The test is absolutely exhausting and takes almost half of your day. By the time you're done you'd have spent a good amount of energy on all those darn test questions, so it does seem logical to have some energy boosts or pit stops in the test to keep you fresh and in the best possible condition for answering the remaining questions.
Some clear no-nos:
1. Sinigang/Nilaga/Ramen/Lugaw/other soups
Do I need to explain?
2. Adobo/Mechado/sauce-based dishes
The UPCAT is clearly not the time to show your culinary patriotism. Save it for another occasion.
3. Rice Meals
5. Anything more than 1 cup/two bottles of any drink
You do NOT want to waste time going to the washroom more than once if at all during the test.
What's the common factor between the three? They all exhibit some or all of these properties:
b. Hassle to Eat
c. Nutritionally worthless
d. Bothersome in the long run
So what should you bring?
How about burgers? Well... I'm not a big fan of unhealthy food, but if the good old Big Mac/Champ/Whopper suits you better, go ahead and bring one.
All boxes ticked, plus the fact that these are food items that athletes eat right before a game. (Bananas give a person enough energy for 90 minutes.)
It gives you just enough food to eat, without eating too much of your time.