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UPCAT Q & A


Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 07:51:00 07/28/2008

Filed Under: Education

? Who may take the University of the Philippines College Admission Test (UPCAT)?

All applicants for admission to UP who are high school seniors expecting to graduate at the end of school year 2008-2009 or are high school graduates who have not enrolled or are not currently enrolled in any school and have not taken the UPCAT before.

? Can students who did not graduate from regular high school but have passed the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) for college admission take the UPCAT?

Yes, graduates of DepEd-accredited schools and those who have been declared eligible for college admission after passing the PEPT are eligible to take the UPCAT as long as they have gone through the application process.

? How much does it cost to take the UPCAT?

The UPCAT application fee, which is nonrefundable by the way, is P450 for Filipinos with annual gross family income of more than P100,000 and resident foreign applicants studying in the Philippines.

? Are there exemptions to this fee?

Yes, you don?t have to pay it if your family?s annual gross income is P100,000 or less (present 2007 ITRs of earning members of the family or BIR Certification of Exemption). If you?re among the top 10 graduates of your high school or among the top 10 students graduating at the end of SY 2007-2008, you also don?t have to pay the fee. Ask your high school principal to certify this.

? What should my high school grade be to qualify to take the UPCAT?

There is NO minimum high school grade requirement in taking the UPCAT.

? How long is the UPCAT?

It is a five-hour test, so bring something to eat and drink.

? Is the UPCAT in English?

It uses both English and Filipino.

? What is the UPCAT designed to measure?

The UPCAT is supposed to measure English proficiency and reading comprehension through the Verbal Test (VT) and knowledge in mathematics and science through the Quantitative Test (QT).

? When is the UPCAT this year?

You either take it on Saturday, Aug. 2, or Sunday, Aug. 3, at the UP campus designated in your permit.

? If I fail the UPCAT, can I take it again?

Sorry, the UPCAT is a make-or-break test. It can be taken only once.



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