The cream of the crop of the English classes of the Philippines’ top schools will converge for the first time to participate in the 2008 International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS)-English at 8 o’clock in the morning on Tuesday, August 12, 2008.The competition will be at a maximum of 60 minutes focusing on the aspects of reading for meaning in literary texts, reading for meaning in factual texts, textual devices, syntax and vocabulary.The ICAS-English participants must bring a pencil- 2B or B (not Pen) and an eraser during the competition. Bringing of dictionaries, thesaurus, mobile phones, pagers and other personal electronic devices are strictly prohibited in the contest. The participants are expected to be in their complete school uniform.This competition is the first ever in the Philippines, developed by the Educational Assessment Australia (EAA) of the University of New South Wales and will be jointly conducted by the MTG and ICAS Philippines in the following venues:A. Metro Manila Grace Christian College (formerly Grace Christian High School)Sto. Domingo Street,Grace Village, Quezon CityContact person: Ms. Josephine Lorenzo TanTel. no. 366-2000B. Luzon Area1. Naga Hope Christian High SchoolContact Person: Ms. Sioc Bee Chan AzajarContact Number: (054) 473-8340, 811-27-982. Tarlac Living Faith AcademyContact Person: Engr. Edgardo DomingoContact Number: 0917-514-87893. Colegion San Agustin-BinanContact Person: Mr. Elmer ApistarContact Number: (02)478 0167 local 227C. Visayas-1.Iloilo Central Commercial High SchoolIznart St., Iloilo CityContact Person: Mr. Manuel KotahContact Number: 092850667202. St. John's Institute (Bacolod)10th Street, Bacolod CityContact Person: Ms. Esther Jane UyContact Number: (034) 434-3924 to 25, 0921-518-3637D. Mindanao1. MSU- Iligan Institute TechnologyIligan City, Lanao Del NorteContact Person: Ms. Leila BernaldezContact Number:(063) 223-2350, 0916-370-12682. Zamboanga Chong Hua High SchoolGen. Vicente Alvarez Street, Zamboanga CityContact Person: Mr. Joseph WeeContact Number: 0917-871-2455Any participants who are interested of the previous competition materials, they may log on at www.eaa.unsw.edu.au/prepare/practice_questions. Paper A is intended for grade 3;Paper B for grade 4;Paper C for grade 5;Paper D for grade 6;Paper E for grade 7/1st year;Paper F for 2nd year high school; Paper G for 3rd year HS and Paper H for 4th year high school level.GOOD LUCK TO ALL THE PARTICIPANTS!