will be saved.





Exam Results

After the exam, when will we know if the applicant passed?


Results will be posted on the official FB page of PCSHS.




What is the passing score for the exams?


You can ask the official FB Page of PCSHS.




Are we able to see our score after we take the exam?


No. Results will be posted in the official page of PCSHS.




How do we file a report in case we encounter any technical difficulties during the exam?


You need to document this interruption by taking photos and other evidences that you may use to justify the error. Then you need to contact the technical team by sending a message via the chat tool in NUADU or Examus (where the error happen). You can also contact our Live Support.