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by Jonah Bongcayao on www.facebook.com/academic.clinic

UPCAT Result: Degree Course with Available Slot

Every person who takes the UPCAT yearns for immediate acceptance into the course of their choice.  This doesn’t always happen, though.  Sometimes, someone gets a notice of a “degree course with available slot.”

What does this mean?  Let’s find out.

The Long and Short of It

In simple terms, it means that you’ve been placed on the waiting list for the course in question.  Note that this doesn’t mean that U.P. has rejected you; you’ve passed the UPCAT and you’re certainly qualified to study in the university.

The hitch is that your score ranking does not qualify you to get into your chosen course immediately.  Should a slot become available later, however, the school will notify you and you can grab it then.

Available Options

Fret not, as there is something you can do.  One option is to take another course—say your second choice—in U.P. while you wait, and then transfer to your first choice if or when a slot becomes available.  This can happen when an applicant who originally made the list decides not to pursue the said course, thus opening it up for you.

You can also do what I did:  I studied in another university (for the meantime) that offered me the same course.  Fortunately, I did well enough on that school’s exam so as not to be wait listed.  Should you decide to go that route, you can always try for U.P. again next time if you’re really crazy about studying there.

Remember:  don’t worry if the door you originally wanted to enter is closed for now.  God always has a way of opening other doors for you.

Types of UPCAT Results

The best type of UPCAT result is of course the one that says accepted.  Sadly, this is also the rarest one.  If you do get this kind of result, shout the news over the rooftops, offer some eggs to the monastery or treat yourself out.  You deserve it.

The Results You Don’t Expect (Or Don’t Want to Expect)

While everyone’s goal is to make it into the state university, the sad fact is that not everyone gets the results they work hard to achieve.  The most painful one is obviously a flat out “no,” yet sometimes you get a “special” kind of result that’s somewhere between full acceptance and utter rejection.

The first special case you may come across is known as the pending status.  It’s classified as an “almost there but not quite” status—in other words, the potential student appears to have all the necessary qualifications for acceptance, except for a wee hitch or two.

The hitch usually has something to do with documents or some other requirements that the potential pupil has turned in.  Never fear, as the Admissions Office will explain the situation to the applicant, as well as what can be done about it.  Once things have been settled, the student is good to go.

Another case you may encounter is that of the “degree course with available slot” status.  In layman’s terms, it means that the student hopeful has been waitlisted with respect to his or her first course of choice.

Waitlisted?  Now What?

Fortunately, there are alternatives available.  For one thing, applicants may pray and choose to wait for a slot to appear as far as their first choice is concerned.  If they’re really hot about studying in U.P. right away, regardless of course, they may also settle for their second choice, instead.

On a related note, the university may suggest that the students go for a “non-quota course” while they wait.  I placed the phrase in between quotation marks because word apparently has it that U.P. no longer makes the distinction between quota and non-quota programs—every course is supposedly now a quota course.

If ever you decide to take that path, do know that you can always opt to shift to your first choice if or when a slot becomes available, unless you change your mind and stay in your non-quota course for the rest of your college tenure.

Yet another thing you can do is to try appealing to the school authorities.  They may actually reconsider.  Believe me, there have actually been cases of that happening.  University officials aren’t perfect, and sometimes a second look is all that’s needed for them to change their minds.

Regardless of what exam result you end up with, remember, there’s always a positive way to respond to your situation.  Find out what can be done and what your options are, pray for wisdom and guidance, and then decide and move forward.

To learn about other alternatives in case you dont pass the UPCAT, click here.

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.