The Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) is an exit exam that is designed to help test-takers synthesize their learning about counseling and to ensure that test-takers have a thorough understanding of professional attitudes, skills, and knowledge related to the eight (8) common–core areas defined by CACREP’S Standards for Preparation. The exit exam is also used to assess counseling curriculum strengths and opportunities for improvement.
While CCE does not offer an official study guide for the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE), there is a list of textbook resources frequently used in CACREP-accredited counselor preparation programs. The list of resources can be found in the CPCE Textbook Guide.
The CPCE is a knowledge-based exam that consists of approximately 160 items with 20 items per CACREP area. Test-takers have four (4) hours to complete the test.
The exam will cover 8 core curriculum areas of the CPCE which includes the following:
Friday October 6 and Saturday, October 7, 2023
Friday, October 13, 2023
Friday, November 17, 2023
Saturday, February 10, 2024
Friday, February 16, 2024
Friday, March 15, 2024
*All students should plan to test on the Saturday test date. You must have permission from the UCF Counselor Education Program in order to test on the medical test date.
The cost for the CPCE exam is paid in two parts. The $75.00 exam cost is paid directly to PearsonVue during exam registration. The proctoring cost for the CPCE exam is $45.00 and is paid to UTC via RegisterBlast during the final appointment registration step. All proctoring costs paid to the University Testing Center are non-refundable and non-transferable.
*Effective June 2023: If you do not pass the exam the first time, you will be able to retake the exam per the posted retake schedule, but you may test no more than twice during a 6-month period. The retake will include the entire exam and you are responsible for re-applying and re-paying for the exam.
If you do not pass the comprehensive examination the second time, you will work directly with a Counselor Education faculty for additional retake options.
CPCE scores will be available on your Pearson VUE account approximately 1-hour after the exam is completed.
The minimum passing score for the CPCE is 90 plus or minus the standard error of the mean. This score may be adjusted from time to time in response to national needs.