?My UPCAT Experience: A Look Back

How I passed the UPCAT is a miracle. From the the-hell-with-it attitude I had with the test, the frigid ambiance of the examination room, the piercing owl-like eyes of the proctors, and the urge to pee every 20 minutes, passing really is a miracle.

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University of the Philippines College Admission Test (UPCAT) is notorious for large numbers of takers with only a small portion of the takers, actually making it.

The Head Teacher of our school announced that application forms for the UPCAT are available at the office should anyone wish to apply for UP. Only 4 of us out of the 44 students in our class applied. Most of my classmates were skeptical or perhaps intimidated to take the UPCAT. I was the only one from the upper 10% of our batch. The other three took it for the sake of trying.

On my application form, I opted to apply for BS Accountancy. But I don’t know what to write on my second priority, so I just told my classmate to choose for me. I changed my mind and pointed BA Psychology, but my classmate wrote BS Public Health. I don’t even know what Public Health is during that time but I was fine with it.

A few weeks later, we received our admission slip. It was stated there that I’m going to take the exam on August 16, 2014, 7:00 AM. The venue of the examination was in Colegio dela Purisima Concepcion in Roxas City. It is an hour-long journey from Dumarao.

We booked a room in a hotel the day before the examination and toured the city. We had fun as if we are not about to take the college admission test of the country’s top university. We told horror stories, had a movie marathon, and took a lot of selfies. We slept with smiles on our faces.

We woke up at five feeling like a zombie. We slept for less than four hours. We took a bath as fast as the military and stuffed ourselves with what we can find on our over-packed bags and trooped to the venue of our impending doom.

Thank God, we’re not late…

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