Thank you po. Dream school eh, though I might want to go to UPD someday. ^^ Of course! Malaking tulong po sa 'kin ang academic clinic! In fact, my lowerclassmen ask me for advice and UPCAT updates, and I know all those thanks to AC. ^^ Yes, I see those. I read them often and share them with my batchmates. ^^

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Ateneo High School and ACET Application Ongoing


Application forms for the Ateneo High School entrance examination are now available at the Office of Admission and Aid in Kostka Hall, ADMU.  Be sure to submit your completely filled-out form by the application deadline, September 18, 2009.  The Ateneo High School entrance exam will be held on October 3 & 4, 2009.


Aspiring college freshmen can submit their Ateneo College Entrance Test (ACET) application forms until August 14, 2009.  Application forms may be obtained from the Office of Admission and Aid, Kostka Hall, Ateneo de Manila University.  The ACET shall be held at the Loyola Heights campus on September 19 & 20, 2009, and it will cover three main subject areas:  English, Math and General Intelligence.

Increasing your Chances of Passing the ACET

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It’s interesting how word travels fast regarding entrance exams.  For example, the Ateneo College Entrance Test’s (ACET’s) reputation as being an “unfinishable exam” has left a distinct impression among many test takers, both past and future.

Granted, the ACET is a challenging exam, but there’s no need to be intimidated by it.  To follow are some guidelines to help you beat that exam giant down to a more manageable size.

An Ounce of Preparation…


You may wish to brush upon your Mathematics and English skills, as you will need to draw heavily upon these come test time.  Whatever you do, DO NOT review the week before the exam, as cramming does not work.  If possible, review months (or even years) before to avoid the rush.

There are two things the ACET will require from you:  speed and accuracy.  If need be, seek assistance from a review service.  Doing so can help you get used to answering questions quickly; it can also help boost your self-confidence.

Remember to pack some water snacks for the break that will be given to you.  Brain food (such as tuna, nuts, fruits and vegetables) is a must during any heavy mental workout.  Also remember to bring your watch, as you will need it to help you budget your time effectively.

Make sure you relax on the day, (if possible, the week) before the exam, and leave your home early.  This is to allow for a ginormous volume of vehicular and human traffic en route to the testing room.

Attitude Determines Altitude

It’s a good idea to get into that “success mindset” while preparing for the exam.  Believe that you are excellent Ateneo material, as your beliefs will reveal themselves in your essay (yes, the ACET includes an essay portion as well.).

Months before the exam, look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself in no uncertain terms “I am worthy of studying in the Ateneo.  I can pass the ACET and pass it well.”  It may sound like a crazy idea at first, but keep doing it everyday.  It won’t be long before you start believing in it yourself.

Divine Assistance


The very thought of taking the test may make you feel like Atlas, who bore the entire weight of the world upon his shoulders.  It’s all right to feel that way – just remember that you aren’t alone.  Everyone else is going through the same experience.

Be sure to pray before and after the exam.  This is critical, as it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that you’ll be doing everything on your own strength.

Besides the obvious spiritual benefits involved, prayer also sets your mind in a more relaxed state and allows you to think more clearly.  In a pressure cooker exam like the ACET, you’ll need every iota of clear thinking that you can get.

Knocking ‘Em Dead

Take the time to read the instructions carefully.  Yes, I know you have to deal with time constraints, but it will be a HUGE waste of time and effort if you misunderstand the instructions and screw up.

Remember that watch you brought?  Use it.  Try to give yourself a little leeway in terms of time.  For example, if you’re given five minutes to complete one section, give yourself four minutes instead.  This is to give you time to go back and review your answers.  Studies show that students tend to change wrong answers into right ones instead of vice versa.

By the way, do note that the ACET is not one of those “right minus wrong” exams.  Go after the easy questions first – this will assure you of points and help inspire you to keep going.  Skip the more difficult ones and return to them later.

If ever you don’t know the answer to a particular question, take your best educated guess and answer it, anyway.  Who knows, you may end up writing the correct answer in the process.

