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DLSUCET Review Guide

A wise person said that life gives you the test first, and the lesson later.  I can’t help but wonder if that sage was referring to college entrance exams as well.  Granted, the test may cover high school material, but it still precedes your formal course.

Case in point:  the De La Salle University College Entrance Test (DLSUCET), for instance, contains a sub-section not found in some other entrance exams.  The skill set required to successfully deal with it makes this exam a tricky one to pass.  Before we delve into that, however, let’s take a closer look at the test as a whole.

DLSUCET Coverage

An unspoken rule demands that every college entrance test share similarities with respect to core academic subjects.  Thus, you’ll find mainstays such as abstract reasoning, language proficiency, reading comprehension, science and mathematics.

Don’t neglect any of those, yet watch out for the essay portion.  Besides the fact that it asks you to express yourself in two languages, the time limits provided will also keep you really, really busy.  The good news is that there are ways to manage it and all the other sub-sections well.  For more subject-specific DLSUCET strategies, kindly refer to this article right here.

While they refer more to the exam of DLSU’s classic rival, this article and this article nevertheless provide a more in-depth look at how you can improve your essay writing, regardless of the test that it’s for or the language that it’s in.

DLSUCET Self-Preparation

There are many ways of going about preparing for the DLSUCET.  The good news is that it’s still possible to adequately prepare for the DLSUCET without the benefit of a review center, especially if you’re on a tighter budget,.

Some things you can do involve buying reviewers from major bookstores, or looking up sites that give free sample tests and essay tips and strategies and try them out yourself.  Better yet, a grab a few friends and then challenge and encourage each other.  Studying as a group can work wonders regardless of the type of exam, as discussed in this article.

If you’d rather seek help from professional educators, look for a review center that offers essay-writing training in both English and Filipino along with the “regular” reviews.  There are a lot of review centers out there (several of which are strategically located around major universities), but not all of them may offer the training you want in the way (or price) that you want it.  Do a little research and ask around.

Final Tips

It may help you to think of essay-writing as simply expressing your opinion on paper.  Imagine that you are talking to a friend about a certain topic and sharing what you think and feel about it.  Write down what you think you would say, and that will be your essay.

On the whole, the DLSUCET itself may be thought of as a study in contrasts:  the exam may be tricky, even difficult, yet word has it that the university is a bit more forgiving in terms of slot quotas.  Prepare, pray, do your best and hope for the best, and that’s exactly what you will receive.

DLSUCET Coverage

It’s a wonderful feeling to being able to accomplish an important task at your own pace.  Unfortunately, entrance tests like the DLSUCET generally don’t allow you to do that.  Many are the tales of who ran out of time and ended up not finishing the test.

The good news is that you can adopt specific strategies to help you cope with the different sections of the DLSUCET.  Before you can do that, however, it helps to have an idea of what to expect from the test.

The Coverage

Strictly speaking, stock knowledge alone will not help you get through the DLSUCET.  While it does have its share of general high school math, English and science-related questions, the way some of the questions are presented will force you to rely on your other learned skills.

Some distinguishing traits of the DLSUCET include an abstract reasoning section and a logical reasoning.  The former will test your ability to recognize patterns, while the latter will throw statements at you and have you infer relationships between them.

The DLUCET also features a couple of essays—one in English, one in Filipino.  They will measure your ability to organize and express your thoughts quickly (in about fifteen minutes or so) succinctly and coherently.  Questions may be drawn from the entire gamut of social or current events.  Some test takers have reported answering questions ranging from the Abu Sayaff to the role of the youth with respect to media violence and sexism.

An Ounce of Preparation

Preparing for the DLSUCET will require a multi-pronged approach.  Those who’ve been there, done that will recommend that you review your past and current high school lessons for English, Filipino, science and math.

They also recommend reading—a lot.  This serves a two-fold purpose:  one, it helps you improve your word power (which is very handy for tackling the formidable vocabulary questions); two, it gives you more knowledge to work with for the essay portions of the exam.

Speaking of which, the best way to prepare is to prepare for the essay writing sections is to actually write.  Grab a friend, pick any socially relevant topic and begin writing.  Time yourself for fifteen minutes, and then review your work with your friend.  Repeat this over and over until you get the hang of it.  Raise the bar each time by gradually decreasing your time limit during every instance.

The abstract and logical reasoning sections may also be a bit tricky to prepare for, but they’re nothing that can’t be fixed with a little help from your friendly internet search engines.  Try and look for some free IQ or SAT test samples (with answer keys, of course) online and start answering them!

Harder to Finish, Easier to Pass

A DLSUCET veteran once remarked that it’s “harder to finish the DLSUCET, but easier to pass it.”  I have yet to verify the truth of this statement.  Nevertheless, the fact remains that the test is a long, challenging, pressure cooker kind of exam.

You need not worry, though.  With adequate preparation, rest, nutrition and prayer, you’ll have a pretty good shot at passing it and passing it well.