National Counselor Exam Prep (NCE)

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330 free practice questions for the National Counselor Exam

Select how would you like to study presents 330 free practice questions for the National Counselor Exam. 
 The National Counselor Examination (NCE) is a 200-item multiple-choice examination designed to assess knowledge, skills, and abilities essential for providing effective counseling services. The NCE is required for counselor licensure in many states, and one of two examination options for the National Certified Counselor (NCC) certification. Military institutions, notably the VA often use the NCE as their standard.
 The NCE was first used in 1983 as part of the NCC application process and continues to undergo regular review and development to ensure it represents the current reality of practice and research in the counseling profession. 


The National Counselor Exam is composed of 200 questions (160 scored, 40 unscored) across six categories: Professional Practice and Ethics (19 questions, 12%), Intake, Assessment, and Diagnosis (19 questions, 12%), Areas of Clinical Focus (47 questions, 29%), Treatment Planning (14 questions, 9%), Counseling Skills and Interventions (48 questions, 30%), and Core Counseling Attributes (13 questions, 8%).

The National Counselor exam is 3 hours and 45 minutes long.

Passing the National Counselor exam is required as part of pursuing licensure to become a professional counselor by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). This is required in many United States states.

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