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ACET Application: Frequently Asked Questions


Is there an extension of the submission deadline for ACET requirements?

Not officially, no.  The official deadline still stands, yet the Office of Admission and Aid is willing to accept late submissions under certain conditions.  The catch is that there are currently no clear criteria for describing what those conditions are.  They tend to accept late submissions on a case-to-case basis.

If you absolutely must submit late and you have a valid excuse, sources advise students to visit the said office in person and talk things over with the available staff members.  If you have a really good reason for being late, chances are they will still accept your application, anyway.

Is there another ACET schedule?

Strictly speaking, no, there isn’t. another ACET schedule—at least not for this school year.  Like its contemporaries, the Ateneo College only holds its entrance exam once a year.  If you miss it, the next set of exam sessions will be scheduled the following year.

What do I do if I lose my ACET test permit?

If that happens, simply visit the Office of Admission and Aid and request for another one.  Don’t worry, they won’t charge you for it or ask you to submit a new set of documents. Just talk to the available staff and they will help you out.

What do I do if I forget my ACET username/password?

Technically, it’s impossible for applicants to forget their ACET username and password.  There’s one simple reason for this: the data don’t exist.

Currently, the Ateneo College only employs a manual registration system for all students.  The closest thing to an online registration system would be the option to download the application forms online.  This is only for foreign students, though, and even then, they will still need to carry out the rest of the application process manually.

 

Sources:

Ms. Liza of the Loyola Schools Office of Admission and Aid

ACET Results for AY 2011-2012 Freshmen

The results of the Ateneo College Entrance Test (ACET) for the AY 2011-2012 intake year are out. To find out if you are one of the accepted and waitlisted applicants for this coming schoolyear, go to the ACET results page or copy and paste http://ls.ateneo.edu/acet_results.php onto your URL bar.

Once there, search for your name by doing the following:

  1. Enter your last name (with suffix, if applicable; e.g. III for “the third”) into the Last Name field.
  2. Enter your first name (with your second name, if applicable; e.g. Hannah Sophia) into the Complete First Name field.
  3. Enter your middle name (not the middle initial but spelled out, please) into the Complete Middle Name field.

Notes:

  • If you have no middle name or last name, don’t leave the corresponding field blank. Enter a dash instead.
  • If your first name begins with a Maria and your first search using Maria yields no result, try variations of Maria. (e.g. use Ma. or just Ma in place of Maria in your next search).
  • If your name has an ñ, press Alt on your keyboard, hold it, then press the numbers 1, 6 and 4 in succession.

Example:
Last Name: De Jesus IV
Complete First Name: Carlos Miguel
Complete Middle Name: Santos

For COMPLETE INSTRUCTIONS, please READ EVERYTHING ON THE ACET results page.

ACET for SY 2011-2012 Application Ongoing

As of June 15 2010, the Ateneo College Entrance Test (ACET) application period is officially open. If you are an aspiring Ateneo de Manila University freshman or transferee for School Year 2011-2012, you must take and pass this year’s ACET.

To start applying for the ACET, get your ACET application form from the:

Office of Admission and Aid
Ground Floor, Kostka Hall
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights Campus
Quezon City

Whether you’re a prospective freshman or transferee, you must get your ACET application form on or before the end of application form issuance and you must submit your completed forms on or before the submission deadline. Check out the following ACET application schedule:

ACET Application Schedule

End of Issuance of Application Forms:
August 09, 2010  For Freshman Applicants
December 17, 2010 For Transfer Applicants

ACET Application Form Submission Deadlines
August 06, 2010, 5:00 pm  For Bulk Submission
August 13, 2010, 5:00 pm  For Submission of Completed Application Forms and Registration for the ACET

After you have submitted your ACET application and any other supporting documentation, you will get a test permit that details your ACET exam schedule.

ACET Exam Schedule

For Freshman Applicants:

Venue: Provincial Testing Centers*
Date: September 18, 2010
Time: 7:30 am to 12:30 pm

Venue: Ateneo de Manila University Manila University, Loyola Heights Campus, Quezon City
Date: September 18, 2010 / September 19, 2010
Time: 7:30 am to 12:30 pm / 1:30 pm to 6:30 pm

For Transfer Applicants:

Venue: Testing Centers in Cagayan de Oro City, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Naga, and Zamboanga ONLY
Date: January 15, 2011
Time: 7:30 am to 12:30 pm

Venue: Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights Campus, Quezon City
Date: January 16, 2011
Time: 7:30 am to 12:30 pm

After you take the ACET, pray, sit tight and wait for the results.

ACET Results and Decisions:

For Freshman Applicants: January 2011
For Transfer Applicants: May 2011

An ACET Sample Essay and Some Tips


Perhaps the thing that Ateneo applicants dread the most, next to Mathematics, is the prospect of writing an essay.  Unfortunately, if you’re interested in an Ateneo education, you’ll be eating essays for breakfast lunch and dinner.  The time to start preparing for that is right now—before you even take the Ateneo College Entrance Test (ACET).

