CPCE Exam

The Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) is a nationally administered multiple-choice exam designed to provide evidence of competence in the field of Professional Counseling. Students must pass the CPCE in order to be eligible for graduation. The CPCE attempts to evaluate professional knowledge by testing eight core curriculum areas:

  • • Human Growth & Development
  • • Social & Cultural Foundations
  • • Group Dynamics
  • • Lifestyle & Career Development
  • • Appraisal of the Individual
  • • Research Methods & Program Evaluation
  • • Professional Orientation & Ethics
  • • Helping Relationships

Students should complete the CPCE before the second week of their last semester in the program. In order to receive a passing score, students must perform better than one standard deviation below the mean (which would be above approximately the 16th percentile) based upon the National Board of Certified Counselors’ national means and standard deviations for the exam for exit administrations (as opposed to non-exit administrations). A student can take the CPCE examination twice, and any student who fails the exam twice is subject to removal from the MACC program. A student may provide a written request to take the examination a third time; however, this request will be evaluated by graduate faculty to render a decision. If a third examination opportunity is granted, a remediation plan must be developed prior to scheduling the third test date. The MACC program reserves the right to deny any student the opportunity to take the CPCE three times in order to satisfy graduate requirements. The student will be responsible for all expenses associated with attaining a passing score on the CPCE to meet graduate requirements.