The Paradox


As strange as it sounds, it may be paradoxically easier to get into Ateneo than some other schools.  The reason for this is that significantly fewer people tend to take a shot at the ACET than, say, the UPCAT or the USTET.  This eliminates a lot of your competition and increases your chances of getting accepted.

That doesn’t mean you should rest on your laurels, though.  Just pray, prepare and give it your best shot.  That alone is behavior worthy of success, regardless of the outcome.

ACET Schedule and Important Dates

Studying at the Ateneo de Manila University requires no small amount of discipline and organization, particularly when the hell weeks come along.  In fact, new students will quickly realize that the need to develop these traits comes way before they’re even accepted into the college.

To help, the university’s Office of Admission and Aid has released the latest application schedule for the year.  Let’s take a closer look at it and get organized.

The ACET Application Period

June 15, 2009 – August 14, 2009:  for incoming Metro Manila freshmen, school year 2010 – 2011

June 22, 2009 – August 14, 2009:  for incoming provincial freshmen, school year 2010 – 2011

June 15, 2009 – December 16, 2009:  application form issuance for transfer applicants for school year 2010-2011

November 16 – December 16, 2009:  registration for transfer applicants for school year 2010-2011

If the early bird gets the worm, then the early applicant gets the first crack at a much-coveted slot in the university.  Ateneo has a bit of a head start over other universities in this respect.

Regardless of whether you’ll be coming from Metro Manila or the province, keep in mind that the deadliest deadline for sending in your completed application forms is at 5:00 p.m.

ACET Testing Dates

September 19 and 20, 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m./ 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.:

for Metro Manila incoming freshmen, school year 2010-2011

September 19, 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.:  for Metro Manila incoming freshmen, school year 2010-2011

January 16, 2009, 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.:  for provincial transfer applicants, 2010-2011

January 17, 2009, 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.:  for Metro Manila transfer applicants, 2010-2011

The ACET schedule is a little different from other universities’ entrance exam schedules in the sense that you only get one weekend for it this year.  Please note that the applicable provincial testing centers are the ones in Zamboanga City, Naga, Iloilo, Davao, Cebu and Cagayan de Oro.  For more information on other testing centers, kindly visit this site.

As is the case with the application period, the transfer students get a different schedule.  Depending on where they’ll be going, they’ll be taking on either January 16 or January 17, instead.

Releasing of Results

My contacts at the Loyola Schools Office of Admission and Aid have told me that the release date for the ACET results will be around the second week of January 2010.  Since the transfer applicants get to take the test a bit later, they’ll get wind of their results sometime in May of the same year.

As of the time of this article’s writing, no specific release dates have been given, so feel free to check with the nice folks at the said office.  You may get in touch with them in a number of different ways.

If you’d rather drop by in person, the Metro Manila campus is located along Katipunan Avenue in Loyola Heights, Quezon City.  Alternatively, you may call them at 426-6001. It’s a trunk line that connects to all school departments, so just press the appropriate number or ask the operator to connect you to the College Office of Admission and Aid.

Why Study in Ateneo?

Why go to Ateneo de Manila University?  An old jest says, “If you’ve got the money and the brains, go to Ateneo.”  This is a typical joke of university students; nevertheless, it is not without basis.  Over the years, Ateneo has developed a reputation as a superior higher-education institution in more ways than one.

If you’re not entirely sure why you should consider Ateneo University as an option, do read on for the things that make Ateneo a good university option and why you should go and file that ACET application.


As I mentioned in another article of mine, the Ateneo University bears the distinction of being one of several Philippine Universities mentioned in the Times Higher Education Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings, 2008 Edition.

Even without this honor, though, Ateneo’s reputation for quality education has already preceded it.  My mother, a Maryknoll alumna, once told me that you could always spot an Atenean in her day by looking for two telltale signs:  a distinct English twang and a ginormous pile of books.

Admittedly, the English twang has mixed with Filipino over the years, yet the books and the brains are still very much there.


