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History and Key Events

Examinations which determined entry to college have been a feature of education in Taiwan for many years. Between 1954 and 1994, the primary mechanism for students to enter college was by taking the Joint College Entrance Examination (JCEE). The JCEE was administered by a different university each year on a rotating basis. In an effort to centralize the examination and college admission process and enhance the quality of the JCEE, in 1989 the Ministry of Education established the ROC College Entrance Examination Center. The Center was reorganized as a nonprofit foundation in 1993 and renamed the College Entrance Examination Center. Since its establishment, CEEC has been committed to innovation as it works to provide tests that are fair for all students.

1989 The ROC College Entrance Examination Center was established by the Ministry of Education as a permanent research center. The institution’s initial task was to formulate a research plan for improving the college admission process and related examinations.
1990 Research begins on the development of subject testing.
1992 The ROC College Entrance Examination Center completes the Proposal for the Innovation of the College Admissions Process— Multiple Pathways to College Admission.

Research begins on the development of the General Scholastic Ability Test (GSAT).

1993 The ROC College Entrance Examination Center is reorganized from a governmental agency to a nonprofit organization, the College Entrance Examination Center (CEEC).
1994 The General Scholastic Ability Test is held for the first time.

The College Admission by Recommendation Project is implemented.
Programs to provide assistance to high school students regarding career planning are initiated.

1996 Exchanges with the National Education Examinations Authority of China (NEEA) are initiated. CEEC and NEEA agree to hold an annual conference and engage in periodic site visits.
1998 CEEC becomes a founding member of the Academic Forum on English Language Testing in Asia (AFELTA). AFELTA members agree to hold an annual conference to share research findings related to English testing.
1999 The Joint Board College Recruitment Commission (JBCRC) announces a new policy related to college admission, the Multiple Pathways to College Admission. A key feature of the new policy includes three options for students to enroll in college: (1) College Admission by Recommendation, (2) College Admission by Application, and (3) Admission by Examination and Placement. In addition, CEEC will be responsible for college entrance examinations, and JBCRC will be responsible for college admission.

Research begins on the development of the Advanced Subjects Test (AST).

2001 CEEC holds the 4th Academic Forum on English Language Testing in Asia (AFELTA) conference with the theme How to Enhance the Standards of English Language Testing in Asia.
2002 The Advanced Subjects Test is held for the first time.
2006 CEEC holds the 9th Academic Forum on English Language Testing in Asia (AFELTA) conference with the theme Testing and Society.
2010 CEEC receives funding from the Ministry of Education to review the Multiple Pathways to College Admission.
2011 CEEC conducts the first trial of the Test of English Listening Comprehension (TELC).

Recipient of the 2011 Outstanding Educational Foundation Award.

2012 The second TELC trial test is conducted in March.

TELC is held for the first time in October, and the second time in December.

Recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Educational Foundation Award.

CEEC is awarded ISO/IEC 27001:2005 certification for Information Security and Management System.

CEEC is commissioned by the Ministry of Education to conduct a comprehensive research project to reform college entrance examinations and university admission policies.