MANILA (UPDATE) — The University of the Philippines (UP) announced Tuesday it would not administer the UP College Admissions Test (UPCAT) to select freshmen for Academic Year (AY) 2022-2023.
In a statement, the country's premier state university said it would once again skip the conduct of its competitive entrance examination, citing "immense" logistical challenges as the country continued to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The decision was made after the University Councils, the policy-making bodies from each UP constituent school, "voted overwhelmingly" in favor of the UP Office of Admissions' motion to suspend the UPCAT for the second time in a row.
UP said it would instead use its "admission scoring model," which was first used to select first-year students for AY 2021-2022. The model largely considers an applicant's academic performance in high school.
The university noted that the scoring model went through "some fine-tuning in the preprocessing and transmutation of grades."
Aside from UP, the Ateneo de Manila University and University of Santo Tomas (UST) also suspended their college entrance exams to choose freshmen for AY 2022-2023 due to the pandemic.
Ateneo and UST will again pick first-year students through systems that also consider an applicant's high school grades, among others.
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