NQESH Results: July 2022 Principals’ Test list of passers

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education released Friday, November 4, the results of July 2022 National Qualifying Examination for School Heads (NQESH), also known as Principals’ Test, through a DepEd memorandum.

DepEd through the Bureau of Human Resource and Organizational Development (BHROD) administered the 2022 Principals’ Test on July 31, 2022 nationwide through a secured online platform.

From 6,000 examinees, there were 5,966 (99.43%) who were admitted to the online platform and took the test, of which, 5,954 (99.80%) were able to complete the examination.

The following describes the qualification status of takers depending on their Category rating:

Category No. of Examinees Status
Category A 2,203 (36.93%) ELIGIBLE to the next stage for Principal I positions (such as interview and paper screening)
Category B 2,096 (35.10%) MAY TAKE THE NEXT NQESH in 2023 after the provision of coaching and mentoring sessions with an experienced / outstanding Principal. They SHALL BE PRIORITIZED to be designated as Officer-in-Charge /Teacher-in-Charge in case of deficiency of eligible Principal I applicants.
Category C 1,667 (28%) MUST UNDERTAKE an Intensive School Heads Development Program (SHDP) before they are allowed to retake the NQESH in 2024.

This was the first full remote online examination for NQESH as part of DepEd’s proactive response to the need to prioritize the safety and wellbeing of all DepEd personnel and recognize the varying COVID-19 alert levels operating across the different regions in the country.


  • List of Passers: A-G | H-O | P-Z
  • Top Passers (Topnotchers)

Passing the NQESH) is one of the requirements for the appointment and reclassification of all aspiring applicants for Principal and Assistant Principal positions in all public elementary and secondary schools.

To determine who will qualify for the next stage of the selection process for a Principal I position, an order of merit will be used. The procedure will not employ usual pass or fail scores rather will identify ranking of the examinees based on their ability level vis a vis the difficulty level of the test items.

2022 Principals’ Test/NQESH results
Held on July 31, 2022
Released on November 4, 2022

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Aside from the shift to full remote testing, the test items are aligned with the competencies set out in the Philippine Professional Standards for School Heads (PPSSH) or DepEd Order No. 024, s. 2020, and were developed using the Structure of Observed Learning Outcomes (SOLO) model.

The test items of the new NQESH were developed and validated through DepEd’s partnership with the Philippine Normal University – Research Center for Teacher Quality (RCTQ), with assistance from SiMERR National Research Centre of the University of New England-Australia.

“NQESH will help ensure that DepEd appoints school heads who possess the knowledge and competencies expected in the Career Stage 1 of the PPSSH and who can competently support teachers in their profession,” RCTQ Director Dr. Gina Gonong noted.


In previous DepEd Memorandum for the conduct of 2021/2022 NQESH, it says that official results, including the details of the new merit system shall be released through a DepEd Memorandum. All examinees shall be notified of their individual results through their respective DepEd email addresses.


In the December 2018 NQESH/Principals’ Test, DepEd announced results in six (6) months after the exam. Only 148 hopefuls passed the test. Angelo D. Uy of Region IV-A aced the exam.

In the December 2017 Principals’ Test, results were released in 5-6 months after the exam. Only 5,111 out of 20,653 (24.75%) passed the exam. Grant B. Gubatan from Region 1 and Rhoda O. Dela Cruz from Region 4A tied on highest spot.

In the April 2017 (2016 Principals’ test), results were announced after 5 months. A total of 388 examinees out of thousands aspiring school heads successfully hurdled the exams. The top 10 passers list was led by Christian N. Sango of Region XI.

In the October 2015 exam, 2,195 out of nearly 19,000 takers passed the exams. Results were out online in less than 3 months. Erwin John Santos from Region 3 and Garry Vacunawa from Region 8 led the passers.


NQESH Results: July 2022 Principals' Test list of passers

Monitor this page for real-time updates on 2022 Principals’ Test. You may also visit the website and Facebook pages of DepEd and BHROD for more information.

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