Like you, I'm an incoming high school senior this June. A few months ago I was just like you, curious how to be accepted into the countries top universities but because of Academic Clinic ( and forums I now have an idea how. You could also go to the school's website and read about their admission guidelines. P.S.- It doesn't matter what school you came from- the universities check your grades not your background.

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

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