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.
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.
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.
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.