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UPCAT 2013 – Application Forms Available Now

All incoming 4th-year high school students, the application forms for the UP College Admission Test (UPCAT) for the Academic Year 2013-2014 are now available!

Is UPCAT 2013 for You?

The UPCAT 2013 is for incoming 4th year high school students who aspire to be UP Freshmen in the Academic Year 2013-2014.

Where Can You Get the UPCAT 2013 Forms?

1.  You may download the UPCAT forms online.

You may visit the UPCAT website (http://upcat.up.edu.ph/) to get the downloadable UPCAT forms. Here are the direct download links:

  • General Information – download and read this; do not fill out the forms without first reading this general information bulletin thoroughly.
  • UPCAT Form 1 – this is the Personal Data Sheet that you have to fill out completely.
  • UPCAT Form 2 – this is the High School Records form that is for your school administrator to fill out.

After you’ve downloaded the two UPCAT 2013 forms, print them on 8.5″x13″ paper, fill them out correctly and completely then submit them as soon as UPCAT application opens.

2. You  may request a copy from your school.

If you’re lucky enough to be from a school that actively supports its students who want to get into the University of the Philippines, you can probably get a copy of the UPCAT forms from your school administrators.  Your school administrators are also probably going to bug you until you accomplish and submit your UPCAT Forms – lucky you.

3. You may get a copy from the UP Office of Admissions.

If you are friends or kin with someone studying in any UP Campus, then you can probably prevail upon that person to get you a hard copy of the UPCAT forms from the UP Office of Admissions (if your friend or kin is in UP Diliman) or from the Office of the Registrar (if your friend or kin is in any other UP Campus).

When Does the UPCAT 2013 Application Period Start?

You may start submitting your UPCAT 2013 application forms on May 22, 2012, Tuesday,

When Are the UPCAT 2013 Application Period Deadlines?

For UPCAT 2013 applicants hailing from Metro Manila schools, the deadline is June 15, 2012.

For UPCAT 2013 applicants hailing from Non-Metro Manila schools, the deadline is June 22, 2012.

When Is the UPCAT 2013?

The UPCAT 2013 will be held on the first Saturday and Sunday of August.  That’s August 4 and 5, 2012.  UPCAT takers will be assigned to either one of these dates, and to either the morning (6:30 am) or the afternoon (12:30 pm) session.

UPCAT Application: Frequently Asked Questions

 


Is there an extension of the submission deadline for UPCAT requirements?

Sort of.  There is no official extension of the deadline, yet the U.P. Admissions Office is willing to accept to accept late submissions depending on the supply of exam permits.  If there are still permits available after the June 2011 deadlines pass, then students may submit past the deadlines.  If not, then they’ll have to wait until next year (Please note that incoming freshmen are not allowed to apply for the second semester of the current school year).

 

Is there another UPCAT schedule?

Not for 2011, no.  U.P. holds the UPCAT only once per year.  The closest thing to “another schedule” would be the test for the second semester applicants for the year.

 

This is how it works:  The August 6, 2011 sessions combine the applicants for school year 2012-2013 and the applicants for the second semester of school year 2011-2012.  The afternoon session of August 7, 2011 is solely for second semester applicants of the current school year.

 

In other words, the university has covered all the bases in one weekend, and unless it comes up with a last-minute official announcement, there will be other test sessions until the following year.

 

What do I do if I lose my UPCAT test permit?

If you lose your permit a month before the exam, you can always ask for another one so long as there are stocks left.  Explain your situation to the admissions office people and bring a valid ID and a couple of 2×2 pictures.

 

If there are no more permits left, or if all else fails, don’t despair.  As long as you submitted all your requirements, your name should show up on the school’s master list of applicants.  Simply show up during your test day with your valid ID so that they can check their records for your name.

 

What do I do if I forget my UPCAT username/password?

If you forget your password, go to the password retrieval service here and enter the pertinent information.  If you forget your username, it’s best to make a new account and start over.

 

Sources:

Ms. May et al of the U.P. Admissions Office

http://upcat.up.edu.ph/htmls/aboutupcat.html

http://www.upcatonline.up.edu.ph/

UPCAT Schedule for AY 2012-2013 admissions

Newsflash for students currently in third year high school. We now have word on the next  UPCAT application and exam schedule. Call it UPCAT 2011 (for it would be administered this year) or call it UPCAT 2012 – call it what you will, but we’re referring to the UPCAT Application for Freshman Admission for the First Semester of the 2012-2013 academic year.

