Librarians Licensure Exam Tips


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For those taking the LLE this year, here are details on how to apply and what to do after filing the application, and tips on preparing/studying for the exam. Good luck to all examinees.

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  1. 1. The LIBRARIANS LICENSURE EXAM (LLE)The Librarians Licensure Exam will be held on November 23-24 in Manila, Baguio, Cebu,Davao & Legazpi, and the deadline for filing of exam applications is Nov. 3, 2011. Viewdetails on How to apply (download application form online), examination daypreparations, general instructions to examinees, and what to do after filing applicationat this site: Notice:• No application shall be accepted after the deadline.• Please do not apply if you are not qualified; your payment will be forfeited.• Applications whose entries with respect to name, date of birth and sex differ fromentries in the birth certificate, transcript of records (TOR), and other required documentswill not be accepted.• Affidavit of discrepancies will not be accepted.Qualifications for LLE:• He/She is a citizen of the Philippines or a foreign citizen whose country hasreciprocity with the Philippines as regards the practice of librarianship;• He/She is in good health and good moral character;• He/She is a graduate of Bachelors degree in Library Science and InformationScience or a holder of a masters degree in Library and Information Scienceexamination:The Board shall require any person applying for examination to submit the followingsupporting documents with an accomplished prescribed application form:• Original and photocopies of Transcript of Records with Special Order and Date ofGraduation with SCANNED PICTURES AND WITH REMARKS "FOR BOARDEXAMINATION PURPOSES ONLY". (Graduates of government schools andinstitutions/programs accredited by recognized accredited agencies under the FAAP areexempted from SO [B]). Graduates of New Schools/Degree Programs must submitSchool Recognition and/or Permit to Operate.• Original and photocopy of NSO-issued Birth Certificate (if NSO copy is not clear,bring copy from the Local Civil Registrar).• Original and photocopies of NSO-issued Marriage Contract (for married femaleonly; if NSO copy is not clear, bring copy from Local Civil Registrar).• Four (4) passport size colored pictures in white background with complete nametag.• Current Community Tax Certificate (Cedula)• Other specific requirements as required by the Commission or the ProfessionalRegulatory Board.
  2. 2. EXAM TIPS (from FILIPINO LIBRARIAN)SOURCE: you are going to take the licensure exam this year—or know someone who will—thefollowing are what I learned from my experience: 1. Its never too early to start the application process. Getting copies of some of the required documents will take several weeks. 2. Check out the "Instructions to Examinees," print it out, read everything carefully, and make sure you understand and follow all the instructions. 3. Prepare your documents and make sure that your birth certificate is from the National Statistics Office. (Note: You may obtain a copy of your birth certificate at the PRC office in Manila, the Census Serbilis Centers, or online). If the birth certificate you have is printed on NSO paper but signed by someone from City Hall, it will not be honored. 4. If you are able to get the right birth certificate but there are discrepancies between your birth certificate and other documents (e.g., name, date of birth, sex), you will either have to obtain further documentation, have the other documents changed to reflect the details in your birth certificate, or go to court to officially change what needs to be changed. 5. Finally, let me just repeat: Its never too early to start the application process. As Murphy has stated so eloquently, "If anything can go wrong, it will."APPLYING IN PERSON (SOURCE: dont know if its possible to have a proxy file an application for the LibrariansLicensure Examination, but because applicants are screened at the gate, companions(e.g., parents, friends, fixers) are not allowed inside, and an applicants signature isrequired on many forms, it is still best that an individual apply in person.WHAT YOU NEED. Bring a black ballpen, pencil, paste, money (600 pesos for theexamination fee, plus lunch, snacks, etc.) and coins. These are the minimum; if youwant to bring extra ballpens, pencils, erasers, pencil sharpeners, they will probably makeyour life easier. And make sure you have all the documents listed ABOVE.NOTE: Secure Application Form from the PRC Customer Service Center (CSC) andaccomplish the same. Once you have all the required documents, youre ready to fileyour application.
