Hello students (and parents)! I’m sure you are anticipating this coming weekend with dread. Those who are well-prepared are eager to take “THE” UPCAT to get it over and done with, while those who aren’t spend more time getting scared than doing actual studying…am I right or am I left-handed? (Well, I’m both! Hehe)
I hope you were able to read the UPCAT tips I gave. I actually wrote it some years ago, but I believe the tips are still very much applicable.
Since you jitterbug UPCAT takers lot want to read anything and everything regarding the UPCAT, I have decided to go on a trip down memory lane and recall the exam that made me a true blue and proud Iska.
MomsterTeacher’s UPCAT Experience
During our time, I was among the first batch of UPCAT takers—that is, I took the exam in the morning of Saturday (so no chance to get a leakage from friends, hihi). This was unfortunate because I sleep late and of course, I wake up late. To add insult to the injury, I always have MORE trouble sleeping when I know I have to wake up early. Knowing that, I made sure I was prepared for it the day before my exam: before going home, I bought my snacks (Konjac Jelly—tanda ko pa!) and lunch (my favourite spiced beef meal from Shanghai Express…too bad sarado na ’tong SEx!). Of course, I also brought water. I also checked and rechecked my test kit: school ID, test permit, pencilSSSSSS, eraser, and sharpener. So the following day, after an uneasy sleep, I woke up just in time. I took a bath (which took away some of my grogginess), stuffed everything I needed in my bag, tried to eat a “safe” breakfast (no milk, no greasy food, no caffeine)…and wore a new blouse. Baket kamo? Because I anticipated that there may be a cute boy in the same room as where I would take the UPCAT, hehe. HOWEVER, that proved to be a major blunder. First, the blouse I was talking about wasn’t really new, as in newly bought. I’ve had it for some time but refused to wear it because it somehow showed my “baby fats” and was not made of cotton ergo it wasn’t too comfortable. Anyway, it was a good thing I arrived at the testing site early (I made myself comfy and did not have to panic). And if at first I tried to suck in my stomach so my bulges would be hidden, I realized that none in our room would care about my protruding belly anyway. So I just made myself comfortable and answered the exam confidently. Of course, I uttered prayers: before I started the exam, during the exam, and another prayer of thanks as I finished before time was up.
Anyway, since my UPCAT Experience dates back to…2010 (joke!!!), I also asked some of my former students to share with you their own UPCAT stories, so you would have an idea how theirs went. Of course, these are all UPCAT passers. Let’s hear their stories:
Cressida B3 Reyes
UPCAT? It is a five-letter acronym that makes everyone shivers, nerves go trembling, hearts go pounding, and pumped voluminous amount of blood goes rushing through the veins. Tons aspirants are in time of preparation as early as summer or way far before the usual or expected time which is August. But I personally have to say that aside from great preparation, you should or should I say must consider to take a review that is worth the time, effort and money. Where else will you go? Don’t take a risk, I said to myself and so I enrolled in Brain Train with no doubts and no trace of uncertainty in my mind. Proven.
A patch of sunlight that has broken through the dark clouds awakened me on the day of that I wished every luck in the world would be with me. I can’t say that the confidence in me beat up the nervousness I feel because too much makes no good thing at all. I got up at such an early time and prepared myself physically, emotionally and mentally. I knew this day would come, I say to myself “Don’t let nervousness eat you up wholly”. When I came to the testing room, Ang dami talagang students and I sat there took the test with great composure.
Then came, it’s what they call post-UPCAT anxiety wherein you have to wait for the results/ judgement hahaha. Fortunately, I passed the UPCAT with a course of BS Development Communication in UP Los Baños. A deep sigh of relief came out of me, what an early Christmas gift for those who made it on the list. Aside from that, the rapid widespread of my uniquely created name made a noise and bugged the social networking sites. “wow, instant celebrity” hahahaha, alongside with the famous UPCAT takers namely “CyberA122 and Sincerely Yours”
Ikaw na nagbabasa nito, katulad mo lang kami dati. Kinabahan, natakot, nag-alinlangan, nawalan ng pag-asa o kung ano pa man yan. Tandaan mo, isang karangalan ang matawag na “Iskolar ng Bayan” maraming puso ang umaasa, naghahangad at lumalaban. Buong puso, lakas, galing, talino at pagkatao ang ibigay mo at siguradong isang kagalakang hindi mo makakalimutan ang mapapasaiyo. Iwan mo ang takot at pangamba at magdasal ka lang. Kayang-kaya mo yan, Go lang!
(took the UPCAT in 2011; now a BA Broadcast Communication junior at UP Diliman)
The UPCAT, for me, was just another hurdle.
If asked three years ago, I would have opened this testament with an eager pep talk. But right now, as I look back on the events which transpired during that fateful Saturday morning, I’ve come to realize that taking the UPCAT was highly overrated. High school students tend to put unnecessary fuss over such a stereotypical standardized exam. Guess what? Anxiety ain’t gonna cut it so chill the f*ck out, my friend. Assuming that you paid attention in class and took every lesson to heart, Brain Train is more than enough of an arsenal for you to ace the UPCAT. Go get ‘em.
Alia Julia Pablo
(took the UPCAT in 2012; now a BA Fine Arts sophomore at UP Diliman)
I took the UPCAT in 2012. I can still remember how nervous I was the morning I woke up for the UPCAT. I even tried recalling some of the things I reviewed. What’s funny was I even got more nervous because I couldn’t remember anything and my exam is scheduled at 0645 a.m.! I calmed myself and prayed. I reminded myself that I’ve prepared for this and that I am much ready because I have undergone the Brain Train Review. Being nervous toward an upcoming test like the UPCAT is a normal thing. How you would be able to handle it makes the difference. I know that panic does not help at all so I did not allow it to rule over. As soon as I got in the testing room, I did my best to relax and feel comfortable. And during the test, I just gave all my best. I put in mind the time limit and I focused in answering each item. My confidence built up because the lessons I learned in Brain Train really helped a lot in the test. Right after, I had no certainty that I would pass but I held on to the fact that I did my best and I was able to answer most well (because of the Brain Train Advantage ). I just kept praying and it was such a blessing that I did pass!