Study Guide for the National Counselor Examination and CPCE – Print Version


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The Seventh Edition of the Study Guide for the National Counselor Examination and CPCE was published in 2015 by Dr. Andrew Helwig. This NCE and CPCE Study Guide is over 400 pages long and includes content material in the eight areas examined by the National Counselor Exam and the CPCE (Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination). The content in the Study Guide is also similar to many state school counselor certification exams and state professional counselor licensure exams that use some exam other than the National Counselor Exam.

All eight CACREP content areas in the Seventh Edition have been revised and new information addresses DSM-5 and the revision of the ACA Code of Ethics. New material also includes neurobiology, dialectical behavior therapy, mindfulness, distance and technology counseling, and wilderness therapy.

Besides information about the make-up and structure of the National Counselor Exam and CPCE, the Study Guide includes a 160-item CPCE Practice Exam, a 200-item NCE Practice Exam, the ACA Code of Ethics, study tips, reference lists, test taking strategies, and additional counselor exam prep resources and study materials.

More About the NCE and CPCE Study Guide

The eight counselor exam content areas are:

  • Human Growth and Development
  • Social and Cultural Diversity
  • Helping Relationships (and Family)
  • Group Work
  • Career Development
  • Assessment
  • Research and Program Evaluation
  • Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice

Many other study guides and exam preparation programs often include 1000+ pages of material, flashcards, CDs, etc. Most counselors are better served by a shorter, more focused set of materials such as this Study Guide because they can stay more concentrated and motivated in their review efforts. The passing score on the National Counselor Exam is set at about 65% with very minor fluctuations from one form of the exam to another. Although you may have reasons to score very highly (e.g. 80% or higher), you will pass the exam with approximately 65% of items answered correctly.

For the CPCE, the passing score (cutoff) is determined by the university program and tends to be in the 65% to 70% range.

The Study Guide also includes a Feedback Form and many of those are returned from around the country each year. Many users report that they used no other resource in order to pass the National Counselor Exam. All the exam prep material which addresses the eight content areas is presented in outline format, and is double-spaced with considerable highlighting and bolding. It is very user friendly and does not look or feel like a textbook.

The cost of the Study Guide is $89.95.
There is a $10.00 handling and Priority Mailing cost on all orders.
The book’s ISBN number is: 9780964837775.

Also see the National Counselor Examination and CPCE Workshop DVDs