172 MCI Students to take MSAP Exam in person 

CABANATUAN CITY, Nueva Ecija — A total of 172 MCI third year students participated in the Maritime Schools Assessment Program of the Philippine-Japan Manning Consultative Council, Inc. (PJMCC), which is being held in person for the first time since 2017. The examination took place nationwide on May 17, 2024, at Academic Building 1, Midway Colleges Inc.

The examinees included 125 Deck (Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation) and 47 Engine (Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering) students.

According to PJMCC, approximately 6,000 examinees from 45 Maritime Higher Education Institutions (MHEIs) across Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao participated in the MSAP. The examination includes three components: Achievement, Aptitude, and Technical tests.


This initiative is designed to assist MHEIs in identifying qualified deck and engine cadets. By utilizing MSAP results, MHEIs can evaluate the academic performance of sponsored cadets, aiding in the maintenance of scholarships and facilitating internal benchmarking, as stated by PJMCC.

As per our record, during the last 2017 MSAP Examination there are 12 Deck and 10 Engine students passed from MCI, respectively.

The MSAP, started by PJMCC in 2007 for BS Marine Transportation and BS Marine Engineering students, was suspended in 2020 due to COVID-19 and has resumed after four (4) years.


Two (2) of the 172 students shared their experiences and preparations for the MSAP examination.

Midshipwoman Krizha Anne Marie D. Sotillo, a BSMT student, focused on the technical part of the examination. “It will determine if I have enough knowledge and if what I learned from our program is sufficient. I recalled our topics from the first year until now and tried to assess the possible topics that might appear in the examination. Thankfully, everything I studied came up.”

Midshipman John Mark B. Santiago, a BSMarE student, expressed anxiety but doubled his usual preparation routine before the examination. “I had a different preparation aside from the review provided by our school. I needed to be confident before taking the exam, and we had to be prepared not only physically and emotionally but spiritually as well. Aside from knowledge, we also need guidance from Him.”


Both students, excelling in their respective programs, emphasized the importance of keeping their well-being stable as it became significant in preparation for this kind of examination. 


Known in their respective classes as bright students, they also faced hardships during the examination.

Midshipman J.M. Santiago mentioned his struggle with mathematics, “Definitely with mathematics, it’s really hard to memorize all the formulas from our years as students. Who wouldn’t find math difficult, right?”

Midshipwoman K.A.M. Sotillo shared a similar sentiment, highlighting the challenge of memorizing formulas and the uncertainty of which ones would be useful in the test.

Overall, they demonstrated bravery and dedication in striving to excel in the examination.

DO’S and DON’T

As they wait for the results, they shared some tips based on their experience:

First, never forget what your instructors taught you in the classroom. If possible, jot down any relevant information in a big notebook to consolidate information by topic. This notebook will serve as a reference to refresh your memory of what you’ve learned.
Second, take care of the learning materials and modules provided by your instructors. If you can’t write everything down in your notes, these materials will be an additional reference, especially for technical courses.

Lastly, never doubt yourself.

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