Tried and tested: Entrance exam strategies

Academic performance, however, is not the end-all-be-all of the admissions process. No one can go back in time to improve their grades, but the persistent and well-prepared stand a fair chance of passing admissions and board exams. (READ: Tips for UPCAT Takers)

Whatever way you choose to prepare (if at all) for such exams, here are some tried and tested exam strategies to make the most of the experience:

Before exam day:


During exam day:

After the exam:

Celebrate the passing of the hurdle, but don’t be complacent. After all, it’s one thing to be admitted into a school – but graduating from it is another ordeal entirely. Ditto for passing a board exam and for the long, often bumpy road to being an excellent and responsible practitioner. 

“Whatever the outcome of the exam may be, all that you are and all that you know is so much more than an exam score.”

Don’t lose heart if the results were not as favorable. Apply to other schools if you’re an incoming high school or college student. Hit the books again for your second run of review if you’re a graduate seeking licensure. You’re human and it’s perfectly natural to be hurt, hysterical, disappointed and embarrassed – even angry – when things don’t go our way.

But in the words of Winston Churchill, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Whatever the outcome of the exam may be, all that you are and all that you know is so much more than an exam score.

Written tests and shaded circles can only tell us so much. The true test of character is how big we’re willing to dream, how much we’re willing to give up and how far we’re willing to go when what is worth having doesn’t come easy. –

Angel Britanico was once a chubby-cheeked high school senior who covered her eyes with both hands when she saw the Oblation for the first time. She graduated from University of the Philippines Diliman in 2013 and passed the entrance examination for the UP College of Law and the Ateneo Law School that same year.

Six years after her UP College Admission Test (UPCAT), Angel is now a chubby-cheeked, 21-year-old marketer by profession and wordsmith by passion. 

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