Friday, February 28, 2014

Step-by-step Tutorial for the PRC Online Application for Psychometrician Licensure Exam


(As of March 11, 2014) - Although the Psychometrician option is available on the drop down menu at PRC's online application, a friend verified at the PRC that it is not yet functional or operational, hope soon!)

(March 4, 2014) - Online Application for Licensure Examination of Psychometrician now Available - check procedure below or visit this link -

Well for those among you who are excited like me in taking the licensure exam I might as well share some info here that I hope will be helpful. Particularly beneficial to some of our readers who are in far flung areas away from the Professional Regulation Commission Office and Regional offices. It is not easy to call PRC especially perhaps with the thousands of clients they deal with (hope they install more phones and employ more staff to answer public calls). Well also, it is the challenge of those of us doing self-review, unlike when you join a review center your life would be lot more easier and you be lot more informed (some review centers would facilitate processing their reviewers application), so for those wanting a list of review centers check this link - I have not availed any of these review centers services, since this blog serves to inform so we are providing this list - which needs to be updated. 

After several calls I was able to talk to a lady at the of the Application for Examination Unit at PRC. She informed me that it might be August when they will have the Psychometrician online application ready. I just hope it is not true, hope they will not make examinees cram applying so close the examination date.

So for those who have access to the internet, here are steps, a sort of tutorial (but for now until close the exam date try to regularly monitor PRC website for announcements) on how to do go about the online application for the Psychometrician Licensure Exam or board exam this coming October 28 and 29, 2014. I learned that there's no use of lining up at PRC if you have not accomplished the online application. 

So apply first online and then visit PRC office near you.

Tutorial for online application for Psychometrician Licensure Exam

Step 2- Click Online Application System (orange box topmost right column under Quick Links

Step 3 - Upon clicking you will land to a page with this link -

Step 4 - Click Next - a new page will appear about Documentary Requirements and How to Apply

   Documentary requirements read more here  -  check below or check from this site -

  Tips on how to apply - check also below this post.
Step 5 - Click next - a new page appears -  on Terms and conditions (refer below this post of the text) - be sure to check the box -  I have fully read and  fully understood...

Step 6 - Click continue - a new page will appear - the online form
Name of Exam - click down menu scroll - look for Psychometrician (as of writing 28 February 2014 - is not yet available)
- and provide the rest of the information needed
- fill all necessary info needed especially those with asterisk (you will be prompted should you missed any info)

Step 7 - Click Save, then you will get the following information
Successful Your application was submitted successfully
We received your application for licensure examination!

The following information was successfully submitted:

Applicant name
Birth date
Examination name
Examination date
Examination place
You may now proceed to the nearest PRC Regional Office for the processing of your application. Bring all the necessary documentary requirements.

By the way some folks made online  video tutorial at YOUTUBE plus a news, these vids might be helpful check them here:


Trip to the PRC: Board Exam Registration Walkthrough

News in 2012 about the online system

24oras: Online application para sa PRC licensure exams

Some Detailed information from PRC website

Documentary Requirements

Original and photocopies of Transcript of Records with Special Order and Date of Graduation, with scanned pictures and with remarks “FOR BOARD EXAMINATION PURPOSES ONLY”. Graduates of government schools and institutions/programs accredited by recognized accredited agencies under the FAAP are exempted from SO. Graduates of New Schools/Degree Programs must submit School 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)

For married females, original and photocopies of NSO-issued Marriage Contract (if NSO copy is not clear, bring copy from Local Civil Registrar)

Two (2) passport-size colored pictures with white background and complete name tag

Current Community Tax Certificate (Cedula)

Other specific requirements as required by the Commission or the Professional Regulatory Board.

How to Apply

Before filling out your application form, please take time to read the following instructions and tips:

Accomplish the one-page application form by filling out all of the blank fields in the application form. Fields marked with a red asterisk (*) are required. Submission will not be successful until all required fields are properly accomplished.

Use the scrollbar to select the desired option (ex. name of examination, date, place, etc.)
Click the magnifier  Search icon to search for specific information such as city/municipality, school name and degree/course. When the search result is shown, click on the desired information to select the same. Use simple keywords when searching (ex. to seach for Don Mariano Marcos State University-Bambang Campus, type "mariano" or "bambang").
Dates are entered in a specific format "mm/dd/yyyy" (ex. date of birth "01/30/1980")
For applicants without a middle name, just key in a period (.)
For SPLBE applicants without Cedula, you may use your passport number.

When the encoding is completed, click the Save button, and then OK. A notification message will appear on screen confirming that you have successfully submitted your application. A similar notification will be sent to your email (if you provided your email address).

