As important as the University of the Philippines’ College Admissions Test (UPCAT) is, it isn’t the only requirement for making it into U.P. Other factors also matter—one of which is the “mysterious” University Predicted Grade (UPG).
If you’re interested in how the UPG works, then by all means, read on.
The Formula Itself
The UPG is composed of sixty percent of your UPCAT score and forty percent of your High School Weighted Average (HSWA). The HSWA comprises your grades from the first three years of your high school tenure.
The formula is as follows:
UPG = K – W1 x S Engl
– W2 x S HSWA
– W3 x S Math
– W4 x S Read
– W5 x S Engl x S Sci x S HSWA
It may look like Greek, but it’s actually quite simple: The various W values stand for regression weights that the formula’s progenitor used as predictive ability factors. The value K is a constant.
As you might have guessed, S Read, S Math, and S Engl stand for your scores on the respective sections of the UPCAT. The S HSWA is a special value you can get by multiplying the HSWA by eighty-five, and then dividing the product by five.
The True Meaning of the UPG
In a nutshell, the UPG provides the university with a basis for ranking students, as applicants’ UPGs must reach a certain cut-off mark in order to be accepted into the university.
You could also think of it as a guide—namely, an estimate of your current status and your potential for excellence. Now whether you actualize that potential or not is entirely up to you.