The rising demand among private schools in the early 70s for reliable tests for student selection and institutional planning paved the way for the establishment of the Center for Educational Measurement in 1978.CEM is a nonprofit, nonstock, nongovernment institution. It grew out of the centralized testing program initiated by the Guidance and Testing Division of the Fund for Assistance to Private Education (FAPE). Through its present network of branches and test centers nationwide, CEM serves the assessment needs of both private and public sectors of education.It is now almost 35 years since FAPE introduced the first locally developed College Entrance Test. And 26 years after CEM was established, 60 more tests were added to its offerings: tests of achievement in various subject areas of basic education; tests for entrance to high school, college, and professional schools; and tests for career guidance and scholarship. A series of instructional and advisory programs for teachers, guidance counselors and school administrators complement these offerings.