The UPCAT test starts tomorrow and it signals the start of several upcoming college entrance examinations for senior students all over the Philippines. There’s plenty of jitters and excitement going around and I’ll share with you some things that we tell our students at AHEAD to help them out.

Proper preparation starts months before the actual exam date, but I’ll focus on what you need to do to help get your child ready. Here’s a quick checklist of what to do in handling your child on the eve of his entrance exam.

  1. Make sure your child has the following ready to bring with him for his test.
  • 6 pencils with eraser
  • 2 pens
  • a small ruler
  • test permit
  • ID
  • a jacket
  • a hand fan
  • snacks and drinks
  • an analog wristwatch
  1. Advise your child to wear his/her most comfortable outfit.  Now is not the time to make a fashion statement. Tell him/her that he’s/she’s not likely to see these people again nor will they remember him since they’re all focused on their own test. Tell your child to avoid wearing new clothes or new shoes. Go for comfort! For the girls, leave the high heals at home! You can save the civilian attire when you are already enrolled in college.
  1. Do not feed your child anything new to avoid allergic reactions and indigestion. This means avoid dairy products, cola, acidic and spicy foods and anything else that can give him/her an upset stomach.
  1. Don’t let your child sleep too late or too early. Tell your child not to study anymore. It’s better for him/her to rest and relax now. Avoid watching gory, violent and disturbing movies and games. You don’t want these images in his/her head before an exam.
  1. Psyche him/her up. Reassure him/her that you know he’s/she’s done his/her preparation and that you believe he/she will do his/her best. Tell him/her not to worry. If it helps, you can pray together. Tell your child you love him/her and that his/her hard work will pay off. Now is the time to shower him/her with mother’s love and assurance!

Be aware of current news such as typhoons, floods, sickness, transport strikes, political unrest, etc. However, keep in mind that the exam will not be cancelled since exams are rarely cancelled.

Help your child succeed and follow this checklist. Keep an eye on him/her the night before the test and have him/her stay home, rather than go out to the mall or party with friends. With proper preparation, a little luck and a lot of prayers, your beloved child can pass any test with flying colors!

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