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PICS Review Center

We were established in 1989. Pioneering in the review for UPCAT, NMAT and other allied Review Programs. 

Company Profile

Postgraduate Institute for Competive Studies [PICS] started offering review program in 1989, the same year the company was registered at SEC. Established to develop review courses in the Medical and Allied courses.

With operations in over 50 cities nationwide, PICS Review Center provides dedicated services

PICS offers preparation for several profession-specific tests/licensure such as the NMAT® , PHILSAT® , CHEMBOARD® and PSYCHOMETRICIAN®. , will soon offer review in other courses too

We also offer services for Europe and North America-bound students through our global network. We work closely with International affiliates and schools in Greece and Canada to help prepare students of their international dream

If you are a US/Canadian student, you can learn more on our Greece and Canada site

Our depth of knowledge, experience and resources in helping students is unparalleled. Our comprehensive menu of classroom-based review, teacher-led and self-paced instruction that proceeds based on students’ response, pre and post-assessment examination, admissions consulting services, all have proven success in helping students achieve their goals. Every student’s learning is aided by state-of-the-art diagnostic and prescriptive tools to provide a truly personalised experience.

NMAT – The National Medical Admission Test, where we are the dominant player for the past 28 years. Averaging about 1000 students/season and a passing rate of 100%. We offer the review course in several centers which include: PICS Manila, Baguio, Cavite, UP Los Baños, Legaspi City, Davao, Cebu, CDO and Tacloban.

UPCAT/CAT – College Admission Tests. Our Center is one of the most active in offering this review course. So far we have serviced more that a hundred schools 38 schools in Metro Manila and nearby provinces including prestigious schools such as UST High School, Lourdes School of Mandaluyong, Lourdes School of Quezon City, St. Paul, Sisters of Mary Immaculate, St. James College, St. Stephens, Hope Christian High School, Notre Dame, St. Mary’s, Dominican, Trinity University of Asia, Stella Maris College, Quezon City Science High School, Pasig City Science High School, San Lorenzo School, St. Joseph School, Holy Child Catholic School, Espiritu Santo Parochial School and others. With an average of 1,500 students [about 40 sections] with excellent passing rate.

CHEMISTRY BOARD – First offered in 2013, our passing rate was 98% with a TOP 3 in the 2015 board exam.

Latest addition to our review program

PhiLSAT – Philippine Law School Admission Test. For students who wish to pursue and enter College of Law. A recent development to raise the standard of our Lawyers. our passing rate was 89.4% last September 2018.

Psychometrician Board – for those who want to practice the science of Educational and Psychological Measurement or testing. our passing rate was 88% in the 2018 Licensure exam


PICS Vision, Mission, Goals, & Values

VISION

A premier Center that offers complete and effective review courses

MISSION

To provide high standards of learning Strategies and Facilities to ensure HIGH PERFORMANCE on the exams

GOALS

  1. Conduct Comprehensive Review
  2. Strategic approaches on Test-taking Techniques
  3. Learning Conducive classrooms
  4. Customized and updated materials

CORE VALUES

  • Professional staff
  • Student-Centered Learning Approaches
  • Fast and Reliable Customer Service

Line-Up of Lecturers

MAXIMA ACELAJADO
PhD Mathematics Education
MAT Mathematics, UP
BSE Mathematics, UP
AUTHOR of 18 text books
for Elem. HS & College
Former UP Professor
Former Director of
Institutional Testing &
Evaluation Office-DLSU
Professorial Lecturer in Math
Professor, DLSU

GREGORIO BAES
PhD Math, DLSU (In-progress)
Masters of Math, UP
BS Math, UP
UP Manila Faculty

BLADIMIR OCAMPO
PhD Math, UP (Cand.)
Masters of Math, UP
BS Math, UP
Former UP Faculty

MELODY ANNE B. OCAMPO
MS Enviromental Science, UP
BS Biology (Univ. Scholar), UP
Asst. Professor – UP Manila

ARLENE TALAÑA
MS Biology, UP [Cand.]
BS Biology, UP
UP Faculty

ROSARIO ARANDA
Masters in Education, Univ. of Western Australia
Diploma in teaching English as a foreign language & teaching English as a second language, DLSU
PhD in English – on going, UST
Assoc. Professor, UST

LEUVERT CATALAN
MS in Dev’t. Communication, UP
BS in Dev’t Communication, UP
Communication Consultant Provincial Govt. of Bulacan
English & MassComm Instructor, BSU
Station Manager, Radyo Bulacan ENGLISH

JUDE JUSTINO AGSALON
MS Physics, UP
BS Applied Physics, UP
Former UP Manila Faculty

JAMILLAH Z. BORJA
MS Physics, UP Diliman
BS Physics & Math, UP Baguio
Unit Head of Dept of Physical
Sciences & Mathematics, UP
Former UP Faculty

