After UST, Ateneo also ditches its college entrance exams


See ya later, ACET

Following the University of Sto. Tomas, Ateneo De Manila University has now decided to follow suit and cancel the Ateneo College Entrance Test for School Year (SY) 2021-2022.

Based on the school’s official admissions page, applicants will now be judged based on their ‘past academic performance, on the recommendations of teachers, essay, and on information written down on the application form’.

Application for the new SY will run from September 1 to December 1, 2020.

We know there is a lot going on and we don’t want to create more unneeded drama and stress. There will be no Ateneo…

Posted by Ateneo de Manila University on Tuesday, September 1, 2020


UST also made a similar decision a month ago when it dropped the UST Entrance Exams (USTET) in favor of UST Admission Rating (USTAR), citing the ongoing quarantine restrictions in the metro. USTAR judges admissions based on the ‘academic performance and records of the applicant’.

Just like before, reactions have been mixed, with some commending Ateneo’s move, while others aired issues of unbalanced grading systems. Entrance exams also serve as some sort of ‘redemption’ for those with less-than-stellar academic performances, although the current pandemic does call for certain adjustments.