What is UPCAT?
UPCAT stands for University of the Philippines College Admission Test, a way of gaining admission into the baccalaureate programs of UP. This year it will be administered on October 5 and 6 in testing centers across the country. This year’s exam is called UPCAT 2020 because it is for admission into Academic Year 2020-2021.
Last year, there were a total of 140,593 applicants for UPCAT 2019, though only 101,134 were eligible. Out of the eligible applicants, 90,408 took the exams. Thirteen percent or 11,821 were qualified for admission.
Taking the UPCAT
1. Check your test permit. Make sure you have filled in all data required. Read and follow the instructions given by the Office of Admissions.
2. 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 https://upd.edu.ph/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/UPD-Map-2018.pdf to get more info.
3. Prepare the things that you should bring for the exam.
a. Bring your test permit with UP dry seal, complete information, and signature.
b. 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.
c. 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.
d. 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.
e. Be ready with a jacket or sweater in case it gets cold.
f. 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.
4. 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. If you feel anxious, take slow, deep breaths to relax.
5. Be early. Arrive at your testing hall before 6:30 AM for the morning session and before 12:00 NN for the afternoon session.
6. You are not allowed to use mobile phones, cameras, nor calculating devices during the test. Put your mobile phones on silent mode, with the vibration function turned off. These are self-explanatory.
7. 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. Make sure you’re filling out the answer sheet correctly and completely. 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.
8. 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.
Check the UPCAT website for announcements on the availability of UPCAT results by April 2020. You will need the same email account that you used for application to view your application results. If you qualify for admission to UP, register according to the instructions provided by the college or unit to which you have been accepted.