Yearly, high school graduates flock to University of Santo Tomas to take USTET (ust entrance test) in one of the most sought after and oldest college universities in Asia. (full photo credits to TomasinoWeb.Tumbler.Com)
Having a daughter who is a candidate for magna cum laude next year 2015, I would like to share tips for both parents and students so they know how to pass USTET without even taking up review classes from review centers out there who practically don't even know what the actual exam is all about or what topics and questions in the questionnaire will cover the exam.
It's about time that students know.
I've visited literally hundreds of forums, Yahoo answers and seen countless USTET reviewer pdf files but none of them really works in giving tips so I asked my daughter who took it 3 years ago. For size, if you are an honor student in your high school days, be careful, you are most likely to fail even in reserve status for reasons I don't know. Why? Universities have become a commercial commodity these days and most if not all of them will not want another FREE STUDY student in their backyard.
This is just a hunch, an opinion based on experience so don't take it seriously. Just study and prepare hard. I will feature review tips on how to pass this entrance exam as well as how to prepare the right way.
Below is a sample list of time pressure test for the UST admission examination. To tip you off, please see details as posted from other blogs online from actual students who took and passed the entrance exam.
Be sure to practice on your vocabulary as the part where synonyms and antonyms take you to the least encountered unfamiliar words of choice as part of the test coverage.
Sample USTET Coverage Questionnaire Under Time Pressure
UST Admin and Admission Hotline Numbers
Office for Admission (OFAD)
There are so many tips online from blogs to forums to Yahoo answers and Google as well as docstoc pdf files featuring the different segments of subjects included in the entrance exam of University of Santo Tomas. But our admission test tips below is based from an actual experience that might help future examinees maximize chance to pass USTET.
For those who did not know it yet, coming from a far province or city or municipality makes it a bit hard to take the entrance test of UST so there are ways such as applying online at the UST official website. You can fill up and download the application form here.
Many review centers offer UST entrance test review classes and say they are the best and cheapest. I say, don't go for the cheapest, go instead for the institution that many authorities endorse or refer. Try to ask somebody you know, a student to make an inquiry from professors on what is the best choice for a review center to enroll with. This is called review center shopping and we happen to have a list below
Another good technique in choosing is by trying to read from books published by professors themselves or from Thomasian authored books about the entrance exam (if there is). Visit National Bookstore and other popular resources where you can proofread.
How Much Fees and Discount for Review Classes
Regular Fee usually starts from Php 5,000.00 - Php 7,500.00 but cheap as most of you would want, here are possible rates for discount you can ask for if you have the K. Sorry for others but this is the way it works. I only saw these discount rates on Facebook from some unknown review center that did not post their business name on the file. Just be sure to ask your review center for these rates just in case you are qualified. For those who are lucky enough, you might find FREE pdf file review questions online. It will depend on your skill to search and research using the internet. Great sources would be docstoc.com and scribd.com.
List of USTET Review and Training Centers
Below is the list of documentary requirements which according to guidelines must be sent thru any Philippine courier (Air 21,LBC, DHL etc.) to the Office for Admissions (OFAD), Rm. 104, Tan Yan Kee Student Center, University of Santo Tomas, Espana, Manila. We have listed their hotline numbers above (please see).
Applicants who wish to take the USTET in their PROVINCES should submit the accomplished Application and Grades Form and payment to the nearest Testing Center.
Reminder: Test permits will be issued only and exclusively to applicants with complete
requirements. They will be notified through an email which will be sent as reply regarding the status of a student's
application to take the entrance test. For those who want to visit the campus in advance as we gave on our tip to do so for students, please see the UST map.
Manila Testing Application Schedule
July 1, 2014 - November 29, 2014
Mondays to Fridays
8:00 AM - 11:30AM/1:00 PM - 4:30PM
USTET Schedule for 2015 by Batch
First Batch: August 24, 2014 with payment deadline of August 16, 2014
Second Batch: September 28, 2014 with payment deadline of September 20, 2014
Last Batch: December 7, 2014 with payment deadline of November 29, 2014
USTET Results 2015 Release Schedule
Result of the 2014 UST Entrance Test will be posted at the respective campuses on a per course basis on January 28, 2015. Please stay updated by visiting the official OFAD office or UST website only.