The Center for Educational Measurement, Inc. is created for the following purposes:
CEM is a key player in the development of a coherent system of assessment and research in education where:
CEM's mission is to spread knowledge about the use of measurement and research for the improvement of education.
Our clients are our reason for being. Thus, we strive to be aware of their needs and serve them to the fullness of our ability
Duty and Obligation
CEM uses the assessment technology in the service of Man and seeks to improve its system through training, education, and research and development.
Professionalism & Excellence in Work
Management and staff commit to perform beyond expectations, bearing in mind the ethics of the testing profession.
Management and staff commit to be just to each other, providing the other what is its due. Management shall provide opportunities for growth and development to its staff and compensate them accordingly. In turn, the staff shall help maintain a well-functioning organization by being productive at work.
The Center for Educational Measurement, Inc. traces its roots to a series of consultation meetings and conferences between the Fund for Assistance to Private Education (FAPE) and the educational sector in the 1970s.
CEM was launched on September 1, 1978 in the Silangan Hall of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Minister of Education and Culture Juan L. Manuel welcomed the creation of CEM and delivered his keynote address before more than 100 guests and oﬃcials from schools, educational associations, and foreign foundations.
Dr. Abraham I. Felipe assumed the post of president upon CEM’s inception. Concurrently, he was also the Vice-Chair of the CEM Board of Trustees and the President of the Fund for Assistance to Private Schools (FAPE).
CEM became an aﬃliate member of the International Association for Educational Assessment (IAEA).
CEM released the ﬁrst locally-develped admission test for nursing schools in the Philippines, the Nursing Aptitude Test (NAT).
New Diagnostic Tests for 1st and 2nd year high school were also developed to meet the need of schools to gauge the proﬁciency of their students in English, Filipino, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.
CEM marked it’s 5th founding anniversary on September 1, 1983 at the Century Park Sheraton Hotel with the 2nd Invitational Conference on Issues in Philippine Educational Testing and a Testimonial Dinner for business corporations, civic organizations, and foundations in recognition of their eﬀorts to further educational opportunities for students.
The Philippine Occupational Interest Survey (POIS) was administered together with the Philippine Aptitude Classiﬁcation Test (PACT) to incoming college students to measure their preference for various types of work and identify the occupational ﬁeld of their interest. It served as an aid in the formulation of educational and career plans towards a satisfying career life.
The National Medical Admission Test (NMAT) is an aptitude test approved by the Board of Medical Education (BME) in consultation with the Association of Philippine Medical Colleges (APMC) was ﬁrst administered in the Philippines and Bangkok, Thailand on December 1, 1985 .
The Philippine Merit Award for Scholastic Potential (PMASP) or “Alay sa Pangarap” was a nationwide recognition project launched during CEM’s 7th anniversary on September 24, 1985. It’s aim was to identify, honor, and encourage talented CEM member school students in a way that will draw public attention and support to the importance of students’ intellectual attainment and increase educational opportunities for able students.
NMAT was ﬁrst administered in the US on January 11, 1986 in San Francisco and New York.
The Philippine Aptitude Test for Teachers (PATT) is used for screening applicants for a teaching position through an assessment of their basic strengths and weaknesses.
The Advanced Placement Tests (APT) are administered to incoming college freshmen who would like to obtain advanced credits in English and Mathematics if the institution they are enrolled in has such a policy.
CEM organized an Educational Forum on “Measurement for Excellence and Equity in Education” on September 8, 1988 at the Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Center, Roxas Boulevard.
CEM acquired its very own printing machines and established an in-house printing facility to expedite production and maintain maximum security of test materials.
Dr. Leticia M. Asuzano was appointed by the CEM Board of Trustees as CEM’s 2nd president eﬀective May 1, 1990. Dr. Asuzano served as Executive Vice-President since CEMs inception in 1978.
CEM released the following tests:
CEM developed the Law School Qualifying Test (LSQT) to measure the potential of students for legal education in the Philippines.
