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 several times throughout the semester.

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

Fall Term 2017 Exam Dates

CPCE (CMHC 670) Testing Dates:

  • CMHC 670-001 September 8, 2017 – 1 p.m.
  • CHMC 670-002 September 9, 2017  – 8 a.m.
  • CMHC 670-003 October 13, 2017 – 1 p.m.
  • CMHC 670-004 October 14, 2017 - 8 a.m.
  • CMHC 670-005 November 17, 2017 – 1 p.m.
  • CMHC 670-006 November 18, 2017 – 8 a.m.

Integration (CMHC 671) Testing Dates:

  • CMHC 671-001 August 28 - September 26
  • CMHC 671-002 August 28 - September 26
  • CMHC 671-003 September 20 - October 20 (last day of B term)
  • CMHC 671-004 September 20 - October 20 (last day of B term)
  • CMHC 671-005 November 6 - December 5
  • CMHC 671-006 November 6 - December 5

Spring Term 2018 Exam Dates

CPCE (CMHC 670) Testing Dates:

  • CMHC 670-001  January 26, 2018 - 1 p.m.
  • CMHC 670-002  January 27, 2018 - 8 a.m.
  • CMHC 670-003  March 2, 2018 - 1 p.m.
  • CMHC 670-004  March 3, 2018 - 8 a.m.
  • CMHC 670-005  April 6, 2018 - 1 p.m.
  • CMHC 670-006  April 7, 2018 - 8 a.m.

Integration (CMHC 671) Testing Dates:

  • CMHC 671-001 January 22 - February 20
  • CMHC 671-002 January 22 - February 20
  • CMHC 671-003 February 15 - March 16 (last day of B term)
  • CMHC 671-004 February 15 - March 16 (last day of B term)
  • CMHC 671-005 March 26 - April 24
  • CMHC 671-006 March 26 - April 24

Information about the exam


  • Email to register for the exam.
  • For on-campus testing: Students must complete financial check-in by the A-term deadline or the student will be dropped from the course(s) and will have to wait to register for a test date if the next semester. A student on the waiting list will take the place of a the student who has been dropped. 
  • Students must have a $0.00 balance on their student account to avoid being dropped from the COUN 670/671 courses.
  • If a student does not test on the date they registered for they will lose the $75 they paid to Pearson. However, they will not lose an attempt and will be re-funded the fee they paid to Liberty.
  • Students can only take the CPCE exam once per semester.
  • Be sure to save the username and password provided to you by Pearson as you will need it on test day.

Time limit

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

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

Test fee

  • The current fee to test onsite at Liberty University is $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 six weeks to have their grade posted on Blackboard.

Maximum number of attempts

  • Students may attempt the exam once per semester.
  • 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 semester 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

  • Students taking electronic exam: Scores will be received immediately upon completion of the exam. Please allow six weeks for the CPCE Coordinator to receive the scores and post a grade to Blackboard. 
  • Once these exams are processed, a notice will be sent to you immediately notifying you of the results.

Passing score

  • CPCE: The passing score for version 100115 is 70 or higher.
  • CPCE: The passing score for version 100215 is 70 or higher.
  • CPCE: 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: The passing score for the Integration exam is 14 out of 20.

Parts of the exam

Part one: 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

Part two: 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. CMHC 670-002 & CMHC 671-002). This is a closed-book, closed-note exam. This portion reviews studies that provide an understanding of the integration of theology and psychology.

  • 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: 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 at with the ticket number and ask us to resolve the issue.

Study tips

CPCE study tips

Integration study tips

  • 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.