The Ateneo University has apparently undergone a bit of a renovation process lately.  For example, older complexes such as the Social Science Buildings have also received much-needed facelifts.  Besides that, some nice new buildings have sprung up in recent years- one of which is the John Gokongwei School of Management.

Aesthetically speaking, the Ateneo campus is ideal for those philosophical, peripatetic sessions.  While not as large as, say, the UP Diliman campus, Ateneo still has its share of tree-studded walkways and wide open spaces.

The University Church is always a good place to stop by for some quiet contemplation or emergency prayer session when exams come up.  The Moro Lorenzo Sports Complex is also a nice place to work off a sweat, or even to vent those primal emotions once in a while (and believe me, there will be times when you will need to do so.).

“Heading Down the Mountain”

As Ateneo is a Catholic University, you can expect to go through some form of social outreach program as part of your education.  This may sound like a double-edged sword for some, but the good news is that the program can potentially exercise your compassion and empathy muscles like no other one can.

A good case in point is the course on Theology of Liberation.  It has a mandatory outreach program that requires students to spend some quality time with the underprivileged for a few days.  Students will then be asked to process the experience and share their thoughts and insights about it, and perhaps even do something about it if possible.  It’s amazing what you can learn if you’ve never been exposed to this kind of thing before.

The Jesuit Training System

Perhaps the one thing that makes an Ateneo education stand out most is the Jesuit philosophy behind the college education that they provide.

You see, the Jesuits have a rather unique approach when it comes to education.  They believe in the soundness of a strong core curriculum as an academic foundation.  While Ateneo does allow for specialized training, it is not interested in being overspecialized.  Allow me to explain.

The Ateneo Core Curriculum requires that each and every student receive basic to intermediate training in various subject matters including Mathematics, English, Filipino, Philosophy and Theology.

The point of the whole thing is to provide the student with at least a general competence in a variety of subjects, so that no matter where he or she is placed, that student will always possess a certain degree of knowledge in something other than his or her field of specialization.

It’s basically an exercise in versatility.  If you think of an Ateneo graduate as a specialist with a primary and a secondary specialty, then the core curriculum subjects make up that person’s secondary specialty.

The First Step

The points I’ve mentioned above are some of the many good reasons for choosing Ateneo as your source of tertiary education.  Granted, it an Ateneo education is no easy trek (both academically and financially), but you will find the results to be well worth your effort in the long run.

What to Expect from the Ateneo College Entrance Test or ACET

The Ateneo College Entrance Test or ACET is your means to an Ateneo education.  Of course, you’d also have to have money for the fees and tuition, but that’s incidental, he he he.  The ACET is the make or break exam that will determine if you will Pass Go or Head on to Jail (to people who are determined to study in Ateneo de Manila University, Jail and Other School are practically synonymous).

People tend to fear what they do not know or understand.  And yet, there are those who fear what they believe they know and (tragically) understand.  The Ateneo College Entrance Test (ACET) belongs to this latter category.

You’ve probably heard all the ACET horror stories that are circulating around, perpetrated by those who’ve gone before.  Some of those stories are based in fact, but chances are they’ve been blown way out of proportion.  The mind does have a tendency to play tricks on us.

This article, however, will not.  “There is no knowledge that is not power,” so goes the old Mortal Kombat saying, so use this power to your advantage when facing the ACET.

The “Unfinishable” Exam?

Before you can cry foul, let me say this first:  “unfinishable” is not a word.  It’s only a term I’m using for this occasion to help me drive my point across.  There, satisfied?

There’s a reason why some people have dubbed the ACET as the “unfinishable” exam:  the time limit involved is somewhat tight.  Since you’re given only five minutes to answer certain sections, your mind will most likely panic unless you’re armed with some kind of plan.

The trick, of course, is to know what you’ll be up against before hand and to prepare in advance.  Having a watch with you will be of tremendous help – all you have to do is to note the time limit for each section and pace yourself accordingly.

One word of caution before we proceed:  if you’re going to bring a watch, make sure that it’s a real clock, not the watch on your mobile phone.  Otherwise, the exam proctor may bust you for suspected cheating.  (It’s actually happened to someone before.)

