Sunday, August 5, 2012

UPCAT Essay Questions

Do you like or hate the UPCAT essay questions? I found them leveling the playing field for students of different backgrounds: "Narrate the conversation when you encounter an alien." Not that it's a no-brainer. Just think what this question measures. A lot more than rational-calculative, abstract, or purely conceptual questions can. 

The essay questions were:
1. "Tell a lie about yourself and prove it"
-I'd open my essay with "I lie every weekend" (The Liar Paradox) 
2. "Narrate the conversation when you encounter an alien."
-A blabber on existentialism and then end it with a twist that I was talking with an alien/alternate psyche that exists in my head (not an actual alien, but an alien form of my usual, socially defined self)
3. "If your crush says that he/she loves you, will you say you love him/her, too?"
-It depends if he's a guy or girl who confessed to me. A blabber on gender freedom and love, on opportunities and constraints.
4. "What is your favorite study tool?"
-My seatmates. A talk on collaborative learning. Expand the essay on the value of social networking sites.

I'm sorry. But the question haters don't deserve to be in UP.