FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS



I. ADMISSION

 

What are the criteria for admission?

The Committee on Admission and Aid considers the applicant’s ACET results, high school grades, recommendations, extra - & co-curricular activities and all other information in the application form. There is no numerical weight for each.

 

What is the cut-off grade for admission?

There is no cut-off grade for admission. The test results are in percentiles which are dependent on the performance of the whole batch of examinees. Of course, applicants with high grades in high school and high scores in the ACET have better chances of being accepted.

 

How are high school grades evaluated when high schools differ in grading system?

The processing of applications is done by school. The Committee gets an idea of a particular school’s grading system by comparing the grades of the applicants within the school.

 

I’m from the province. Are Metro Manila applicants given priority over provincial applicants?

No. Both undergo the same Admission process.

 

Is there a quota in the number of students to be accepted per region?

None. There is no limit as to the number of provincial applicants to be accepted. All qualified applicants regardless of region are accepted.

 

II. COURSES

 

Are there quota courses in the Ateneo?

There are no quota courses, only honors programs. Only those in the top 15% of the ACET can get into the honors programs.

 

Will my course preference affect my admission?

No. An applicant is first accepted into the Ateneo before he or she is assigned to a course.

 

So what happens if I don’t qualify for my first choice?

Applicants who do not qualify for their first choice may be assigned to the next choice they qualify in. If you still do not qualify for your second choice, the committee goes through all your other course preferences.

 

What are the basic similarities and differences among the following courses?

1. BS Applied Math: Mathematical Finance (BS/M AMF) versus BS Mathematics (BS MA)

Similarity:

All of them provide a solid foundation in mathematics

Differences:

BS MA: The emphasis is on pure (theoretical) mathematics along with some exposure to applied areas of mathematics.

 

BS/M AMF: It aims to produce graduates skilled in the rigorous mathematics behind stocks, investments and financial markets.

 

2. BS Computer Science (BS CS) versus BS Computer Engineering (BS CoE) versus BS Management Information  Systems (BS MIS)

Similarity:

All of these courses have something to do with computers and programming.

Differences:

BS CS: The curriculum focuses on the programming side/computer tool (software)

 

BS CoE: The curriculum focuses on design of parts/components & assembly of computers: (hardware)

 

BS MIS: The curriculum also has programming courses but it has more of the management courses.   

 

3. BS Biology (BS BIO)  and BS Life Science (BS LfSci)

Similarity:

                Both courses are designed to have sufficient background in the biological sciences.

Differences:

BS BIO: It emphasizes the research-based area of biology.

 

BS LfSci: The curriculum leads to the development of specialized tracks such as Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Conservation Biology, and Biomedical Science.

 

4. AB Political Science (AB POS), AB/MA Political Science, and AB/M Political Science – Masters in Public Management (AB POS-MPM)

Similarity:

                All have something to do with studies in politics and governance.

Differences:

AB POS: The curriculum presents a foundational training in theoretical and empirical methods in the area of politics and governmental systems.

 

AB/MA POS: The curriculum is more oriented towards International Relations and Global Governance.

 

AB POS-MPM: The curriculum is geared towards Public Management in local and national levels of the public sector.

 

What are the pre-med courses in Ateneo?        

In 2004, BS Health Sciences was introduced to provide the seamless, integrated preparation for the professional training in the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health, which opened in 2007.

 

In School Year 2008 -2009, the Biology Department of the Ateneo de Manila University undertook a revision of its academic programs. The originally 4-year BS Biology Program was revised to a 5-year program and BS Life Sciences was introduced.

 

Apart from BS Health Sciences, BS Biology and BS Life Sciences, BS Psychology may be taken by Ateneo students in preparation for medical school. 100% of the graduates of BS Biology and BS Psychology who have applied to top medical schools have been admitted.

 

What are the pre-law courses?

Due to the rigorous training and holistic formation that the Ateneo offers, all of the programs under the Loyola Schools may be suitable preparation for students of law. Many students intending to take up law in the future commonly take up AB Political Science, AB Philosophy or Management courses.

 

 

III. THE ATENEO COLLEGE ENTRANCE TEST

 

What is the ACET?

The ACET, or the Ateneo College Entrance Test, is a test requirement for admission to the undergraduate program of the Loyola Schools of the Ateneo de Manila University.

 

Is it hard?

Yes. You really have to prepare well for it.

 

But they say it’s the hardest college entrance test in the …

The questions for the ACET are skewed for above-average students, and the test is conducted under time pressure.

 

Above-average? But I think I’m just an average student..

Don’t get me wrong. When I say above average, I do not mean you need an IQ of 200 to pass. If you prepare well, and take the test well, you’ll do well.

 

Time pressure! I’ve heard about that. Is it true that the ACET isn’t designed to be finished?

It isn’t designed to be finished. That’s true. However, the ACET CAN BE FINISHED.

 

How much does the ACET figure in deciding my Ateneo application?

Quite a lot. Of course, the Ateneo also looks at your high school grades, recommendations and your essay. A high ACET score helps your case a lot, though.

 

What about my essay?

-       Your Ateneo application form has an essay question.

-       Be truthful and candid. Make yourself known. Shine.

 

What sort of questions does the ACET have?

