DETAILS: PMMA Entrance Exam 2023 - Online Application

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The Philippine Merchant Marine Academy (PMMA) announces the conduct of the PMMA Entrance Examination (PMMAEE) 2023.  All Cadet Aspirants may now apply thru online!



The PMMA is the only premier state maritime institution in the Philippines. PMMA offers merchant marine related degree courses, as well as short term training and re-training of marine officers and ratings seamen.

PMMA midshipmen are government scholars, who are provided free tuition fee, board and lodging and have an assured shipboard training onboard international vessels during their third year with corresponding stipend. Upon graduation, PMMA midshipmen are assured of 100% employment rate and are the usual choice and preference of major global shipping and manning companies for assignment to International Ocean going vessels as deck officers and engineers.

 Be a Competent Merchant Mariner, Join the Navy or be a Coast Guard Officer!


  • Male or female, physically fit, natural born Filipino citizen;
  • Single and never been married and has no children out of wedlock;
  • Free from being accused or convicted of any crime against the law and the state;
  • At least 17 years old and not more than 23 years old upon enrollment on August 01;
  • Grade 12 student; College Level
  • At least 160 centimeters (5 ft. & 3 in.) for males and 155 centimeters (5 ft. & 1 in.) for females;
  • BMI of less than 25;
  • At least of good academic performance;
  • Has not been enrolled in PMMA.


Disqualification Criteria for Incoming Probationary Midshipmen/women



  • Undescended testicles
  • Absence of one or both testicles
  • Suspicious enlargement of testis or epididymis
  • Varicocele
  • Redundant prepuce
  • Height less than 5ft & 3 inches

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  • History of childbirth/lactation
  • Pregnancy
  • Irregular menstrual cycle including menorrhagia.
  • Dysmenorrhea incapacitating to a degree which necessitates recurrent absences.
  • Ovarian cyst, persistent and considered clinically significant
  • New growth of the external and internal genitalia, e.g. myoma of the uterus
  • Breast mass
  • Endometrioses unless surgically eradicated or controlled
  • Cervicitis, acute or chronic
  • Generalized enlargement of the uterus due to any cause
  • Cervical polyps
  • Height: less than 5 ft & 1 inch


  • Lordosis, kyphosis, scoliosis (thoracic & lumbar) regardless of angle
  • Bowlegged/knocked knee (Severe)
  • Pes Planus (flat footed) – Severe
  • Arthritis, acute or subacute
  • Underweight or overweight. Applicants must attain a computed body mass index of less than 25 upon physical examination for both male and female applicants.
  • Severe skin diseases: bacterial, fungal or viral in nature. Excessive acne. Warts and all skin diseases must be cured prior to medical exam.
  • Leprosy in any form
  • Tattoo/hypertrophic tattoo scars causing disfigurement, extensive keloid scars specially in the facial area.
  • Gross physical deformity asymmetry whether congenital due to trauma or disease including extra or missing appendages (i.e. fingers)
  • Errors of refraction of eyes (near-sighted, far-sighted, astigmatism), cross-eyed and other ocular disorders.
  • Visual Acuity of less than 20/30 OU
  • Wearing contact lenses and eyeglasses
  • Color blindness/defective color perception (Ishihara – perfect for BSMT and 2 mistakes for BSMarE)
  • Deafness/perforated eardrum
  • Severe or chronic otitis media
  • Impacted cerumen (must be removed prior to medical exam)
  • Chronic sinusitis, nasal polyps
  • Hypertension, abnormal ECG tracings (e.g. AV blocks, bundle branch blocks, ischemia, infarctions, arrhythmia tachycardia, bradycardia, etc.), heart abnormalities and diseases.
  • Active PTB, massive pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary infarctions, pneumonitis, bronchopneumonia, atelectasis and other lung diseases.
  • History of Asthma
  • Lymphadenopathy
  • Epilepsy, seizures, syncope and vertigo
  • Anemia and blood dyscrasia
  • Hyperthyroidism (goiter) Hypothyroidism
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Hepatitis B whether active or inactive
  • Gallstones
  • Chronic gastritis, peptic ulcer disease, duodenal ulcers and other GIT problems
  • History of major operations within the preceeding 6 months
  • External/internal hemorrhoids and fissures, fistula-in-ano
  • Old or recent fractures wherein internal fixation plates, screws are left in place which may be easily subjected to trauma
  • Sexually transmitted diseases i.e. HIV, gonorrhea & non-gonoccocal urethritis & syphilis
  • Hernia
  • Renal diseases and stones
  • No current or Maintenance Medication (such as for hypertension, asthma, epilepsy, seizures, syncope, vertigo etc.)


