UPCAT stories, woes, tips flood social media

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 21) — It's that time of the year again when senior high school students are busy juggling their academic workload with preparations for college admission tests.

This weekend, the state university holds the University of the Philippines College Admission Test (UPCAT) in 77 testing centers nationwide.

Examinees took their worries online, making UPCAT a trending topic on Twitter Saturday. UP students were quick to supply them with encouragement and tips.


The UPCAT weekend also made alumni of the university reminisce their experiences when they took the test, sharing their stories on social media using the hashtag #KwentongUPCAT and #SaanKaNagUPCAT.


According to the UPCAT Online Application website, passing the UPCAT is one of the four ways by which aspiring Iskolars could be admitted to UP. The other three are through the Iskolar ng Bayan program, which automatically admits the top 10 of graduating classes of public high schools; through an international qualification system for foreign or Filipino students studying abroad; and through transfer admissions for college students coming from other schools.

UPCAT results are expected to be out by March or April 2018, which may be viewed through the UP website.

Last year, a total of 1,591 students passed the UPCAT, showing a decline in UPCAT takers since 2016 due to the K-12 program.

The last batch of high school graduates not affected by K-12 was in 2015, which tallied a total of 14,987 UPCAT passers.

In Metro Manila, motorists are warned by the UP Diliman Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs to expect heavy traffic in and around the campus this weekend.