The deadlines for submitting your UPCAT application form are the following:

  • June 17, 2011 (Friday) – if you’re from a MM school
  • June 24, 2011 (Friday)- if you’re from a non-MM school

The UPCAT  for the first semester of the  2012-2013 freshmen intake year will be administered on the following dates:

  • August 6, 2011 (Saturday)
  • August 7, 2011 (Sunday)

As usual, the UPCAT will be held in various testing centers nationwide. There will be two testing schedules each day: morning and afternoon. Every UPCAT taker will be assigned to only one UPCAT testing schedule and will be assigned only to one UPCAT testing date. In other words, it’s a one-shot deal so take your UPCAT in your testing date and testing schedule.

Important: You don’t have to be in the top 10 percent (or top-whatever-percent) of your class to take the UPCAT. The UPCAT is open to everyone (as long as specific non-grade eligibility requirements are satisfied, of course).

Source: UP Academic Calendar for AY 2011-2012

UPCAT Quota and Non-Quota Courses

When I applied at the University of the Philippines during my freshman days, I received notification that I had been waitlisted as far as my chosen quota course was concerned.  The university informed, me, however, that I had the option of going for a non-quota course if I wanted to.

There appears to be some confusion regarding what quota courses are.  Let’s clear things up a little.

Definition of Terms

The phrase “quota course” simply refers to a course that’s in high demand—there are only a limited number of slots available and a lot of students trying to get into it.  Because of the higher cut-off requirements, high-ranking applicants with respect to the UPCAT and their UPGs call first dibs on these courses.

In the past, the university reportedly determined whether a course was quota or non-quota based on enrollment statistics.  A course sometimes moved from quota status to non-quota status and back depending on how things went.  The word going around these days, however, is that U.P. no longer makes this distinction between courses.

There’s the Rub

There’s a reason for this change.  Apparently, some people put non-quota courses as their first choice on the U.P. application form, even if that course isn’t what they really want.  The idea is that it’ll be easier for them to get into the university that way but its not true [read this post to learn more].

In lieu of this, a wise forum poster offered sound advice:  don’t worry whether your course is a quota or a non-quota one.  Just write down the exact course that you want on the application form and do your best on the UPCAT.

I did that, and to this day, I don’t regret it.

**  If you insist on looking for a list of Quota and Non-Quota courses in UP though, well here is the last list they have released about that one:

U.P. Diliman Quota Non-Quota
BS Architecture (5 yrs) BA Anthropology
BS Biology BS Applied Physics (5 yrs)
BA Broadcast Communication BA Araling Pilipino
BS Business Administration BA Art Studies
BS Business Administration & Accountancy (5 yrs) BS Chemistry
BS Business Economics BS Clothing Technology
BS Chemical Engineering (5 yrs) BA Communication Research
BS Civil Engineering (5 yrs) BS Community Development
BS Computer Engineering (5 yrs) BS Community Nutrition
BS Computer Science BA Comparative Literature
BS Economics BA Creative Writing
BS Electrical Engineering (5 yrs) B Elementary Education
BS Electronics & Communications Engineering (5 yrs) BA English Studies
BS Hotel, Restaurant & Institution Mgmt. BA European Languages
BS Industrial Engineering (5 yrs) BS Family Life & Child Development
BS Mathematics BA Filipino
BS Mechanical Engineering (5 yrs) BA Film & Audio-Visual Communication
BS Molecular Biology & Biotechnology B Fine Arts*
BA Political Science BS Food Technology
BA Psychology BS Geodetic Engineering (5 yrs)
BS Psychology BS Geography
BS Geology
BA History
BS Home Economics
B Interior Design
BA Journalism
B Landscape Architecture
B Library & Information Science
BA Linguistics
BA Malikhaing Pagsulat sa Filipino
BS Materials Engineering (5 yrs)
BS Metallurgical Engineering (5 yrs)
BS Mining Engineering (5 yrs)
B Music (5 yrs)*
BA Philosophy
B Physical Education
BS Physics (5 yrs)
BA Public Administration
B Secondary Education
BS Social Work
BA Sociology
BA Spanish
BA Speech Communication
B Sports Science (5 yrs)
BS Statistics
BA Theater Arts*
BS Tourism

 