CEM organized an Educational Forum on “Educational Assessment - A Tool for Quality Education” on September 15, 1993 at the Mandarin Oriental in Makati.
On February 20-24, 1994, CEM spearheaded, sponsored, and hosted the 1st Asia-Paciﬁc Conference on Educational Assessment and Research at the Hotel Intercontinental Manila, Makati.
“CEM at 20: Crossing Over” was held on September 22, 1998 at the Manila Hotel.
The NMAT Highlights was the ﬁrst comprehensive evaluation of NMAT performance since its ﬁrst administration by CEM for the government in 1985. The ﬁndings of the study were disseminated during a roundtable discussion on the NMAT held on September 10, 1999 at the Asian Institute of Management’s Center for Continuous Executive Education (ACCEED) in Makati.
Four new statistical packages, BasicPlus, BasicPlus+, Multi-Year Trends of Test Scores (MTTS), and Multi-Year Trends of Learning Competencies (MTLC) were launched during a forum for CEM member schools on September 6, 2002 at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) Conference Center in Makati.
Dr. Lenore de la Llana-Decenteceo was appointed as the 3rd CEM president eﬀective May 1, 2002. Decenteceo served as acting president since October 15, 2001.
CEM held two events to commemorate its 25th anniversary: Recognition Night, a dinner hosted by CEM on September 17, 2003 at the Mabuhay Pavilion of the Manila Hotel in recognition of CEM’s Board of Trustees, center coordinators, and scholarship clients. Educational Forum on “Leading the way in educational assessment and research” held in Manila, Cebu, and Davao.
CEM and the Oﬃce of Measurement Services (OMS) of the University of Minniesota signed a Momarandum of Understanding on November 5, 2005.
CEM, as exclusive distributor in the Philippines, launched the International Benchmark Tests (IBT) at the CEM Educators’ Conference in September 2007.
Awarding of the ﬁrst ever CEM Teaching Excellence Awards (TEA) was held during CEM’s 30th Anniversary National Conference.
Awarding of the ﬁrst ever School Leadership Excellence (SLEx) was held during CEM’s 31st anniversary conference on “The Principal and the Challenge of Transformative Leadership.”
CEM held its National Conference on “Using Data to Improve Instruction and Learning” on October 15, 2008 at the Edsa Shangri-La Manila.
CEM hosted an international conference for the ﬁrst time when the 37th Annual Conference of the International Association for Educational Assessment (IAEA) was held on October 23-28, 2011 at the Edsa Shangri-La Hotel.
On October 25, 2011, Dr. Robert Sternberg was a speaker at the “Successful Intelligence: What It Takes to Succeed and Lead in School, Work, and Life”. This event was fourth in the Leadership Conference Series made possible through CEM, Campaigns and Gray, and De La Salle University-Manila.
CEM held a nationwide conference on “Lead with data. Lead change.” for its member schools in Manila on September 6, Cebu on September 13, and Davao on September 20.
CEM rolled out K to 12 ready tests beginning with Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 7. Packaged with the tests are reports on how the students measure up to the prescribed competencies.
CEM released its CEM Career Interest Proﬁler (CEM Proﬁler) to help guidance personnel facilitate the school’s career guidance and counselling programs.
The Legal Education Board (LEB) tapped CEM to develop, monitor, and administer the Philippine Law School Admission Test (PhiLSAT).
The test was ﬁrst administered on April 16, 2017 in Manila, Baguio, Legazpi, Cebu, Iloilo, Davao, and Cagayan de Oro.
CEM officially launched the CEM School Portal during its 39th Anniversary Conference held on September 22, 2017, at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel. Member schools can:
The awarding for the 2nd School Leadership Excellence (SLEx) Awards was held during the Manila leg of CEM’s 39th Anniversary Conference on “Leading Our Schools to Success” on September 8, 2017 at the Edsa Shangri-La Hotel.
Dr. Maria Cynthia A. Alcantara was appointed as the 4th CEM president eﬀective January 1, 2017.