Proceed to the nearest PRC Office and present all the documentary requirements for assessment, payment of prescribed fees and issuance of Notice of Admission (NOA), BEFORE the deadline for application.

Click Next to view the terms and conditions on the use of this facility.

Terms and Conditions

Because the PRC would like to serve you better, we are bringing one of our services on the Net–the PRC Online Application System. The OAS website provides service to you, subject to the following Terms and Conditions, which may be updated by the PRC from time to time without prior notice. You can review the most current version of the Terms and Conditions any time at this site. Please read this page carefully. By using this site, you are indicating your conformity to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.

Previous data entries will be automatically cancelled if you have multiple data entries.

No application shall be accepted after the deadline.

Payment will be forfeited if you are not qualified to take the examination.

Applications submitted without payment and required documents will not be included in the official list.

I have read and fully understood the instructions and I fully agree with the terms and conditions governing the Professional Regulation Commission's online application for licensure examination.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Capgras delusion (or Capgras syndrome)

From wikipedia:

The Capgras delusion (or Capgras syndrome) (pron: kăhp′grah IPA:/kap·'grɑ:/)[1] is a disorder in which a person holds a delusionthat a friend, spouse, parent, or other close family member has been replaced by an identical-looking impostor. The Capgras delusion is classified as a delusional misidentification syndrome, a class of delusional beliefs that involves the misidentification of people, places, or objects (usually not in conjunction).[2] It can occur in acute, transient, or chronic forms. Cases in which patients hold the belief that time has been "warped" or "substituted" have also been reported.[3]
The delusion most commonly occurs in patients diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, but has also been seen in patients suffering from brain injury[4] and dementia.[5] It presents often in individuals with a neurodegenerative disease, particularly at an older age.[6] It has also been reported as occurring in association with diabeteshypothyroidism andmigraine attacks.[7] In one isolated case, the Capgras delusion was temporarily induced in a healthy subject by the drug ketamine.[8] It occurs more frequently in females, with a female:male ratio of 3:2.[9]
The information gathered from studying people with the Capgras delusion has theoretical implications for understanding face perception and neuroanatomy in both healthy and unhealthy individuals.[2]
Link -

Notes from the video:

- a person see - stimulus  reaches the temporal lobe - then there is identification - then it reaches - the amygdala - gateway to the limbic system - that contains the emotional system of  the brain - response to what we look at ( When you see your mom you have love and veneration - an emotion created)

- but for those with rupture of vein connecting to the amygdala (had a car accident and suffered severe head trauma/concussion) - the information processed - but no appropriate response or it is missing - no emotional connection (seeing mother that recognize to looks like mom - but believed to be an impostor)

- but when a person suffering from capgras delusion is called over the phone  - the person could identify/recognized the voice and would have proper emotional connection/response to the person talked to (but not seeing just hearing). The auditory nerve has different pathway to the amygdala so a sufferer of capgras delusion will have an appropriate response to an auditory stimulus, voice of loved ones could be identified with an appropriate emotion.

"Closely link is the intellectual view of the world to your basic emotional reaction to the world" - Dr. V.S. Ramachandran, Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition at UCSD

Sunday, February 2, 2014

The “New Psychometrics” – Item ResponseTheory

Classical test theory is concerned with the reliability of a test and assumes that the items
within the test are sampled at random from a domain of relevant items. Reliability is seen
as a characteristic of the test and of the variance of the trait it measures. Items are treated
as random replicates of each other and their characteristics, if examined at all, are expressed
as correlations with total test score or as factor loadings on the putative latent variable(s) of
interest. Characteristics of their properties are not analyzed in detail. This led Mellenbergh
(1996) to the distinction between theories of tests (Lord and Novick, 1968) and a theories
of items (Lord, 1952; Rasch, 1960). The so-called “New Psychometrics” (Embretson and
Hershberger, 1999; Embretson and Reise, 2000; Van der Linden and Hambleton, 1997) is a
theory of how people respond to items and is known as Item Response Theory or IRT. Over
the past twenty years there has been explosive growth in programs that can do IRT, and
within R there are at least four very powerful packages: eRm (Mair and Hatzinger, 2007),
ltm Rizopoulos(2006), lme4 (Doran et al., 2007) and MiscPsycho, (Doran, 2010). Additional
packages include mokken (van der Ark, 2010) to do non-metric IRT and plink (Weeks, 2010)

to link multiple groups together. More IRT packages are being added all of the time.

Topics covered:

Chapter 8 - The “New Psychometrics” – Item ResponseTheory

Chapter 9 - Validity

Chapter 10 - Reliability + Validity = Structural Equation Models

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