History Highlights


Legal Education Board taps CEM to develop, monitor, and administer the Philippine Law School Admission Test (PhiLSAT)


Dr. Maria Cynthia A. Alcantara is appointed as CEM president.


CEM Career Interest Profiler (CEM Profiler) is launched to measure an individual's level of interest in different occupational groups.


Launch of Bohol and Cagayan de Oro Test Centers


Turn-over of new coordinators in Bacolod, South Cotabato, and Baguio


CEM celebrates its 35th anniversary with a series of conferences among its more than 700 member schools nationwide. The conference theme is Lead with data. Lead change.

Pilot launch of Classroom Management for Effective Schools, and Designing Classroom Assessment Tools seminar-workshop.


Former CEM President, Lenore de la Llana Decenteceo, became president of the International Association for Educational Assessment (IAEA).

CEM membership logo is introduced.


CEM hosts the 37th International Association for Educational Assessment in Edsa Shangri-La Hotel attended by more than 200 foreign delegates from around 40 countries with IAEA membership participation.


CEM, in partnership with De La Salle University, organized a talk on Successful Intelligence: What it Takes to Succeed and Lead in School, Work and Life featuring Dr. Robert Sternberg, professor and author of the Triarchic Theory of Intelligence. His theory states that in order to succeed, people need the ability to use a composite of creative, analytical, and practical intelligences.

2009 CEM celebrates 30th Anniversary conducted a conference series in Manila, Cebu and Davao on a theme Using Data to Improve Instruction and Learning.  One of the highlights is the Teaching Excellence Award: recognizing teachers who demonstrated excellence and made important contributions on student learning.
2008 The International Benchmark Tests were made available to Philippine schools.

CEM assess the Mandaluyong public elementary and high school students’ achievement performance in major subject areas. The assessment project is initiated by the Mandaluyong City Government and DepEd Mandaluyong.


USAID-funded EQuALLS project on educational program in Mindanao, commissioned CEM to take on the assessment of its learner performance in the A & E Test. In this same year, CAII, EQuALLS partner agency, taps CEM to do the analysis of the diagnostic assessment of program participants.


Fund for Assistance to Private Education or FAPE commissioned CEM to assess the learning competencies of Education Service Contracting (ESC) funded students from selected ESC-funded private schools nationwide. The project is ESC Assessment on the Acquisition and Retention of Learning Competencies. CEM conducted the project in two phases, PHASE 1 and PHASE 2.


Creative Associates International, Inc. (CAII) taps CEM to assess Mathematics proficiency of elementary public school teachers in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao. CAII is a partner agency of Education Quality and Access for Learning and Livelihood (EQuALLS) project funded by U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).


CEM developed the test for the Bridge Program Test (BPT) or High School Readiness Test (HSRT) project of the DepEd. CEM managed the test administration and orientation of teachers, test report processing and data management.


DepEd Mandaluyong taps CEM to assess Mandaluyong public school teachers’ proficiency and knowledge on subjects they are teaching.

2003 New test product packages were introduced. These are BasicPlus, BasicPlus+, Multi-Year Trends of Test Scores and Multi-Year Trends of Learning Competencies.
2002 Former CEM president Dr. Lenore De La Llana-Decenteceo is appointed.
1999 DECS commissioned CEM to analyze National Elementary Achievement Test (NEAT) and the National Secondary Achievement Test (NSAT) results.
1998 Department of Education Culture and Sports (DECS) commissioned CEM to develop the Non-Formal Education Accreditation and Equivalency Test (NFE A&E), a test that aims to provide an alternative means of accrediting the learning acquired by Filipinos who dropped out or are unable to avail of the formal school system. CEM, together with the Bureau of Non-Formal Education, supervised its first nationwide test administration in 1999.
1992 Allied Medical Courses Admission Test (AMCAT) was launched to measure the mental and academic abilities of applicants to the allied medical and paramedical education.

Board of Medical Education taps CEM to develop, monitor and administer the National Medical Admission Test (NMAT)


Philippine Merit Award for Scholastic Potential (PMASP) was launched. It is a nationwide recognition project aimed to identify, honor and encourage talented students.

1980 Achievement Test Series and Nursing Test were launched. The Achievement Tests were expected to meet the need of schools to gauge the proficiency of their students in English, Filipino, Mathematics and Science. The Nursing Test was the first locally developed admissions test for Philippine nursing schools.
1978 FAPE's head Dr. Abraham Felipe spins off its testing division to found CEM to address the need of the private school sector for reliable tests for student selection and institutional planning.
1969 CEM's predecessor, the Guidance and Testing Division of the Fund for Assistance to Private Education (FAPE), introduces the first locally developed College Entrance Test, a precursor to the National College Entrance Examination


"Schools call for excellence. Students, parents and teachers call for excellence.
The nation calls for excellence. CEM will rise to the challenge."