Wednesday, June 26, 2013

University of the Philippines College Admission Test or UPCAT Explained

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Last summer vacation, I had the UPCAT review with my friends. The University of the Philippines College Admission Test, or more commonly known as UPCAT, is part of the admission requirements of the University of the Philippines, administered to graduates of Philippine and foreign high schools.

Individuals that are considered eligible for the UPCAT should be any one of the following:
  1. A senior student of any secondary school that is accredited by the Department of Education;
  2. A graduate of any secondary school that is accredited by the Department of Education, or of any secondary school found abroad; or
  3. Any individual that has been declared eligible to enter college according to the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) results.

In addition, graduates must not have taken and must not be taking any college subjects. He or she should not plan to take any college subjects before the semester or academic year of the UPCAT.
Anyone who has taken the UPCAT may not take it again

The review lasted for two weeks. The review started on the 22nd of April and ended on the 3rd of May.

On our first day, we met Sir Russ. He's a funny, witty and cool teacher. Though English is a boring subject, he added some jokes while teaching. He keeps on saying, "sige, i-push mo yan". Those words reminds me so much of him. We also met Sir Kevin. He's our Mathematics teacher. He's kinda boring but he teaches well. On our second week, we met Ms Des. She's our physics teacher. She's a boring one.

We also met Sir Eric. He's a smart guy!! He's our Biology and General Science teacher. We really understood the lessons, specially in Biology. My friends and I tried our best to listen, but there are those hardcore girls who were apathetic about the lessons. They're so annoying. But at least, my friends and I learned a lot.

We really had fun while learning. We also met new friends. It's such nice experience.

The five hour exam covers language proficiency, reading comprehension, mathematics, and science. UPCAT questions can be in English or Filipino. The UPCAT is usually held on a Saturday and Sunday in early August with two batches of examinations per day in the morning and in the afternoon.

UPCAT test centers are found in major schools throughout the Philippines, including the different UP campuses. Close to 70,000 applicants take the UPCAT every year with almost 30,000 in UP Diliman alone. Because of this, and that the campus is open and connected to major public roads, heavy traffic is expected at this time of year. Food stalls and other tiangges set up shop everywhere around the Diliman campus, especially the Academic Oval, to take advantage of the numerous parents and guardians that accompany and wait for the applicants taking the test.

All UPCAT news and results are announced at the University's website, usually around February. The list of qualified students is also posted outside the U.P. Office of Admissions. Aside from these, a list of examinees and their corresponding qualifying status is sent to the high school. Finally, individual letters containing qualifying information and further instructions, if any, are sent to the individual examinees.

There are about 10,000 qualifiers from the 70,000 examinees every year.

The UPCAT Results can also be accessed through any WAP-enabled device (particularly PDAs and mobile phones), at the University's official WAP site

Contributed by Nicole Castro

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  1. Hi Nicole! I really had fun being with you in this tutorial class. I know that we will pass the UPCAT and many college exams! =)

    -Ma. Vallea Andal

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