School of Psychology & Counseling

NCE & Exit Exams - FAQ

  1. What is the CPCE Exit Exam?
  2. How can I study for the Exit exam?
  3. What areas of my coursework are covered on these exams?
  4. What is the NCE?
  5. When is the NCE offered?
  6. Is the NCE required?
  7. How is this different than the exit exam (CPCE exam)?
  8. Why should I take the NCE?
  9. How can I find out if my state accepts the NCE as the licensure exam?
  10. What if I have other questions about the exam?

1. What is the CPCE Exit Exam?

The Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination is administered by the National Board for Certified Counselors. It is a required exam for the School of Psychology & Counseling and must be passed in order to receive a diploma.

2. How can I study for the Exit exam?

There is no official study guide for the Exit exam. You can use the NCE study guides as a good resource.

Practice Tests:
http://counselingexam.com/nce/index.shtml

Fun Flashcards:
http://www.testprepreview.com/nce_practice.htm (on this one you can also have an NCE question of the day emailed to you)

http://www.flashcardexchange.com/tag/nce

Other Resources:

A Professional Orientation to Counseling by Nicholas A. Vacc, Larry C. Loesch (US +1 8006347064 Call or http://www.routledgementalhealth.com/)

Encyclopedia of Counseling: Master Review and Tutorial by Howard, Ed.D. Rosenthal (Brunner-Routledge; 2nd edition ) (US +1 8006347064 Call or http://www.routledgementalhealth.com/)

Review Questions for NBCC and state counselor examination, 2nd edition (5 audio cassette tapes and booklet; (US +1 8006347064 Call or http://www.routledgementalhealth.com/)

Vital information for NBCC and State Counselor Examination, 2nd edition (9 audio cassettes and booklet; (US +1 8006347064 Call or http://www.routledgementalhealth.com/)

The Study Course for the National Counselor Examination for Licensing and Certification (NCE®) (see http://www.cce-global.org/ncecourse.htm). This is an adapted version of A Professional Orientation to Counseling by Nicholas A. Vacc, Ed.D., NCC and Larry C. Loesch, Ph.D., NCC.

3. What areas of my coursework are covered on these exams?

The following eight major areas are tested on both the NCE and the Exit Exam: Human Growth and Development; Helping Relations; Social and Cultural Foundations; Group Work; Career and Lifestyle Development; Appraisal; Research and Program Evaluation; and Professional Orientation and Ethics.

4. What is the NCE?

The NCE is the National Counselor Exam. For complete information on this exam, look at The Credentialing Guide created by NBCC.

5. When is the NCE offered?

The NCE is offered twice a year - in April and October.

6. Is the NCE required?

No. The NCE is an optional exam.

7. How is this different than the exit exam (CPCE exam)?

The Exit Exam is a required exam given by Regent to its students. You must pass this exam in order to graduate. The exams are similar in content and are offered around the same time each year. Regent typically offers the Exit exam the week before the NCE.

8. Why should I take the NCE?

For students who are graduating from a CACREP accredited program: If you take and pass the NCE, once you graduate you are a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Also, in many states, the NCE exam is the licensing exam. If you take and pass the NCE, once you accumulate your hours toward licensure in these states, you are then licensed - no additional exam is required. Virginia, however, does not use this exam as a licensure exam.

9. How can I find out if my state accepts the NCE as the licensure exam?

Go on the NBCC website at http://www.nbcc.org/directory/Default.aspx for a list of the states and their licensure exams.

10. What if I have other questions about the exam?

You can call (757.352.4252), email or stop by the Field Placement Liaison’s office in CRB 232A. There is also a lot of information on the NBCC website at www.nbcc.org or in the notebook in CRB 215.

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