Now let’s take a look at the subjects involved.

While the ACET will throw in the standard issue Science, Math and English topics, expect your skills in the latter two subjects to be tested big time.  ACET takers have reported a lot of questions involving problem solving, statistics, conic sections (basically Maths 2 and 4 material).  Now, aren’t you glad you’re from a science high school?

There are also sections on reading comprehension and essay writing.  Yes, you read it correctly – essay writing.  Remember that essay question they threw at you when you first sent in your application form?  If you can manage that, then you should be able to manage the ACET English essay writing portion as well (insert screams here from those who have let other people write their admission essay, he he he).

In the essay writing section, explain things well but be brief.  You don’t want to pass an “excitingly and wonderfully profound masterpiece” that no one got or read because it’s not complete, do you?  It also won’t hurt your chances to put in a good word for the Ateneo de Manila University in your essay.  It may even help; believe me, ego-stroking still works in this day and age.

Expect some questions on current events as well.  I expect the powers at be in Ateneo de Manila University throw in these questions just to keep you on your toes.  You may wish to make a habit of reading the papers weeks before the big ACET day.

Exam Etiquette

One thing you should keep in mind is that the ACET is not the UPCAT or U.P. College Admission Test.

You:  “I know that, you dummy!  ACET has only four letters while UPCAT has five.” {I’m sorry; couldn’t resist ribbing you a bit, he he he).

In ACET, you can bring some snacks for when you take the exam.  However, unlike in UPCAT, the exam proctor won’t allow you to eat and drink during the exam.  Wait until the snack break to munch on your sandwich or sip on your bottled water.

Newsflash: If I were you, I’d steer clear of carbonated drinks.  In fact, you should steer clear of anything that has ever caused you a tummy upset in the past.  For instance, if you have lactose intolerance, you’d better bring only food and drinks that don’t have milk in them.  You don’t want to be running to and from the CR just when you’re getting all warmed up about the ACET.  For drinks, water is still best.

If you still have some time during your break, walk around and limber up a bit.  Your ACET session may take place in one of the covered courts, so feel free to explore, chat with friends (please, not about the exam – do you really need any more pressure?), and make new friends (uuuyyyy).

Lastly, don’t forget to take a quick trip to the “comfortable room.”  The exam is pressure enough; so be kind to yourself and get rid of any building pressure in your bladder.

Go and Do Likewise

Now that you know what to expect, the next thing to do is to apply it.  If you’d like more detailed suggestions on how to properly prepare for the ACET, I’ve discussed them in greater detail in Preparing for the ACET.

For now, just remember that you do not need to fear the ACET.  It is a difficult exam (and an extremely hard one for those who are not prepared for it), but with enough preparation, prayer and guts, it can also become a quite manageable college entrance exam.

To know the ACET Schedule, click here.

Ateneo de Manila University: Acceptance Procedures for Students of Dual Citizenship

If you have dual citizenship – that is, a Filipino AND a Something-Else citizen – you will need to do the following after you received the letter informing you of your acceptance to the Ateneo de Manila University:

1. Confirm your slot

The decision letter from the ADMU will tell you how to do this.  Be sure to follow the instructions to the letter and submit all the required forms by the designated deadline.  The slots in each course or program are given away on a first-come, first-served basis; if you don’t immediately confirm your slot, you may lose your place in the course of your choice and you will thus have to settle for a spot in a different course.  This course may not be as ideal as your original course, in which case you will have to file for a request to change course or wait until after your first year to shift courses.

2. Present the following documents at the Office of the Registrar.

You will need to go to the Office of the Registrar and present the following so you may be enlisted as a Filipino student:

  • Philippine Passport (photocopy)

You must submit a photocopy of your Philippine passport and keep the original passport handy for verification purposes.

  • Foreign Passport (photocopy)

Since you are a dual citizen, you will also need to show the Office of the Registrar a photocopy of your foreign passport.  Of course, you’ll need to have the original with you for verification purposes.

