Congratulations to the new librarians!
The passing rate for the Librarians' Licensure Examination is 28 percent (149 out of 533), which is much lower than the passing rates of 47 percent in 2012 and 46 percent in 2013, but is consistent with passing rates from 2011 and earlier.
While the reason for the decline may be attributed to the fact that all the members of the Board for Librarians are new, it is more likely in my opinion that the change in exam schedule (i.e., from November to April) is the primary reason the passing rate dropped. As I wrote last year,
the great majority of potential examinees will probably not have graduated yet and, hence, they will not be eligible to take the exam. This means that the 2014 examinees will mostly be repeaters (the Top 10 list will be very interesting)...True enough, 71 percent (380 of 533) of the examinees were repeaters, only 15 percent (56 of 380) of whom passed the exam. In contrast, 61 percent (93 of 153) of the first timers passed the exam. Also, only 3 examinees from UP (out of 8) made it to the Top 10, compared to previous years, when at least 5 of the Top 10 examinees were from UP.
The wisdom of moving the exam from November to April will become clearer in 2015, when most of this year's fresh grads will be eligible to take the exam. Perhaps giving fresh graduates more time to study for the board exam will result in higher passing rates. Then again, I suspect that limiting the number of times repeaters can take the exam will achieve the same result.
The list of the top scorers are reproduced below. The list of successful examinees may be downloaded from the official website of the Professional Regulation Commission.
MARIA VICTORIA DEMATERA ANONAT 86.05
GIDEON ENRIQUEZ CASCOLAN JR 85.15
MARY GRACE HERGA OLIVEROS 84.75
JESELIZA AQUINO GEROCA 83.65
EUNICE MARIA ANGELICA ANDRES HERRERA 82.95
ALLEN JAY PACTO ISLA 82.70
MARIA MONICA TID-ANG WADWADAN 82.60
MARIA CRISELDA CORTES ROQUE 82.50
JOHN LYNDON TATOY AMAZA 82.40
ROSEL HERNANDEZ MAPOY 82.25