The Texas State Professional Counseling Program uses the Center for Credentialing and Education Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE). The examination was selected because it evaluates the eight CACREP core content areas and is a national standardized examination. The Texas State University Testing, Resource support, and Evaluation Center (TREC) administers this exam. The exam is only administered to students in the Professional Counseling Program.
|Testing Date and Times||Saturday, February 1, 2014|
|9:00 AM – 1:00 PM|
|Location||TBD - TREC will notify students 2-3 weeks before exam or students can contact TREC (not the Professional Counseling Program) up to three weeks before the test at (512) 245-2276.|
|Payment||Payment of $65 should be made before the test date either by check at TREC, located in Commons Hall, Ground Floor, Room G4, or by credit card over the phone (512) 245-2276. TREC: http://www.txstate.edu/trec|
|What is Required on Testing Day||Photo ID AND your receipt of payment|
|Special Accommodations||Contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) for questions about or documentation of any special accommodations for disability-based needs. ODS: Click here|
Food, drinks, and phones are not allowed in the testing room. Students arriving late will NOT be admitted to the testing room. Students are allowed to take breaks on a one-at-a-time basis at the TREC monitor’s discretion. TREC can answer other questions about the administration of the exam.
The CPCE covers the Content Areas listed below. The CPCE should be taken as soon as the following courses are completed and prior to applying for Practicum. It is strongly recommended, but not required, that you complete coursework in the CPCE Content Areas before taking the exam.
CPCE Content Areas
Texas State Counseling Courses
|Human Growth and Development||COUN 5368 - Developmental Issues|
|Social and Cultural Foundations||COUN 5301 - Community-based Counseling or|
|COUN 5328 - Intro to School Counseling|
|COUN 5316 - Counseling Diverse Populations|
|Helping Relationships||COUN 5307 - Theories of Counseling and Personality|
|COUN 5354 - Basic Techniques in Counseling|
|Group Work||COUN 5358 - Dynamics and Processes in Group Counseling|
|Career and Lifestyle Development||COUN 5355 - Career Counseling|
|Appraisal||COUN 5305 - Assessment in Counseling|
|Research and Program Evaluation||COUN 5391 - Research Seminar|
|Professional Orientation & Ethics||COUN 5350 - Professional Orientation and Ethics|
Passing the comprehensive examination is a requirement for graduation. The Professional Counseling Program established the passing rate of 67%, which is a cumulative score of 92.
Students must pass the CPCE examination with a 92, or the score must be within the standard error of measurement, for the student to proceed to COUN 5689, Clinical Practicum. A passing score of 92 must be obtained to proceed to COUN 5389, Site-based Internship.
Students who fail the CPCE after the first attempt will need to set up an appointment with their advisor prior to signing up to take the CPCE for the second time to develop a study plan. Additionally, students who fail after a second attempt will meet with a Program Standards Committee. Upon the third failed attempt and based on PSC recommendations, students cannot register for classes and may not be allowed further attempts at the comprehensive exam (refer to Student Handbook for more information).
Information about the comprehensive exam can be found in the Professional Counseling Student Handbook and on the Professional Counseling website. Students should begin to study for the CPCE by participating in classes and studying class notes. Students can also use a study guide for the National Counselor Exam (NCE) to study for the CPCE. CPCE study resources are available through our library at Study Guides.
If you have any questions about the comprehensive exam, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Hartwig at email@example.com.