Covid-19 compels UP to cancel UPCAT for 2021-2022

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The University of the Philippines has announced it will not hold the UP College Admission Test (UPCAT) for  academic year 2021-2022 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

University Councils of the eight constituent universities (CUs) of the UP System unanimously decided to cancel the admission test for the incoming school year.

“As stated in a memorandum issued by the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs on 30 October 2020, the University Councils of the CUs unanimously voted not to administer UPCAT in light of logistical issues in the paper-and-pencil testing of about 100,000 17-year old applicants,” the state university said pm its website post.

UP will instead come up with a modified freshmen admissions system for the incoming school year by February next year. Its University Councils are vested with the power to “fix the requirements for admission to any college or unit, graduation and grant of honors subject to minimum system-wide requirements.”

The university has advised interested freshmen students  to monitor its official website and social media accounts for updates and more announcements on its application process. The exact date of the application period has yet to be announced but will start in December this year.

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