NCSCE Scoring & Results

Scoring Procedures

There are seven simulated cases and forty multiple- choice questions on the NCSCE. A candidate must obtain a total score equal to or greater than the passing total score for both the School Counselor Knowledge Section and the General Knowledge Section in order to pass the NCSCE.

Each section of each simulation problem has been classified according to the examination content outline. Each content area is further divided into two sections: Information Gathering (IG) and Decision-Making (DM).

IG sections assess the candidate's ability to gather appropriate data required to evaluate a situation or to make a decision. DM sections assess the candidate's ability to solve student problems by utilizing data in rendering judgments and decisions.

Each option on the NCSCE is assigned a weight ranging from +3 to -3 based on the level of appropriateness for effective student care.

A total score is calculated for both the IG sections and DM sections on the examination. A candidate must obtain a total score equal to or greater than the passing total score for both the IG and DM sections in order to pass the simulated section of the NCSCE.

The minimum criterion (passing) score for the General Counselor Knowledge Section is derived from a modified Angoff procedure.

Examination Results

You can expect to receive your score reports via first class mail approximately eight weeks after the exam date. No scores are released by telephone. NCSCE's score report contains (1) five subscale scores for both the IG and DM sections and your total score in both sections, (2) minimum passing scores for the IG and DM sections, (3) five subscale scores for the multiple-choice items, and (4) minimum passing score for multiple-choice items.