CPCE Test

What is the CPCE exam for?

The Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE) is an assessment given to graduate students, to assess their understanding of the principles and applications of their counseling curriculum. Universities across the country also use the scores from this examination to improve their counseling program. The CPCE covers some of the same topics governed by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP), which prepares students for the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE).


What does CPCE stand for?

CPCE stands for Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam. The Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE) developed the CPCE to assess counseling curriculums across the country and prepare students for their national license.


What is CPCE certification?

Over 400 colleges and universities across the country require the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam. After graduate-level students pass this assessment, they are eligible for graduation. The CPCE serves as an exit examination, so students who pass the test don't receive an actual certificate.


What topics will be covered on the CPCE?

The Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE) covers some of the same topics governed by Council for the Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

The CPCE covers the following:

  • Social and Cultural Diversity
  • Research and Program Evaluation
  • Professional Counseling Orientation and Ethical Practice
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Group Counseling and Group Work
  • Counseling and Helping Relationships
  • Assessment and Testing

How many questions are on the CPCE Exam?

The Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE) asks 160 multiple-choice questions, with 20 questions in each of the core areas.

How much does it cost to take the CPCE?

The universities and college programs that require the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) have two options for administering the test. The first option is Anywhere Proctored Browser (APB), where students use a secured browser, that meets system requirements, to take the test. The APB option is $75 per student. The second option is Computer-Based Testing (CBT). With CBT, students visit an approved Pearson VUE Facility to take the examination. The CBT option is $150, but students have more flexibility when scheduling their test date.

CPCE Practice Exam

How do I study for the CPCE Exam?

It's no secret that cramming a boatload of information in your head before a test is usually not the best practice. That's why our test-taking experts created the Mometrix CPCE Study Guide. This comprehensive guide covers all of the common topics of the CPCE, as well as effective test-taking strategies. The Mometrix CPCE Study Guide also includes well-researched secrets that are sure help you during the examination.


When it comes to test-taking, some studies show that learning the required material is only half of the battle. The second half is repetition. The Mometrix CPCE Flashcards explore over 50 topics that are covered on the test. Generously sized, the Mometrix CPCE Flashcards are large enough for effective studying, but small enough to study on the go.


The combination of these two study resources are sure to assist you with your test-taking journey. We wish you the best of luck!


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Last Updated: 07/07/2018


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