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UPCAT Results and the Next Steps


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“Give me results!”  How often have you heard that statement from some authority figure?  Thing is, the world we live in has a lot of result-oriented people demanding one thing or another from you.  Even students tend to fall into this category, especially when they’re awaiting the outcome of an entrance test.

Fortunately, the University of the Philippines had just released the results of its College Admissions Test (UPCAT) 2010 edition to hopeful applicants last Sunday, January 17.  The big question is, of course, “what now?”

What?  Where?  How?

You have two choices when it comes to viewing the results.  The first choice is to head over to the lobby of the U.P. Office of Admissions at the Diliman campus and view the results posted there.  The second (and more convenient) option is to search for your name on this website.  If that site is down, go either here or here for mirrors.

The beauty of the site is that names are organized by letter range.  Clicking on any of the links will take you to another page where you can view your (or any other applicant’s) name, student number, campus, course of choice and (sometimes) status as well—that is, pending or requirement deficiency cases.

What about those who didn’t qualify?  Don’t give up hope, friends; there are still things you can do about the situation.  Sometimes, all it takes is a simple trip to the Admissions Office to address those aforementioned deficiencies.  Other options include going for another course, another campus, or another university—at least until the one you really want becomes available and you can try again.

Everything will depend on the exact nature of your status.  For a more detailed discussion on the topic, kindly consult this website.  Feel free to ask the helpful members of the Admissions Office for more information, too (the office’s contact details are listed below).

The Waiting Game Revisited

If you’ve come across your name on the list of qualified students, then congratulations!  It’s only natural to be excited.  Unfortunately, you’ll have to hold back a little for the time being.

According to the folks over at the Admissions and Registrar’s offices, proper procedure dictates that you wait for your specific written notice to arrive.  The notice will contain all the instructions you’ll need to confirm your enrolment.

When exactly are the notices due for arrival?  The official UPCAT website estimates it at sometime around late February, but the university staff members have a different estimate:  they’ve placed it at sometime in the middle of March due to the sheer number of applicants.

And in case you’re wondering, no, the institution has no plans to post the enrolment confirmation instructions online—at least, not at the moment.

Communication Lines

Should you have anything you need to ask or clarify, feel to call the U.P. Office of Admissions at 981-8500, locals 3826-28 and 2080, or at telefax number 9274561.  Ask for Ms. Mylee.  You may also drop a line at oadms@up.edu.ph.

Alternatively, you may visit the said office at the corner of Kalaw Street and Quirino Street, U.P. Diliman campus, Quezon City.

UPCAT Results: Where to Find It

Fewer things are more exciting than anticipating the fruits of your labor—for example, the results of your University of the Philippines College Admissions Test (UPCAT).  The suspense makes for a sweet form of agony, at least until you finally come face to face with the results.

The fun doesn’t cease with the exam, though.  There are certain things you should know about your entrance test results, such as finding out what they are and dealing with so-called “special cases.”  Let’s take a look at each of them in turn.

Seek and Ye Shall Find

Your first order of business is to know where to find your much-awaited exam results.  Obviously, the university’s official UPCAT website would be the best place to start.  The site has truckloads of information all packaged in a neat, user-friendly format.

For example, names are arranged in alphabetical order, with some categories thrown in for added convenience.  If you’d rather sort names by INTARMED program candidates or by Oblation Scholarship awardees, then the website will be of great help to you.  Alternatively, you can take the more direct approach by typing a name in the search bar and clicking away.

Since the UPCAT results are big news, expect a humongous amount of server-crashing Internet traffic as several thousand people attempt to view the official results at the same time.  If you ever find yourself being left out of the mad rush, take heart:  mirror sites do exist.

Two such sites include this one and this one.  Ironically, the former will redirect you to the main site, anyway, while the latter was offline when I checked it at the time of this article’s writing (the official U.P. site servers worked fine).

By the way, do note that U.P. usually releases the exam results at a set time after the exam itself—January of the year following the last UPCAT (which normally takes place in August of the previous year).

Helpful Alternatives

The school’s site and its corresponding mirrors aren’t the only places where you can get information, though.  Other places you can check out involve blogs of students and their next of kin.

One such example is Mrs. Dine Racoma’s blog.  This mother is ever on the lookout for college entrance test results and other pieces of useful information.  Another example is Conrad Miguel’s Gozalo’s website.  Like Mrs. Racoma, Mr. Gozalo keeps his readers up to date on UPCAT-related news and what not.  If all else fails, well, there’s always the U.P. Admissions Office to fall back on.

Do note that you won’t find information on specific applicants on those blogs.  The sites merely keep interested parties abreast of the latest developments.  Chances are they will refer you back to the official U.P. site for really detailed information.