NCE Practice Exam

Take this free NCE Practice Exam to see the types of questions and sections that appear on the actual NCE exam. The NCE tests a candidate’s understanding of basic counseling concepts in the areas of human development, fundamental counseling techniques, appraisal, ethics, research, group counseling and career development counseling. This practice test was written by Diane Dean, LPC, RN-BC, MA - author of the full-length, 300 question Practice Exam for the National Counselor Exam (NCE).

Human Growth and Development

1. According to Piaget's stages of moral judgment, a child younger than age ten will think which of the following is worse?
2. How many stages are there of moral reasoning, according to Kohlberg?
3. Which of the following is not a factor in the sleep patterns of adolescents?
4. Kohlberg's theory of moral development has three progressive levels ending in:

Social and Cultural Foundations

5. Cross-cultural counseling:
6. Most behaviors are learned and displayed in a cultural context.
NCE Practice Exam - National Counselor Practice Exam
7. Which of the following is true about counseling within a cultural context?

Fundamentals of Counseling / Helping Relationships / Clinical & Programmatic Interventions

8. Which is true about Freud's idea of the preconscious mind:
9. Nathan has been working on cutting down on drinking. He tells you he passed a state store and 'found my car pulling itself into the lot.' He denies giving much conscious thought to it. Nathan is describing the workings of:
10. ________________ results when ideal standards are violated. According to Freud, this is a function of the __________________.
11. A counselor sets her monthly fees for consulation on a job-by-job basis. Which of the following reinforcement schedules is this an example of?

Group Work / Group Counseling / Clinical and Programmatic Interventions

12. One of the first formal therapeutic groups was held by:
13. Of the following, which is NOT a curative factor of group, as outlined by Yalom?
14. Jerry hears a fellow group member say, "I am really struggling with this divorce. I can't see my way to the other side sometimes. It seems like I'll never feel better." Jerry just experienced a relationship break-up himself, which spun him into a depression. Though the group member's situation is unfortunate, Jerry feels a little better hearing about it. Jerry is experiencing which curative factor of group therapy?

Career and Lifestyle Development / Assessment and Career Counseling

15. Which career theorist talked about life roles?
16. Holland's trait-factor theory matched which of the following together?
17. Jeremy, during intake, told you that he really enjoys his job as a watch repair man. His strong Interest Inventory would probably indicate a high score in which of the following?
18. A counselor has designed his career counseling group in such a way that it presents a "field and levels" approach to careers. Whose theory is he following?

Professional Orientation & Ethics & Professional

19. Your patient enters your session excited about the New Age therapy you tried last session. She had brought in an article, and because of her enthusiasm and the fact that it did not require any new training, you had agreed to give it a try. She asks you to continue during this session, but you have done your homework: it's been proven ineffective and, in a select few clients, the condition was slightly worsened. You validate your patient, noting how glad you are that she's excited to try something new. Then you tell her that, unfortunately, you won't be able to continue with these types of treatments. With this act, you are expressing:
20. You have just launched a successful therapy group, and want to promote it to engage new clients so they, too, can benefit. You have asked your current therapy clients to offer an anonymous testimonial, telling others how useful it has been. From an ethical standpoint, this is _____________.
21. You are a licensed professional counselor with a Master's degree in Counseling and a doctorate (PhD) in Technology and Operations Management. On your appointment cards for clients, the most appropriate way to list yourself is:

Appraisal

22. Your supervisor suggests that you give your client a Beck's Depression Inventory (BDI) Test. This is a(n) ____________________.
23. Self-report tests like the BDI:
24. Which of the following is not considered a subjective test?

Research and Program Evaluation

25. Which of the following are not included as a concept in deductive reasoning?
26. Using deductive reasoning to gain knowledge has been called:
27. Joannie is a part of a research experiment monitoring energy level and depression. She becomes pregnant and tells you that she has been very fatigued. Her tiredness is: