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UP Integrated School Kindergarten Admission Test (UPKAT) for AY 2012-2013

Good news to those who want their children to start out in one of the best kindergarten institutions in the country: the UP Integrated School (UPIS) Kindergarten. The UPIS Kindergarten Admission Test for AY 2012-2013 is now open!

2012 UPKAT Important Dates:

Before anything else, mark the following dates down in your calendar:

Issuance of Application Forms:  January 16-February 3, 2012
Monday-Friday 8:00 – 12:00 (AM); 1:00 – 5:00 (PM)

Filing/Processing of Application Forms: February 1-10, 2012
Monday-Friday 8:00 – 11:00 (AM); 1:00 – 4:00 (PM)

Note that UPKAT application forms will be processed according to a set schedule based on applicants’ surnames. In other words, you actually have only one day to submit your UPKAT application and get it processed. The following is the UPKAT application form submission and processing schedule:

UPKAT Application Form Submission and Processing Schedule

Test Administration: April 2-4,9-17, 2012
Monday-Friday 7:00 – 11:00 (AM)

Release of results: May 4, 2012 (Friday)
On this date, the list of UPKAT qualifiers will be posted at the website and at the following venues:

  • UPIS Bldg. 1
  • UPIS Grades 3-6 Bldg.
  • UPIS K-2 Bldg.

Issuance of letter of admission by the Principal’s Office: May 7 – 11, 2012 (Friday)
Examinees who did not qualify can also expect UPKAT results notification by mail.

Deadline for filing intention to enroll: May 11, 2012 (Friday)

UPIS KAT 2012: Number of slots available

The UPIS has only 100 kindergarten slots for the Academic Year of 2012-2013. Of these 100 slots, 60 slots are automatically reserved for the children of the University of the Philippines’ personnel. The remaining 40 slots are awarded to children of non-UP Personnel.

UPKAT 2012 Eligibility criteria

To be eligible to take the UPKAT and apply for a place in the 2012-2013 UPIS kindergarten intake year, the applicant must be 5 1/2 – 6 1/2 years of age by June 2012. As an additional guideline, his or her birth date must fall within this range: November 15, 2005 -December 31, 2006. Furthermore, he or she must not have taken the UPIS Kindergarten Admission Test before.

How to Apply for the 2012 UPIS Kindergarten Admission Test

1. Get a copy of the UPKAT 2012 Application Form and Test Permit Form (the latter is attached to the former).

Important: There are two types of application form. The WHITE form is for Non-UP Personnel; the GREEN form is for UP Personnel. Make sure you get and accomplish the correct application form.

Where to get an application form:

  • Online: The UPIS kindergarten admission test application form for children of non-UP personnel may be obtained from the UPIS website. Here’s a direct link to the application form:
  • UPIS High School Building: The UPIS kindregarten admission test application form for all applicants – both children of UP personnel and children of non-UP personnel – is available at the UPIS 7-10 Bldg. The UPIS campus is located along Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City. To get there, just follow Katipunan Avenue (going from Ateneo or Miriam) to the University of the Philippines Diliman. You’ll find it at the right side of the road before you get to to the UP Diliman Balara entrance.

2. Completely fill out the correct UPKAT 2012 Application Form as well as the attached Test Permit Form.

Important: When filling out the forms, make sure to write in BLOCK letters (not cursive), and use X to mark boxes when appropriate.

3. To the application form, attach/include the following documentary requirements:

  • Two (2) recent 1 ½” x 1 ½” identical photos; paste this on to the designated boxes – one to the UPKAT Application Form, the other to the Test Permit Form.
  • Birth Certificate from the National Statistics Office or NSO – Original
  • Birth Certificate – Clear photocopy of the original birth certificate above-mentioned
  • IF BORN ABROAD: Original Passport and a Clear photocopy of said original passport.
  • One long, white letter envelope with postal stamp. On the envelope, write down the applicant’s name, the name of the applicant’s parent /guardian,  and the address – with zip code – where you want to receive your UPKAT results notification.

4. Go to the UPIS Multi-Purpose Hall to submit your completely accomplished UPKAT Application Form and Test Permit to the faculty processors.

Don’t forget to follow the UPIS Submission and Processing schedule mentioned earlier.

5. After the previous step, proceed to the UP Cashier’s Office to pay the testing fee (max. of PhP 500).

The UP Cashier’s Office is inside the UP Diliman campus. It’s in the PNB Building. When you see PNB – the bank – go around back to get to the UP Cashier’s Office. (Note: The PNB Building is near the UP Shoppping Center, the UP Infirmary and the UP Chapel).

6. Go back to the UPIS Multi-Purpose Function Hall to submit your official receipt, in exchange for which you will be given the applicant’s Test Permit.

For more information on the UPKAT 2012

Contact the UPIS. The UPIS may be reached through the following contact information:


UP Integrated School
Katipunan Avenue, Diliman Quezon City 1101

Tel/Fax: (632) 9297797
Tel (632) 9818500 loc 4451-52


Email address for admission inquiries: (you must include a subject heading to prevent your email from being classified as Spam).


