National Counselor Examination - NCE
Find NCE resources to help you get your counselor certification, such as NCE practice tests, licensing information, and study guides. To become a National Certified Counselor (NCC), a candidate has to pass the NCE. The National Counselor Exam is published by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).
- excerpt from the full length National Counselor Exam (NCE) Practice Exam
You did it! You made it through several arduous years, and now here you are, preparing for the National Counselor’s Exam! You have sacrificed and you have studied hard. You managed your way through those awkward silent moments with your first clients. You taped mock sessions, cringing during replay at your professional immaturity. You spent days transcribing sessions, and you have indeed mastered research. Congratulations! You deserve it! Successfully passing the NCE sets you on a professional path filled with reward and high esteem. Here, you will find everything you need to know about how to register, sit for and pass your NCE, so you can put all of that hard work to good use!
The National Counselor Exam (NCE) is an exam used for the purpose of granting certification as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) to graduate-level counselors by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). All states in the United States use the NCE as part of their credentialing process for professional counseling licensure. 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. The content included on the NCE remains general and all counselors, regardless of their area of clinical focus, should know and understand it.
Those wishing to sit for the NCE must have completed a graduate program in counseling or a related field, and must have been conferred a graduate degree by that institution. In order to take the NCE, an official, sealed transcript confirming your degree attainment must be sent with your NCE registration form.
Stacy Fruhling, LCPC, LCADC, NCC, MAC,
Lisa Slade, MS, LPC, NCC,
OUR PRACTICE EXAM COVERS THE ACTUAL NCE DOMAINS:
The NCE contains 200 multiple-choice, non-sectioned questions. There are different versions of the test. Test questions come from a pool of questions that have been extensively reviewed and researched for content accuracy and clarity.
Five work behaviors are also tested: