CPCE Practice Test

If you need help studying for the CPCE exam or just want some more information about what the exam is like, you’ve come to the right place.

Click below to take a free CPCE practice test!

What’s on the CPCE Exam?

Questions: 160
Time limit: 3 hours and 45 minutes

First, let’s talk about the questions on the exam. There are 160 multiple-choice questions total, but only 136 of the questions will count toward your score. Why is that?

Unscored Questions
The 24 unscored questions on the CPCE exam are often referred to as “pretest” questions. These are added to the exam to determine if they’re good enough questions to add to future versions of the test.

The trick is that you won’t have any way of knowing which questions are scored and which ones are pretest. They will appear just like the scored questions throughout the test.

The time limit for the exam is 3 hours and 45 minutes. There aren’t any scheduled breaks, but you’re free to take restroom breaks as needed.

The exam is split into eight sections, and each section contains 20 questions:

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

How to Register

To get started with the registration process, you’ll need to contact your school’s CPCE program coordinator. They will guide you through the CCE registration process and provide details specific to your program.

Once you’re approved to take the exam, you’ll receive a candidate ID from CCE, which you can use to schedule a testing appointment with Pearson VUE if you’re taking the exam at a testing center.

CPCE Study Guide and Flashcards

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CPCEStudy Guide

CPCE Exam Scores

Your final score is based on your raw score, which is the number of scored questions you answered correctly. Since there are 136 scored questions, the maximum score you can get is 136.

There is no set passing score for the CPCE exam. Each school has its own passing score requirements.

Retaking the Exam

If you didn’t get a passing score on your first try, that’s okay! You have one more attempt available within the 6-month administration window.

Online CPCE Prep Course

If you want to be fully prepared, Mometrix offers an online CPCE prep course. The course is designed to provide you with any and every resource you might want while studying. The CPCE course includes:

  • Review Lessons Covering Every Topic
  • 1,250+ CPCE Practice Questions
  • More than 500 Digital Flashcards
  • Over 30 Instructional Videos
  • Money-back Guarantee
  • Free Mobile Access
  • and More!

The CPCE prep course is designed to help any learner get everything they need to prepare for their CPCE exam. Click below to check it out!



How many questions are on the CPCE exam?


The exam contains a total of 160 questions.


What is the time limit for the CPCE exam?


The exam is timed at 2 hours.


What is the passing score for the CPCE exam?


There is no set passing score; each school has its own scoring requirements.


How much does the CPCE exam cost?


The total cost is $150.