UPIS Kindergarten and HS Application for AY 2011-2012 Soon to Open

Guys, application forms for aspiringUPIS Kindergarten and UPIS 1st Year High School students will be available starting January 17, 2011. To get your application form, visit the UPIS campus along Katipunan or go to the UPIS website and download a PDF version of the application form.

Special thanks go to Jan Panganiban. It was she who gave us the heads up about this.

As per the UPIS website, UPIS will admit only 100 kindergarten students and only 24 first year high school students for the AY 2011-2012 intake year.

To be eligible to apply for a UPIS kindergarten slot this AY 2011-2012, an applicant must:

  • be 5 1/2 to 6 1/2 years old by June 2011
  • have been born within November 15, 2004 -December 31, 2005
  • not have taken the UPIS Kindergarten Admission Test (UPKAT) before

To be eligible to apply for a UPIS High School slot this AY 2011-2012, an applicant must:

  • take and pass the UPIS Admissions Test
  • be currently in Grade 6 (if the elementary school has Grades 1 to 6 only) or Grade 7 (if the elementary school has Grades 1 to 7)
  • have an average of 85% or better (or its equivalent if the elementary school uses a different grading system) for three grading periods

For more information, it’s best to visit the UPIS website where the school’s announcement can be found. If you have questions and clarifications, please visit or call UPIS. The UPIS contact information is included below:

UP Integrated School
Katipunan Avenue, Diliman Quezon City 1101
Tel/Fax: (632) 9297797
Tel (632) 9818500 loc 4451-52

UPIS Important Dates for 2010

NOTE:  This consists of comments submitted by our helpful reader, Jan Panganiban.  You’ll find her comments in the post UP Integrated School (UPIS) Entrance Exam Schedule.

Important dates to remember about the 2010 UPIS Kindergarten Admission Test (UPKAT), based on the announcement posted at the UPIS gate:

Issuance of Application Forms: January 18 to February 6, 2010.

Test Administration: March 29 to April 9, 2010.

Release of Results: May 1, 2010.

Qualified to Take the Test: Those born between November 15, 2003 to December 31, 2004.

For details: See ( UPIS)… walang opisina at klase pag Mondays sa UPD…

The Guidelines and the application form for UPIS Kindergarten Admission Test for 2010 may now be downloaded from the following site:

UP Integrated School (UPIS) Entrance Exam Schedule

Chances are, you’re familiar with this process:  you pay the fee, fill out the application form at the high school of your choice, send in the proper documents, take the test, and then cross your fingers and await the results.

Still, there are some schools who have modified the general custom somewhat.  One such example is that of the University of the Philippines’ Integrated School (henceforth referred to as UPIS).  Allow me to show you why this is the case.

The UPIS Application System

The UPIS school system is the U.P. College of Education’s lab school, so it understandably differs from that of other schools.  For one thing, you are normally not allowed to apply for the high school straight away.

In fact, you’d better start off (literally) early because the only allowed entry point is the kindergarten level.  Sorry, UP High School hopefuls, but you’ll need to be patient with this one.

Note that I said “normally”—there are exceptions even to this exception.  For example, lateral entrants may be accepted if they’re children of returning U.P. staff members.  There was also a special case last February wherein the UPIS accepted fourteen high school freshmen.

Thing is, this was only done to fill in some vacant slots left by students who chose to enroll in other schools, as well as to recruit more varsity players for the UPIS basketball team.

UPIS Application Requirements

With such a system, you may be thinking that the application process is just as stringent for the kindergarteners.  Well, you’re right:  student hopefuls will be ranked according to their performance on a mental ability test, and the school will only select the top one hundred test takers.  Take note that sixty of these one hundred kids will be progeny of U.P. personnel.

There are other requirements, besides:  the child must be within the five-and-a-half to six-and-a-half-year-old range by enrollment time.  They shouldn’t be previous UPIS test takers, either.

The school’s application form will specify what other things you’ll need to submit, if any.  As of last year, the fee was set at three hundred fifty pesos.

UPIS Important Dates

January-February 2010:  estimated application period for school year 2010-2011

March/April 2010:  estimated entrance exam period for school year 2010-2011

May 2010:  estimated release of entrance test results school year 2010-2011

As of the time of this article’s writing, the UPIS Admissions Office has no specific dates for school year 2010-2011 yet, only approximations.  The folks have informed me that the exact dates of testing will only be determined upon the student’s application to the school, so it’s a good idea to check back with them often.

[***Important update:  Please find the schedule of the 2010 UPKAT at the post, UPIS Important Dates for 2010.]

Further Inquiries

There’s a lot more to the UPIS than what I’ve mentioned here.  If you have more questions about the institution and its unique system, schedule or application process, feel free to visit the official website for more information.

Alternatively, you may also call the school at 9297797.  If you absolutely must talk to the school folks in person, though, just drop by the campus along Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City.