No More UPCAT for 80,000 Public High School Students? Really?

I was shocked when I saw this headline: Why new law exempts 80,000 students from taking UPCAT. According to this article: More than 80,000 graduating public high school students will be exempt from taking college entrance examinations in state universities and colleges (SUCs), including the UP College Admission Test (UPCAT), Pasig City Rep. Roman Romulo said Tuesday. and "The scholars do not have to take the competitive entrance tests of state universities, including [...] UPCAT. All that they have to do is apply for admission, and they will be allowed in, as long as they choose the campus in their home region, and provided that the school’s quota for the Iskolar ng Bayan is still not full," Romulo said. I didn’t want to comment at first, because everyone knows we are in the UPCAT review business. One might think I’m grumbling because we will lose students. That’s true, we might lose students. But so what? That shouldn't stop me from asking the following questions: 1. UP only … [Read more...]

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 in…basta 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) I only had one dream in high … [Read more...]

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 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 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 … [Read more...]

UPCAT 2014 Results Released Two Days Before Christmas!

Alarm bells early Monday morning Last night Randy and I slept late, as we consider Mondays our day off (we work the hardest on weekends).  More so this Monday, as we have already been bitten by the Holidays bug.  But then something roused us from our deep slumber before 5 A.M.: consecutive beeps of my mobile phone and of his iPad.  I tried to ignore it but shortly after, I heard another series of beeps.  And then Raviv, who has been waking up quite late for the past months, woke up early too.  So I had no choice but to wake up and check my cellphone.  This was what removed any trace of antok in me: At first I thought it was a joke, or that Arianne (the student who messaged me), was mistaken!  After all, the previous UPCAT results were released in February this year!  Way, way AFTER the release of the ACET and of the DLSUCET!  As far as I know, the earliest previous UPCAT results were released mid-January, and definitely NOT before Christmas!  But then I also saw another … [Read more...]

Surprise: May Essay na ang UPCAT! (What to do?)

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.  And is probably scaring you. Easier said than done, but then, DON'T PANIC.  That will only do you more harm than good, as I've written on my most previous post. OK, here's what to remember:  if you've done pretty well  on your language proficiency and reading comprehension subtests, there really is no need to panic.  Essay writing is an application of those:  kinarir mo ang pagiging Grammar Nazi?  E 'di flawless ang syntax ng essay mo!  You understand … [Read more...]

UPDATE: Brain Train’s UPCAT Passers and Outstanding DLSU CAT, ACET, and UPCAT Passers

To all those took time to correct their names and add their names on my previous post (For the huge, yellow tarp: BRAIN TRAIN's 2012 UPCAT Passers List), thank you!  Grabe, we thought we already had so many UPCAT passers, 'yun pala mas marami pa!  On the first list I gave, wala pa pala dun 'yung passers ng isang venue.  Again, thank you for getting that BRAIN TRAIN advantage!  Thank you too for remembering and praising the Dewmaine's INUNAT Formula© (don't forget the copyright!)  Question: 'yung Dewmainean Theorem© hindi na ba ninyo naaalala?  Haha.  Anyway, here's our new list.  Again, please check your names ( Brain Train's yellow tarps are being posted right now in Los Banos and Cavite.  Expect the other tarps within the next weeks). PS: I'd also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Brain Train's Outstanding UPCAT, ACET, and DLSU CAT Passers!  Here they are: OUTSTANDING DLSU CAT Passers  Vaugirard Scholarship  (DLSU CAT Top 120 examinees) Kimberly … [Read more...]

For the huge, yellow tarp: BRAIN TRAIN’s 2012 UPCAT Passers List

For more than a decade now, BRAIN TRAIN Tutorial and Review regularly publicizes its list of UPCAT passers.  The names of UPCAT passers are placed on a huge, yellow tarpaulin and posted in every BRAIN TRAIN review venue.  What was supposed to be just an advertisement turned out to be a tourist spot!  We've seen several BRAIN TRAIN UPCAT passers posing beside this huge yellow tarpaulin, and even making it their profile pic on Facebook!  Sometimes, motorists even stop and stare at the list, looking for a familiar name.  Apparently, we didn't expect that seeing their child's name on this yellow tarp means so much to parents.  In fact, about 2-3 years ago, a father called us asking why her Brain Trainee daughter who passed UP Diliman wasn't on the tarp.  We apologized for the oversight, but he insisted we put her daughter's name on the tarp...dream daw nilang makita yung name ng anak nila sa yellow tarp na yun (mas importante pa sa website ng UPCAT, haha)!  So we did on the tarp that is in … [Read more...]

Pending and Degree Program with Available Slots Stories

I'm reposting what I've posted on my earlier blog entry, "Pasa ba ang Pending? Eh ang Degree Program with Available Slot?" And Other UPCAT Results-Related Questions.  These are actually my replies to the questions posted under the comments section of that entry, based on the answers given to me by my friend and niece.  I realized that despite my assurances that those that are pending are still passers and already have slots, many are still scared (or perhaps too excited).  So to, hopefully, appease you, here are my friend's and niece's kwentos about their personal experiences: … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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

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. FAQ 1: Where can we find the list of UPCAT passers? Ans: Go to 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,,, and   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? … [Read more...]