Forget about going anywhere near Katipunan next weekend—that’s when the Ateneo College Entrance Test takes place and for sure, this famed street will be filled with all sorts of cars, crowds of nervous students, and groups of frazzled parents.

In 1997, AHEAD moved its offices in the Katipunan area. Since then, we had witnessed the growing number of applicants that take the Ateneo College Entrance Test or the ACET every September. And I am happy to say that a good number of those applicants actually took review classes with us, and eventually passed!

Here, some bits of wisdom I’d like to share to those taking the ACET next weekend:

1. Get to the Loyola Heights campus early. Never underestimate traffic. I am telling you now that it’s going to be bad! Sleep early. Wake up early. Get moving early so that you don’t find yourself stuck in a traffic jam, praying to the heavens for the car in front of you to get moving.

2. Don’t kid yourself, the ACET is hard. Because it was made for above-average students, you will have to work double time to ace it. We’re not even talking about the time limits yet, so be prepared!

3. OK, you might tell yourself, ‘Well, it’s a multiple-choice exam, how hard could it be?’ Well, I don’t mean to scare you, but it could get quite difficult. And actually, the multiple-choice format can add to the confusion. Be strong; persevere!

4. ACET covers English, Mathematics, and General Intelligence.

5. While there is no Filipino section, there is an essay portion. Most Ateneo graduates I know write exemplary essays. That’s because they get loads of English subjects during their four years in Loyola Heights. One tip: Communicate your thoughts plainly. Say what you want to say in a clear, succinct manner.

Don’t forget! The ACET takes place on September 18 and 19, 2010 from 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM, and 1:30 PM to 6:30 PM.

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