The UPCAT (University of the Philippines College Admission Test) is an annual qualifying exam administered by the University of the Philippines System. Passing the said exam is one of the initial requirements for students who are seeking admission to any of their campuses.
Examination Schedule for SY 2013-2014:
August 04-05, 2012
6:30 AM / 12:30 PM
Deadlines for Filing of Applications:
15 June 2012 – Metro Manila schools
22 June 2012 – Non-Metro Manila schools
*Applications filed after the deadlines may be subject to late fees
To be eligible to take the UPCAT, you must meet certain specific requirements.
- You must belong to one of the categories listed below:
a. Senior students (e.g., Fourth Year, Grade 12, Senior 6) of DepEdaccredited schools or secondary schools abroad (expecting to graduate at the end of the school year);
b. Graduates of DepEd-accredited schools or secondary schools abroad; or
c. Those declared eligible for admission to college after taking the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT).
- NOTE: Graduates of DepEd-accredited schools or secondary schools abroad and those declared eligible for admission to college after taking the PEPT
c1. must not have taken any college subject/s previously;
c2. must not be taking any college subject/s at present; and
c3. will not be taking any college subject/s prior to or for the semester/academic year for which the UPCAT is to be taken.
- You must also have final grades for the First, Second and Third Years of the 4-year secondary school curriculum in schools with DepEd recognition/permit to operate said curriculum (or, Grades 9, 10 and 11 or, their equivalent for international or foreign schools); and
- You must also not have taken the UPCAT previously.
- There is no minimum high school average grade requirement for taking the UPCAT.
- The UPCAT can be taken only once.
- Correctly and completely accomplished UPCAT Forms 1 & 2.
a. If the applicant is a transferee or has taken some subjects from another school (e.g. for summer courses), then a signed and certified legible photocopy of the Permanent Secondary School Record (F137) from the other school must be attached to UPCAT Form 2 containing all the grades earned therein.
b. Likewise, if the applicant needed more than 4 years to finish high school, a signed and certified photocopy of the F137 must be submitted.
- 2 Four 2”x2” identical recent photographs taken within the last 6 months.
- 3 UPCAT Application Fee or documents for Exemption
a. The non-refundable UPCAT Application Fee is:
(1) P450 for Filipinos with annual gross family income of more than P100,000 and resident foreign applicants studying in the Philippines; or
(2) US$50 for non-resident foreign applicants; or
(3) US$100 for applicants taking the UPCAT in the Middle East
b. Exempted from payment of the application fee are Filipino applicants belonging to either of these groups:
(1) Those with annual gross family income of P100,000 or less (supported by 2011 ITRs of earning members of the family or BIR Certification of Exemption); or
(2) Top ten graduates or prospective graduates of public high schools for SY 2012-2013 (supported by a ranked listing of the school’s TOP TEN students as of SY 2011-2012 signed by the School Head/Principal).
- Obtain application forms through your authorized school representative, directly from the UP Office of Admissions in Diliman, from the Office of the University Registrar in a UP campus (outside UP Diliman) nearest you, or from the UPCAT website
- Carefully read the information and instructions provided.
- Fill out UPCAT Form 1 (UPCAT Application for Freshman Admission).
- Give UPCAT Form 2 (Secondary School Record) to your high school principal or school head. Only a duly authorized school official may fill out this form.
- Pay the UPCAT Application fee or prepare the originals and photocopies of the necessary documentary proof for Exemption.
a. If paying thru LBP or PNB, accomplish 3 deposit slips and have them validated, then attach 1 validated slip to your application.
b. If paying with PMO or MC/CC, attach the PMO, MC or CC (payable to UPCAT) to your application.
c. If you are qualified for exemption, attach supporting documents (i.e., photocopies of the Income Tax Returns of earning members of your family, BIR Certification of Exemption, or certified Top Ten list) to your application.
- Make sure you have all the requirements that must be submitted together with UPCAT Forms 1 and 2.
a. Four recent and identical 2”x2” photos;
b. As required, a certified and signed legible photocopy of your Permanent Secondary School Record (F137) from schools attended other than your present school (if you are a transferee) or from your present school (if you needed more than 4 years to finish high school);
c. Proof of payment of or Exemption from the UPCAT Application Fee (see Sec. IV.5, above) ; and
d. A self-addressed stamped envelope or return courier service if the Test Permit is to be mailed back to you. Be sure to use your school address.
- Submit the completed forms and all other required documents directly to the UP Office of Admissions, University of the Philippines, 1101 Diliman, Q.C. either through the authorized school (not a bank) representative or by mail.
- Pick up your Test Permit. Take note of and remember the date, time and place of your UPCAT session.
a. For applications filed through an authorized school representative, pick up your Test Permit from this representative (usually a week or so after the date of submission to the Office of Admissions).
b. For personally filed applications, pick up your Test Permit from the Office of Admissions on the same day.
c. For mailed-in applications, wait for your Test Permit to arrive in the mail. It will be mailed to your school. If it fails to arrive by the second week of July, check with the Office of Admissions and follow up with the UPCAT Examiner assigned to the UPCAT Test Center nearest to your high school on August 3 (the Friday just before the UPCAT).
Office of Admissions
University of the Philippines
1101 Diliman, Quezon City
Telephone Numbers: 981-8500 local 3827, 3828, 3830, 3831
E-mail: [email protected]
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Last Modified: June 21, 2012