Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE)

2019 Exam Dates:

  • Spring: February 16th
  • Summer: June 16th
  • Fall: TBA

The Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) is an exit exam that is designed to help students synthesize their learning about counseling and to ensure that students have a thorough understanding of professional attitudes, skills, and knowledge related to the eight (8) common–core areas defined by CACREP’S Standards for Preparation. The exit exam is also used to assess counseling curriculum strengths and opportunities for improvement.

Note: Only UCF Counselor Education students should register to take this test at UTC.

While CCE does not offer an official study guide for the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE), there is a list of textbook resources frequently used in CACREP-accredited counselor preparation programs. The list of resources can be found at CPCE Textbook Guide.

The CPCE is a knowledge-based exam that consists of approximately 160 items with 20 items per CACREP area. Student will have four (4) hours to complete the test.

The exam will cover 8 core curriculum areas of the CPCE which includes the following:

  • Human Growth and Development
  • Career Development
  • Social and Cultural Foundations
  • Assessment and Testing
  • Counseling and Helping Relationships
  • Research and Program Evaluation
  • Group Counseling and Group work
  • Professional Counseling Orientation and Ethical Practice.
  1. Students who believe they qualify for additional time or the use of Zoom Text for testing accommodations must submit written documentation of a documented disability to the office of Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make accommodated testing arrangements at least two weeks prior to their scheduled test date. Visit the SAS website for more information at
  2. Register with the Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE). Click here to go to the CPCE registration link and fill out the required information. Complete this registration 7 business days before testing to allow sufficient processing time.
    1. Once you complete the link above, you will receive an “Authorization to Test” email from Pearson within 7 business days. (*Be sure to check your spam and junk folders.) The email will contain your candidate ID number.
  3. Register with Pearson VUE. AFTER you receive the “Authorization to Test” email from Pearson VUE, go to their website to create an account.
      cpce@cce‐ DO NOT CREATE AN ACCOUNT with Pearson VUE until you have your Candidate ID number.
  4. Register with the University Testing Center (UTC).
    1. Review University Testing Center’s policies.
    2. Submit payment and complete registration online.
    3. After completing the registration process, check your email for the test registration confirmation sent to you by RegisterBlast. The test registration confirmation is required and must be presented on test day to be admitted to take your exam.
  • Arrive 15-minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time. Examinees arriving more than 15-minutes late may not be admitted and will forfeit any costs paid.
  • You are required to bring two forms of identification. Your IDs cannot be expired and must be in the name in which you are registered to test.
    • Primary ID: Must be a government-issued, non-expired photo ID. Acceptable documents include a driver license, passport, state-issued identification card, or military identification (with signature).
    • Secondary ID: Must have a photo OR signature, such as a Social Security Card, student ID, employee ID, or a debit/credit card in the examinee’s name.
  • Bring your Pearson VUE username and password in order to access your online exam.
  • Print and bring your Test Registration Confirmation sent to your email by RegisterBlast

Students who do not pass the exam the first time will be able to re-take the exam during the current semester. The retake will involve the entire exam and the student is responsible for reapplying and repaying for the exam.

In the event a student does not pass the comprehensive examination the second time, he/she will work directly with a Counselor Education faculty for additional retake options.

CPCE scores will be available on their Pearson VUE account approximately 1-hour after the exam is completed.

The minimum passing score for the CPCE is 90 plus or minus the standard error of the mean. This score may be adjusted from time to time in response to national needs.