How to pass the UPCAT easily: Tips and Guides

Taking the UP College Admission Test (UPCAT) this August? We got some tips, guides, and online resources for you to pass it easily.

UPCAT tips and guides

We gathered the salient points of several useful articles from very reliable sources on the web and present it to you in a simplified, bulleted form as follows:
  • The UPCAT, which is part of the admission requirements of the University of the Philippines, is administered to graduates of Philippine and foreign high schools.
  • It is a multiple-choice exam with questions in Filipino and English. The five hour exam covers language proficiency, reading comprehension, mathematics, and science. In 2012, essay questions were included in the UPCAT for the first time. Prepare for it as this year might be the second.
  • An applicant’s weighted UPCAT score will be combined with the weighted average of grades in high school on a 40 percent to 60% ratio, respectively.
  • Take time to rest a day before the exam. Relax and avoid cramming.
  • A night before the exam, make sure you have prepared the Test Permit, several pencils, forms, a sharpener, and rubber eraser. Double-check your bag before going to the exam venue.
  • Bring snacks.
  • Heavy traffic is expected around the test center during exam day, it would be best to leave home as early as you can but make sure you’ve eaten your meal. The morning session starts at 6:30 am while the afternoon session begins at 12:30 pm.
  • Use of cellphone and calculator is prohibited. Violation of this rule can cause disqualification.
  • During the exam, just relax, don’t get pressured, don’t mind others, concentrate, focus on your test paper and do your best.
  • Try your best not to skip questions, but don’t stay long in one item specially if you find the problem difficult. Mark it and go back to it after answering the rest.
  • Time management is important. Keep the time limit in mind.
  • Lastly, enjoy the moment. Stock knowledge from your first three years in high school can help a lot.
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