These are very important in the Mathematics section of the UPCAT, and all the prerequisite skills for higher math that are expected for any UP student are tested. This would include factoring (quadratics, binomials, etc.), basic computation, radicals (square roots, etc.), exponents and more. They are much more important because even if advanced topics like logarithms and synthetic division is covered, there isn't a lot of them, and most likely you'll need those basic skills to solve those advanced topics anyways so brush up.
2. Read widely on Science
The science portion of the UPCAT has a very wide (and we mean very wide) range of topics, and sometimes, even if you came from a science high school, you might have not even tackled the topics that will come up. A good, if inefficient, solution to this is to read up not just on standard science topics which you will need for sure, but also some off the path topics like geology, electricity, water systems and the environment.
3. Get some practice reading both Filipino and English passages quickly and critically.
The reading comprehension section of the UPCAT carries a lot of pressure with it, largely due to the time limit. Most students tend to take a very long time comprehending what exactly the passage they are reading is about and lose time for the other passages, which sometimes end up being much easier to read than the first ones, a sneaky trick by the test makers designed to reward fast readers.
With this in mind, go ahead and practice reading articles quickly and getting at least the gist of what it is talking about, because most of time, that is all that matters when you need to answer questions. Remember that you are trying to nick as many points as you can here, not trying to appreciate a piece of literature, however nice it is.
4. Know your core grammar rules for both English and Filipino
I have to stress this: you don't need to know everything. UPCAT grammar is mostly rudimentary, and a lot of people get away with it by relying on what sounds right, but it's still best to know the basic rules that UP knows a lot of people are not aware of, such as proper idiom usage or ng ang nang usage. You won't gain a ton of points for doing this, but you might just get enough to lift you over students who would otherwise have the same score as you.
Check the basic Filipino grammar rules here:
BASIC FILIPINO GRAMMAR
5. Take a practice test
Of course, since we're CollegeRev, we highly encourage you to take our practice test (It's free. Seriously. Just click here.) to assess yourself and see if you have done enough of the four things above to pass the UPCAT. Simply send in your scores to collegerevPH@yahoo.com together with your HS grades to see if you did ok.
If you did well, congrats! You're on track to pass, but don't get complacent. If you didn't, that's totally ok. It's better that you got hurt and told that you didn't do well now, while you can still do something about it, rather than later with your rejection letter, when you can barely do anything about it anymore.
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