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What to Expect from the USTET

what to expect from ustetIt’s amazing what you can get from cartoons.  For example, one of the programs I remember watching as a kid was the animated version of Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days.  In it, main protagonist Phileas Fogg utters the memorable line, “The motto of the wise is:  be prepared for surprises.”

I never forgot that line, and I believe it’s something that can be applied to real life as well.  Take the USTET, for instance.  If you know exactly what you’ll be getting into, facing it on exam day will hardly count as a surprise.  If that’s exactly what you want, then read on.

USTET Subtests

You may be interested to know that the USTET actually tests your stock knowledge more than anything else.  Surprised?  If you’ve been paying attention in your high school classes, chances are you’ll do pretty well.  And if not, well, there’s always time to review.

As with most entrance exams, the USTET is divided into five main portions:  Mathematics, Science, Language, Personal Information and Mental Aptitude.  Let’s take a look at each of these in turn.

Challenging the Challenge

The Personal Info section is pretty self-explanatory.  If you know your own name, your own school, and a host of other important bits of data about yourself, you should be able to clear this section in no time at all.  Unless you’ve been stricken with amnesia, this is the least of your concerns during test time.

Mental Aptitude is where things start heating up.  If you’ve taken any IQ tests in the past, this is what the section will feel like to you.  It consists of about eighty-five items worth of general stuff and lasts for approximately an hour, so don’t dilly-dally.

The one-and-a-half-hour Science section is one of the more focused aspects of the USTET, yet is still general enough to draw upon your stock knowledge.  Around sixty items will be thrown at you here.  Don’t worry, you won’t get anything like rocket science or quantum physics.  Summon your high school lessons in biology, chemistry and physics to your aid and you should do fine.

The Language portion contains the same number of items as the Science section and lasts for the same amount of time.  Have you been reading the test questions carefully so far?  If you have, then well and good.  Do so especially for this section, as reading comprehension is the in thing here.  Some of the sections will involve identifying errors, while others will consist of grammar and vocabulary.  Don’t let the nosebleed-inducing words intimidate you—keep at it!

Finally, the Mathematics section is the longest section in the entire test.  It still consists of sixty items, but the computations you’ll need to do will require additional time.  You have about two hours for this, so keep calm and keep going.  Expect questions related to algebra, geometry and basic trigonometry, among others.  Don’t worry about anything like calculus, but don’t get complacent, either.

A Final Word

If there’s one other thing you should expect with regard to the USTET, it’s the horrendous amount of vehicular and human traffic on the day of the exam.  You also, unfortunately, may end up in a room designed to freeze your socks off, so be sure to prepare accordingly.

Finally, keep those all-important testing permit and USTET brochure handy.  The former item will authorize you to take the exam (duh!) and will note your room assignment, while the latter item will tell you exactly what you need to bring on the day of the test.

Now that you know what’s coming, taking the USTET need not be scary endeavor anymore.  Ready yourself in mind, body and spirit, and then, get out there and knock ‘em dead!

Writer’s Disclaimer:  The information that follows is the most recent information that the writer was able to acquire with regard to USTET content.  It is entirely possible that the said content may have changed sometime between the time of the research and the writing of this article, so be warned.

USTET Schedule and Important Dates

There are dates that we simply cannot forget.  It may be as romantic as a wedding anniversary or as melancholy as a funeral.  If it’s one thing a college hopeful shouldn’t forget, it’s the date of an entrance exam.

Fortunately, various universities have set up schedules that include all the important dates that any applicant should remember.  For those of you who are interested in attending the University of Santo Tomas, here are a few dates you can’t afford to be ignorant of.

The USTET Application Period

The first thing to do is to get the application process rolling.  It’s an awfully simple task, considering that UST already started accepting Metro Manila applicants last July 1, 2009. It will continue to dog so all the way until December 5 of this year.

Just drop by the UST Admissions Office anytime from eight in the morning till five in the afternoon.  The office itself is located in the Tan Yan Kee Student Center, Room 104 inside the UST campus.

USTET Testing Dates:  Metro Manila Applicants

August 23– 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 nn and 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

October 5, 2009– 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 nn and 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

December 6 2009 – 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 nn and 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

That’s right; all three dates fall on Sundays.  Better get your rest and relaxation the day before if you want to do well.  Also note that the above schedule does not apply to potential students in the provinces.  They’ll have their own schedules to follow, as shown below.

USTET Testing Dates:  Provincial Applicants

Baguio City, Benguet – October 4, 2009

Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija – November 7, 2009

Dagupan City, Pangasinan – November 8, 2009

Legazpi City, Albay – September 27, 2009

Olongapo City, Zambales – September 5, 2009

As you can see, each and every provincial testing center has its own schedule.  Due to the sheer number of places available, I’ve listed only a handful of them above.  If you’d like more info on your particular region, check out a more comprehensive list available here:

Just for the record, the University also offers the USTET to international applicants.  As with the Philippine provincial testing centers, the exact exam dates vary, so kindly consult this site for more information.

Releasing of Results

As with any entrance test, you’ll need to wait for the powers-that-be to finish checking papers and tallying scores.  Fortunately, the kind folks at the UST Admissions Office have told me that the results will be out sometime during the middle of January 2010.

No exact date has been given, so check back with them every so often for updates.  If you like, you may get in touch with them at 406-1611 local 8276 or 309-7211.  If you prefer to use a mobile phone, they’re also available at 0917-8156323 or 0919-3522634.  You may also send them e-mail at ofad@mnl.ust.edu.ph.

For those of you who may be reading this in the province or in another country, simply visit the official UST website for more details.