U.P. Manila Quota Non-Quota
BS Biochemistry BA Behavioral Sciences
BS Biology D Dental Medicine (6 yrs)**
BS Computer Science BA Development Studies
BS Nursing*** BS Industrial Pharmacy (5 yrs)
BS Occupational Therapy BA Organizational Communication
BS Physical Therapy (5 yrs) BS Pharmacy
BS Public Health BA Philippine Arts
BS Speech Pathology BA Political Science
BA Social Sciences (Area Studies)

 

U.P. Los Baños Quota Non-Quota
BS Chemical Engineering (5 yrs) BS Agribusiness Management
BS Civil Engineering (5 yrs) BS Agricultural Chemistry (5 yrs)
BS Computer Science BS Agricultural Economics
BS Economics BS Agricultural Engineering (5 yrs)
BS Electrical Engineering (5 yrs) BS Agriculture
BS Industrial Engineering (5 yrs) BS Applied Mathematics
BS Applied Physics
BS Biology
BS Chemistry
BA Communication Arts
BS Development Communication
BS Food Technology
BS Forestry
BS Human Ecology
BS Mathematics
BS Mathematics and Science Teaching
BS Nutrition
BA Philosophy
BA Sociology
BS Statistics
D Veterinary Medicine (6 yrs)

 

U.P. College Baguio Quota Non-Quota
BS Computer Science BA Communication
BA Language & Literature
BS Mathematics
BS Physics
BA Social Sciences
BS Biology

 

 

U.P.E.P. Pampanga Quota Non-Quota
BS Business Management
BA Economics
BA Psychology

 

 

U.P. Cebu College Quota Non-Quota
BS Management BS Biology
B Fine Arts (Painting)
BS Computer Science
BA Mass Communication
BS Mathematics
BA Political Science
BA Psychology

 

 

U.P. Tacloban College Quota Non-Quota
BS Computer Science BS Biology
BS Accountancy (5 yrs) BS Management
BA Communication Arts
BA Social Sciences (Economics)
BA Social Sciences (Political Science)
BA Social Sciences (Psychology)

 

 

U.P. Visayas Quota Non-Quota
BS Accountancy (5 yrs) BS Applied Mathematics
BS Biology BS Aquaculture
BA Broadcast Communication BA Community Development
BS Business Adm. (Marketing) BS Fisheries (Fisheries Business Management)
BS Chemistry BS Fisheries (Fish Processing Tech.)
BS Computer Science BS Fisheries (Marine Fisheries)
BS Economics BA History
BS Food Technology BA Literature
BA Political Science BS Management
BA Psychology BA Sociology
BS Public Health
BS Statistics

 

 

U.P. Mindanao Quota Non-Quota
BS Applied Mathematics
BS Architecture
BS Biology
BA Communication Arts
BS Computer Science
BA English (Creative Writing)
BS Food Technology
BA Social Sciences

 

* The College of Music, College of Fine Arts and the BA Theater Arts program of the College of Arts and Letters require their prospective freshmen who qualify through the UPCAT to pass a talent test to determine their suitability for the profession.

** A screening examination will be given by the College of Dentistry after the second year to determine fitness and manual dexterity.

*** The College of Nursing requires its prospective freshmen who qualify through the UPCAT to pass an interview and/or an aptitude test. Only qualifiers who belong to the upper 40% of their graduating class will be admitted.

Where to Find Answers for your UPCAT Questions

One of my high school teachers once told me that the only stupid question is the one that isn’t asked.  Thus, it may be well worth it to ask your question at the risk of looking stupid, especially when it involves something as important as the UPCAT.

The good news is that we’re in the Information Age—there’s actually a plethora of stuff about the UPCAT out there if one knows where to look.

Going Back to the Source

The first and most obvious source of information is the UPCAT section of the U.P. official website.  In it, you’ll find enough general information about the test, how to apply for it, how to find out what your results are, etc.—in short, basic stuff.

If you’re on the prowl for insider info, however, you’ll need to set your sights elsewhere.  Fortunately, the internet has a lot of resources for you to check out.  Forums like Pinoy Exchange, Tristan Café and Peyups can cough up a lot of useful information if you make a post or do a search.

Been There, Done That

Quite a few people have blogged about their experiences (or the experiences of people they know) with the UPCAT—Dine Racoma’s and Conrad Miguel’s blogs are two fine examples of these.

You can go to the ever-popular Yahoo Answers and try asking your question there.  I’ve seen a number of UPCAT-related queries on it, and the answers have been pretty informative so far.

