UP Campus choices trend as University of the Philippines postpones release of UPCAT Results due to ECQ

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UPCAT passers and non-passers alike sent the state university to Twitter Trending today.

Choices on which University of the Philippines (UP) Campus to apply for went trending today as the UP administration announced its postponement of the release of UPCAT Results due to the ongoing Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).

The UP College Admissions Test (UPCAT) administered last October 5 & 6, 2019, at various testing centers around the country was originally scheduled to release results today, on March 30, 2020.

The UP announcement reads:

The University of the Philippines has always been committed to ensuring the integrity and timely release of the UPCAT results. However, its decision to postpone the release of the results is prompted by two considerations:

  1. the reality that the UPCAT applicants will have different levels of access to online results in light of the Enhanced Community Quarantine;
  2. the need to suspend UPCAT processing after 16 March 2020 in consideration of the welfare of the large team of employees working on the pre-release validation of UPCAT results—who live in various locations within and at the outskirts of Metro Manila.

@UPCAT QUESTIONS tweeted Sunday, March 29, on the eve of the supposed release today, asking UPCAT applicants to pick two chosen campuses and their four chosen courses. The netizen response sent the UP Campus Choices topic to Trending until today.

The questions brought back some memories for some of the UPCAT applicants.

@jethro_dejesus shared that he chose UP Diliman (Bachelor of Secondary Education & BS Architecture) and UP Visayas – Tacloban (BS Accountancy & BS Biology) but was not able to pass the 2015 UPCAT.

@InkedMoreno shared that he got accepted in UP Diliman (EU Languages &
Linguistics) and UP Baguio (Communication & Social Sciences) but went to UST – BS Food Technology. “Way back 2000-something. :))

Many well-known and award-winning personalities are also graduates of the University of the Philippines. Among them is award-winning and popular broadcast journalist Atom Araullo who went from being a graduate of Bachelor of Science Applied Physics to being an activist and journalist.

“Sa nakalimot (or hindi alam), aside from being a journalist & an activist, Atom Araullo IS a man of science. Alembic HS: Philippine Science High School, Alembic College: UP Diliman (BS Applied Physics). He was also the EIC of the College of Science’s publication “Siyensya” TeamAtom,” shared @daleygaga.

The UPCAT consists of 4 subtests: Language Proficiency, Science, Mathematics and Reading Comprehension. Standardized scores on these subtests are combined with the weighted average of final grades in the first three years of high school to determine qualification into UP.

UP, the country’s leading university that has broken into the world’s Top 500 schools, draws over 100k UPCAT applicants every year but only accepts the topmost percentile, earning the school the reputation of having the best of the best students in the country.

SEND CHEERS to the UP community and UPCAT testers who are awaiting the results to be the new Iskos and Iskas of the Philippines!

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