  3. 3. GETTING THERE. Consult the location map or the list of regional offices to determinewhere you will file your application. If you will be filing at the central office and arecoming from EDSA, the easiest way is to get off at Quezon Avenue and take an FXheaded for Manila. You will pass by Welcome (or Mabuhay) Rotonda and University ofSanto Tomas (UST) on España. After UST, there is an overpass; McDonalds and KFC areon the right. Get off here and cross over to the other side, where you will see Chowkingand Greenwich. Turn left at Greenwich and—voila!—youre there.GOING IN. If you are at the gate before 8 am, and your documents are all in order, it isvery likely that you will be finished before 12 noon. Line up at the gate where the guardwill make sure that you are an applicant before passing you on to the checker who willlook at your documents and give you the required forms.FILLING UP THE FORMS. Check out the lines; sometimes you can actually fill up theforms while waiting in line. Before filling up any form, make sure that you read all theinstructions. Follow the instructions. There are forms where you need to use a ballpen;others, a pencil. You need to paste your photo on the forms; staples are not allowed.School, course and zip codes will be required for certain forms; these are available nearthe post office (if you cant find them, ask the checker). Make sure youve filled up allthe blanks. Write "not applicable" where applicable)NOTE (From PRC website): Secure the following from the processor upon approval ofyour application:• Permanent Examination and Registration Record card (PERRC) Download samplePERRC• Notice of Admission (NOA)PAYMENTS. You will need to pay for the examination fee (900 pesos) and fordocumentary stamps for your application and documentary stamps for the mailingenvelope (Note: The stamps are for two different things). Its better if you have coinsfor the metered stamps. Finally, receipts will be issued for all the official requirementsyou need to pay for, so make sure that you are dealing with the right people by alwaysasking for a receipt.From PRC website:Keep the Notice of Admission and Official Receipt. Bring these with you on the first dayof the examination. For further information, read the General Instructions at the backpage of the NOA, Program of Examination, Examinees Kit and Self-Instruction Sheet.Bring your NOA when you verify with the PRC your school/building assignment whichwill be posted at the PRC premises two (2) or three (3) working days before theexamination date.Download the Application Flowchart from this link:
  4. 4. What To Do After Filing an Application for ExaminationSecure a copy of the Program of Examination from the Application Division or CustomerService Center (this is FREE).Get your room assignment which will be posted at the PRC webpage one or two daysbefore the first day of examination.Visit your school/building assignment for environment and transport familiarization.STUDYING FOR THE EXAM (SOURCE: most important fact that those taking the Librarians Licensure Examination (LLE)need to remember is that it is an exam. No amount of experience, impressivecredentials, or years of service will change the fact that if you cannot answer enoughquestions correctly, then you will not pass the exam. If you dont know what to expect,check out "What not to expect in the LLE," where Peachy Limpin writes about what youcan expect and shares what Perla Garcia, chair of the Board for Librarians, told her here: a review class. It may seem expensive but the discipline of going to classes, notto mention the guilt youll feel if youre absent, will help prepare you to take the examnot just intellectually, but also psychologically. In case you didnt enroll in one of theonce-a-week review classes, you can still sign up for daily review classes at UPsInstitute of Library and Information Science.Take mock exams seriously. Make sure you have a complete set of questionnairesand answer keys. If you arent attending a review class, photocopy the mock exams ofsomeone whos enrolled in one. Or you can try and look in bookstores for The CompleteReviewer for Librarians Licensure Examination, vol. 3, ed. Juan Buenrostro (QuezonCity: 2002). The questions, from 1998 and 1999 review classes, are a bit dated, but stillhelpful. Just be aware that not all the answers provided in the answer key are correct.Use an answer sheet for mock exams. Dont write on the questionnaires. Why? Soyou can use them again. While youre answering the mock exam, mark answers thatyoure not sure of. When you check your answers, highlight the answers that you gotright by guessing and try to understand how you got them right. Highlight your wronganswers using a different color and analyze why you got them wrong.After a few days or weeks, take the mock exams all over again. Compare theresults. Look at the the number of guesses youre making. Are they increasing ordecreasing? Are you making mistakes on questions you answered correctly before? Or
  5. 5. are you still making the same mistakes? If you did better the second time around, thenyoure on the right track. If you did worse, then youre doing something wrong. If youhave time, take them again.Time yourself. The amount of time given for a test will vary depending on the subject,but 100 questions will be asked for each subject. If on the third try, youre answering allthe questions in less than 30 minutes, then youre ready for the exams. But looking forother mock exams to answer would still be a good idea.One of the most useful tips I got from last years review classes was from SharonEsposo: If the test is constructed fairly, you should be able to eliminate two of the fourchoices easily. Try doing this with the mock exams.Relax. Whats important is that you get used to answering multiple choice questions.Dont try to memorize everything you get your hands on. But be sure you know how callnumbers are assigned for LC and DDC. Being familiar with the subjects from A-Z and 0-990 will be helpful. Again, no need to memorize. Whats important is that given fourchoices, you can eliminate two right away because you know that they belong to thewrong letter or number.Dont fight the exam. It exists. There is a law that says we cannot practice ourprofession legally unless we pass the exam. If you would like to change the law, youmay opt not to take the exam and wait until the law is replaced with one you like (butbe prepared to wait a loooong time). Or you can take the exam, pass it and then workto have the law changed for the benefit of future librarians.GETTING READY FOR D-DAY (SOURCE: If you have not yet begun reviewing for