CPCE Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination

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“I absolutely believe that our use of the CPCE has benefited our counseling programs.”

Dr. Keith Cates

Clinical Director of Counselor Education
Troy University

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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:

  • 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.


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.

CPCE Testing Modalities

University and college counseling programs have the option to offer the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) as: Anywhere Proctored Browser (APB), Computer-Based Testing (CBT), and Web Based Testing (OnVUE).

Helpful Numbers

  • Pearson VUE Customer Service: +1 866-904-4432; M–F, 7AM-7PM CST
  • Pearson VUE Technical Support: +1 866-377-1493; 24/7
  • Pearson VUE Exam Accommodations: +1 800-466-0450, Option 3
  • CCE Customer Service: 336-482-2856, open M-F, 8:30AM-5PM EST

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