What UPCAT takers should know

If you are one of those who aspire to enter the University of the Philippines, make sure to be equipped with all the needed information and knowledge as you hurdle the UP College Admission Test.

The UPCAT for incoming 2013-2014 freshmen takes place on August 4 and 5 at designated testing centers nationwide.

At least 75,000 graduating high school students are expected to take the UPCAT on Saturday and Sunday, a few thousands more from the official count last year.


An article written by Amer Amor, an UPCAT regional examiner who also happens to be a faculty member of UP Baguio, published by VERA Files via ABS-CBN News online, tells us that for the first time in the history of the UPCAT, examinees will be asked to write an essay.

It can be recalled that previous exams consist only of multiple-choice questions in four areas such as Language Proficiency, Science, Mathematics and Reading Comprehension.

According to Amor, the essay portion will bring the actual duration of the UPCAT to “4 hours and 20 minutes.” Because the test is longer, examinees are encouraged to bring more food and water, and ensure that the pencils are in good writing condition.

Another tip we got from the article is that examinees who may not have received their test permit can go to the test center a day prior to actual examination day and request for a “provisional test permit” to be able to take the UPCAT.

Amor likewise advised examinees to “memorize” the UPCAT Identification Number as they will be asked to write it “more than once during the exam.”

That’s it. We wish all the UPCAT takers the best of everything. God speed and make good in the exam.