Master's Comprehensive Examination

Counseling Masters' Exam Schedules - CPCE / Specialty Exam (School Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling,  and Community Counseling) 

Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) is a standardized exit exam designed to review the material of the counseling core concepts. All School and Clinical Mental Health students (also, Community Counseling students) must pass both the CPCE section and the appropriate Specialty Section of the comprehensive exam. The exams are intended to review the main core counseling concepts (CPCE) and specialty exams that focus on the specific professional emphasis of your degree plan you have chosen to follow (Level 2 Exams [or the Specialty Exam for the former 49hr. programs]).   

CPCE will be a computer-based exam (CBT) for all future dates after fall 2017. There are several significant changes in the new administration of the CPCE. There are changes to the deadlines, date of the administration, fees, and location of the exam.

The best time to consider taking the comprehensive exam is when you have finished the majority of your coursework. For many students, once you finish COUN 551 Practicum is a good time. Below is a list of the CACREP Core areas that the CPCE reviews within the exam. Review the list to help you understand when you will be ready to schedule your comprehensive exam. 

CACREP Core Related Program Classes
Human Growth & Development COUN 545
Social & Cultural Diversity COUN-501, 522
Counseling and Helping Relationship COUN-501, 510, 516, 551, 552
Group Counseling and Group Work COUN-501, 528
Career Development COUN-501, 512
Assessment & Testing  COUN-501, 517
Research & Program Evaluation COUN-501, 595
Professional Counseling Orientation & Ethical Practice  COUN-501, 510, 516, 517, 528, 551, 552

http://www.cce-global.org/AssessmentsAndExaminations/CPCE

Deadline:

The deadline to turn in your comp form to our office is two weeks before the exam is scheduled. No late registrations will be accepted! This is a firm deadline since the CPCE must be paid at least 10 non-holiday business days (Mon.-Fri.) before the exam is administered.  

Deadline Date: January 22, 2018

Exam Date: Saturday, February 3, 2018

Fees:

The cost is in two portions and both must be paid before you may take the exam:

*One payment is for the CPCE exam—$75

*One payment is for the use of the Testing Center services—$50

We will provide you both links for payments that must be made in order for you to be considered registered for the exam. Do not call the Testing Center first since we must be aware of each student who intends to take the exam. If you do not contact us first, important information may be missing for you to be successfully registered.     

Location and time: 

The CPCE is administered on the Commerce campus early each long semester (fall and spring) and early in June for the summer sessions. The exam is scheduled on Saturdays. The exam sign in will begin at 7:45 a.m. as before. 

The location for the administration of the CPCE is: 

Testing Center 
Student Access and Success Center/One Stop Shop
2200 Campbell St.
Commerce, TX  

This building is B-38 on the campus map. You will need to check at the front desk to be allowed into Testing Center. 

Campus Map:  http://www.tamuc.edu/aboutus/thecampus/campusmap.pdf

Testing Center:

http://www.tamuc.edu/academics/testingOffice/contactUs.aspx

Parking:

http://www.tamuc.edu/academics/colleges/scienceEngineeringAgriculture/departments/mathematics/maa2017/areaInfo/default.aspx


Student Disability Resources and Services: 

NOTE:  If you require accommodation through the office of Student Disability Resources and Services (SDRS) for test taking, please contact SDRS at 903-886-5835 to discuss services available.

http://www.tamuc.edu/CampusLife/CampusServices/studentDisabilityResourcesAndServices/default.aspx 

If you require accommodation through the office of Student Disability Resources and Services (SDRS) for test taking, please contact SDRS at 903-886-5835 to discuss services available. Keep in mind that SDRS can only proctor exams between the hours of 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. 


SPECIALTY AREA EXAMS:

No fee for either one of these exams. 

Verify with our office which degree plan you were following so we can insecure you are following the correct avenue to take the correct exam. You will take ONLY one of these exams. 