3. Enroll for your first semester in the university.

Do this and let your ADMU student life begin!

Ateneo de Manila University: Acceptance Procedures for International Students

If you are a foreigner who has been accepted to the Ateneo de Manila University, you will need to do the following:

1. Confirm your slot

The decision letter from the Ateneo de Manila University contains information on how to confirm your slot in the university.  Follow it to the letter, please.

Important Note: If you have been accepted for the first semester of Academic Year 2009-2010 (begins this June 2009), you have only until April 10, 2009 to secure your slot and confirm your intention to enroll in the Ateneo de Manila University, so be quick about it.

2. Fulfill Pre-Registration Requirements

After you have confirmed your slot, you will need to go to the Office of the Registrar to submit the following pre-registration requirements:

  • Foreign Passport (photocopy)

You must turn in a photocopy of your foreign passport (again, you need to bring along your original passport needs for verification).

  • Student Visa or any other Valid Visa

After you have been accepted to the Ateneo de Manila University, you must visit the Philippine embassy or consulate nearest you to obtain your visa.  Generally speaking, you need a Student Visa to study in the Philippines.  However, any other valid visa (that is, a visa that puts no restriction upon you to study in the Philippines) will be accepted.

  • Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR) I-Card

The ACR I-Card is an alien identification card that looks pretty much like a credit card.  Embedded in it is a microchip with your biometric information.

The ACR I-Card is simply the card-version of your paper Alien Certificate of Registration.  This card version, however, has formally replaced your paper ACR and you will need to present it for transactions where your alien registration status needs to be confirmed.  To get the ACR card, you will need to go to the Bureau of Immigration.

Important Note: If you have been accepted for the first semester of Academic Year 2009-2010 (begins this June 2009), you have only until April 30, 2009 to submit all pre-registration requirements.  If you fail to do this, you will not be allowed to enroll.

  • Certificate of Residence for Temporary Status (CRTS)

This should be valid for the semester or term of your enrollment.

3. Enroll for your courses/classes.

At the designated enrollment date, enlist for your desired or prescribed courses.  Remember that international students are required to enroll in 3 Filipino language courses.

You will also need to pay a Foreign or Non-Resident Student Fee of PhP 27,825.00 (around 580 USD at the current rates of exchange) apart from your tuition and other enrollment dues every enrollment.  Note that the Foreign or Non-Resident Student Fee may vary slightly from year to year.

You will not be charged this fee if you are one of the following:

  • A resident alien (as defined by the Philippine Immigration laws)
  • Part of a special exchange program
  • A non-degree student

If you are one of the following, you may be granted an exemption from the Foreign or Non-Resident Student Fee:

  • The child of OFWs
  • The child of Filipino expats
  • A missionary or part of a religious mission

To find out if you are exempted from the Foreign or Non-Resident student fee, you will need to submit the following:

  • Letter of Request for Exemption from the Foreign or Non-Resident Student Fee
  • Documents to support your claim for exemption

Note:  There will be a much more detailed article on the Ateneo de Manila University’s application for admission and registration procedures for international students, so be sure to check from time to time.

Ateneo de Manila University: Procedures for Accepted Applicants

This article will tell you the steps you need to accomplish after you receive the decision letter informing you that you have been accepted as a student in the Ateneo de Manila University.

Congratulations!  You have received the decision letter from the Ateneo de Manila University informing you that you have been one of the chosen few to be accepted as a new student in the university.  What do you need to do next?

  1. Answer this question please:  do you wish to enroll in the Ateneo de Manila University?

YES: Good for you.  Move on to the next step, please.

NO: Why are you still here?  Kidding aside, if you have other plans, then you won’t need the information you’ll find below so move on to other sections in that pertain to your chosen university.  Can we interest you in the University of the Philippines?  How about the De la Salle University?  Or choose your university from among this list of universities.

  1. Confirm your acceptance or slot in the Ateneo de Manila University

It doesn’t matter if you are a Filipino student, a foreign student or a Filipino and Whatever student (Dual Citizen, in other words), you will need to confirm your slot – and you need to do it fast.

