Maintained and Updated as of 2023
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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