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Content Covered in the NCE
The National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification tests knowledge derived from the eight content areas of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and the work behaviors determined by NBCC’s job analysis, ensuring content is based in both academic knowledge and current professional practice.
The NCE covers the following content areas:
- Human growth and development;
- Social and cultural diversity;
- Helping relationships;
- Group work;
- Career development;
- Research and program evaluation; and
- Professional orientation and ethical practice.
The NCE also includes the following work behaviors:
- Fundamental counseling issues;
- Counseling process;
- Diagnostic and assessment services;
- Professional practice; and
- Professional development, supervision and consultation.
How Is the NCE Scored?
The NCE is a 200-item multiple-choice examination, but only 160 items are used to determine if you meet the minimum passing (criterion) score. The other 40 items are undergoing field testing, to determine suitability for future use. (You will not know which items are being field-tested when you take the NCE.)
The maximum possible score on the NCE is 160, and NBCC determines the minimum passing score, which varies between versions, using a modified Angoff procedure. The NCE is not scored on a “curve,” so your passing score is not influenced by other examinees’ results, but you can compare your score to national results with the NCE statistical summary.
NBCC will not release your examination score to a third party without your written permission. Learn more about score verification.