CPCE Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination

“The exam (Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination) gives quality feedback about our program.”


Stephen Sharp, Ph.D., NCC, ACS, HS-BCP and Associate Dean for the College of Social Sciences at the University of Phoenix.

Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE)

Over 400 college and university counseling programs across the country use CCE’s Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE).

Counseling programs benefit from the CPCE in various ways.

The CPCE:

  • Provides a master’s program comprehensive exam that meets high psychometric standards.
  • Gives programs an objective view of the knowledge level of their students.
  • Allows programs to examine student functioning in various curricular areas.
  • Promotes longitudinal self-study.
  • Compares a program’s results to national data.
  • Stimulates student integration of knowledge learned in separate courses.
  • Gives students comparative strength and weakness feedback.

The CPCE order form can be found here.

CPCE Study Materials

While CCE does not offer an official study guide for the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE), we do provide a list of textbook resources frequently used in CACREP-accredited counselor preparation programs.

The list of resources can be found at CPCE Textbook Guide.

Online Testing

University and college counseling programs have the option to offer the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) as:

  • Internet-based testing (IBT)
  • Computer-based testing (CBT)

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