My UPCAT Experience 2: Engr. Pau Perez’s and More!

Part Two of My UPCAT Experience

Hello hello!!!  Gravity, two days to go before Day 1 of THE DAY!!!

Anyway, you nervous UPCAT takers are in for another treat, because three other successful UPCAT takers have been so generous with their time to encourage you with your upcoming endeavor.

Let’s begin with Engr. Jeffrey Paulo Perez’s (who insists on being called “Jeffrey” from now on, because mas tutyal daw pakinggan ang “Jeffrey”, bilang papunta na siyang Belgium in a month..Huhuhu!) UPCAT experience.

Engr. Jeffrey Paulo “Jeffrey” Perez

(took the UPCAT inbasta a not-so-long time ago; graduated cum laude from UP Los Banos with a degree in Chemical Engineering despite:

1. being president of three student organizations

2. and moments like telling the jeepney driver “Para!” prematurely just to give another Chem Eng student lascivious looks while the latter was playing volleyball at DL Umali Freedom Park, and of wearing eyeshadow to class)

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I only had one dream in high school—to get into UP. Back then, I believed that being an Iskolar ng  Bayan will be an affirmation of my insatiable hunger for knowledge, a validation that I am meant for greater things, and, most importantly, a proof that all of our family’s sacrifices have finally paid off.

Just days before UPCAT 2014, let’s see how terrorific I was during that fateful day.

My UPCAT schedule was set on a Sunday at 6:30 AM. I did not have that much sleep the night before.  I was very anxious even though I have prepared myself academically.  I was assigned [to take the test] at the CEM Function Hall, which I decided to visit a day before just to make sure that I won’t get lost.

On exam day, I arrived at the assigned room 30 minutes before the examination starts so that I will have time to calm my nerves.  There were already a lot of students when I got there.  I felt so out-of-place because everyone had someone to talk to (or someone to panic with).  They also crammed extra topics that they think will be essential for UPCAT.  I had to plug-in my earphones and blast some feel-good music so that I won’t feel nervous and distracted.

Then, a few minutes before 6:30 AM, the examiner asked us to enter the room and proceed into our assigned seats.  My seat assignment was near a tower-type air conditioning unit.  Fortunately, I brought a jacket with me because I heard there was this kid who peed in his pants while in the lecture hall.  The first subtest administered was Science. In our batch, most of the questions came from General Science and Physics, a few from Chemistry and a little bit on Biology.  Of course I was very happy with the question mix since it was like competing once again in Science and Chemistry Olympiads.  Furthermore, there were questions on optics and sound, my two favorite topics on Physics.  Nevertheless, I was very confident with the first subtest.  There were a few items which I was not really familiar with so I had to use my powers of deduction (Naaaaaaks! In short, hinulaan ko.).

I was aware of the “Right Minus 1⁄4 Wrong” rule, but I still decided to guess the answer for the other questions.  Why, you ask?  Statistically speaking, there is a very high chance of getting the answers correctly if you can eliminate other choices.  While reviewing for UPCAT, I noticed that most of the choices in college reviewers can be narrowed down into two – leaving you with a 50:50 chance of getting a correct answer.  As one of my colleagues in Brain Train, Sir Jhabs, pointed out, the deductions we would incur will be trivial if we “scientifically” guess the answers.  I am not saying that you guess the answer for every blank item.  I think it would be better if there are SOME questions that you choose to answer. If you feel guilty because you guessed “too many” items, most probably the others did the same thing.  Remember that your UPCAT scores are in percentile so guessing MAY increase your rank.

The next subtest was Mathematics. Now, this one is a tricky subtest. Many questions were from Algebra and Geometry (especially the shaded areas). I think the subtest was constructed so that many students won’t be able to finish. I, for one, finished just in time, meaning I had no time to review some of my answers. So you better be fast and not think twice if you want to finish the exam in time! Just remember all the shortcuts and techniques we taught you so that you won’t be MA-BA-GAL (Hi Sir Mark!).  And, yes, that’s the Brain Train Advantage!

For Language Proficiency and Reading Comprehension, they were a combination of English and Filipino questions and passages.  Also, there were some editorial cartoons and caricatures that were asked to be interpreted. I can say that the difficulty of the last two remaining subtest during our batch was moderate, not too easy but not too difficult.

