By Kristine Jane R. Liu
DON’T come to us; we’ll come to you.
This is the new strategy being employed by the Office for Student Admissions in its bid to increase the number of applicants taking the UST Entrance Test. In addition to regional testing centers, the entrance exam can now be administered in schools that can muster enough Thomasian-wannabes.
“Instead of students coming to our school to take the exam, we (go) to their school to give them the test so that students who find it difficult to come to UST will still be able to take the exam,” Lucila Banse, admissions office director, said.
On-site testing was pre-arranged for schools with 100 or more examinees. During the exam, the school guidance counselor and two examiners from the University would be present to supervise the examinees.
The test has been administered in twelve schools, namely: La Immaculada Conception in Pasig; St. Jude College, San Lorenzo Ruiz Academy, and Hope Christian High School in Manila; Holy Spirit Academy in Malolos; Manresa School in Parañaque; School of the Holy Spirit and Claret School in Quezon City; Assumption College in Antipolo; Infant Jesus Academy in Marikina; Notre Dame of Greater Manila in Caloocan; and Paref Southridge School in Muntinlupa.
“The on-site testing was requested last year by some of the schools but it was still unavailable. As soon as we had it implemented, we informed the guidance counselors of the different institutions and they were very eager about it,” Banse said.
The on-site testing scheme complements UST’s 24 testing centers nationwide. Liceo de San Pablo in San Pablo City and Sacred Heart College in Lucena City have recently been added to the list of provincial testing arms of the University.
Banse also bared an increase in the number of international applicants. From last year’s 345 examinees, the figure climbed to 450 this year. The applicants came from Middle Eastern countries such as Bahrain, Qatar, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.
Some 40,000 hopefuls take the annual entrance exam to UST, with only about a fifth making it to Asia’s oldest university every year.
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