Confirmation of your slot means the university will reserve you a spot in the course you have selected.  Intake of new students per course is typically limited or restricted; the place on a course is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.  If you don’t confirm your slot immediately, you will lose your place in your desired course and will have to settle for a slot in a different course.

Important Note: If you have been accepted for the first semester of Academic Year 2009-2010 (begins this June 2009), you have only until April 10, 2009 to secure your slot and confirm your intention to enroll in the Ateneo de Manila University, so be quick about it.

What do you need to do to confirm your slot?  You will need to submit certain documents to the Ateneo de Manila University.  Note that you will find the same information in your acceptance letter.

Confirmation Requirements for accepted applicants

  • Form 138 or your Report Card (original)

First on the list of things you need to submit is your Form 138, also known as your report card from fourth year high school.

  • Birth Certificate (photocopy)

You also need to submit a photocopy of your birth certificate.  You should keep the original copy, of course, but be sure to bring it along for verification purposes.  If this is not convenient, at least bring a Certified True Copy of your birth certificate, still for verification purposes.

  • Reply Slip

Check the acceptance letter that you have received from the university and look for the Reply slip.  Fill it out completely then send it back to the university with the required attachments.

  • PhP4,000.00 Confirmation Fee

Keep in mind that there’s no such thing as a free lunch; the school will charge you four thousand pesos to confirm your application.  You need to pay to secure your slot.

Again, remember to confirm your slot on or before the deadline.  One thing you will quickly learn about Ateneo is the fact that it’s deadline-driven.  Yes, most schools are probably like that, but the Blue Eagle Institution tends to go the extra mile in this area.

Take note that that applies to applications, first and foremost.  If you so far as miss the deadlines for submission of documents, you will likely have a hard time explaining yourself and getting into the university for that school year.

Special Leeway for International School graduates

If you are a graduate of an international school (whether based locally or abroad), ADMU gives you some leeway.  If your Form 138 or Report Card is not yet ready (that is, waiting for the report card will make you late confirming your slot), you can send the following in its place so your slot may be conditionally confirmed:

  • A certification of graduation from your High School Principal or School Headmaster.  This certification must indicate the exact date when the Report Card will be released.
  • A letter signed by you and your parents indicating that you have no intention of withdrawing your conditional confirmation of your slot in the university.

If your determination to enroll in the university has not flagged after taking care of all the above-outlined tasks, you need to move on to the next step.

  1. Answer this question, please:  do you like the course or program to which you have been accepted?

YES: That’s good.  Skip the next step and go on to step #5.

NO: Don’t worry, this can be easily fixed.

Determine what course you would like to pursue.  After making a decision, write a Letter of Request for Change of Course to the Ateneo de Manila University Office of Admission and Aid on or before the designated deadline.  Remember, however, that you cannot request a change of course if you haven’t confirmed your slot so be sure to do step number 2 first before you request a course change.  After confirming your slot, immediately submit your Letter of Request for Change of Course.

Important Note: If you have been accepted for the first semester of Academic Year 2009-2010 (begins this June 2009), you have only until April 13, 2009 to submit a Letter of Request for Change of Course.  The decision on your request will be released on April 17, 2009.

After submitting your course change request, move on to the next step.

  1. Answer this question:  has your request for change of course been approved?

YES: Go on, don’t be shy.  Do your little dance routine.  After that, you can go on to the next step.

NO: That’s tough but no deal breaker.  You can still apply for a course shift after your first year in the university.  Get over this minor inconvenience and move on to the next and final step.

  1. Enroll for your first semester.

I should think this section needs no elaboration.  Paste on a smile to your face and be your sweet and pleasant self when you go to the university registrar for enrollment.

The ACET and Ateneo Application Process

The Ateneo de Manila University is one of the premiere higher-education institutions in the Philippines.  To put it simply, this is one of the best universities in the Philippines and you will choose well if you decide to study in this university.