To help out, I’ve included a sample ACET essay for you, coupled with some notes and guidelines for study.  Please note that you do not have to write your essay in exactly this way; this is just a reference to help you get started.  You will naturally have your own writing style and approach to things.

The Sample Essay

The following sample is a treatise on the topic of frustration—something you’re likely to experience at least once when you’re interacting with peers from all walks of like in an academic institution known for its high standards.  I’ve also included some footnotes on points I felt I needed to emphasize:

Coping Effectively with the “F” Word[1]

A wise person once told me that oftentimes, it’s not the big problems that trip us up the most, but the many, many little annoyances that come in battalions.[2] It’s because of the fact that they’re “little” that they often escape our immediate notice—at least until they pile up and grate on our patience.

Fortunately, I’ve experienced frustration enough times that I’ve learned to deal with it more effectively than before, or to at least minimize its damaging effects.  Perhaps the following guidelines may help you, too.

The Three-Minute Rule[3]

Chances are, the first thing that pops into your head when you’re frustrated is not the right thing to do or say.  That’s why it’s very important to take some time off for what is known as the “Three-Minute Rule.”[4]

The rule basically dictates that when you start to feel frustrated, back off or at least three minutes to get some much needed perspective on the situation.  Take the time to pray and to seek guidance and wisdom.

Note that three minutes is an arbitrary span time.  It may be three minutes, three hours, or three days.  The important thing is to let your emotions cool down sufficiently to the point where you can think clearly again, and then act.

Look for the Unorthodox Alternative

A story is told of Alexander the Great undertaking the challenge of untying the Gordian Knot.[5] The knot was said to have been tied in such a complex manner that no one was able to untie it.

The shrewd Alexander, however, simply drew his sword and cut the knot, effectively untying it.  Since then, the expression “cutting the Gordian Knot” has come to mean solving a complex problem using unique and ingenious means.

Like Alexander, see if you can find another way to solve your problem instead of pursuing a course of action that just doesn’t work.[6] For example, if you can’t get through an obstacle, perhaps you can go around it somehow.

The Need to Let Go

One question that inspirational speakers and writers like to ask themselves is if something will still be worth fussing over ten, fifty, or even one hundred years from now.  Chances are, the thing that’s causing you so much frustration right now may not even be important next year.  If so, are you perhaps giving it more attention than it is really worth?

One lesson that the late inspirational writer Richard Carlson[7] left me is the choice of being right or being happy.  We mistakenly think that we will only be happy if we prove ourselves right and everyone else wrong, or if we nail that difficult problem and show everyone what we’ve accomplished.

Some things are simply not worth your peace of mind.  Sometimes, it’s better to swallow your pride and to make a strategic withdrawal instead of forcing the issue at the time.  As Dr. Harold Sala once quipped, “Any bear can easily whip a skunk, but it’s just not worth it.”[8]


A Final Word

The essay I’ve included above is just one example of many.  You can find more examples and guidelines online if ever you need more reference material.  Here is a short list to help you get started:

Xavier School High 4 – This blog contains a sample essay and some excellent pointers

Ateneo Tribute Essays – While not exactly application essays, it may also help to study the essays on the Ateneo site.  The ones here deal with the passing of former President Cory Aquino.

A Winning Contest Essay – Here’s the essay that won the “Rizal na, Europa Pa,” essay contest for Mr. Joaquin Carlos de Jesus.

Peer Papers – If you have some money to invest, try reading the essays on this site. You’ll notice the names of some famous Ateneans here, too.

Finally, remember that essay-writing is an applied skill—like all skills, it may be developed through constant practice.  The good news is that the more you practice creating essays, the more you’ll be able to refine your technique and develop a unique style and a voice all your own.


[1] The title is the first thing your readers will look at, so try to make it catchy and hook them in with it.

[2] It helps to start off your essay with something attention-grabbing. In my case, I opted for “a saying of the wise.”

[3] If your essay is fairly long, using captions or headings to break it up into segments helps.

[4] Whenever you mention something that may be unfamiliar to your reader, take the time to explain it. Don’t leave your readers scratching their heads in confusion.

[5] Stories are great for getting your point across in an engaging manner. Besides, people love them.

[6] If you’re going to tell a story, choose one that’s somehow related to the message you’re trying to communicate. That way, it’s easier to link your story to your point.

[7] Quoting, paraphrasing or simply drawing stuff from famous personalities can help lend credence to your essay.

[8] If you start your essay with a bang, end it with a bang as well. Audiences tend to recall the beginning and the end of your presentation most clearly, so save your best for first and last.

Guide to Writing your ACET Essay

If you’re interested in writing for pay or passing entrance exams conducted by certain Jesuit-run academic institutions, you’ll have to deal with the reality of writing under time pressure.  Writing an essay while the clock is ticking can be a very stressful experience—if you’re not used to it.

The good news is that writers are made, not born.  Here are a few tips to get you started down the path of skillful essay writing.

Uncensored, then Organized


Let’s say you’re taking the ACET and you’ve been given a topic to write about.  The first thing you need to do is to spend a little time generating ideas.  Pause, think, and write down any and all ideas that pop into your head.  Don’t worry about how “stupid” or “ridiculous” they may seem.  The idea is to generate a lot of ideas without censoring yourself—save the editing for later.

