As stated in DO 55, s. 2016 - Policy Guidelines on the National Assessment of Student Learning for the K to 12 Basic Education Program - DOWNLOAD THIS DEPED ORDER
Prior to entering SHS, the aptitude of students in select programs shall be measured in order to ensure that they have the potential to complete the program.
There will be a required cut-off score for students who wish to enroll in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Strand. The Final Grade both in Science and Math in Grade 10 should be 85 and above. Learners should also have at least a percentile rank of 86 and above in the STEM subtest in the career assessment exam.
There will be two screenings for students who wish to enroll in the Sports and Arts and Design Tracks. The first screening will be the results of the career assessment in the corresponding sub-tests. Aptitude should be at least a percentile rank of 51 and above.
The second screening for the Sports Track will be done through skills-related fitness tests which will be administered by the accepting schools. For the Arts and Design Track, the second screening will be through a performance and skills assessment which will also be administered by the accepting schools.
There will be no prescribed cut-off for scholastic grades and scores in any subtest for those who desire to enter into the Humanities and Social Science (HUMSS) Strand, the Accountancy, Business and Management (ABM) Strand, and the Technical-Vocational and Livelihood (TVL) Track.
A summary of the criteria for entry to the SHS tracks/strands are shown in the table below: