Have you read this?
If you consider yourself UPCAT-ready, then only one thing will surprise you:
1. For the first time, UPCAT examinees will be asked to write an essay.The UPCAT previously consisted of multiple-choice questions in four areas: Language Proficiency, Science, Mathematics and Reading Comprehension.Consider bringing more food for your snacks as the addition of the essay portion to the exam will make the UPCAT longer this year, bringing the actual duration of the test to four hours and 20 minutes.
- Shake, rattle, and roll. Honestly, I believe this news really intends to shake and rattle you. P‘wede naman sanang kahit a month ago man lang in-announce ‘di ba? Or pwede ring hindi na lang i-announce. But no, kelangan talaga i-announce the day before! But because you have that BRAIN TRAIN advantage, you ought to know that you should NOT allow yourselves to fall into such traps! As I’ve said, essay writing is just applied language proficiency and reading comprehension. We’ve covered this pretty well last summer.
- Alpha and Omega. I have loads of essay writing tips for you, but then I don’t want you to cram nga (please, prevent yourselves from googling essay+writing+tips…maloloka lang kayo, promise), therefore I’m going to give you the most practical tip: gandahan ang umpisa at dulo ng essay. Kahit medyo all fluff na ‘yung body (although it will be good if the body is also substantial of course), basta gandahan ang first paragraph and last paragraph. Why? Imagine: about 80,000 kayong magte-take…do you really think the “checkers” are going to pore over each word of your essay? Me thinks (sinadya po) they will just read your intro and conclusion then give their verdict…after all, andami pa nilang ibang babasahin! Which brings me to my last tip–
- –Can you read my mind? Of course not, so make sure your handwriting is legible. A glimpse of a bad handwriting gives a “Ay pangit itong essay na ito” vibe right away.
Relax. As I’ve said, let God take the wheel. If you think you’ve already done your best, then there’s nothing else to do but pray to Him who is the source of all our strength and intelligence.
PS: I just had a thought in mind: could it be that the “essay” is not like the essay in the ACET? Perhaps something similar to your school exams, as in in biology where you will be asked to explain something that tests your knowledge about the concept? In that case, there really is nothing to worry about (unless you really know nothing about it). Again, we have but a vague idea about this essay portion. Fear will just eat you.
Tell me what you think!
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