Looks like students will get extra days to study for the grueling University of the Philippines College Admission Test (UPCAT), originally scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, as it will be postponed due to Typhoon Mangkhut.
Super typhoon Mangkhut is nearing the Philippines and is set to enter the country’s area of responsibility this afternoon, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) announced.
“This postponement of UPCAT is nationwide. All examination centers of UPCAT is affected, from Luzon until Mindanao, as well as areas that won’t be as affected by the typhoon,” UP Vice President for Public Affairs Jose Dalisay Jr. told DZMM radio.
Dalisay added that some 102,000 students were supposed to take the entrance exam nationwide this weekend.
The decision comes after consulting with university officials and weather experts regarding Typhoon Mangkhut, which will be locally named Typhoon Ompong.
In an announcement posted earlier today by UPCAT – U.P. System on its social media pages, it said: “This decision is based on consultation with UP System officials and weather experts on the latest forecast on Typhoon Ompong and its expected impact on Northern Luzon and Eastern Seaboard including Western Visayas.”
Announcement on UPCAT 2019 from the UP Office of Admissions pic.twitter.com/5G1e5JrniU
— UP System (@upsystem) September 12, 2018
It added: “[The decision was in] consideration of the nationwide scope of the exam that entails synchronized travel arrangements among others which pose undue risks to both UPCAT examinees and UPCAT personnel.”
The University of the Philippines (UP) has yet to announce a new date for the annual college admission test.
UP’s flagship campus in Diliman, Quezon City is the number one university in the country.
Competition for a spot in the institution is so fierce that in July, thousands of prospective students and parents camped inside campus just to submit application requirements.