Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination

ExaminationAll counseling students (except for those in the 30-hour Human Services Counseling degree program, the school counseling program and the Masters in Addictions Counseling) 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 48-hour and 60-hour Licensed Professional Counselor track and Marriage and Family Therapy track must successfully pass the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) and the Integration exam.

Requirements to Register for the Exam

  • The following courses should already be completed (with a grade): 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 several times throughout the semester.

  • Please note that all dates listed are scheduled on campus at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.
  • Please note that students must be registered in corresponding sections of COUN 670 & 671.

Fall Term 2016 Exam Dates

CPCE (COUN 670) Testing Dates:

  • COUN 670-B02 Sept. 9, 2016 – 1 p.m.
  • COUN 670-B05 Sept. 16, 2016 - 1 p.m.
  • COUN 670-B03 Oct. 7, 2016  – 1 p.m.
  • COUN 670-B04 Oct. 21, 2016 – 1 p.m.
  • COUN 670-D02 Nov. 18 2016 – 1 p.m.
  • COUN 670-D03 Dec. 3, 2016 – 8 a.m.

Integration (COUN 671) Testing Dates:

  • COUN 671-B02 Aug. 29 - Sept. 26
  • COUN 671-B05 Sept. 2 - Sept. 30
  • COUN 671-B03 Sept. 23 - Oct. 21
  • COUN 671-B04 Sept. 23 - Oct. 21
  • COUN 671-D02 Nov. 4 - Dec. 2
  • COUN 671-D03 Nov. 18 - Dec. 16


Spring Term 2017 Exam Dates

CPCE (COUN 670) Testing Dates:

  • COUN 670-B02 Jan. 27, 2017 – 1 p.m.
  • COUN 670-B03 Feb. 24, 2017 – 1 p.m.
  • COUN 670-B04 March 10, 2017 – 1 p.m.
  • COUN 670-D02 April 7, 2017– 1 p.m.
  • COUN 670-D03 April 14, 2017– 1 p.m. (Electronic Format)
  • COUN 670-D04 April 15, 2017 - 8 a.m. (Electronic Format)

Integration (COUN 671) Testing Dates:

  • COUN 671-B02 Jan. 16 - Feb. 13
  • COUN 671-B03 Feb. 10 - March 10
  • COUN 671-B04 Feb. 10 - March 10
  • COUN 671-D02 March 24 - April 21
  • COUN 671-D03 April 1 - April 29
  • COUN 671-D04 April 1 - April 29

Information About the Exam


Time Limit

Students will have four hours to complete the written CPCE portion and 40 minutes to complete the Integration exam in Blackboard course COUN 671. 

  • Note: After 40 minutes the Integration exam will automatically submit itself.

Test Fee

  • Beginning Fall 2016 the fee will be raised to $125.


Electronic Testing Information

  1. The CCE is now moving to an electronic format for the CPCE. In the Spring 2017 semester the Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies will be offering two test dates in the electronic format (April 14 and 15). Students testing electronically will test at Testing Services (located in DeMoss Hall on Liberty's Main Campus in Spring 2017) or the on campus computer lab (please check Blackboard announcement for exact location) on a computer. Students will receive their scores immediately but will have to wait 4 weeks to have their grade posted on Blackboard.

  2. Please note: Liberty is not allowing our students to test offsite electronically at this time. Students wishing to test offsite will need to use the traditional offsite testing method through the Spring 2017 semester. Should any changes be made to this policy you will find it listed on our website. If a student has any additional questions about these changes they may direct their questions to

Maximum Number of Attempts

  • Students may take 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 ticket here: LUO Grade 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

  • Students testing via scantron: 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 (via your Liberty University email address) notifying you of the results

Passing Score

  • CPCE: Effective December 2015 the passing score for version 100215 is 70 or higher.
  • CPCE: Effective Fall 2016 the passing score for version 100116 is 69 or higher.
  • Please note: the passing score for the CPCE changes with every version of the exam.
  • Integration exam: The passing score for the Integration exam is 14 questions correct out of 20.

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: COUN 502

  2. Social and Cultural Foundations: COUN 504

  3. Helping Relationships: COUN 505

  4. Group Work: COUN 512

  5. Career and Lifestyle Development: COUN 522

  6. Appraisal: COUN 521

  7. Research and Program Evaluation: COUN 515

  8. Professional Orientation and Ethics: COUN 500/501

II. Integration

The Integration part is offered through Blackboard at no cost, and must be taken in a corresponding section to the section the student is registered in for the CPCE portion (i.e. COUN 670-D02 & COUN 671-D02).  This is a closed-book, closed-note exam.

  • Students must email to be registered for the integration portion of the exam.
  • 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 always found on the Comprehensive Exam website, ASIST & Blackboard.
  • Please note: beginning fall 2016, students who request to drop COUN/CMHC 671 due to not being ready to take the exam by the due date may reschedule for any future test dates in the next sub-term or later. Students may not reschedule for a test date in the same sub-term.
  • If your computer freezes or you have technical issues while taking the exam please contact the IT help desk and submit a ticket. You may then email our office ( with the ticket number and ask us to resolve the issue.

This portion reviews studies that provide an understanding of the integration of theology and psychology.

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.

Disability Accommodations

Disability accommodations are available to you for both the Integration exam as well as the CPCE exam when you take them on campus. You will need to email to arrange the needed accommodations. However, whenever you choose to take the CPCE at an offsite location, Liberty University cannot guarantee that any offsite testing location would be able to provide accommodations. Therefore, you will need to work with the offsite testing location coordinator to confirm their disability accommodations.

Please provide a two week notice for disability accommodations.

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 Testing Services 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 Testing Services at (434) 582-2408.

Off-Site Testing

  • If traveling to Lynchburg to take this exam is too great of an inconvenience, one has the option to take the CPCE exam at an accredited school in your state that offers this exam to their students.
  • Students must follow the guidelines provided in the "Instructions for Off-site Testing" document below.
  • An offsite testing student is still required to register for the appropriate courses associated with the Counseling Comprehensive Exam: COUN 670 (CPCE) and COUN 671 (Integration Portion).
  • Students should begin this process at least six months to one year in advance.
  • The CCE provides information for possible alternative testing locations to Liberty University students as a special favor, not as a requirement. Please be aware that the universities you contact may not be testing during your needed time frame and/or may choose not to allow you to test with their students. Should either of these be the case, you will be required to test at Liberty University.
  • Students will need to contact the testing site for information regarding the fee.

To find out what schools offer CPCE in your state, please do the following:

  1. Fill out the following form: Liberty University Site Switch form.

  2. Email (do not fax) it to the CCE representative, Laura Hall at Please do not send this form back to Liberty. Laura Hall will reply with a list of CCE approved sites in your area where you can take the CPCE.

  3. Once you locate the school that is willing to administer the CPCE to you, please contact the CPCE Coordinator at Liberty University via email ( In order to be registered for the appropriate courses associated with the Comp Exam, you will need to inform the CPCE Administrator of when and where you are taking your CPCE and that your site has been approved by the CCE. If a student has not registered for COUN 670, test results will not count even if the student were to pass the CPCE.