SPECIALTY EXAMS FOR THE 49 HR. Degree plans: 

The exam will be taken after the CPCE for either the School Counseling Degree plan, (49 hr. plan). Community Counseling Degree plan (49 hr. plan). You are allotted 1 hour to take the exam. Scantrons and pencils are provided. 

LEVEL 2 EXAMS FOR THE 60 HR. CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH AND SCHOOL COUNSELING 51 HR. PLANS: 

Level 2 Exam will be taken online.

If you are following the new Clinical Mental Health Counseling, you will need to take the Level 2 exam after you complete COUN 530, COUN 611, PSY 503, and PSY 507.  

If you are following the new School Counseling degree plan, you will need to take the Level 2 exam after you complete COUN 514, 520, 534, and 539. 


 The following FAQ further clarifies the procedures:

QUESTION: Is there a cost to the Masters Comprehensive Examination?
ANSWER: Yes, there is a $75.00 fee to purchase the core section (CPCE) and there is a $50 fee for the Testing Center service for the administration of the exam. There is no fee for the specialty section.

QUESTION: How many questions are on the Masters Comprehensive Examination?
ANSWER: There are 160 multiple-choice questions on the core section (CPCE). 

QUESTION: Is the test on the computer or is it paper and pencil?
ANSWER:  The CPCE is a computer-based exam. The Level 2 Exam is administered as an online exam. The specialty section (for the former 49-hour program) is paper and pencil (test booklets and bubble-in answer sheets are provided).

QUESTION: How do I sign up to take the Masters Comprehensive Examination?
ANSWER: Since the CPCE must be prepared in advance, students should register and pay the fee (online) with CPCE and Testing Office at least 10 business days prior to the administration of the exam. The Testing Office assists the Counseling program with providing the required equipment, proctoring, and other administrative processes related to the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE). 

No late registrations will be accepted! 

QUESTION: Are both core and specialty sections of the Masters Comprehensive Examination given at the same time?

ANSWER: Only for specialty exam for the 49-Hour degree program is administered with the Masters Comprehensive Examination (CPCE). Level 2 Exam is administered separately once the coursework for your field of study is completed. It needs to be completed before COUN 552 is taken.    

QUESTION: What constitutes a passing score?
ANSWER: The passing score of core section (CPCE) is calculated after each administration. A student will need to obtain a score that is equal to or greater than a z score of -1.25(1.25 standard deviation units below the national mean score). 

QUESTION: If I should not pass the first time, how many times may I retake the exam?
ANSWER: If a student fails in their first attempt, he or she must meet with the advisor or faculty member and develop a plan of study that will help him/her be successful in their next attempt. That plan approved by the head of the department and then filed in the student's Department file. Should a student fail in their second attempt, their program is terminated. Under extenuating circumstances, a third attempt may be granted but only upon the recommendation of the Departmental Examination Appeals Committee (DEAC) or head of the department and approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. 

QUESTION: What if I fail one section and pass the other?
ANSWER: The student will need to retake the section that he/she fails. (see the previous item).

QUESTION: Is there a preparation guide or book available?
ANSWER: The Department does not have a preparation guide and does not endorse any particular guide. Students are encouraged to match their course syllabi objectives to the CACREP objectives and then to their course notes and textbooks. A CPCE/CACREP review providing more details is accessed at the link below.

QUESTION: What are the eight core CACREP areas and what counseling classes relate to those areas?
ANSWER: The eight core CACREP areas include:

CACREP Core Related Program Classes
Human Growth & Development COUN 545
Social & Cultural Diversity COUN-501, 522
Counseling and Helping Relationship COUN-501, 510, 516, 551, 552
Group Counseling and Group Work COUN-501, 528
Career Development COUN-501, 512
Assessment & Testing  COUN-501, 517
Research & Program Evaluation COUN-501, 595
Professional Counseling Orientation & Ethical Practice  COUN-501, 510, 516, 517, 528, 551, 552

Click HERE for the Review Guide for the Master's Comprehensive Examination