UPCAT 2018 schedule, deadline of filing, and list of requirements


MANILA, Philippines - The University of the Philippines (UP) System announced the schedule, application period and requirements for UP College Admission Test (UPCAT) for the incoming freshmen of academic year 2018-2019.

UPDATE (March 30, 2018): Kindly check UPCAT Results 2018-2019 for the list of passers.

As per UP system announcement, the 2018 UPCAT will be administered on October 21 and 22 in atleast 9 test locations nationwide. The application period will start on July 17, 2017 and will end depending on your school type as listed below:
Metro Manila Private Schools: August 18, 2017
Metro Manila Public Schools: August 25, 2017
Non-Metro Manila Schools/Regional: September 1, 2017

Admission Requirements:

  • Senior high school student expecting to graduate before SY 2018 from a DepEd-accredited high school or a secondary school abroad; OR 
  • Graduate of a DepEd- accredited high school or secondary school abroad; OR 
  • PEPT Certified Eligible for admission to college; AND 
  • With final grades for three (3) high school years preceding the year of graduation; AND 
  • Must not have taken any college subject/s prior to taking the UPCAT; AND 
  • Must not have taken the UPCAT previously.

UPCAT 2018 schedule, deadline of filing, and list of requirements


Category of Applicant Required Documents
All applicants Four recent 2X2 identical photographs
Proof of payment of UPCAT application fee
Completed UPCAT Forms 1 and 2
IF High school graduate High school diploma
IF Graduating in 2017 from a HS with a DepEd approved K+12 transition program (i.e. SHS Early Adopter) DepEd Certificate of Approval or Permit to Operate transition program
IF Philippine Education Placement Test (PEPT) taker PEPT Certificate of Eligibility to Enter College and PEPT grades
IF Transferee (i.e. has taken subjects from another high school) Signed and certified legible photocopy of the Permanent Secondary School Record (F137) from other school with all the grades earned within
IF Exempted from payment of application fee:
Annual gross family income is PhP130,000 or less; OR ITRs of earning family members or BIR Certificate of Exemption
A Top Ten graduate/prospective graduate of a public high school Certified Ranked overall list of the school's TOP TEN students across all programs and/or campuses


The UPCAT consists of 4 subtests: Language Proficiency (English and Filipino), Science, Math and Reading Comprehension (English and Filipino).

Standardized UPCAT scores are combined with the weighted average of 3 years of high school final grades to determine the UP admission grade. To implement the policy of demographic access, the selection of campus qualifiers also considers socioeconomic and geographic factors.

All UPCAT applicants are ranked based on their UP admission grades, then screened based on their choice of campuses. The top-ranking applicants per campus will qualify based on the campus quota and cut-off grade. If you do not qualify for your first choice, you are automatically screened for your second choice of campus.


  • Go to your designated Test Center on the date specified in your Test Permit: OCTOBER 21 or 22, 2017. Be there by 7:00am. 
  • Bring only your Test Permit, 2 good quality pencils, sharpener, rubber eraser and snacks. 
  • The test administration will last about five hours. 
  • The use of cellphones, calculating devices, and/or cameras during the test is strictly prohibited and will be a cause for immediate rejection of application for admission to UP.

Check the UPCAT website (http://upcat.up.edu.ph) for announcements and posting of UPCAT results between February and March 2018.

A list of UP Qualifiers from your school will be sent to your principal. Individual notices will also be sent to all examinees.

 If you qualify for admission to UP, register according to the instructions provided by the college or unit to which you have been accepted.

UPDATE (July 17, 2017): Kindly check upcatonline.up.edu.ph for the latest updates.


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