The ACET has multiple-choice questions only. They ask you to bring pencils so you can shade little circles or squares. The test is fed into a scantron-thing as far as I know.

 

Is there an essay portion?

There is an essay part to test your writing ability and coherence of thought.

 

How many questions are there in total?

I don’t know. This varies from year to year. Besides, you will not need to keep track of how many questions there are.

 

Are the items right-minus-wrong?

No.

 

Is there a section in Filipino?

As of this writing, none.

 

How do I prepare for the ACET?

You mean you haven’t prepared yet? Then what were all those years in lower, middle, and high school for? Seriously speaking, taking a college review seminar or buying one of those tester books won’t really mean anything unless you have a decent background already. In my opinion, preparation for the ACET is predicated on sufficient preparation PRIOR TO APPLYING TO THE ATENEO (meaning, before you even get your application form).

 

Are we allowed to bring scratch paper and calculators to the ACET?

Scratch paper will be provided. Calculators and other electronic devices are not allowed.

 

What will I need to bring?

You’re usually told what to bring to the testing date (pencils, ballpens). Please read the exam permit given to you upon registration.

 

Can I bring snacks?

You may, but you can take them only during the break. I recommend food which keeps you awake (since the ACET is pretty tiring to take) or relaxes you. I remember bringing Oreos and a bottle of mineral water.  Some friends brought chocnut or chocolate or peanuts. I don’t recommend bringing soda, since it can make your stomach go bad, which is something you will not want to happen during the ACET.

 

Who can I bring with me?

Aside from yourself? Anyone. Of course, you’ll have to leave them once you enter the testing area.

 

What do I do before the ACET?

-       Relax. CEASE STUDYING at least 24 hours before your testing day. Any brushing up you may do within that time frame may interfere with your long term memory (which is what I hope you’ll rely on when you take your test).

-       Eat a bit. It’s hard to take the test on an empty stomach. Don’t eat too much, though.

-       Go do your business (read: visit the bathroom). Enough said.

-       Get well-rested. This means no late night partying, hanky-panky, strenuous activities before testing day. You’ll need the energy.

-       Pray. This helps, honestly.

-       If it’s entirely possible, drop by the Ateneo de Manila’s Loyola Heights campus and take a tour. Use this image as motivation.

-       Come on time. Traffic is terrible! You don’t want to give extra stress on yourself by coming in late.

 

What do I do during the ACET?

-       Do not go to sleep while taking the test. Do not go to sleep while taking the test. Do not go to sleep while taking the test. (Ad infinitum)

-       Do not get stuck on one question. Skip it, move on, and then come back for it. You’ll be pressed for time. But be careful in answering. Make sure you are shading the right number.

-       Pause from time to time to review your answers.

-       Keep track of the time using a watch IF AND ONLY IF you will not scare yourself out of your wits once you see how fast time can fly or look on the board for time remaining.

-       Follow your proctor and whatever instructions there are in the booklet, especially those that tell you to stop at the end of a section. Going on ahead to the next section is unfair, and you just might get sent home for doing that (this will of course render your application forfeited).

-       You will be given a bathroom break. Therefore, resist any irrational, most probably-psychologically-induced urge to urinate, etc. During your bathroom break, relax. If you smoke, sorry, smoking isn’t going to be allowed.

-       Do your best to do well.

 

What do I do after the ACET?

-       Resist the urge to scream. You can do that once you leave the testing area (and will be met with more screaming test takers).

-       Try going around the Ateneo campus. This place might be your home for the next four years!

-       If you want to find a place to eat, the Katipunan area’s got a whole slough of places, ranging from Filipino to Japanese to Italian food. There are also several fast food places. Cafes are also in the area.

-       Shopping and recreation centers are pretty near. The Ateneo campus is around 15 minutes from Eastwood in Libis, 20 minutes from Ortigas, and maybe 30 minutes from Makati. It’s also just a train ride away from Cubao’s Gateway Mall and Araneta Coliseum (where the Ateneo Blue Eagles may be winning a UAAP basketball game!)

-       I really recommend heading for a Church and saying thanks to God for getting through the ACET without too many emotional or psychological scars.

-       Finish the rest of your senior year in high school trying to learn, and trying to finish well. Your final marks will be needed later.

 

 

IV. APPLICATION DECISIONS

What possible decisions on application should we expect from the Ateneo?

You may get any one of the following decision letters: acceptance, waitlist and rejection.

 

How will I know that I was accepted?

Decisions on college and scholarship applications are posted usually within the first few weeks of January, on a set of boards at the Blue Eagle Gym. If you see your name, you either passed or are waitlisted. (It will be indicated). If you don’t see your name, you weren’t accepted. All decision letters are sent to all applicants who submitted complete requirements.

 

Yey! I was accepted! What next?

-       Welcome to the Ateneo.

-       Follow procedure. Confirm your slot, quick.

-       Did you get into your course of preference? If yes, submit what documents you may need, and then give yourself a pat on the back. Now, prepare for college. If not, write a letter asking for a change of course. Prepare for college.

-       In the event that you aren’t allowed to change your course, do not be alarmed. You’ll be able to shift courses after your freshman year.

 

OH NO! I got waitlisted!

-       Follow procedure. Wait. Pray.

 

OH NO! I wasn’t accepted!

-       You can always try to transfer after a year.

 

 

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