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UPCAT results for School Year 2011-2012 out

Roughly 13,000 senior high school students passed the University of the Philippines College Admission Test (UPCAT) for academic year 2011-2012, based on the results posted Monday midnight on the UP website. A complete list of qualifiers will be posted at the Office of Admissions in UP Diliman on Tuesday, January 4. The results may also be viewed on the following mirror websites: STICKBREAD SOLUTIONS, MVS, and PREGINET. Some 60,000 high school students take the UPCAT every year. In 2009, over 67,000 students took the test. On average, however, only about 10,000 students pass the test. The UPCAT is a five-hour examination in English and Filipino that includes subtests on language proficiency, reading comprehension, mathematics, and science. It can only be taken once. Successful applicants are ranked based on two factors: their combined weighted scores in the UPCAT sub-tests, and the weighted averages of their high school grades. In line with the university’s “policy of democratization," socioeconomic and geographic factors are also taken into consideration when ranking students. Founded in 1908, UP remains the top choice of Filipino students, given its relatively cheaper tuition compared to private institutions that offer quality education, and despite a 300-percent tuition increase imposed in 2007. It has seven constituent universities in 12 campuses nationwide serving over 50,000 students. The state university offers 246 undergraduate and 362 graduate programs. According to its website, 30 percent of UP’s faculty have doctorate degrees while 42 percent have master’s degrees. UP also awards Oblation Scholarships to the top 50 UPCAT qualifiers, who receive such benefits as free tuition, miscellaneous and laboratory fees, a semestral book subsidy, and a monthly incentive and transportation allowance. The university also has a Socialized Tuition and Financial Assistance Program (STFAP), which provides tuition discounts and additional financial assistance to deserving students in the form of monthly subsidies for living and travel expenses, and a book allowance. —With Jerrie M. Abella, DM/HS, GMANews.TV