12 tips for UPCAT examinees

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Tips for UPCAT examinees


  1. Read the instructions that were provided to you by the UP Office of Admissions. Check your test permit for complete entries, the dry seal on part of your photo, and your signature. This will save you the trouble of doing it on the test day itself.


  1. Visit your testing hall in advance so you get there easier when UPCAT day comes. Avoid the frantic search. You don’t want to waste time and end up being late for the test even if you arrived early. For those who will take the test in UP Diliman, you were given maps and you can check out http://diskover.up.edu.ph to get more info.


  1. Condition yourself to be calm and focused. Make sure you get a good night’s rest and a proper, but not heavy, meal before the exam. Avoid wearing clothes that are too tight or may cause discomfort. Be ready with a jacket or sweater in case it gets cold. If you feel anxious, take slow, deep breaths to relax.


  1. Be early. Arrive at your testing hall before 6:30 AM for the morning session and before 12:30 PM for the afternoon session.


  1. Bring and submit documents required of you. The UP Office of Admissions marks these as deficiencies on your test permit. Keep these documents ready and when asked, submit them.


  1. Bring good quality pencils—not too light but not too dark. No part of the test will ever require you to use any other kind of writing instrument. No pens of any kind. Just good quality pencils.


  1. Bring a snack and drink. You can eat at any time during the test because there are no breaks. But please don’t bring something that might soil the test materials and food so odorous or noisy to unwrap that it distracts your fellow examinees.


  1. Don’t bring scratch paper. We’ll provide this for you. The scratch paper we issue is the only paper you must use. You can always ask for additional sheets, so there’s really no need for you to bring scratch paper.


  1. Turn off your cell phone or put it on silent mode with the vibration function turned off. This should be self-explanatory.


  1. Understand and follow instructions. Read carefully before answering. You can ask examiners or proctors only to clarify instructions and not about any test item you don’t understand. You can also inform them of irregularities like missing or duplicate items or pages in the test booklet.


  1. Make sure you’re filling out the answer sheet correctly. Check to see if you’ve written all needed data and shaded the right ovals properly. Take note of skipped items and go back to them when you still have time.


  1. Finally, don’t cheat. Don’t even try. Don’t even think about it. Unless you want to say goodbye to the UPCAT and the chance to be admitted to UP.