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UPCAT Schedule and Important Dates 2010: SY 2011-2012

Despite the uncertainties of life, there are certain things we are more or less assured of every year.  Taxes are some of them; college entrance exams are others.  It’s around the summer months when schools like U.P. commence preparations for another round of college applications.

In this article, we’ll be taking a quick look at what to expect from the UPCAT, as well as what to expect from those who can help you prepare for it.  The timing couldn’t be better as well—U.P. staff members have already set some significant dates for student hopefuls.

A Quick Application Update

Please note that the application period for school year 2011-2012 will begin sometime in May 2010.  The university will release forms during that time, and they’ll contain all the information you need to know with respect to the application procedure.

What’s even more pressing is the fact that this year’s UPCAT has been officially set for August 7 and 8, 2010.  These two days are the only test-scheduled days for the year, so it would be best to start preparing for the exam if you haven’t been doing so already.

Test Coverage

As with all entrance tests, the UPCAT is subdivided into several sections based on major high school subjects.  Mathematics and Science are standard issue stuff, and you’ll get some Language Proficiency questions as well.

It may look daunting at first glance, yet you have at least two good things going for you:  one, the UPCAT won’t ask you questions about anything you haven’t already studied before in high school; two, having a good grasp of concepts and skills (rather than just plain facts) will help pull you through, as the test takes these two things and mixes and matches them with different questions.

Nevertheless, if you’d like a more in-depth discussion of the various UPCAT sections and how to deal with them, kindly refer to this article.

On Review Centers

While it’s not absolutely necessary to attend a review center in order to pass the UPCAT, there’s no shame in securing extra help if you feel you need it.  When browsing around for one, do consider that different review centers will also have different ways of offering help, so choose one that best suits your individual tastes and needs.

For instance, some centers may take the more traditional classroom or study group approach to things, complete with discussions, mock exams and online review sessions.  Others may be a bit more unorthodox and offer puzzles, games and even tours to help students have fun while they learn.

Of course, the prices are just as variable as the number of options available to you—expect to shell out at least a four to five-digit number for a thorough, quality review.  If you’re really serious about choosing a good review center, a more comprehensive guide may be found here.

Contact U.P.

The university will be preparing the application forms a little farther down the road, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t approach them for relevant inquiries as early as now.  Feel free to call the U.P. Admissions Office folks at 9264060 or e-mail them at oadms@up.edu.ph.

Sources:

U.P. Admissions Office