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DLSUCET Reconsideration Process

DLSU logoThere’s something inside all of us that recognize the need for second chances.  Even DLSU recognizes this.  That is why the school offers entrance exam- takers another chance to land a slot in the university if their first attempt didn’t exactly go according to plan.

 

As with most other schools, the reconsideration process is for students who don’t quite make the cut when the DLSUCET results are released in January.  There is at least one aspect of this particular process that sets it apart from others, though.  You’ll find out why in a moment.

 

Reconsideration or Retake?

 

You may be surprised to know that the DLSUCET reconsideration process will not ask you to submit any letter of intent.  In fact, all it’ll really ask you to do is to take the test again.  You heard me right.  The reconsideration process is more of a retake than anything else.

 

To apply for this, simply check your test results on the DLSU website.  They should automatically indicate whether you’re eligible for reconsideration or not.  If you are, get a copy from the reconsideration form from the Admissions Office (or download it online), fill it up, turn it in and pay the school staff 300 pesos for the retest fee.  Make sure to have your original DLSUCET test permit ready and a couple of passport-size ID pictures.

 

Do your best to meet or exceed the cut-off this time around.  If you still don’t make the grade after your second attempt, then the school will allow you no further attempts during the year.  You may try applying elsewhere and transferring back to DLSU after a year or so, but that’s another story altogether.

 

Evaluation and Inquiries

 

Note that even if you do well on the second test, the Admissions Committee will still have the final say.  Your acceptance will also depend on your requirements, your academic record and the available slots of the program of your choice.

 

The reconsideration period starts sometime in January (right after the results are announced) and lasts until February or March.  DLSU Admissions staff members readily acknowledge that the schedules may be different for this year.  For inquiries, contact the Admissions Office at (632) 523-4230 or (632) 524-4611-19 locals 166 or 167.  E-mail goes to admissions@dlsu.edu.ph.

 

 

 

 

Source:

Ms. Vanessa of DLSU Admissions Office

http://www.dlsu.edu.ph/admissions/undergraduate/entrance.asp

DLSUCET Results for AY 2011-2012 Freshmen

The DLSUCET Results for the freshmen intake year of 2011-2012 is out. It was released on January 3, 2011.

If you took the DLSUCET from August to September of last year (2010), visit http://enroll.dlsu.edu.ph/dlsu/freshmen/to check the DLSU freshman entrance exam results.

You must wait for your Letter of Acceptance for instructions on how to claim your slot. If you passed and wish to be admitted to DLSU, confirmation of enrolment is required. Read the DLSU’s Requirements for Confirmation for procedures on how to confirm your slot. Better yet, call the DLSU Admissions Office for specific procedures on how to enroll in DLSU for AY 2011-2012.

Also available at the DLSU website are the Forms for Expression of Interest for Admission and Reconsideration Request.

DLSUCET 2010 (AY 2011-2012) Application Ongoing

Newsflash everybody! The De La Salle University College Entrance Test (DLSUCET) application is now ongoing. The DLSUCET application period officially started on June 1, 2010. The application period will end on August 31, 2010. If you don’t want to miss your chance of taking the DLSUCET and studying in DLSU come June 2011, apply now!

Important notes:

The testing dates for DLSUCET (for MM test takers) is scheduled on October 10, 17 and 24, 2010.  For provincial test takers, there will be DLSUCET exams on August 28 (Legaspi and Iloilo), September 4 (Davao and Dagupan),  September 11 (Cebu and Angeles), September 18 (Bacolod and Puerto Princesa), and September 25 (Cagayan de Oro and Santiago).

Provincial applicants should therefore process their DLSUCET applications as fast as possible to get a slot for the provincial test schedules.

DLSUCET Tips

With universities gearing up for entrance test days, it’s no surprise that students and even parents have taken to the World Wide Web in search of exam tips and strategies.  The good news is that those who have been there and done are willing to share their experiences with those who will go through the test for the first time.

In another article, I shared more general tips on how to prepare for De La Salle University’s entrance test.  This time, I’ll be diving a little deeper into the meat and bones of the DLSUCET itself.  If you’d like more specific tips on how to do well on the exam, then read on.

The DLSUCET Makeup

Content-wise, the DLSUCET isn’t very much different from other entrance exams out there.  As you prepare for the test, focus on reviewing mathematics, science, reading comprehension, language proficiency and abstract reasoning.

For the math portion, concentrate on statistics, geometry, trigonometry and algebra.  Science will require some knowledge of formulas, too, so take the time to memorize those.  Abstract reasoning will basically test your ability to see patterns in shapes and squiggles.

For the language and reading portions, you’ll be asked to identify synonyms, comprehend text, correct grammar and write essays in English and Filipino, so increase your word power and polish those reading, writing and editing skills ASAP.

The Strategic Approach

Your two biggest enemies will be time pressure and your mental state.  The good news is that both are very, very manageable.  One strategy to help you budget your time properly is to take a quick, “big picture” look at the material.  Take in all you have to do and then allot a reasonable amount of time for answering them.

For example, if you’re given one and a half hours to finish a section, you can take a couple of minutes to survey the questions at a glance and plan your approach, fifteen minutes to go through the easy questions, forty-five minutes for the harder questions that require computations or essay writing, and the remaining twenty-eight minutes for reviewing your answers.

Different people have different comfort levels, so adjust the lengths of time according to your preferences and capabilities.  Of course, it also helps if you can simulate this so you have an idea of what to do during the actual test, which brings me to my next point…

Confidence and Competence

To help you psych yourself up for the big day, start practicing early and often.  Avoid the temptation to rely on your textbooks or stock knowledge alone—they won’t be enough to pull you through the test.  Build up your reserves of confidence by answering practice tests (ideally with answer keys).  These are available via the Internet or your local bookstore or review center.

