To help current and aspiring counselors achieve their goals, we developed the following study guide for national counselors.
By taking on additional responsibilities to advance the counseling profession, the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) enhances mental health worldwide by serving as the premier certification body of the profession.
The exam tests content eight areas recognized by the Counsel for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) as being central to success in the counseling profession.
What Is the NCE Exam?
The National Counselor Examination (NCE) is a 200-item multiple-choice examination designed to assess knowledge, skills and abilities determined to be important for providing effective counseling services. The NCE is a requirement for counselor licensure in many states. It is also one of two examination options for the National Certified Counselor (NCC) certification. It may also be accepted by military health systems to become a recognized provider.
What Are the Registration process for the NCE Exam?
RDA candidates must meet the following requirements to sit for this exam.
First, go to the NBCC website and create a “ProCounselor” account. This is the portal that the NBCC will use to communicate with you regarding your application, registration and testing process.
Once your application has been approved the NBCC will reach back out to you and provide you with the link to register through “Pearson VUE”, which runs the testing process.
The NCE examination fee is $275 and is offered twice a year, in April and October.
All exams administered through Pearson VUE are taken during a month-long window. If you are taking the exam on your campus, the test will be given on an established national exam date.
Of the 200 questions, only 160 are scored and count towards the final score. The other 40 questions are being tested to see if they should be used in future examinations and do not count towards the final score.
A passing score is usually between 98 and 105, fluctuating slightly with each test administration.
Scores take eight weeks to get back.
While the pass rate for first-time takers is 84.8%, the test can become very overwhelming without proper preparation and knowledge of how the test is administered. Additionally, you are only allowed to test a total of three times in a two-year period before your application closes.
NCE practice exams are one of the best ways to prepare for the actual exam.
How many times can you take the NCE exam?
Which states ONLY accept the NCE Exam, right now:
Alaska, Wyoming, Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Michigan, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Alabama, West Virginia, Pennsylvania