No USTET 2021? Looks Like UST Admissions Will Be Based on Your Old Grades

Think other universities will follow their lead?

ILLUSTRATION War Espejo

(SPOT.ph) College entrance exams are an annual anxiety festival for the nation's youth, but it looks like those aiming to get into the University of Santo Tomas will have to deal with a new method of admissions: the #USTAR2021. An announcement from the website of the university's admissions office made the rounds online on August 13.

It stated that the usual University of Santo Tomas Entrance Examinations (better known as USTET) will not be administered for the school year 2021 to 2022—instead, the University of Santo Tomas Admission Rating, dubbed USTAR, will be implemented.

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Based on the screenshot of the initial announcement, hopeful Thomasians will be rated based largely on their academic performance and records. 

Screenshot taken at 12:30 p.m., August 13.
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The site has since been updated to show a shorter message—but this time touting the #USTAR2021 for the incoming school year. There are no updates yet on what criteria the USTAR will use or what score is needed to get into the university. Plus, there's also the possibility that other universities will follow their lead as the pandemic continues.

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The University of Santo Tomas (UST) officially announced the shift to the USTAR system on August 14. It noted that the full guidelines will soon be posted on the official of their Office for Admissions.

Meanwhile, students online are freaking out. While administering physical exams is a definite no given the current circumstances, the lack of information on the USTAR isn't giving much hope, either. Check out the strongest—and funniest—statements below:

Good conduct should be a factor!

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Ouch.

Are we 100% sure the grading system nationwide is unbiased?

High School is a different playing field.

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Louder for the people in the back!

UPDATED (August 14, 2020): The article was updated following the official announcement of UST on their Twitter account.

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