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UPCAT Pending Result

Sometimes, funny things happen even when you do your best in the University of the Philippines College Admissions Test (UPCAT).  Ask some of the many, many test takers and you’ll be hard pressed not to find someone whose status is described as “pending.”

What exactly does this mean, and what can be done about it?  Let’s find out.

“Patient” Pending

One common reaction that the P-word elicits from students is needless worry or fear.  It’s needless because it doesn’t mean that the student has received a flat out rejection.  In fact, the student possesses the necessary qualifications for enrollment, and if not for certain hitches, the institution would’ve accepted him or her straight away.

These hitches usually have something to do with the documents or other requirements that the student has submitted.  For example, transfer students or foreign students may run into some setbacks with their paperwork.

Calmness Reigns Supreme

If ever you find yourself in this situation, do not panic.  I repeat:  do not panic!  Take a deep breath, pray, clear your mind and inquire as to why your case is a pending one.  U.P. officials will explain your case to you and what you can do about it if you ask them nicely enough.

The university administration may also require you to present some records for verification purposes—your birth certificate or school records for example.  Give them what they need so that application processing may be finalized.

Finally, remember that the human mind has a tendency to blow things way out of proportion.  If you approach the situation calmly, things will have a way of working themselves out.