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Comprehensive Exam (CPCE)

  • ​​​​​​​Test Dates for Spring 2020
    Testing will take place October 14th- October 25th at 9:00am or 1:00pm. 
    After submitting your application, you will receive a link to sign up for your test time. 
  • *Spring 2020 Exam Information                   *CPCE Application
​The comprehensive examination is a summative evaluation to the eight core content areas of counseling.  It is an essential benchmark to the preparation and readiness of students to graduate with an advanced degree in Counseling.  The Counseling program at CMU​ requires students to complete the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) published ​by the Center for Credentialing and Education, a corporate affiliate of the National Board of Certified Counselors.  It is a multiple choice examination to assess student comprehension in the eight content areas as approved by the by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). 

  • These content areas are:
    • Human Growth and Development
    • Social and Cultural Diversity
    • Helping Relationships
    • Group Work
    • Career Development
    • Assessment
    • Research and Program Evaluation
    • Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice
    The CPCE consists of 160 items with 20 items per content area.  
    The CPCE allows students to compare their scores on a national level as well as prepare them for the National Counseling Exam which is required for all Licensed Professional Counselors in Michigan. Students will be eligible to take the comprehensive exam upon completion of the core CED coursework for their particular program (Professional or School Counseling):  CED 503 or 504, 566, 610 or 611, 620, 630, 640, 650, 660, 677, 695 and 765. 

  • Apply for taking the CPCE:​
  • 1. Submit your application to take the exam to the CSE department by the posted deadline. 
  • 2. After submitting your application, you will receive a link to sign up for your testing time. Testing will only occur Monday – Thursday (between October 14th and October 25th) at 9:00am or 1:00pm. No other testing times will be available for Fall 2019.
  • 3. The cost of the exam is $75 and must be paid via credit card. After submitting your application, you will receive an email a few weeks before the exam with instructions on completing your registration and payment. 

  • There is not an official study guide for the CPCE. Since the CPCE and the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE) are based on the same eight content areas, any study materials developed for the NCE should be useful for the CPCE.  The Counseling department at CMU offers several NCE exam preparation materials to loan to students on a first come, first serve basis.​

    You will be sent written notification from the CSE department indicating whether you passed or failed the exam.

    If you have not achieved a passing score, you will be required to apply for and complete the entire exam during the next semester the exam is offered.  You must make an appointment with your advisor before retaking the exam. (Don’t forget to fill out a new application.) 

    • Failure of the Comprehensive Examination 
    • ​Students failing the Comprehensive Examination on their first attempt must develop a written remediation plan before preparing to retake the entire exam in a subsequent semester.  The plan should include an explanation of what factors led to failure of the exam (so that the faculty can better understand the needs of the student), documentation of any learning disorders which might impair the student in this process and delineation of specific accommodations required when appropriate, specific activities the student plans to undertake in order to achieve a passing score (this might include, but is not limited to, studying strategies, retaking/auditing of classes, or any other activities aimed at preparing the student for success in this endeavor), and a time-line of when the student will be carrying out these activities and retaking the exam.  When the plan is completed, the student should arrange to meet with his or her advisor for mutual review of the plan.
    • Students failing to pass the examination on their second attempt must meet with their advisor to discuss their next step in completing their degree.​
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