CPCE Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination

Keith Cates

“I absolutely believe that our use of the CPCE has benefited our counseling programs.”

Dr. Keith Cates, Clinical Director of Counselor Education, Troy University

CCE no longer administers CPCE exams using pencil and paper, except for approved accommodations.

Over 400 college and university counseling programs across the country use CCE’s Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE).

Counseling programs benefit from the CPCE in various ways.


  • Provides a master’s program comprehensive exam that meets high psychometric standards.
  • Gives programs an objective view of the knowledge level of their students.
  • Allows programs to examine student functioning in various curricular areas.
  • Promotes longitudinal self-study.
  • Compares a program’s results to national data.
  • Stimulates student integration of knowledge learned in separate courses.
  • Gives students comparative strength and weakness feedback.

Download our the CPCE content outline

CPCE Study Materials

While CCE does not offer an official study guide for the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE), we do provide a list of textbook resources frequently used in CACREP-accredited counselor preparation programs.

The list of resources can be found at CPCE Textbook Guide.

Online Testing

University and college counseling programs have the option to offer the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) as:


CPCE Brochure


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