WHAT STUDENTS NEED TO KNOW

The comprehensive exam is an exit examination required of all Department of Counseling and Human Services students at the University of Redlands. The purpose of the exam is to assess the student's knowledge of counseling to ensure minimum competence in the field. The CPCE will also provide collective feedback that can be used by the program in developing/adapting curriculum.

BENEFITS OF USING THE CPCE

  • Allows Master's program comprehensive exams to better meet psychometric standards.

  • Gives programs an objective view of the knowledge level of their students.

  • Allows programs to examine student functioning in various curricular areas.

  • Promotes longitudinal self-study.

  • Compares a program's results to national data.

  • Stimulates student integration of knowledge learned in separate courses.

  • Gives students comparative strength / weakness feedback.

Please note CPCE is NOT a licensure exam.

DEVELOPMENT OF THE CPCE

The CPCE is researched, developed, and distributed by both the Research and Assessment Corporation for Counseling (RACC) and the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE), two affiliate corporations of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). The item writing committee was selected from master's and doctoral level professionals. The committee compiled a comprehensive listing of texts used in counselor education programs. Each question was developed based on information found in the most commonly used textbooks.