Thousands of students troop to UP Diliman for UPCAT

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 27 2018 04:27 PM

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Thousands of students trooped to the University of the Philippines' campus in Diliman Saturday, the first day of the annual UP College Admission Test (UPCAT).

The first day has been orderly and peaceful, with moderate traffic inside the campus, authorities said.

The UP administration made sure to designate more than 18 testing halls to accommodate thousands of test takers aspiring to study in the premier state university beginning school year 2019-2020. 

UP Vice President for Academic Affairs Cynthia Bautista said over 100,000 applicants were expected to take the UPCAT on Saturday and Sunday in UP campuses and other test centers all over the country. 

Initially, the school administration was expecting about 40,000 students to take the exam in UP Diliman. 

But since the UPCAT was rescheduled from September 15 and 16 to October 27 and 28 due to a series of typhoons, thousands of students requested to take the exams in their hometowns as it is also the semestral break for senior high school students.

This year saw UP taking in a record number of applicants, with 167,000 applying for academic year 2019-2020. 

UP Vice President for Public Affairs Jose Dalisay Jr. previously said UP's free tuition policy led to the spike in the number of applicants.

Originally scheduled this September, the exams were postponed due to Typhoon Ompong.

UP campuses and select private and public schools nationwide will serve as test centers for the UPCAT.

On average, only 17 percent of examinees pass the UPCAT.