THE University of the Philippines (UP) will forgo the UP College Admission Test (UPCAT) 2022 for freshmen in the academic year 2023-2024.

This was confirmed to The Manila Times on Friday by the Office of the Vice President for Public Affairs of the UP System.

"As stated in the column of Director [Francisco] de los Reyes, there will be no UPCAT for the freshmen intake of Academic Year 2023-2024; even as UP is preparing for UPCAT 2024 to be administered in 2023," it said in an email correspondence.

UP assured that its ad hoc admissions system is more closely analyzing the applicants' high school performance so that "excellence and equity" are not compromised in accepting new students.

It noted that the old system used in pre-pandemic times for determining acceptance to the university has considered applicants' high school general weighted average alongside the UPCAT to determine their University Predicted Grade — the measure by which UP sets the cutoff between qualifiers and non-qualifiers, predicting how they would perform in UP.

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This is the third year that the university will not conduct UPCAT in light of the public health situation brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.