Comprehensive Exams for the Master of Science in Counseling - School Counseling
the comprehensive exams are taken upon the completion of all courses in the
program or during your last semester of enrollment in the program at Fort Hays
State University. Completing the objective and essay comprehensive exams for
the School Counseling graduate degree program will take two days, as the exams
shall not exceed four hours each day.
Contact your advisor if you have any questions regarding the
The Counseling Program utilizes
the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) published by
the Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc., an affiliate of the National
Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. (NBCC), for the objective part of the
exam. The CPCE® covers the eight common-core areas of the Council for the
Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP®) as
defined by their Standards for Preparation:
Growth and Development – studies that provide
an understanding of the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental
and Cultural Foundations –
studies that provide an understanding of issues and trends in a multicultural
and diverse society.
Relationships – studies that provide
an understanding of counseling and consultation processes.
Work – studies that provide an
understanding of group development, dynamics, counseling theories, group
counseling methods and skills, and other group work approaches.
and Lifestyle Development –
studies that provide an understanding of career development and related life
– studies that provide an
understanding of individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation.
and Program Evaluation – studies that provide
an understanding of types of research methods, basic statistics, and ethical
and legal considerations in research.
Orientation and Ethics – studies that provide
an understanding of all aspects of professional functioning including history,
roles, organizational structures, ethics, standards, and credentialing.
The CPCE consists of 160
items with 20 items per the eight common-core CACREP areas listed above.
Of the 20 items per section, 17 will be scored items and the remaining 3 are
pretest items that will not be included in the student score. You must
achieve a passing score of greater than 1 standard deviation below the national mean.
There is no official
guide for the CPCE®. Since the CPCE and the National Counselor Examination for
Licensure and Certification (NCE®) are based on the same eight knowledge areas,
any study materials developed for the NCE® should be useful for the CPCE®. You may want to check the NBCC website for NCE preparation materials. The NBCC website includes sample
online tests, workshops, study guides, etc. Also, please refer back to the
textbooks used in the program courses.
cost is of the CPCE is $50 payable to the Center for Credentialing and
Education, Inc., and due on the day of the exam.
The second part of the
exam is in essay format consisting of four essay items related to the
application of the principles of school counseling and will address application
of concepts to central issues in the field. These questions involve knowledge
of pertinent facts, synthesis of ideas, and the ability to apply concepts to