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U.P. Diliman Talent Determination Test 101

The eyes of incoming college freshmen are focused on the UPCAT, and understandably so.  There are, however, alternative tests they can take if their inclinations lie elsewhere.  Certain U.P. Diliman colleges offer talent determination tests (henceforth known as TDTs) in conjunction with non-UPCAT pen-and-paper tests for such students.

Unlike the UPCAT, the TDT is basically a practical application exam.  Depending on the college that the student applies to, proctors will ask applicants to showcase their talent (hence its name) by doing things like drawing, playing musical instruments and the like.

The interesting thing about this option is that it presents students with a choice.  The first option involves taking the UPCAT, passing it and then taking the TDT at the appropriate college to earn a bachelor’s course as normal.  The second option involves bypassing the UPCAT (or flunking it) and going straight for the TDT and a certificate or diploma course of choice.

In case you’re wondering, the diploma course differs from the certificate course by about one year’s time.  The latter consists of “pure” specialty (E.g. all music, all art, etc.) program courses, while the former includes general education courses.

The beauty of the option is that it allows you to benefit from U.P.’s ladder system.  Basically, the ladder system allows you to go from certificate course to diploma course to bachelor course and graduation as if you had passed the UPCAT in the first place.  It’s a great way to express and develop your skills and take a roundabout route to a bachelor’s course at the same time.

U.P. Diliman usually holds its TDTs in early April; applications formally start sometime in January.  While each college offers a TDT, the little details behind their respective application procedures are somewhat different.  If you’re interested in a specific program, call the U.P. trunkline at 981-8500, press 0 to talk to the operator and ask to be connected to appropriate college.

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Ms. Connie Rongavilla of the U.P. Diliman College of Music

Ms. Dory of the U.P. Diliman College of Music

Ms. Marisse of the U.P. Diliman College of Fine Arts

The UP TDT: Certificate in Music Program

The interesting thing about UP Diliman is that it offers a wide array of courses for students with different inclinations.  For instance, the aurally gifted may choose from a certificate, diploma or bachelor course in music.  This is one of the more artistically-inclined courses that includes a talent determination test.


The application process for the certificate music program is similar in nature to degree courses (as outlined here and here), with the application period set for the first quarter of the year.  Applicants will need to coordinate with the college secretary for instructions (please see contact numbers below), pay the 500-peso testing fee and bring the completed application form, 2 2×2 ID photos and other important documents.


To UPCAT or not to UPCAT


The interesting exception to this application process is that you need not take or pass the UPCAT in order to avail of it.  You will still need to go through a screening process, though.  Normally, the first part process involves written music theory exam held on a Saturday in March.


Assuming they pass it, applicants will then proceed to the next step, the Talent Determination Test or simply Talent Audition.  This is where the students strut their stuff and showcase their musical abilities to a critical audience.  The tricky part is that each department in the college of music has different audition requirements for applicants.  Please visit this webpage for a complete listing of what you’ll need to do for which department.


The final phase of the screening process involves the mandatory face-to-face interview.


What’s the Difference?


You may be wondering what the difference is between a certificate, diploma and bachelor courses.  Don’t they all have something to do with music?  Yes, they do, yet they all differ with respect to depth and breadth.


Basically, a certificate course will train you in the performance aspect of music for three years.  A four-year diploma course will throw in the theoretical side of the field as well.  Finally, a diploma course lasts for five years and includes a more comprehensive look at music than either of the previous courses.


If you think you are destined for a course in music, please call (02) 9296963 or (02) 9818500 local 2627 for more information.  You may also send e-mail to gtmalicdem@up.edu.ph, or kindly visit this link.





Ms. Dory of the UP Diliman College of Music Admissions Staff