Last but not the least, take a look around this blog.  You are currently inside one of the internet gold mines for UPCAT, ACET, USTET and DLSUCET related information.  With posts written by contributing students or graduates from the premier colleges of our country, you can certainly find almost everything you need here.  If not, feel free to leave a query and we’ll move heaven and earth to find the answer for you.

The point is to seek and ye shall find.  At least one nice person will be willing to answer your questions if you take the time to ask.

UPCAT FAQ

There are documents of frequently asked questions (FAQs) for just about every conceivable topic on the planet.  It comes as no surprise that the University of the Philippines’ College Admissions Test (UPCAT) should also have some FAQs of its own.  After all, it’s one hot topic for prospective college students these days.

If you’re thinking of getting into U.P., it’s not only important to know what to expect from the UPCAT; it’s also important to know how to become eligible for the test itself.  Seek knowledge and ye shall find it—read on and be enlightened.

The FAQ of the Matter

If you’re looking for information on the entrance test, the most logical place to start would be the university’s very own website.  On it, you’ll find helpful links to PDF files about the UPCAT application process and then some.

If you’re after more general information about the UPCAT, you may find it on this webpage, or you can simply view this word document.  You’ll also find helpful links to the two uber-important UPCAT forms on the same page.  Form 1 refers to your freshman application per se; Form 2 deals more with your high school records.

Give Me Results!

Waiting for the results of an important exam can be one of the most nerve-wracking experiences in life.  Thankfully, there are websites who can and will keep you posted once the information becomes available.

One such website where you can find UPCAT results posted is this one right here:  To help make your search more efficient, this nifty name search engine also classifies the potential student under different categories:  pending, scholarship awardee and INTARMED candidate.

Miscellaneous Information

It’s one thing to know about what’s in the UPCAT, but it’s quite another thing to know where it will be held.  Consult this FAQ and be in the know of where the UPCAT testing centers are—it’s sorted by major Philippine island and by region so you’ll never be clueless again.

If the UP Diliman campus is your designated area, however, you’ll need help navigating your way around; especially if it’s your first time to visit it.  When I first dropped by that campus to follow up on my application, I found it terribly easy to get lost.  At the time, I didn’t have a UPCAT  map like this one to help me find my way to the College Admissions Office.

Finally, there are bits and pieces of information covered in this FAQ that aren’t covered in the other links presented above.  If you’re a foreign student, a graduate student or a transfer student, be sure to read it—it explains everything about qualifications and requirements for applicants like yourself.

A Final Word

Someone once told me that there is “no knowledge that is not power.”  Another person later came along and told me that it is the implementation of knowledge, not knowledge itself, which is power.

By now, you should be powerful enough, as you’ll be armed with everything you need to know regarding the UPCAT.  Pray, prepare, and then go out there and ace that exam!

You UPG and Your UPCAT Score

As important as the University of the Philippines’ College Admissions Test (UPCAT) is, it isn’t the only requirement for making it into U.P.  Other factors also matter—one of which is the “mysterious” University Predicted Grade (UPG).

If you’re interested in how the UPG works, then by all means, read on.

The Formula Itself

The UPG is composed of sixty percent of your UPCAT score and forty percent of your High School Weighted Average (HSWA).  The HSWA comprises your grades from the first three years of your high school tenure.

The formula is as follows:

UPG = K – W1 x S Engl

– W2 x S HSWA

– W3 x S Math

– W4 x S Read

– W5 x S Engl x S Sci x S HSWA

It may look like Greek, but it’s actually quite simple:  The various W values stand for regression weights that the formula’s progenitor used as predictive ability factors.  The value K is a constant.

As you might have guessed, S Read, S Math, and S Engl stand for your scores on the respective sections of the UPCAT.  The S HSWA is a special value you can get by multiplying the HSWA by eighty-five, and then dividing the product by five.

The True Meaning of the UPG

In a nutshell, the UPG provides the university with a basis for ranking students, as applicants’ UPGs must reach a certain cut-off mark in order to be accepted into the university.

You could also think of it as a guide—namely, an estimate of your current status and your potential for excellence.  Now whether you actualize that potential or not is entirely up to you.

What to Expect from the UPCAT

The UPCAT has perhaps become the most feared college entrance exam in the whole country.  Why not?, not only is it one of the hardest, it is also one of the most competitive.  Fear, however, can either encourage aspiring UP students to study more or increase  the probability of mental blackouts.   To minimize the occurrence of the latter, read on.:)

As a kid, I used to watch those old G.I. Joe cartoons during the 1980s, way before Sigma 6 came along.  There was one thing about the series that made it particularly memorable:  it was the tagline “Knowing is half the battle” that the Joes used to spout during the practical life lesson shorts at the end of the show.

