This is a half-day exam that forms part of a prospective applicant’s entrance requirement to the Ateneo College (now called Loyola Schools). I don’t remember how much, though. Is it 50-50 (high school grades to test) or 1/3 1/3 1/3 (grades to test to application form and recommendations)?
Anyway, I used to be a regular examiner for this exam (because GT was working then for the Ateneo Office of Admission and Aid). And I can easily become one again (they gave an honorarium during our time, per session) because I still know a few people there. Just don’t have time for it anymore.
Please note that examiner does not equal proctor in the ACET because the procter merely assists the examiner in distributing/collecting papers, etc. The examiner is the one actually administering the exam. He/she is the one the reads the instructions (for the exams and how to fill the details) and keeps time.
While passing the time between exams, I used to browse the sample exam given provided the examiners. I was thinking if I took it at that time, I would not pass. That test was so darn hard!
I used to do something cruel to my examinees. I brought this kitchen timer with a loud “tick-tock” sound like a time bomb… I imagine that put undue pressure on them… heheheheh!
A few tips are in order, assuming it will still be the same type of exam they are still giving:
1. Of course, I would not remember the questions the tests contain. Besides, they may use different sets every year. So I won’t bother giving you actual questions.
2. As in all exams, be very conscious of the time. Time management is the key in this exam. Do not dwell on any question too long or you’ll lose time to answer the ones you can easily answer. Make an estimate on how much time you have to spend per question (of course, by dividing the number of questions by the time alloted) and try to stick by it.
3. There are some parts of the exams that you have to answer the entire booklet. I’m telling you this now so you won’t get shocked when you’re actually taking the exams.
4. Watch out for what I call the “five minute specials.” These are the traditional exams (logic, vocabulary, etc.) with a twist… you have to finish them in only five minutes. Talk about a speed round!
That’s about it. Good luck and I hope you pass…