I did not bring food during the exam because I know I won’t have time to eat. Just like what I did in my Philippine Science High School Entrance Test, I brought a chocolate bar and bottled water, in case I got hungry. I also did not eat heavy breakfast so that I won’t feel drowsy or go the comfort room to do some “dirty business”.  After the most grueling five hours of my life, I emerged feeling victorious in the depths of that highly academic lair. I felt like a winner because I know I just conquered one of the most difficult college entrance exams in the country. And, most of all, I felt satisfied because I know I am already one step onward to a bright future, no way but UP!

20140624_234719Engr. Perez with the object of his lascivious glances

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My UPCAT Experience

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 studyingam 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.

Image lifted from sixamandimallmessedup.wordpress.com

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 Expresstoo 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 to2010 (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:

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UP Waitlist/Reconsideration Process

Lulubusin ko na :)  Pati recon at waitlist, post ko na.

Like what is stated on the UPCAT results web pages, here’s what you need to do if your name is NOT on the passers list:

WHAT IF I DO NOT QUALIFY FOR A CAMPUS?

If you do not qualify to any of your campus choices, you have several options:

FIRST : You can try other UP campuses if:
1. your rating is within their posted cut-off, and
2. they still have available slots.

Present your Non-Qualifier’s Slip (which will be sent to you in the mail and which will show your admission rating) to the Registrar’s Office of the campus you want to enter. However, there is no guarantee of acceptance as each campus makes its own decisions according to its own criteria.

SECOND : If no UP campus can accommodate you, you can enroll in a college or university other than UP. After earning 33 academic units with a weighted average of 2.00 or better on the UP marking system, you can apply for transfer into a UP campus. Again, each campus has its own rules on transfer and accepts only a limited number of transfer students. Information regarding transfer to UP may be obtained from the Office of the University Registrar of the respective UP campuses.

Let’s focus on the FIRST scenario.  So what are the cut-offs of the UP campuses? Using a scale of 1.000-5.000,  with 1.000 being the highest and 5.000 being the lowest, here they are:

UP Diliman: 2.2 (no waitlist/recon)
UP Manila: 2.285 – 2.5
UP Baguio: 2.659 – 2.574
UP Tacloban: 2.7 – 2.7
UP Cebu: 2.7 – 2.7
UP Iloilo: 2.7 – 2.7
UP Mindanao: 2.75 – 2.75
UP Los Banos: 2.42 – 2.8

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“Pasa ba ang Pending? Eh ang Degree Program with Available Slot?” And Other UPCAT Results-Related Questions

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First, congratulations to the new Iskolars ng Bayan Mabuhay kayo!  And thank you for entrusting your UPCAT review with BRAIN TRAIN.  To those who did not make it, don’t despair!  Get your UPG and see if you’d be eligible for reconsideration or waitlist.

We have been receiving plenty of phone calls and messages on Facebook regarding the 2012 UPCAT results.  To avoid redundancy, we have decided to compile your questions.  Please share this as well.

Image lifted from www.shawie.com

Image lifted from www.shawie.com

FAQ 1: Where can we find the list of UPCAT passers?

Ans: Go to http://upcat.up.edu.ph/results/ and click the set where your LAST NAME may be included.  If you’re having trouble going to this site, you may go to its mirror sites, http://upcat.pregi.net/, http://upcat.stickbreadsolutions.com/, and http://www.creativepointonline.com/upcat/

 

FAQ 2:  My name is on the UPCAT passers list, but there is no campus and course across it.  Instead, across it is **Pending Case.  Am I a passer?

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UPCAT Result 2012

This is IT!  THIZ IZ REALLY IZ IT IZ IT!  This is the day that the Lord has made where about 10,000 high school seniors are rejoicing, but around 60,000 are in sorrow.

UPCAT Result 2012

I feel both.  In fact, I feel everything that UPCAT takers have felt today.  When I heard that the UPCAT results are out, I got excited and anxious, and couldn’t wait to check it out.  But before I was able to, a mom of my student last summer called me.  She told me that her son passed the UPCAT, and thanked me profusely.  You see, I talked to this mom just yesterday.  She was worried that her son might not pass the UPCAT, but grateful that I personally assisted her son prior to the UPCAT.  Her son is very diligent and really smart, but seemingly has problems when taking standardized tests under time pressure.  I could not bear it if he didn’t pass the UPCAT, thus I went the extra mile to assist him weeks before the UPCAT.  And now, he did pass the UPCAT!  Praise God!  So I was very happy.  My happiness furthered when I saw the several messages akin to this on the BRAIN TRAIN Facebook Fan Page:

upcat passers message on the BRAIN TRAIN Fanpage

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