Potential UPCAT examinees will still find that timeless piece of advice useful today.  If you’re even remotely interested in acing the University of the Philippines College Admissions Test (UPCAT), it’s imperative to know exactly what it is you’ll be facing. That way, you can prepare for it in advance.

UPCAT Subtests

The test itself is divided into two main sections:  a Quantitative Test section and a Verbal Test section.  The former deals mostly with the hard sciences, mathematics included.  The latter portion tests the examinee’s English and Filipino proficiency and comprehension skills.

Most of the test items are written in English, though a number of them are written in the vernacular.

UPCAT Time Restrictions

Be prepared to sacrifice five hours of your weekend as the UPCAT normally falls on a Saturday or a Sunday morning or afternoon.

The test normally begins at 7:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m., so it’s recommended that you be there are least thirty minutes before your designated time.  Ditch that “Filipino Time” mindset, shift your paradigm a little, and use the time to psych yourself up.

The examiner will allot different time limit for each of the exam sections.  These range from a fraction of an hour to over an hour, depending on the kind of subject that the section deals with.  The mathematics portion will require the most time, as it requires some computation on the examinee’s part.

Things to Bring to UPCAT

There is a number of that no examinee should do without:  a couple of Number 2 Mongol pencils, a sharpener, an eraser, a watch and your test permit.  The permit itself will indicate which room you’ll be assigned to.

If there are things you should bring with you, there are things you should store safely away during the exam.  Never bring these out at your own risk:  a mobile phone and a calculator (or any other instrument that does calculations more quickly than you can).

Using any of these gadgets is tantamount to cheating and will likely cost you the exam.

Be sure to eat a good meal before taking the test—it’s roughly five hours worth of intense brain work.  If you’re going for the afternoon session, make sure your lunch is just right in terms of quantity.  You should feel satiated but not overly stuffed.  Besides, you’ll be given a short break in the middle, so bring some brain food to snack on while you rest your mind and catch your breath.  For more UPCAT Day tips, click here and here.

The UPCAT may be a challenging affair, but it is manageable.  You owe it to yourself to come prepared.

To see tips on Choosing a good UPCAT Review Center, click here.

To see tips on how to prepare for the UPCAT, click here.

UPCAT 101: Basic Facts about the UPCAT

Every year, students flock to the University of the Philippines to try their hand at the UPCAT.  What is it really, and what is the reason for all the hoopla surrounding it?  Let’s take a closer look at what it is and why students appear to be in such awe over the UPCAT.

The UPCAT in a Nutshell

The term UPCAT is actually an acronym that stands for “University of the Philippines College Admission Test.”  As its title suggests, it is the test to take if you wish to study at the country’s state university.  The fact that it’s associated with one of the best colleges in the country—and the fact that not everyone can get into the college—makes the UPCAT extremely popular. (see the statistics)

As might be expected, the best and brightest among the UP faculty members are the ones who provide the test questions.  The test creators all come from various fields of expertise, so you can expect an eclectic (and challenging!) mix of test items.  To keep things fresh and interesting, new questions are submitted every year, so don’t expect to nail it just by asking last year’s examinees.

Basic UPCAT Facts

The question almost begs itself:  who can take the UPCAT?  The good news is that any aspiring college student can take it.  (See post on the UPCAT Application process and requirements) The not so good news is that it is only one of several factors that determine whether an applicant is eligible for a UP education or not.

Besides the UPCAT score, school officials will also take a look at an applicant’s grades in high school, as well as certain “equity factors.”  For example, different UP campuses have different grade cut-offs and quotas, so things can get a bit tricky.  (See post on UPG)

To add to the confusion, the grade predictors vary across different courses as well, so screening and applicant rankings are definitely the order of the day.  The number of slots available in the target degree program also factors into the decision of whether to accept the aspiring student or not.

As with all things, clarifying things early on can be of immense help.

UPCAT Requirements

Thinking of taking the UPCAT?  Well and good, but be sure to take care of the rather annoying but necessary documentation first.

The school requires applicants to fill out a couple of forms, aptly named UP Forms 1 and 2.  Nothing to worry about here, just answer questions about your name, address, vital statistics (okay, maybe not that) and the like.

