The University of the Philippines College Admission Test (UPCAT) is a four-hour examination consisting of subtests in Language Proficiency, Mathematics, Science, and Reading Comprehension. The UPCAT is administered in both English and Filipino. Questions are of the multiple-choice type. Each question is followed by five (in some items, four) choices. Of the choices given, there is only one best answer.
Admission to the University is based on the applicant’s combined weighted scores in the subtests and the weighted average of grades in high school. Qualified applicants are ranked according to their University Predicted Grade (UPG).
Who can take the UPCAT?
If you are a senior (Fourth Year / Grade 12) of a high school recognized by the Department of Education and if you have not yet taken the UPCAT and are expecting to graduate at the end of the school year, you may take the UPCAT. High school graduates who have not taken or are not taking any college subjects, and those eligible for admission to college after taking the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) are also allowed to take the test.
When can you apply?
UP accepts applications as early as May and administers the UPCAT in early August. An examinee may be scheduled to take the test in the morning, starting at 6:30 or in the afternoon, starting at 12:30. UP has testing centers all over the country to administer the UPCAT.
What are the requirements for application?
Applicants must submit an official copy of their Form 137 or consolidated transcript of records with high school grades, the accomplished application form, and four 2” x 2” photographs, together with the application fee.
Where can you get an application form?
Application forms may be obtained from the UP Office of Admissions, Diliman, Quezon City; Office of the University Registrar; College Secretaries in all UP Campuses; UPCAT regional test centers; high school principals and guidance counselors of both public and private high schools; and UP Alumni Association chapters.
Where do you file your application form?
You may file your application form through your school, at the UP Admissions Office in Diliman, Quezon City, or at the Office of the University Registrar in any UP campus. Mailed applications must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions, University of the Philippines, 1101 Diliman, Quezon City. Applications sent by mail must include the application fee in Postal Money Order (PMO) payable to UPCAT, the test permit must be in a self-addressed envelope
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