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.

  • 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 2016 Exam Dates

CPCE (CMHC 670) Testing Dates:

  • CMHC 670-001 Sept. 9, 2016 – 1 p.m.
  • CMHC 670-006 Sept. 16, 2016 - 1 p.m.
  • CMHC 670-002 Oct. 7, 2016  – 1 p.m.
  • CMHC 670-003 Oct. 21, 2016 – 1 p.m.
  • CMHC 670-004 Nov. 18, 2016 – 1 p.m.
  • CMHC 670-005 Dec. 3, 2016 - 8 a.m.

Integration (CMHC 671) Testing Dates:

  • CMHC 671-001 Aug. 29 - Sept. 26
  • CMHC 671-006 Sept. 2 - Sept. 30
  • CMHC 671-002 Sept. 23 - Oct. 21
  • CMHC 671-003 Sept. 23 - Oct. 21
  • CMHC 671-004 Nov. 4 - Dec. 2
  • CMHC 671-005 Nov. 18 - Dec. 16

 

Spring Term 2017 Exam Dates

CPCE (CMHC 670) Testing Dates:

  • CMHC 670-001 Jan. 27, 2017 – 1 p.m.
  • CMHC 670-002 Feb. 24, 2017  – 1 p.m.
  • CMHC 670-003 Mar. 10, 2017 – 1 p.m.
  • CMHC 670-004 April 7, 2017– 1 p.m.
  • CMHC 670-005 April 14, 2017– 1 p.m. (Electronic Format)
  • CMHC 670-006 April 15, 2017 - 8 a.m. (Electronic Format)

Integration (CMHC 671) Testing Dates:

  • CMHC 671-001 Jan. 16 - Feb. 13
  • CMHC 671-002 Feb. 10 - Mar. 10
  • CMHC 671-003 Feb. 10 - Mar. 10
  • CMHC 671-004 Mar. 24 - April 21
  • CMHC 671-005 April 1 - April 29
  • CMHC 671-006 April 1 - April 29

Information about the exam

Registration

  • Email counselingcompexam@liberty.edu to register for the exam.
  • When you register for the CPCE, you will also be registered for the Integration exam in a corresponding section.
  • 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 in Blackboard course CMHC 671. 

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

Test Fee

  • Beginning Fall 2016 the fee will be raised $125.
  • Summer 2016: $57 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.
     

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 counselingcompexam@liberty.edu.

Maximum Number of Attempts

  • Students may attempt the exam once per (online) 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 counselingcompexam@liberty.edu 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 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: The passing score for the Integration exam is 14 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: 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 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.

  • Please contact the CPCE Coordinator for Liberty University via email (counselingcompexam@liberty.edu) 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 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 (counselingcompexam@liberty.edu) with the ticket number and ask us to resolve the issue.

Study Tips

I. CPCE

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

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 wdmchane@liberty.edu to arrange the needed 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.