Besides the forms, the university will also ask for the standard issue recent 2 x 2 mug shots.  Don’t forget the application fee, either—it varies depending on your citizenship, your family’s gross annual income, and the location where you intend to take the UPCAT.

For example, applicants whose families earn more than one hundred thousand pesos a year will be billed 450 pesos.  This fee also applies to foreigners staying in the country.  Non-resident foreigners will be charged fifty US dollars, while aspirants in the Middle east will need to fork over one hundred US dollars.

Oh, did we mention that you can waive the fee under two conditions?  Those whose families earn one hundred thousand pesos annually at most aren’t required to pay.  The crème de la crème—top ranking students from their respective high schools—are also exempted from paying the fee.  In both cases, applicants will have to submit evidence in the form of ITRs or a ranked listing, both duly signed by the appropriate authority.

Do note that transferees, applicants who’ve earned units in another university and students who really enjoyed their high school (Read:  those who took more than four years to finish it) will need to turn in some extra documents: a list of all grades earned and a photocopy of F137, otherwise known as the Permanent Secondary School Record.

Note that answering the UPCAT Application Form optimally can increase your chances in getting into the University.  To learn more, click here.

UPCAT Alternatives

The UPCAT may be a necessary prerequisite for studying at the university, but the institution makes exceptions in certain cases.  For example, varsity athletes who play certain sports may still study at UP, even if they do not pass the UPCAT—provided that they pass another exam given by the school’s College of Human Kinetics.  This special test is part and parcel of the Varsity Athletic Admission System (VAAS).

Another special case involves that of certificate programs.  These programs do not require the applicant to take the UPCAT; as with the athletes, though, potential students will still have to take and pass talent tests.  In case you’re wondering, certificate programs usually cover more artistically-oriented programs such as Music, Creative Writing or Fine Arts.

Seems like a lot of work, doesn’t it?  It is, admittedly.  If you invest the time, effort and money in it, however, you may find the results to be well worth it.  To learn more about UPCAT Alternatives, click here.

UPCAT, DLSUCET, ACET & USTET Application

It’s that time of the year again when a young man’s fancy turns to thoughts of…college entrance tests.  Seriously, various universities have already gotten the application ball rolling, and potential applicants are already working hard to land a much-coveted spot in the institution of their choice.

If the mad scramble for a college has left you feeling more than a bit dazed, worry not:  I’ll be sharing some information here to help you get your schedule in order.  Let’s shed a little light on four entrance exams in particular:  the USTET, the ACET, the DLSUCET and the UPCAT.

All We Ask of You

One thing that students will quickly realize is that the application process is an investment in time, money and effort:  Besides any fees that they need to shell out, students will also need to submit a bit of paperwork.

The good news is that the documents are generally similar across universities.  Each university has its own standard issue application forms, so filling these out is a must.  Of course, it wouldn’t be a proper process without the mandatory recent ID pictures.

Watch out for some subtle differences, however.  For example, U.P. may also ask for a photocopy of your Permanent Secondary School Record (otherwise known as F137), duly signed and certified, while UST will ask for a photocopy of your birth certificate.

Of Tests and Time Tables

As expected, each university also has its own schedule for administering its entrance exams and for revealing the results.  Ateneo and U.P. usually start accepting potential students sometime mid-June, while UST and DLSU get things going in July.

The duration of the process also varies from university to university.  Some, like UST, will continue accepting applicants all the way until December.  Others, like DLSU, only do so until September.

If you’re thinking of taking the entrance tests of the four universities mentioned above, it’d probably be wise to deal with the UPCAT and the USTET first, as they both usually take place in August.

The former usually falls on the first weekend of the month, while the latter may land on anywhere from the first to the third weekend of August.  If scheduling is a problem, do know that UST also offers its test during October and December.

Next in line is the ACET, which tends to take up the second or third weekend of September.  Finally, the DLSUCET gives you the option of three Sundays in October, so take your pick and go for it.

The Waiting Game

You can imagine the sheer number of papers that school authorities have to check following exams, so a waiting period is definitely in order.  In case you’re wondering if taking a particular exam at a later date also translates into getting your test results later than earlier batches, wonder no more.

The good news is that all the aforementioned universities have the same set time for releasing exam results—January. This holds true regardless of when you took those exams in the first place.

When you really think about it, applying at a college doesn’t have to be that bad.  Once you know what to expect, a little planning, preparation and prayer will go a long way.