By Crisyl Ursabia
Chalk Campus Correspondent
The Office of Admissions in UP Diliman has always been full since they announced the start of filing for application for the University of the Philippines College Admission Test or UPCAT, proving that many students long to enter one of the country’s top universities. And if you’re one of those students whose dream school is UP, here are some guidelines to help you pass the most crucial exam of your school life:
Review at least a month before the exam, not days before it. The UPCAT consists of four subtests: Science, Math, Language Proficiency (English and Filipino,) and Reading Comprehension (English and Filipino.) Review the lessons taught in these subjects from way back your first year in high school and you’re good to go.
2. Have a checklist of the things you need to bring.
For the exam, do not forget to bring quality pencils, sharpener, eraser, and last but not the least, your test permit. There's no need to bring calculators and scratch paper.
For your well-being, do not forget to bring snacks because the exam will last for about five hours. Bring lots of water and expect your mouth running dry for not talking the whole duration of the exam. Lastly, bring a jacket because some testing centers have really low room temperature. Put these things in your bag the night before your scheduled exam. It will help you relax and not feel panicky over what you should and shouldn’t bring.
3. Have enough rest.
You don’t need to do an all-nighter to review before the exam. You’ll never get enough of all-nighters when you get in to UP so for now, rest and get all the sleep that you can. If your scheduled exam is in the morning, you will have to get up early to be by your testing center before 6:30am. And if you’re scheduled in the afternoon, you’ll have to fight the sleepiness because it’s siesta time. So as long as you have the time and opportunity to sleep and rest, do it.
If you’re feeling nervous during the exam, take a few minutes to relax. If you’re not feeling confident, calm down and breathe because it provides your brain enough oxygen to help you perform better under stress. The anxiety of taking an exam will probably be there but believe in yourself and trust in your answers.
5. Think positive.
During the duration of the exam, focus on what you know and not on what you don’t know. This will condition your mind that you have more right answers than the unsure and wrong ones. After the exam, tell yourself you did your very best to pass the exam. So whatever the results may be, at least you did your best.
Good luck UPCAT takers! We hope you can pass the exams and get in your desired degree program!
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