Next, organize your ideas into a mind map diagram or an outline.  If you’re more of a visually-oriented person, having a diagram with the main idea of your essay in the very center will help you a great deal.

Toss out the ideas that do not support your main idea in any way, and subsume supporting, specific ideas under general ones.  Once you’ve arranged everything into a cohesive big picture, it’s time to move on to the next phase, which is…

Thesis the Police!  Open Up!

Remember that main idea I kept on mentioning earlier?  The statement that encapsulates it is your all-important thesis statement.  This is the point you’ll be making in your entire write-up, so start writing the body of your prose with it in mind.  Do not write it on your essay first; save it for later.  I’ll explain why in a little while.

Every sentence you write should develop and/or support your thesis statement somehow.  If you did your mind map or outline well, you should have no problems with run-on sentences (sentences that don’t support your thesis statement in any way).

The End of the Beginning

Remember how I asked you to save the intro and conclusion for last?  They are special in the sense that they can make or break your essay.  They can grab your reader’s attention and deliver much of your message’s impact, or utterly fail to do so.

If there’s only one thing you to take away form this article, take this:  audiences tend to remember the first and the last part of your presentation most clearly, so save the juiciest parts for first and for last.

There are many ways to go about writing your introduction and conclusion.  For example, you can do the orthodox thing and simply state your thesis plainly, or you can get creative and throw in a question or anecdote to spice it up.  It’s an arbitrary thing, depending on who you are and who your audience will be.

The Only Constant

Do remember to edit your essay.  A good rule of thumb is to proofread it at least three times:  the first time for correcting typos, the second time for double checking the flow of ideas, and a third time for fixing the format, if ever.

Finally, know that essay writing is a learned skill.  If you constantly practice the right habits, you’ll find that you’ve nowhere to go but up.

Ateneo High School and ACET Application Ongoing

INCOMING ATENEO HIGH SCHOOL FRESHMEN (2010-2011)

Application forms for the Ateneo High School entrance examination are now available at the Office of Admission and Aid in Kostka Hall, ADMU.  Be sure to submit your completely filled-out form by the application deadline, September 18, 2009.  The Ateneo High School entrance exam will be held on October 3 & 4, 2009.

INCOMING ATENEO DE MANILA UNIVERSITY FRESHMEN (2010-2011)

Aspiring college freshmen can submit their Ateneo College Entrance Test (ACET) application forms until August 14, 2009.  Application forms may be obtained from the Office of Admission and Aid, Kostka Hall, Ateneo de Manila University.  The ACET shall be held at the Loyola Heights campus on September 19 & 20, 2009, and it will cover three main subject areas:  English, Math and General Intelligence.

UPCAT, DLSUCET, ACET & USTET Application

It’s that time of the year again when a young man’s fancy turns to thoughts of…college entrance tests.  Seriously, various universities have already gotten the application ball rolling, and potential applicants are already working hard to land a much-coveted spot in the institution of their choice.

If the mad scramble for a college has left you feeling more than a bit dazed, worry not:  I’ll be sharing some information here to help you get your schedule in order.  Let’s shed a little light on four entrance exams in particular:  the USTET, the ACET, the DLSUCET and the UPCAT.

All We Ask of You

One thing that students will quickly realize is that the application process is an investment in time, money and effort:  Besides any fees that they need to shell out, students will also need to submit a bit of paperwork.

The good news is that the documents are generally similar across universities.  Each university has its own standard issue application forms, so filling these out is a must.  Of course, it wouldn’t be a proper process without the mandatory recent ID pictures.

Watch out for some subtle differences, however.  For example, U.P. may also ask for a photocopy of your Permanent Secondary School Record (otherwise known as F137), duly signed and certified, while UST will ask for a photocopy of your birth certificate.

Of Tests and Time Tables

As expected, each university also has its own schedule for administering its entrance exams and for revealing the results.  Ateneo and U.P. usually start accepting potential students sometime mid-June, while UST and DLSU get things going in July.

The duration of the process also varies from university to university.  Some, like UST, will continue accepting applicants all the way until December.  Others, like DLSU, only do so until September.

If you’re thinking of taking the entrance tests of the four universities mentioned above, it’d probably be wise to deal with the UPCAT and the USTET first, as they both usually take place in August.

The former usually falls on the first weekend of the month, while the latter may land on anywhere from the first to the third weekend of August.  If scheduling is a problem, do know that UST also offers its test during October and December.

Next in line is the ACET, which tends to take up the second or third weekend of September.  Finally, the DLSUCET gives you the option of three Sundays in October, so take your pick and go for it.

The Waiting Game

You can imagine the sheer number of papers that school authorities have to check following exams, so a waiting period is definitely in order.  In case you’re wondering if taking a particular exam at a later date also translates into getting your test results later than earlier batches, wonder no more.

The good news is that all the aforementioned universities have the same set time for releasing exam results—January. This holds true regardless of when you took those exams in the first place.

When you really think about it, applying at a college doesn’t have to be that bad.  Once you know what to expect, a little planning, preparation and prayer will go a long way.