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7 Things They Don't Tell You About the ACET

Exams are hard, but getting ready for them is even harder—especially for something as big as the ACET. So, here are some hopefully helpful tips from someone who's taken and passed the Ateneo entrance test.
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 1  It's not science.

It most definitely isn't. The Ateneo College Entrance Test (ACET) is known for its test content being mainly composed of English, reading comprehension, logic, reasoning and Math. Science is not a part of the test, so that's one less major subject to study!

 2  There's no traffic like the crazy Katipunan traffic.

First part of the test: getting there on time. It's best to get up early to beat the especially terrible Katipunan traffic. With the new traffic scheme in place, and the hundreds of other examinees coming in, you might just drown in the sea of cars.

 3  Trade jackets in for hankies!

Nope, you definitely won't need jackets. Don't expect a cool, air-conditioned room. Ateneo tries to be 100% environment-friendly, so aircon is off the table. Bring your handkerchief or facial tissue instead! You'll be sweating it out—for the test, and the heat.

 4  Keep calm and continue.

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Every part of the test has an extremely short, set time limit. The key words here are "time pressure." Some parts of the test require you to answer a number of items in 25 minutes. But don't panic! Just move along. You can go back to make guesses later on.

 5  Shade. EVERYTHING.

Thankfully, unlike the UPCAT, the ACET doesn't operate on a right-minus-wrong system. If you don't know the answer, don't be afraid to take a guess! You might just hit the bull's eye.

 6  Think of the ACET as any other test. Relax. Breathe. Don't be too hard on yourself!

There's a lot of pressure to pass the ACET, because the Ateneo's one of the top 4 schools in the country! It's also a test that defines the future. But at the end of the day, you have to trust that you know your stuff. So, chill. If you pass, you pass. If you don't, there's nothing wrong with that, or with you!

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 7  Treat yourself after! :)

No matter how you feel after taking the exam—whether it went great or terrible—head on out to Katipunan and treat yourself to awesome food! Get a comforting, heaping cup of hot chocolate at Xocolat or grab a thick milkshake at Starr's! Ice cream at Sebatian's is never out of the question, and a full-blown meal at Katsu Café is also highly recommended.

Good luck, examinees! And remember...

You got this!

Are you taking the ACET this weekend? How did you prepare? What other college entrance exams are you taking this year?

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