Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE)
Students who are enrolled in the 48-hour and 60-hour Licensed Professional Counselor or Marriage and Family Therapy track or the Clinical Mental Health or Marriage and Family Counseling track must successfully pass the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) and the Integration Exam. Students 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.
The following courses should already be completed (with a grade):
- Orientation to Counselor Profession Identity & Function (COUC/CEFS 500)
- Ethical & Legal Issues in Counseling (COUC/CEFS 501)
- Human Growth & Development (COUC/CEFS 502)
- Research & Program Evaluation (COUC/CEFS 515)
- Multicultural Counseling (COUC/CEFS 504)
- Counseling Techniques & the Helping Relationship (COUC/CEFS 505)
- Integration of Spirituality & Counseling (COUC/CEFS 506)
- Theories of Counseling (COUC/CEFS 510)
- Group Counseling (COUC/CEFS 512)
- Assessment Techniques in Counseling (COUC/CEFS 521)
- Career Development & Counseling (COUC/CEFS 522)
- Psychopathology (COUC/CEFS 546)
- Clinical Diagnosis & Treatment Planning (COUC 667)
- If you complete the online version of COUC 667 you will need a final grade prior to registering for the exam.
- 3.0 GPA
- Good standing in the program
Registration for Exam
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register for the exam
- The CPCE Gate Coordinator will check your prerequisites and email you the CPCE Exam Wavier for you to fill out and return,
- The CPCE Gate Coordinator will then email you the PDF that will assist you in beginning the registration process with the CCE and Pearson.
- You will first create an account with the CCE. Once you fill out the CCE registration, Pearson will email you a candidate ID number that you will then create an account with Pearson.
- Pearson requires payment by credit card. Additionally, once you pay for the exam you must test on your selected date or you will lose the $150 you have paid to Pearson.
- Be sure to save the username and password provided to you by Pearson as you will need it on test day.
- Once a student submits their registration and payment to Pearson, you will then email email@example.com a copy of your receipt and the CPCE Gate Coordinator will register you for the corresponding CEFS 670/671 courses.
- Students will be responsible to complete all of the steps prior to the deadlines for the exam date they are registered for.
- Students should begin this process at least 1 month in advance.
- You can only complete the CPCE exam once per semester.
- The current fee to test offsite at a Pearson VUE testing center is $150.
- Students must follow the guidelines provided in the CPCE Offsite Registration Process.
- An offsite testing student is still required to register for the appropriate courses associated with the Counseling Comprehensive Exam: CEFS 670 (CPCE) and CEFS 671 (Integration Portion).
- To find Pearson VUE locations that offer the CPCE in your state, you will need to complete steps 1-4 above.
- On-site campus testing is not offered. All students are required to test off-site.
Scores will be received immediately upon completion of the exam. Allow six to seven weeks for the CPCE Coordinator to receive the scores and post a grade to Blackboard. Once the exam scores are processed, a notice will be sent to you within two business days (via your Liberty University email address) notifying you of the results
- The passing score for the CPCE changes with every version of the exam.
- CPCE: The passing score for version 100215 is 70 or higher.
- CPCE: The passing score for version 100116 is 69 or higher.
- CPCE: The passing score for version 100115 is 70 or higher.
- CPCE: The passing score for version 100618 is 73 or higher.
- CPCE: The passing score for version 100819 is 67 or higher.
- CPCE: The passing score for version 100120 is a 70 or higher.
- Integration Exam: The passing score for the Integration Exam is 14 questions correct out of 20.
Parts of Exam
Part One: Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE)
Eight core knowledge areas will be covered in the CPCE portion:
- Human Growth and Development: COUC/CEFS 502
- Social and Cultural Diversity: COUC/CEFS 504
- Counseling and Helping Relationships: COUC/CEFS 505
- Group Counseling & Group Work: COUC/CEFS 512
- Career Development: COUC/CEFS 522
- Assessment and Testing: COUC/CEFS 521
- Research and Program Evaluation: COUC/CEFS 515
- Professional Counseling Orientation and Ethical Practice: COUC/CEFS 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. CEFS 670-005/D02 & CEFS 671-005/D02). This portion reviews studies that provide an understanding of the integration of theology and psychology.
- Students must email firstname.lastname@example.org to be registered for the integration portion of the exam.
- This is a closed-book, closed-note 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 CEFS 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, and Blackboard.
- 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, contact the IT Help Desk and submit a ticket. You may then email our office at email@example.com with the ticket number and ask us to resolve the issue.
CPCE Study Tips
- Encyclopedia of Counseling Fourth Edition by Howard Rosenthal
- Free electronic copy available through the Jerry Falwell Library for 7 days
- List of study guides for the NCE (which they say contains similar material to the CPCE).
- Study Guide for the National Counselor Examination and CPCE (Newest Edition) by Andrew A. Helwig
- Academic Review provides preparation materials for the NCE. The CPCE is drawn from the same type of questions. A study guide and an electronic program with exam mode and study mode are available.
- Mastering the National Counselor Examination (NCE) and the counselor preparation comprehensive examination (CPCE) by Bradley T. Erford
- CPCE Secrets Study guide
- NCE practice exam kit (electronic and print)
- Vital Review questions for NCE and CPCE 15th Edition by Howard Rosenthal
- Flash Cards for CPCE
- Daily Email of Questions for CPCE and study materials
- Dr. Arthur’s NCE Study Guide
- ACA Code of Ethics
- NCE Pocket Prep (App)
Integration Study Tips
- McMinn, M. R. (2011). Psychology, theology, and spirituality in Christian counseling (Rev. ed.). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House. ISBN: 9780842352529.
- Entwistle, D. N. (2015). Integrative approaches to psychology and Christianity (3rd ed.). Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers. 978-1498223485.
- 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.
- CPCE: 4-hour time limit
- Integration: 40-minute time limit to complete the CEFS 671 Integration exam on Blackboard.
- After 40 minutes the Integration exam will automatically submit itself.
Maximum Number of Attempts
- Students may take 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 CPCE 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 a ticket of appeal: LUO Grade Appeal Request.
- 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.
- The CTAP form must be completed and reviewed before students are eligible for their third and final attempt.