NELSON VILLARANTE
PhD Chemistry, UP, New Jersey
Inst. of Tech. & Ruthgers
University (straight prog.)
BS Chemistry, Cum Laude – Siliman Univ.
Associate Professor, UP Manila – Dept. of Physical Sciences & Mathematics

JUNIE BILLONES
PhD in Chemistry, UP [ straight program]
BS Chemistry, VISCA
Scientist-3, UP Manila – Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences National Institute of Health
Professor-2, UP Manila – Dept. of Physical Sciences & Mathematics

BRYAN DE LA ISLA
BS Chemistry, UP-D [Cum Laude]
MS Chem, UP
PhD Chemistry -units taken
Former UP – Diliman & Adamson Faculty

JOEL I. BALLESTEROS
BS Chemistry, UP – Diliman
MS Chemistry, UP – Diliman
Science Education Assoc- II – UP – NISMED
Instructor – UP Diliman – Institute of Chemistry

ARLENE P. BARTOLOME
BS Chemistry, Cum Laude/College and University Scholar, UP – Diliman
MS Chemistry, UP – Diliman
PhD – on going – UP – Diliman
Asst. Laboratory Manager – UP- Diliman NMR facility
Instructor – UP Diliman – Institute of Chemistry

VENERANDA GERONIMO
MA Social Science, UP
AB Sociology, UP
FormerPersonnel Officer, UP
Former UP faculty

MELODY ANNE B. OCAMPO
MS Enviromental Science, UP
BS Biology (Univ. Scholar), UP
Asst. Professor – UP Manila

CRISTABEL FAGELA-TIANGCO
MA Psychology – Clinical Psyche,UP
BS Psychology, UP (College Scholar)
Applied Psychology Program,
UP Diliman Extn Program in Pampanga
Asst. Professor, UP

CARLITA A. DE GULA, PhD., PT, RGC, Rpm
PhD in Guidance & Counseling, PNU
MA in Education with specialization in School Psychology-PNU
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology – PNU
Faculty – PCC

DIANNE D. LUMIBAO, MP, RPm
MA in Psychology with specialization in Industrial Psychology – PUP
BS Psychology, CISM, Magna Cum Laude – CSU
Faculty – QCPU

BEA ZHARINA B. PASCUAL, MP, RPm, LPT
MA in Psychology with specialization in Clinical Psychology – PUP
BS in Psychology , Cum Laude – PUP
Faculty, BSU

About PICS

We were established in 1989. Pioneering in the review for UPCAT, NMAT and other allied Review Programs. 

Company Profile

Postgraduate Institute for Competive Studies [PICS] started offering review program in 1989, the same year the company was registered at SEC. Established to develop review courses in the Medical and Allied courses.

With operations in over 50 cities nationwide, PICS Review Center provides dedicated services

PICS offers preparation for several profession-specific tests/licensure such as the NMAT® , PHILSAT® , CHEMBOARD® and PSYCHOMETRICIAN®. , will soon offer review in other courses too

We also offer services for Europe and North America-bound students through our global network. We work closely with International affiliates and schools in Greece and Canada to help prepare students of their international dream

If you are a US/Canadian student, you can learn more on our Greece and Canada site

Our depth of knowledge, experience and resources in helping students is unparalleled. Our comprehensive menu of classroom-based review, teacher-led and self-paced instruction that proceeds based on students’ response, pre and post-assessment examination, admissions consulting services, all have proven success in helping students achieve their goals. Every student’s learning is aided by state-of-the-art diagnostic and prescriptive tools to provide a truly personalised experience.

NMAT – The National Medical Admission Test, where we are the dominant player for the past 28 years. Averaging about 1000 students/season and a passing rate of 100%. We offer the review course in several centers which include: PICS Manila, Baguio, Cavite, UP Los Baños, Legaspi City, Davao, Cebu, CDO and Tacloban.

UPCAT/CAT – College Admission Tests. Our Center is one of the most active in offering this review course. So far we have serviced more that a hundred schools 38 schools in Metro Manila and nearby provinces including prestigious schools such as UST High School, Lourdes School of Mandaluyong, Lourdes School of Quezon City, St. Paul, Sisters of Mary Immaculate, St. James College, St. Stephens, Hope Christian High School, Notre Dame, St. Mary’s, Dominican, Trinity University of Asia, Stella Maris College, Quezon City Science High School, Pasig City Science High School, San Lorenzo School, St. Joseph School, Holy Child Catholic School, Espiritu Santo Parochial School and others. With an average of 1,500 students [about 40 sections] with excellent passing rate.

CHEMISTRY BOARD – First offered in 2013, our passing rate was 98% with a TOP 3 in the 2015 board exam.

Latest addition to our review program

PhiLSAT – Philippine Law School Admission Test. For students who wish to pursue and enter College of Law. A recent development to raise the standard of our Lawyers. our passing rate was 89.4% last September 2018.

