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UPCAT returns in 2023

By NICK GARCIA Published Sep 23, 2022 11:18 am

Aspiring Fighting Maroons, here's some good news: The University of the Philippines (UP) will resume its face-to-face entrance exams in 2023 for freshman admission in Academic Year 2024 to 2025.

In a release, UP said its UP College Admission Test (UPCAT) will be held in-person on June 3 and 4, 2023—three years since it was suspended due to the pandemic in 2020. Applications will open in March 2023.

"The early opening of applications for UPCAT 2024 and the holding of the UPCAT in June will ensure the timely release of results in light of the anticipated large increase in applications," the state university said in a statement.

Grade 11 students who are expected to graduate from senior high school at the end of A.Y. 2023 to 2024 may apply.

UP's University Councils will meet to refine the details of the administration of UPCAT 2024.

In halting the pen-and-paper UPCAT in 2020, UP settled for the UP College Admissions or UPCA, an admissions score model based on a student's performance in senior high school.

Applicants for A.Y. 2023 to 2024, which lasts until Oct. 15, are still subject to UPCA.