On February 21, 2017, CEM launched its Facebook Business Page. This social media outlet gave CEM the valuable opportunity to publicize its products and services and to communicate more with its stakeholders.
CEM launched the Readiness Test For Colleges and Universities and the Senior High School Achievement Tests (SHSAT) for senior high school students.
On November 27, 2019, CEM organized its first-ever Corporate Social Responsibility Campaign entitled “CEM School-based Storytelling and Reading Outreach Activity” at Biaan Aeta Integrated School (BAIS)- a DepEd-managed school in Mariveles, Bataan that offers Kindergarten to Senior High School programs to the Magbucon Aeta Tribe and its neighboring communities. CEM staff volunteers conducted storytelling and reading sessions to all elementary pupils of BAIS.
CEM, in partnership with Radio Veritas 846 Kapanalig, hosted four episodes of Campus Hour United with the Center for Educational Measurement, Inc. aired on June 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2019. September saw the launch of CEM’s newest radio program, CEM On Air. The 30-minute program aired 24 episodes every Saturday from September 2019 to February 2020. It was hosted by some of CEM’s staff and the discussions focused on relevant assessment-related and other educational topics and issues encountered by educators.
CEM celebrated its 41st founding anniversary with a 7-city conference (Manila, Dagupan, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, General Santos, Iloilo, and Davao) on "Making Schools Effective Through Quality Management Systems".
Videos have become one of the most effective media to communicate key messages across various audiences. In response, CEM launched its YouTube channel on October 22, 2019 as part of its community-building initiative.
CEM officially launched its standardized online assessments during the first part of the CEM 42nd Anniversary Virtual Conference held on September 25, 2020, via Zoom. These tests were designed to help schools, organizations and other individuals evaluate and document the learning progress of students amidst the pandemic.
CEM unveiled its redesigned website www.cem-inc.org.ph on July 30, 2020. The comprehensive website overhaul was undertaken to update the design and structure of the site and to improve the organization and presentation of the content provided so that visitors can quickly navigate to desired pages.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CEM transformed its 42nd anniversary into its first-ever three-part virtual conference on Education Reimagined: Starting and Sustaining New Approaches to Learning, from September to October 2020 via Zoom and live-streamed on the CEM Facebook page. Registration was free and open to the public through CEM’s Learning Management System at www.cem-cpd.com.ph.
Building on the success of its radio program, CEM On-Air, from September 2019 to February 2020, CEM launched CEM Connections on its YouTube channel. This online resource discusses relevant assessment-related and other educational topics and issues encountered by educators and the education sector, in general.
CEM launched its new e-learning platform in August 2020 to help deliver its Professional Development Programs with CPD Accreditation online.
On August 10-19, 2020, the first-ever CEM online test was launched through the NMAT Online. Over 6000 registered applicants from the March testing took the test and their test results were made available on August 28, 2020 through the NMAT website.
Dr. Grace H. Aguiling-Dalisay was appointed as the 5th CEM president and CEO effective August 1, 2021.
President & CEO
President & CEO
Director for Programs and Development
OIC, Operations Division
OIC, Finance Division
Head, Administrative Services Section
Head, Corporate Communications Section
Head, Human Resources Section
OIC, Special Projects Section
Head, Professional Development Section
OIC, Research Section
Head, Test Development Section
Head, Achievement Tests Unit
Head, Statistical Processes & Item Bank Unit
Test Development Section
Head, Aptitude Test & Special Tests Unit
Test Development Section
Head, Test Processing and
Report Production Section
Head, Distribution and Retrieval Section
Head, Branch & Center Management Section
Head, Cebu Branch
Head, Davao Branch
Head, Test Service Section
OIC, Client Relations Section
OIC, Information Technology Section
Senior Systems Analyst/Programmer
Information Systems Unit
Information Systems Unit
Information Technology Section
Head, Budget Section
OIC, Treasury Section
OIC, Accounting Section