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USTET Application: Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an extension of the submission deadline for USTET requirements?

There is no official deadline extension for the requirements.  There are, however, special cases wherein the school accepts late submissions depending on the applicants’ reasons for doing so.  The process is a bit of a strict one, though.


All applicants have to do is to submit a letter to the dean of the specific college they’re applying for.  This letter must give their valid reasons for submitting late.  If the dean approves, the students may proceed with the rest of the application process as normal.  If not, then the school will advise students to reapply to another college within UST, as this is pretty much a refusal of their initial application.


Is there another USTET schedule?

There is one, in a sense.  UST offers special testing schedules for foreign students and applicants with special cases.


Regardless of their reason, students who wish to take the USTET on a date other than the official one must check with dean of the specific college they’re applying for (especially in July).  As with the case of late requirement submissions, the dean will be the one to determine the new schedule for them.

What do I do if I lose my USTET test permit?

UST will be happy to provide you with a new test permit, provided you submit certain other requirements in terms.  You will basically need three things:  an affidavit of loss (duly notarized by a lawyer), a couple of recent 2 x 2 ID photos and a 150-peso permit replacement fee.  Simply show up at the admissions office with these and claim your new permit there.

What do I do if I forget my USTET username/password or confirmation number?

Applicants need not worry about forgetting these because no online registration process exists.  The application system is done manually (even for foreign students).


There is, however, such a thing as a reference number for checking one’s application status online.  If ever you lose or forget this, simply call the UST Admissions Office at (02) 406-1611 local 8276 or (02) 309-7211 and  request for a new one.  They’ll provide it for you free of charge.



Ms. July of the UST Admissions Office

The USTET and UST Application Process

ustet101It’s that time of the year when a young student’s fancy turns to thoughts of…exams.  Accept it:  tests are about as unavoidable as death and taxes.

While they all share a common purpose—namely to gauge your competence as a student—variations do exist between entrance exams.  Some exams seem just plain unfinishable (cough*ACET*cough*), while others are a little more forgiving.

Last January 12 was a particularly important day for potential Thomasians, as the UST (University of Santo Tomas, not the University of Science and Technology) released the results of the institution’s latest entrance exam online.  This article will help shed a little more light on that specific exam, commonly known as the UST Entrance Test (USTET).

USTET Basics

In a nutshell, the USTET is the Dominican institution’s written means of checking whether you’ve been paying attention in class for the past few years.  It’s one of several criteria for entrance into the university, the others being your high school grades and an interview.  The unofficial word these days, though, is that UST currently tends to look less on your high school grades as much as it did in days past.

The exam is held in testing centers in Manila, the provinces and even abroad.  In the event that you’re living in Bahrain, Kuwait, Al-Khobar, Jeddah, Riyadh, Doha Abu Dhabi or Dubai, you can still take the USTET in the designated testing centers there..

The big question that’s probably on people’s minds is, “Can I take the exam?”  The answer is, “Why not?”  Anyone who has intentions of studying at the university and who has gone through high school may take the test.  Before you get all excited, however, be sure to send in the requirements first.

USTET Requirements

These are standard fare as far as most universities go.  UST will ask you for the following:  an original copy of your high school report card (otherwise known as Form 138), two certificates of good moral character (talk to your high school class adviser, guidance counselor and/or principal for these) and two pictures of size 2 x 2

If you’re a resident or immigrant alien in the Philippines, the school will also ask you for an original copy of your Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR)—duly verified, of course.  Non-resident alien types will need show their passport or student visa.

Unfortunately, lunches aren’t free in this world, and neither are entrance exams.  UST charges a non-refundable five thousand peso reservation fee (payable via cash or via your little plastic card) for the privilege.  The good news is that the school will deduct that amount from your tuition fee when you enroll—all the more reason for you to pass and get into the course of your choice.

Once you have submitted all these requirements, the institution will then give you an information brochure and your USTET permit.  Don’t take the test without it!

A Final Note

If you’ve turned in all the requirements, then congratulations, you’re all set to take the next step toward college life.  All you have to do now is to check the university’s official website for the schedule of exams and to make the necessary preparations.

Actually making it into the university (as well as staying in the university) is another story, but that’s best left for another article.

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

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.


It’s that time of the year again when a young man’s fancy turns to thoughts of…college entrance tests.  Seriously, various universities have already gotten the application ball rolling, and potential applicants are already working hard to land a much-coveted spot in the institution of their choice.

If the mad scramble for a college has left you feeling more than a bit dazed, worry not:  I’ll be sharing some information here to help you get your schedule in order.  Let’s shed a little light on four entrance exams in particular:  the USTET, the ACET, the DLSUCET and the UPCAT.

All We Ask of You

One thing that students will quickly realize is that the application process is an investment in time, money and effort:  Besides any fees that they need to shell out, students will also need to submit a bit of paperwork.

The good news is that the documents are generally similar across universities.  Each university has its own standard issue application forms, so filling these out is a must.  Of course, it wouldn’t be a proper process without the mandatory recent ID pictures.

Watch out for some subtle differences, however.  For example, U.P. may also ask for a photocopy of your Permanent Secondary School Record (otherwise known as F137), duly signed and certified, while UST will ask for a photocopy of your birth certificate.

Of Tests and Time Tables

As expected, each university also has its own schedule for administering its entrance exams and for revealing the results.  Ateneo and U.P. usually start accepting potential students sometime mid-June, while UST and DLSU get things going in July.

The duration of the process also varies from university to university.  Some, like UST, will continue accepting applicants all the way until December.  Others, like DLSU, only do so until September.

If you’re thinking of taking the entrance tests of the four universities mentioned above, it’d probably be wise to deal with the UPCAT and the USTET first, as they both usually take place in August.

The former usually falls on the first weekend of the month, while the latter may land on anywhere from the first to the third weekend of August.  If scheduling is a problem, do know that UST also offers its test during October and December.

Next in line is the ACET, which tends to take up the second or third weekend of September.  Finally, the DLSUCET gives you the option of three Sundays in October, so take your pick and go for it.

The Waiting Game

You can imagine the sheer number of papers that school authorities have to check following exams, so a waiting period is definitely in order.  In case you’re wondering if taking a particular exam at a later date also translates into getting your test results later than earlier batches, wonder no more.

The good news is that all the aforementioned universities have the same set time for releasing exam results—January. This holds true regardless of when you took those exams in the first place.

When you really think about it, applying at a college doesn’t have to be that bad.  Once you know what to expect, a little planning, preparation and prayer will go a long way.