  • Cleft palate and Cleft lip
  • Malocclusion
    • Class II
    • Class III
    • Lateral crossbite
  • Open bite
  • Tongue tied which may interfere with speech, breathing, swallowing and eating
  • Missing of four anterior/posterior (front teeth/molar teeth)
  • Complete upper or lower denture
  • Impacted tooth/teeth
  • Facial asymmetry
  • Wearing of orthodontic brackets or any orthodontic appliances
  • Oral tumors or cyst

Benefits and Privileges


  • A government scholarship;
  • Experience a semi-military lifestyle of leadership environment;
  • Rewarding leadership and training experiences;
  • Travel the world for free while still a cadet;
  • An assured shipboard training onboard international ocean-going vessels;
  • Automatic commissionship in the Philippine Navy and Philippine Coast Guard as Ensign (2Lt);
  • Earn a Bachelor’s Degree;
  • 100% employability, immediate hiring by more than thirty (30) partner international and manning companies; and
  • Promising careers in the seafaring industry as master mariners; chief engineers; shipping executives, naval or coast guard officers, educators, trainers in maritime-related industries/institutions.

Coverage of Exam

The test questions are all of the objective type and cover the core subjects of graduating high school students namely:
  • English (Vocabulary, Grammar, Analogy, Reading Comprehension)
  • Mathematics (Algebra, Geometry, Statistics and Trigonometry)
  • Science (General Science, Chemistry and Physics)
  • Abstract Reasoning


How To Apply


Interested applicant who wishes to take the Entrance Examination should fill up the form from this link:


How to apply on PMMA IMS Portal

Step 1: Creating an Account

  • Go to
  • Go to Sign up
  • Fill up the basic information
  • Provide a valid email address
  • Click Signup

Step 2: Email Verification

  • Check you email (Inbox, Spam, PROMOTIONS OR UPDATES FOLDER).
  • Click the Verify Email link (Blue font)

Step 3: Log into Account

  • Enter your email and password
  • Click again

Step 4: Apply for Entrance Exam

  • Click the APPLY NOW button read the data privacy concent and fill up the required fields.
  • Click CONTINUE

Step 5: Select your Testing Center

Please choose your desired testing center carefully as changes cannot be made once the application is submitted. It is recommended to select a testing center that is within your vicinity to minimize travel time and expenses. You may visit their website at to view testing locations.

Note: Only true and correct entries are accepted; any false information will be aground for disqualification.

Applicants must choose his/her preferred testing center from the list of Testing Center.


Filing Requirements


  • Recent 2×2 colored pictures with name tag, front view; white background;
  • Photocopy of PSA Birth Certificate. (Baptismal and Hospital Birth Certificate not honored)
  • Applicants who are currently Grade 12:
    • Certification from School Principal that applicant is currently enrolled as Grade 12
    • Photocopy of Grade 11 Report Card
  • Applicants who are Grade 12 Graduate and 1st year college
    • Photocopy of Senior High School Diploma
    • Photocopy of Grade 12 Report Card
  • Applicants who are currently enrolled in College
    • Photocopy of Registration Form
    • Certified True Copy of Grades
  • Applicants who are College Graduate
    • Photocopy of College Diploma
    • Photocopy of Transcript of Records
  • To be submitted upon enrollment as Probationary Midshipmen-women
    • Certificate of No Marriage (CENOMAR)
    • NBI Clearance

Note: Incomplete filing requirements will not be processed.



Application Deadline

October 7, 2023

Date of Examination

The Academy’s Entrance Examination is administered last Saturday of OCTOBER of each year (October 28, 2023) at selected Testing Centers nationwide.


Examination Day

Each applicant whose qualifications have been approved shall be given a permit to take the test by the Admissions Office. Test Permits will be sent through the applicants provided email address.

Applicants must take note of the following:

  • Arrive one (1) hour before the examination proper;
  • Bring the TEST PERMIT with your attached 2×2 picture;
  • Bring any valid I.D. and Pencil Mongol Number 2;
  • Calculators are not allowed;
  • Wear casual clothes (Sleeveless shirt, Short pants and slippers are not allowed).


For Inquiries

For inquiries, reach out PMMA at or call 047 913 4396 for assistance.

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