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THE UNIVERSITY on Monday opened the application portal for the UST Entrance Test (USTET), which will be conducted for the first time amid the Covid-19 pandemic for the admission of new students in Academic Year (AY) 2023 to 2024.

Application procedures and requirements may be viewed at

There will be three USTET batches for college and senior high school (SHS) applicants, while two entrance examinations will be conducted for Learning-Enhanced Accelerated Program for Medicine (LEAPMed) applicants.

The examination dates for the UST Manila testing center are as follows:


  • Oct. 23, 2022
  • Dec. 4, 2022
  • Jan. 22, 2023


  • Oct. 23, 2022
  • Dec. 4, 2022


  • Oct. 23, 2022
  • Dec. 11, 2022
  • Jan. 22, 2023

Provincial testing centers will be announced soon, the UST Office for Admissions (OFAD) said.

UST will accept applications for college until Jan. 6, 2023, LEAPMed until Nov. 18, 2022, and SHS until Jan. 6, 2023.

The USTET results will be released in April 2023. 

The final rating of the applicants will be based on their USTET score (80 percent) and their average grades (20 percent) in Math, English, and Science, as stated in their USTET application grades form.

The return of the USTET marks the end of the use of the University of Santo Tomas Admission Rating (USTAR), the score-based evaluation system that UST used to admit freshmen for the past two years.

USTET health protocols

The OFAD is “strongly encouraging” applicants to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, although vaccination is not required.

Applicants must be dropped off and fetched at the designated entrance and exit gates.

SHS and Junior High School applicants may bring one companion with them who must stay at assigned waiting areas on campus.

Applicants must go to their designated entrance gates one to two hours before their test schedule and present the following documents upon entry:

  • Health declaration form accomplished on the day of examination from the Thomasian Online Medical Services (ThOMedSS) for Thomasian applicants or StaySafe.PH for non-Thomasian applicants
  • Test permit
  • School ID card
  • Proof of vaccination (if applicable)

After presenting the documents, applicants will be screened by a medical team at the entrance gates for their temperature and other health details.

Applicants must observe health protocols at all times while inside the campus, such as wearing well-fitted masks (except when eating), one-meter physical distancing, and hand sanitizing.

College and SHS applicants may bring only bite-sized snacks and water inside the testing rooms, while LEAPMed examinees must bring packed lunches, which may only be eaten inside their testing rooms.


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