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Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination

Comprehensive Exam Information

The Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) is a multiple choice exam taken by students in the Counselor Education Program, Mental Health and Rehabilitation Majors,  program who have completed at least 30 semester hours. A passing grade on the CPCE is required for program completion and graduation. The exam tests students’ knowledge of material covered in the counseling. Students who have completed 30 semester hours can choose the best semester to take the exam. The exam is offered once each semester—fall, spring and summer semesters.

The CPCE is a standardized exam developed by the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE). The CCE is the same company that assists with credentialing and assessment for the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). The multiple choice exam is currently 160 questions, consisting of 8 subsections. The subsections include, Human Growth and Development; Social and Cultural Foundations; Helping Relationships; Group Work; Career and Lifestyle Development; Appraisal; Research and Program Evaluation; and Professional Orientation & Ethics. All of these areas correspond with your FIU Counselor Education Program coursework. Each section on the exam will be 20 questions long.

In order to take the CPCE, there is an application and a $75 fee that must be submitted by the deadline. Any student who does not submit all required paperwork and fee prior to the deadline will not be allowed to take the exam. A money order or cashier's check payable to CCE for $75 must be submitted with the completed application. The deadlines to apply for the CPCE and administration dates are as follows. There will be no summer administration but students are able to take the exam during Summer semesters at other local sites in the area.

  • Spring 2017:
    • Application Deadline is February 3, 2017
    • Administration Date is March 4, 2017
  • Fall 2017:
    • Application Deadline is September 15, 2017
    • Administration Date is October 14, 2017

Students must have taken the following coursework prior to applying for the CPCE: Counseling Skills & Techniques, Ethical, Legal & Professional Issues in Counseling, Human Development across the Lifespan, Group Counseling, Educational & Vocational Counseling, Cross Cultural Counseling, Counseling Children & Adolescents, Measurement & Appraisal in Counseling, Foundations of Educational Research, and Personality Theories.

Please see links below for the CPCE application and more information regarding exam administration, study guides, and more. Furthermore, all students will receive information on the application deadline, as well as the current application sites from the FIU Counseling listserv.