The University of the Philippines (UP) will not be administering the UP College Admissions Test (UPCAT) for the second straight year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

UP made the announcement on Tuesday.

The cancellation was due to the “immense logistical challenge of administering UPCAT in the UP campuses and 95 testing centers throughout the archipelago while the trajectory of the pandemic remains uncertain,” according to a UP memorandum.

UP’s university councils, the highest policy-making bodies of each UP school, voted “overwhelmingly” in favor of the cancellation, the university said.

“For AY (Academic Year) 2022-2023, the admissions model used by the UP Office of Admissions’ for the first-year student intake of AY 2021-2022 will be used,” it said.

Under the new admissions model, UP freshmen applicants are evaluated using their high school grades.

The Philippines is slowly restarting face-to-face classes amid the Covid-19 pandemic. John Ezekiel J. Hirro