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Several weeks before anxious applicants expected to learn their fate, the University of the Philippines released the results of its College Admission Test (UPCAT) for academic year 2012-2013 on the UP web site Wednesday. Last year, roughly 13,000 passed the test.
The passers are listed in 130 pages on the site, but the total number of passers is not indicated.
A disclaimer posted below the list of passers noted that the official UPCAT results are posted at the Office of Admissions. Each examinee will receive official notification by mail, which shall take precedence over the results posted on the web, should any discrepancy exist.
On average, only about 10,000 students pass the test of the approximately 60,000 high school students who take the UPCAT every year.
However, last year, roughly 13,000 senior high school students passed the test.
The qualifiers are ranked according to their university predicted grade (UPG), which combines their weighted averages of high school grades and their weighted scores in the UPCAT sub-tests on language proficiency, reading comprehension, mathematics and science.
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.
The tuition at UP is still lower than most private schools, even with the strongly-opposed 300-percent tuition increase in 2007.
The top 50 UPCAT qualifiers are awarded Oblation Scholarships, which provide them with benefits as free tuition, miscellaneous and laboratory fees, a semestral book subsidy, and a monthly incentive and transportation allowance.
Founded in 1908, the University of the Philippines has been the top choice for tertiary education for many Filipinos, across all classes, for financial reasons, among others. The results may also be viewed on the following mirror websites: Stickbread Solutions, Creative Point Online and Preginet. — Carmela Lapeña/RSJ/HS, GMA News