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USTET canceled; UST says college admission to be based on academic performance


The University of Santo Tomas (UST) has announced that it will not hold its college entrance examination for academic year 2021-2022.

Instead, the university will base admissions on the applicants’ academic performance and record.

In an announcement posted on their website last week, the university said the UST Entrance Test (USTET) would be cancelled “in consideration of the quarantine restrictions that are currently in effect in the country.”

The school would implement in its place the UST Admission Rating or USTAR, a score that will be “computed from a number of parameters derived largely from the academic performance and record of the applicant.”

No further details were given, but UST assured the public that it would share the full guidelines soon. 

When the news first came out that UST would be cancelling its annual entrance exam, many netizens took to social media to express both their confusion and outrage. – Kaela Malig/RC, GMA News

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