Follow us for updates
© 2022
Read the Story →

UP Waives UPCAT, Admission System to be Modified

Another entrance test scrapped due to COVID.
by Ara Eugenio
Nov 10, 2020
Photo/s: Ara Eugenio

The University of the Philippines system will forego this year's UPCAT because of the COVID-19 pandemic, joining other higher learning institutions that ditched their annual entrance exams.

The University of the Philippines System announced the news on Tuesday that the University Council, the highest academic body which unites different UP campuses, "unanimously voted NOT to administer UPCAT" due to various logistical and health concerns brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The university instead will come up with a modified admission system that will utilize "big data analytics" to arrive at a UP admission score model, they said. The new admission guidelines is set to be released by February 2021. 

ALSO READ: Ateneo Scraps Entrance Test, Shifts to Online Applications for SY 2021-2022 

The University Council was earlier presented with five options, among them the idea of scrapping the UPCAT and relying on the applicant's submission requirements instead. 

"There is obviously no perfect option among those offered. But it's understandable that the pandemic situation has pushed the university to decide on its own for its admissions, similar to other universities," said Isaac Punzalan, UP student regent.

Continue reading below ↓

"We must take into consideration our minimum demands of safety, inclusivity, maximum number of accepted applicants, and compassion for the marginalized," Punzalan said. 

The UPCAT is one of the most anticipated college entrance examinations in the country with over 100,000 takers and a passing rate of 10 to 15 percent.

Continue reading below ↓
Recommended Videos
Latest Headlines
Read Next
Recent News
With the reopening of several local destinations, this app has never been more timely.
The focus should be on the poor, incoming senator said.
GCash isn't just about paying bills and transferring funds.
You'll need a bigger wallet, incoming BSP gov says.
The news. So what? Subscribe to the newsletter that explains what the news means for you.
The email address you entered is invalid.
Thank you for signing up to On Three, reportr's weekly newsletter delivered to your mailbox three times a week. Only the latest, most useful and most insightful reads.
By signing up to newsletter, you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.