Psychometrician Board – for those who want to practice the science of Educational and Psychological Measurement or testing. our passing rate was 88% in the 2018 Licensure exam

PICS Review Center

VISION

A premier Center that offers complete and effective review courses

MISSION

To provide high standards of learning Strategies and Facilities to ensure HIGH PERFORMANCE on the exams

GOALS

  1. Conduct Comprehensive Review
  2. Strategic approaches on Test-taking Techniques
  3. Learning Conducive classrooms
  4. Customized and updated materials

CORE VALUES

  • Professional staff
  • Student-Centered Learning Approaches
  • Fast and Reliable Customer Service

Line-Up of Lecturers

MAXIMA ACELAJADO
PhD Mathematics Education
MAT Mathematics, UP
BSE Mathematics, UP
AUTHOR of 18 text books
for Elem. HS & College
Former UP Professor
Former Director of
Institutional Testing &
Evaluation Office-DLSU
Professorial Lecturer in Math
Professor, DLSU

GREGORIO BAES
PhD Math, DLSU (In-progress)
Masters of Math, UP
BS Math, UP
UP Manila Faculty

BLADIMIR OCAMPO
PhD Math, UP (Cand.)
Masters of Math, UP
BS Math, UP
Former UP Faculty

MELODY ANNE B. OCAMPO
MS Enviromental Science, UP
BS Biology (Univ. Scholar), UP
Asst. Professor – UP Manila

ARLENE TALAÑA
MS Biology, UP [Cand.]
BS Biology, UP
UP Faculty

ROSARIO ARANDA
Masters in Education, Univ. of Western Australia
Diploma in teaching English as a foreign language & teaching English as a second language, DLSU
PhD in English – on going, UST
Assoc. Professor, UST

LEUVERT CATALAN
MS in Dev’t. Communication, UP
BS in Dev’t Communication, UP
Communication Consultant Provincial Govt. of Bulacan
English & MassComm Instructor, BSU
Station Manager, Radyo Bulacan ENGLISH

JUDE JUSTINO AGSALON
MS Physics, UP
BS Applied Physics, UP
Former UP Manila Faculty

JAMILLAH Z. BORJA
MS Physics, UP Diliman
BS Physics & Math, UP Baguio
Unit Head of Dept of Physical
Sciences & Mathematics, UP
Former UP Faculty

NELSON VILLARANTE
PhD Chemistry, UP, New Jersey
Inst. of Tech. & Ruthgers
University (straight prog.)
BS Chemistry, Cum Laude – Siliman Univ.
Associate Professor, UP Manila – Dept. of Physical Sciences & Mathematics

JUNIE BILLONES
PhD in Chemistry, UP [ straight program]
BS Chemistry, VISCA
Scientist-3, UP Manila – Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences National Institute of Health
Professor-2, UP Manila – Dept. of Physical Sciences & Mathematics

BRYAN DE LA ISLA
BS Chemistry, UP-D [Cum Laude]
MS Chem, UP
PhD Chemistry -units taken
Former UP – Diliman & Adamson Faculty

JOEL I. BALLESTEROS
BS Chemistry, UP – Diliman
MS Chemistry, UP – Diliman
Science Education Assoc- II – UP – NISMED
Instructor – UP Diliman – Institute of Chemistry

ARLENE P. BARTOLOME
BS Chemistry, Cum Laude/College and University Scholar, UP – Diliman
MS Chemistry, UP – Diliman
PhD – on going – UP – Diliman
Asst. Laboratory Manager – UP- Diliman NMR facility
Instructor – UP Diliman – Institute of Chemistry

VENERANDA GERONIMO
MA Social Science, UP
AB Sociology, UP
FormerPersonnel Officer, UP
Former UP faculty

MELODY ANNE B. OCAMPO
MS Enviromental Science, UP
BS Biology (Univ. Scholar), UP
Asst. Professor – UP Manila

CRISTABEL FAGELA-TIANGCO
MA Psychology – Clinical Psyche,UP
BS Psychology, UP (College Scholar)
Applied Psychology Program,
UP Diliman Extn Program in Pampanga
Asst. Professor, UP

CARLITA A. DE GULA, PhD., PT, RGC, Rpm
PhD in Guidance & Counseling, PNU
MA in Education with specialization in School Psychology-PNU
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology – PNU
Faculty – PCC

DIANNE D. LUMIBAO, MP, RPm
MA in Psychology with specialization in Industrial Psychology – PUP
BS Psychology, CISM, Magna Cum Laude – CSU
Faculty – QCPU

BEA ZHARINA B. PASCUAL, MP, RPm, LPT
MA in Psychology with specialization in Clinical Psychology – PUP
BS in Psychology , Cum Laude – PUP
Faculty, BSU