Finally, you have it all down pat: your exam permit and schedule for the University of Sto. Tomas college entrance test. You want to pass it because you believe in Asia’s oldest university, and your parents will be so pleased in having a Thomasian at home
Here are tips to pass the test.
The UST entrance test or USTET is comprised of 4 parts: English, math, science, and mental ability.
Math will cover geometry, algebra, arithmetic, and trigonometry. The science section is a mix of physics, chemistry, biology, life and earth sciences, and a bit of astronomy. As for English, prepare for questions on grammar, vocabulary, structure, composition, and reading comprehension.
If you’ve got weak subjects in the coverage, focus on these areas when studying for the test.
The Mental Ability section tests you on abstract ideas, logic, general knowledge, and common sense. This section functions like an Intelligence Quotient (IQ) test, and yet it’s also part of the scoring. So take it seriously. You’ll be given 30 minutes to answer 80 questions so know how to budget your time as well.
3. Don’t just rely on your stock knowledge for the exam.
There’s a common mindset that the USTET is easy because you’ve “learned this all before.” But remember, you’ll be competing against a lot of exam takers and applicants. The stakes are still high, and you don’t want to be careless.
Don’t just rely on what you think you remember from grades 7 through 9. You’ll be challenged by time constraints and huge chunks of information. Better go back and review everything in advance.
4. Practice math problems, review science flashcards, and read in your spare time.
Salvage your old notes. Enroll in a college review center. Make your own reviewers and flashcards.
For the past few years, the math section has been heavy on geometry and computation. You won’t have your calculator, so be prepared. Science is quite spaced out, so be well-rounded with your reviewing. Also, one tip for the English portion is reading classical literature to prepare for tricky words, sentences, and literary references.
5. Don’t leave anything blank!
Budget your time wisely during the test so you can answer all the questions. If you’re taking too long on a certain item, skip to the next one. When you’ve left a blank question, make an educated guess and shade it in.
The USTET does not have a right-minus-wrong rule. So it’s better to take a chance and shade that item you might leave blank. Who knows, you might get it right and get a higher score!
6. For Design and Architecture applicants, be prepared for a special on-the-spot drawing exam.
Applicants to courses like Painting, Interior Design, Industrial Design, and Architecture will have to take a drawing test apart from the USTET. While your exam scores are prioritized over the drawing results, this exam plays a part in your acceptance as well. This is to assess your style and the visual skills needed for your course.
Before the test, build up your style. Work on your dimensions and shading, as USTET passers say knowledge of this is a bonus. During the test, take time to meditate and calm yourself.
The night before, get enough rest. Don’t cram but just lightly review. Psych yourself up with positive thoughts and intentions. Good luck USTET takers!