Thinking of Enlisting as an Archer? Going for the Green and White? Good for you. You’ll need to nail that DLSUCET first, though. The entrance exam can be manageable, or it can be difficult, depending on how you go about preparing for it.
If you’re dead set on making your mark in DLSU, then by all means, read on.
Complacency is Deadly
The first thing order of business is to forget what you’ve heard about the DLSUCET being the easier than the UPCAT and the ACET. Regardless of whether this is actually true or not is irrelevant; your job is to clear your mind of preconceived notions and to focus on doing well.
There are actually two good reasons for doing this. First, just because some people have found the DLSUCET to be easier doesn’t mean that you will. Truth be told, others have thought that La Salle’s exam was harder than the UPCAT or the ACET. There’s only one real way to find out, and you’ll need to prepare beforehand.
Second, overconfidence puts you in a prime position for failure. There’s always the danger that if you think it’s too easy, you’ll grow complacent in your preparations and in the way you take the test. Be prepared, be confident, but be on your guard all the same.
Sharpening Your Axe
Preparations for the DLSUCET actually share a lot of things in common with preparations for other entrance exams. For example, if you really wish to be ready for it, the best time to start reviewing for it would be during your freshman year in high school. It makes sense, considering that one of the university’s application requirements is your Transcript of Records.
You may find this piece of advice strange, but I’ll mention it anyway: take other entrance exams before you take the DLSUCET. Yes, you heard me right. “Practicing” with other entrance tests can do wonders for your self-esteem. Passing them gives you a sense of accomplishment and a feeling of competence, too.
As an exercise in applying “The Secret,” repeat the following words to yourself everyday while you gaze in the mirror: “I will pass the DLSUCET with flying colors.” You may find it hard to believe at first, but persevere. You’ll not only end up believing it; you’ll actually make it happen.
The Day before the Big Day
Take the time to get your stuff in order on the day before the exam. Make sure your exam permit (Don’t leave home without it!) and your school identification are within easy reach. Prepare your pen, pencil, sharpener and eraser, as you cannot pass what you cannot write on.
You may also wish to bring a jacket, a sweater, or something that can keep you warm. There’s always a chance that you’ll get assigned to some uber cool room. Believe me, freezing during an exam does not improve your chances of passing it one bit.
Finally, remember to pack some brain food (fruits, veggies, nuts, tuna etc.) and water for refueling purposes, as well as some medicine and tissue. Now this is not to suggest that the DLSUCET will make you sick, but you’ll never know…
The Big Day
Get a good night’s sleep before the big day so that your mental powers will function at their peak. Fill your gasoline tank (read: your stomach) with fuel in the morning so that your brain can think properly. Offer your daily libation (i.e. visit the comfy room) before hand. Most importantly, pray before the exam. Divine guidance is a must!
Leave early enough so that you can get there at least thirty minutes before the exam, then take the time to relax and clear your mind. Do some yoga or meditation to calm yourself down and to give yourself that feeling of empowerment.
After The Exam
Consummatum est. You’ve done your best. Now pray, relax, and chill out.
I’ll leave you with this bit of encouragement: it is said that De La Salle University actually has more slots for enrollees than other schools (mainly Ateneo and UP), so there’s a pretty good default chance that you’ll make it. If you’ve done your best, believe that you will, and the universe will move according to your beliefs.