Train yourself to answer them as quickly yet as cleanly as you can.  Once you’ve mastered answering them within a certain amount of time, raise the bar by doing the same thing in less time.  The trick is to incrementally decrease the available time you give yourself for answering the practice test so you get better and faster at nailing it.

Remember:  if you take the necessary steps to prepare, pray, and do your best, you will reap the rewards of your hard work.

DLSUCET Online Application / Registration

Back when I was in college, I remember sweating and plodding along with a few thousand other students just to get my application form.  The Internet was in its infancy then, and we had little choice but to suck it up and bite the bullet.  Had there been an online registration system at the time, I would’ve snapped it up without a second thought.

Fortunately for you guys, more and more universities are taking to the World Wide Web to help make the hassles of registration more bearable for students.  Check out the details of De La Salle University’s online registration system below.

A Tale of Three Forms

Keep the magic number three in your head because there are three forms you need to fill out. all of which are available on the site.  Thankfully, all of them are available on DLSU’s official website.

The first is the undergraduate application form, which will ask for the usual vital statistics:  personal data like your name and address, your educational background and the courses you’re particularly interested in.

The second form is the recommendation form, which is something a relevant high school authority figure will fill up to vouch for your good name.  You may choose from your principal, guidance counselor, or class adviser for this purpose.  Just be sure to have two of these forms ready for the DLSU admissions staff to scrutinize.

The third form is the secondary scholastic record form.  Think of it as an overview of your final grades (and their respective averages) in important subjects from the first three years of your secondary school education.  Let your school registrar certify this one.

Dropping off the Paperwork

Seems like a mouthful, doesn’t it?  But wait, you’ll still need to do some legwork!  Aside from the documents I’ve mentioned above, grab these other requirements as well:  a photocopy of your NSO (National Statistics Office) Birth Certificate, three identical photos of the 2 x 2 variety and six hundred pesos (fifty dollars if you’re an international student) for the processing fee.

If you’re applying for financial assistance from DLSU as well, kindly include the relevant form (aptly dubbed the Application Form for Financial Assistance) for that request, too.  Unfortunately, you’ll need to pick up the said form from the admissions office, as it’s not readily available from their official website.

Assuming you’ve everything in, the DLSU admissions staff will hand you your exam permit.  As with the application processes of other universities, the actual date of your test will depend on how quickly you can get all the requirements to the school.

Additional Help

You’ll find a far more detailed explanation of the registration process on this webpage, complete with a timetable, a set of download links for all the forms I’ve mentioned above, and even an admissions video.  DLSU has conveniently placed them in the leftmost column for your viewing pleasure.

If all else fails, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the DLSU admissions staff at 523-4230, or e-mail them at college.admissions@dlsu.edu.ph.  They were a big help to me when I inquired—I bet they’ll only be too glad to help you out, too.

DLSUCET Results Are Out!

This is just an update.  I know you’re dying to know how well you did in the UPCAT, DLSUCET, ACET and/or USTET, but hold your horses. Some of these results are just not out yet.  Here’s the lowdown:

  • DLSUCET 2010 Results:  Already available at the DLSU site

DLSU promised the results would be out the first week of January, and DLSU Admissions is true to its word. Congratulations DLSUCET passers!

As for the rest of the college entrance exams, there hasn’t been an official word yet.  I guess the results will be there when they are.  Incoming freshmen, don’t overly fret about it.  I understand how you’re feeling – been there, done that.  I tell you, though, worrying about it won’t help.  I almost did not receive my UP admission letter myself because of a very inefficient post office, but did worrying about it help?  Not at all.  It just gave me a very bad headache.

Word to the wise:  Just check the UP, UST and Ateneo websites regularly.  The results will be out when these universities are ready and  not a moment sooner.  We’ll keep you posted when we see the results.  We’re checking everyday, just like you.

DLSUCET Schedule Changes

There have been some changes to the DLSUCET schedule and timetable.  First of all, the DLSUCET application form and other requirements’ submission deadline has been moved to October 8, 2009.  Second, there is no longer going to be an October 4 exam.   Two days ago (September 29, 2009), De La Salle University announced on its website that the DLSU College Entrance Test scheduled for October 4, 2009 has been moved to October 25, 2009.  Those who are scheduled to take the October 4 exam are therefore advised to report for the DLSUCET on October 25 instead.

In effect, first-round DLSUCET exam-takers have become the last-round DLSUCET test-takers.  Such exam takers will be using the same DLSUCET Test Permit (their October 4 Test Permit, that is) and must report to the originally indicated testing room at the originally scheduled time.

This is a snapshot of the announcement at the DLSU website:

DLSUCET schedule change

DLSUCET schedule change

DLSU Freshman Application Ongoing

The application period for De La Salle University incoming freshmen (1st trimester of A.Y. 2010-2011 only) is ongoing and will end on September 30,2009.  De La Salle University College Entrance Tests (DLSUCET) will be held at DLSU-Manila on the following dates:

  • October 4, 2009
  • October  11, 2009
  • October 18, 2009

If you are planning to take the DLSUCET at Aquinas University in Legaspi City, your completely filled-out application has to be in before September 26, 2009, the set DLSUCET testing day at that venue.

The following are some other important dates to remember (taken from the DLSU website):

DLSU deadline

DLSU deadlines

Increasing your Chances of Passing the DLSUCET

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.