the exam, you still have a few weeks. Its alsotime to start preparing for the day itself.Pay attention. The deadline for submission of applications is November 3, 2011. Youshould have all the necessary papers by now. Make sure you read, understand andfollow all of the instructions.Plan ahead. If you can go on leave from work during the week of the exams, do so. Ifyou can pass on your household responsibilities to your husband/wife, parents, children,or friends during that week, start making arrangements now. It will be much better ifyou are not worrying about other things a few days before or, worse, during the exam.And if you can afford to celebrate after the exam, start making plans to go out of townfor a few days.Getting there. The venue will be announced just a few days before the exam. Makesure you are able to find out as soon as possible. Visit the venue before the first day ofthe exam. Figure out how to get there and how long it will take. If you plan to takepublic transportation, find out all the possible routes you can take. If youre bringing a
  6. 6. car, look around to see where you can park. If you want someone to drive for you, let them know now. Finally, assume that something will go wrong, so prepare backup plans in case your car wont start, theres a rally somewhere, or you wake up late. Stay healthy. Remember to eat. Not just on the exam days, but also while youre studying. Its very hard to think on an empty stomach. And get some exercise. Studying for many hours without stopping will be counter-productive. Get up after an hour and walk around a little. Better yet, play badminton, go to an aerobics class or swim every other day. Are you the type who gets sick when something important is coming? You better visit a doctor soon. TAKING THE EXAM (SOURCE: taking-exam.html You should also go over all the requirements and instructions for the exam days. Bring only what youre supposed to bring, wear what youre told to wear, and try to get a good nights sleep before the exam. What to Bring on Examination Day (From PRC website) • Notice of Admission • Application Stub • PRC Official Receipt • Two or more pencils (No. 2) • Ballpens with BLACK INK ONLY • One (1) piece Metered-Stamp Window Envelope • One (1) piece Long Brown Envelope • One (1) piece Long Transparent (non -colored) Plastic Envelope (to keep above items) What to Wear on Examination Day (From PRC website) • MALE - school uniform/white polo shirt or T-shirt (tucked-in) • FEMALE – school uniform/white blouse or T-shirt General Instructions To Examinees (From PRC website)• Report to the Test Center before 6:30am on the first day of examination to verify your room and seat number. • Late examinees will not be admitted. • Attend to your personal needs before the start of examination in every subject. No examinee will be allowed to go out of the examination room while the examination is in progress.
  7. 7. • Always put your answer sheet on top of the armchair while taking theexamination.• Stop answering the test questions at the end of the time alloted for the subject.• Arrange your test papers as follows: Notice of Admission; Answer Sheet; andTest Questionnaire• Do not leave the room until 1. your answer sheet and test question set are received by the room watchers, 2. you have signed, indicated the time and set (A or B) on the Examinees Record of Attendance, and 3. the lower portion of your Notice of Admission (Certification on the Receipt of Test Papers) is signed by the Room Watchers and returned to you.For other details such as How to Mark Your Examinee IdentificationSheet/Answer Sheets and Prohibited acts inside the examination room, checkthe PRC website: finally, heres what you need to remember while taking the exam: 1. Pay attention. Read, understand and follow all of the instructions. Listen to the proctor. No matter how unlikeable s/he may be, youre stuck with your proctor. Some will be very kind, while others will terrorize you. Dont let them affect you. Life is not fair. Get over it. 2. Be careful. Once you get the answer sheets, check that you have all of them in the proper order, make sure you understand what youre supposed to write before you start writing, and think like the professional that you aspire to be. 3. Systematize. Will you encircle your choices on the questionnaire first and mark your answer sheet later? Or will you mark your answer sheet after every question? Whatever you decide, remember that you can write on the questionnaire and that the number of the question you are answering should match the number on the answer sheet. Last year, I first answered all the questions I was confident about and marked those that I wasnt sure of—but always making sure that the numbers on the questionnaire and answer sheets matched. After the first pass, I went back to the ones I skipped and spent more time on the questions to which I didnt know the answer or which I thought were tricky. 4. Pace yourself. When you receive the questionnaire for a particular test, take some time to look at all the pages first so that you have an idea of the kinds of questions youll be encountering. Make sure youre done with your first pass at half-time. If not, then youre taking too long. Your objective is to answer all the easy questions first, then go back to the hard ones. Stop answering questions during the last five minutes, and start filling in the blank spaces on your answer sheet. Why? If you leave a space blank, you will definitely get a zero for that
  8. 8. question. But if you guess blindly, then you will at least have a 25 percent chance of getting one more point. 5. Dont fight the questions. Some questions will not make sense, but try to make sense out of them anyway. There will be occasions where a word seems to be missing (e.g., not) from the question; see if the choices support your hypothesis and act accordingly. If the question really does not make any sense, focus on the choices and play "spot the difference." You can prepare for these kinds of questions by going back to your mock exams and "playing" with the questions. If you change one word in the question, what will the answer be? If you disregard the questions, can you guess the correct answer just based on the choices? 6. Finally, focus. This is the moment of truth. It doesnt matter anymore how much or how little time you spent preparing for this exam. This is not the time to torture yourself about the things you should or should not have done before the exam. After each test, try not to discuss the questions and/or answers with other examinees; this practice will only serve to distract you from the next test.Good luck!