CMHC 670/671 Comprehensive Examination

All counseling students in the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling & Marriage and Family Counseling programs must pass a comprehensive examination before their degree will be conferred.  The Liberty University Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies is utilizing the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE), published by the Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc. (CCE), which is an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. (NBCC), for the majority of the examination. 

Graduation Requirements

Students who are enrolled in the 60-hour Clinical Mental Health Counseling & Marriage and Family Counseling programs must successfully pass both the CMHC 670: Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) and CMHC 671: Integration exam.

Requirements to Register for the Exam

  • The following CMHC courses should already be completed: 500, 501, 502, 503/515, 504, 505, 506, 510, 512, 521, 522, 667
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Good standing in the program

Exam Dates

The comprehensive examination is administered at the end of each COUN 667 Intensive as well as one Saturday per semester.

Fall Term 2015 Exam Dates

Fall CPCE Testing Dates:

  • Sep. 4, 2015 – 1 p.m.
  • Oct. 2, 2015 – 1 p.m.
  • Oct. 16, 2015 – 1 p.m.
  • Nov. 13, 2015 – 1 p.m.
  • Nov. 21, 2015 – 8 a.m.

Integration Testing Dates:

  • CMHC 671-001 Aug. 24 – Sep. 18
  • CMHC 671-002 Sep. 18 – Oct. 16
  • CMHC 671-003 Sep. 18 – Oct. 16 (due to B term ending)
  • CMHC 671-004 Oct. 30 – Nov. 27
  • CMHC 671-005 Nov. 7 – Dec. 5

Spring Term 2016 Exam Dates

Spring CPCE Testing Dates:

  • CMHC 670-001 Jan. 29, 2016 – 1 p.m.
  • CMHC 670-007 Feb. 5, 2016 - 1p.m.
  • CMHC 670-002 Feb. 26, 2016 – 1 p.m.
  • CMHC 670-003 March 11, 2016 – 1 p.m.
  • CMHC 670-004 March 25, 2016 – 1 p.m.
  • CMHC 670-005 April 15, 2016 - 1 p.m.
  • CMHC 670-006 April 30, 2016 – 8 a.m.

Integration Testing Dates:

  • CMHC 671-001 Jan. 18 - Feb. 15
  • CMHC 671-007 Jan. 22 - Feb. 19
  • CMHC 671-002 Feb. 12 - March 11
  • CMHC 671-003 Feb. 12 - March 11 (due to B term ending)
  • CMHC 671-004 March 21 - April 18
  • CMHC 671-005 April 1 - April 29
  • CMHC 671-006 April 15 - May 13

Information about the exam


  • CMHC & MAFC Students: Email to register for the exam.
  • When you register for the CPCE, you will also be registered for the Integration exam. You will have 2 weeks before the date of your CPCE up until 2 weeks after to take your Integration exam.
  • CMHC students must take their CPCE exam at Liberty University.  Off-site testing is not allowed.

Time Limit

Students will have four hours to complete the written CPCE portion and 40 minutes to complete the integration exam on Blackboard course CMHC 671. 

Test Fee

  • $55 will be charged to your student account once you have been registered to take CMHC 670 (CPCE exam).
  • There is no cost to be registered for the Integration exam.

Maximum Number of Attempts

  • Students may attempt the exam once per subterm.
  • Students may take both the CPCE and Integration parts up to three times.
  • After the second attempt a student must fill out a CTAP form and wait at least one subterm before attempting the exam for the third time.
  • After three failed attempts, students will no longer be eligible for the licensure track degree. They will need to contact Dr. Clay Peters to discuss the opportunity of transferring their earned credits and conferring a non-licensure 30 hour Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling degree.
  • If a student feels that they have received their three test scores in error or they have questions about the process they can submit an appeal request.
    • Appeals must be submitted within 30 days of receiving their final no pass grade on either the CPCE or Integration exam.
    • If a student has any questions about the appeals process they can email or look at the Grade Appeal section of the Academic Policies webpage.
  • Counseling Third Attempt Policy (CTAP)
    • Students who have failed the CPCE twice are required to complete a CTAP form and prepare an additional minimum of one semester before registering for their final attempt.
    • Please note the CTAP form must be completed and reviewed before students are eligible for their third and final attempt.

Exam Results

  • Please allow a minimum of 2-4 weeks to receive your exam results via email.
  • Once these exams are processed, a notice will be sent to you immediately notifying you of the results.
  • Effective spring 2015 the passing score for version 100214 is 71 or higher.
  • Effective summer 2014 the passing score for version 100115 is 70 or higher.
  • Please note: the passing score for the CPCE changes with every version of the exam.

Parts of the exam

I. Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE)

Eight core knowledge areas will be covered in the CPCE portion:

  1. Human Growth and Development: CMHC 502
  2. Social and Cultural Foundations: CMHC 504
  3. Helping Relationships: CMHC 505
  4. Group Work: CMHC 512
  5. Career and Lifestyle Development: CMHC 522
  6. Appraisal: CMHC 521
  7. Research and Program Evaluation: CMHC 515
  8. Professional Orientation and Ethics: CMHC 500/501

II. Integration

The Integration part is offered through Blackboard at no cost, and must be taken within 2 weeks of the CPCE portion.  This is a closed-book, closed-note exam.

  • Please contact the CPCE Coordinator for Liberty University via email ( to request to be registered for the integration portion of the exam.
  • This portion reviews studies that provide an understanding of the integration of theology and psychology.
  • If a student does not complete his or her Integration exam by the deadline, then that student will receive a grade of "NP" (No Pass), and it will be counted as one of his or her three attempts. If a student foresees that he or she cannot complete the exam by the due date, the student must request to be dropped from COUN 671 before the exam due date in order to avoid the aforementioned penalty. A student’s Integration exam due date is 2 weeks from his or her scheduled CPCE testing date.

Study Tips


II. Integration

  • McMinn, M. R. (1996).  Psychology, theology, and spirituality in Christian counseling.  Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.  ISBN: 0-8423-5252-X
  • Entwistle, D. N. (2010).  Integrative approaches to psychology and Christianity (2nd ed.).  Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers.  978-1-55635-944-6.
  • Integration Study Guide

Preparing for the Exam

  • The best way to prepare for the exam is to develop a study schedule that allows for adequate studying time in each of the different areas of knowledge.
  • Divide your study time so that you spend equal time preparing for each area.
  • Study consistently.
  • It is recommended that students consider the timing for taking the CPCE. Often students in  their internship semester, who are also taking a few additional classes, tend to feel overwhelmed if a study schedule is not established and followed.
  • Do something relaxing and get a good night’s rest the night before the examination.
  • Comp Exam Presentation

Weather Policy

In the event of inclement weather, the CPCE will proceed as scheduled unless the university closes. In the event of inclement weather corresponding to a Saturday CPCE please contact the Testing Center to find out whether or not the exam will proceed as scheduled.

If the university closes there will be no CPCE administered for any reason. Students will have the opportunity to reschedule the exam for any available date.

It is always the student’s responsibility to decide if they feel it is safe to travel to Lynchburg for the CPCE. A student will not be penalized for requesting to drop the CPCE or failing to show up for the CPCE due to inclement weather. They will be provided the opportunity to reschedule at a later date. The Department of Counselor Education & Family Studies in no way desires for students to put their own safety at risk in order to take the CPCE.

If you have any other questions about how the exam is handled in case of weather please contact the Testing Center at (434) 582-2408.