Of course, the decision on whether or not you will get to study in the Ateneo de Manila University is not yours alone to make.  Aside from your parents’ consent (hey, they’re going to foot your hefty bill so they should have a say!), acceptance from the Ateneo de Manila University’s Committee on Admission and Aid is also necessary.

What exactly do you need to do to get accepted to the Ateneo de Manila University as a freshman student?

1. Procure an application form and exam permit.

That’s right.  Wherever you decide to study, you will need to accomplish lots and lots of forms; so get off your high horse and begin your romance with forms, forms, and more forms.

The Freshman Application Form may be secured from the Ateneo de Manila University’s Office of Admission and Aid.  Here’s the exact address:

Office of Admission and Aid

Rm 105, Ground Floor

Kostka Hall

Ateneo de Manila University

Loyola Heights, Quezon City 1108

2. Fill out the application form and submit it to the Office of Admission and Aid

Of course, you need to fill out the application form.  What do you think of the application form – a souvenir?

Kidding aside, you should complete the form, gather all the required supporting documents (it will be indicated in your application form), and submit the application form and the required attachments to the Office of Admission and Aid before the deadline.

Remember please that the Ateneo de Manila University receives thousands of applications for admission every season.  The powers that be are not going to waste time on incomplete forms.  Therefore, make sure that your application form is fully accomplished and all the supporting documents are likewise complete.  Otherwise, your application won’t be processed.

3. Pay the application fee.

The application fee is a definite requirement.  The school naturally wants to recoup some of its expenses for giving you the chance to pay them some expensive tuition (wink!).  Local applicants – that is, graduates of local high schools – will be charged PhP 500 (applicants from high schools abroad, on the other hand, need to pay 50 USD).

You need to pay the application fee upon submission of your accomplished application form.

4. Accomplish your exam permit and submit to the Office of Admission and Aid.

Your exam permit will be your ticket to the ACET or the Ateneo College Entrance Test.  Fill it out completely and guard your copy with your life.

5. Show up for the ACET

On the designated date and time, show up at the testing center to take the ACET.  Do not forget to bring your pencils, pens and whatever it is that you are instructed (by your exam permit) to bring for the ACET.  Note that you cannot bring scratch papers, calculators, cell phones, and any electronic devices.  The testing center will provide you with all the scratch paper you’ll need.

Of course, there’s more to the exam than just showing up for the Ateneo College Entrance Test; you need to prepare for it, too.  If you love yourself and your parents, make sure you are prepared for the ACET before you sit in that chair and take it.

You can enroll in ACET review classes if you want.  Better yet, start rereading your notes – that is, if you can rely on your accuracy and diligence when you were writing down those notes – and your textbooks.  Study like there’s no tomorrow (there probably won’t be any if you fail the ACET, he he he).

Of course, ACET preparation cannot be done in one, two or even six months.  ACET review classes and refresher courses can help, certainly, but only to remind you of what you have already learned.  You can’t get into Ateneo de Manila University if you are not a conscientious student in the first place – or a genius who can absorb four years’ worth of high school education in a few months.

6. Wait for the decision.

After you have taken the Ateneo College Entrance Test, there’s nothing else that you can do except wait for the Committee on Admission and Aid’s decision on your application.

Such a decision can go three ways:  you may be accepted, waitlisted or rejected.  If your name is on that legendary Bulletin Board in Ateneo, you are either accepted or waitlisted (information to that effect will be displayed).  The decision over your application is made based on the information written down on your application form, your ACET test scores, your high school grades, and the glowing (or not-so-glowing) endorsement from your teachers (recommendation letters from teachers are some of the required attachments of your application form).

How about your prayers?  Will they help?  Praying will not help with your ACET test scores because you’ve already taken the exam; you should have prayed before you took the ACET.  Your prayers now won’t even help change your high school grades; they’ve already been made and recorded.  Your prayers, however, may still help in the sense that the members of the Committee of Admission and Aid may decide you have great potential even if your records are less than stellar – so do pray; it can still help turn the tide in your favor.