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National Counselor Exam Prep (NCE)

330 free practice questions for the National Counselor Exam

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This free practice exam consists of 336 practice questions to help review key concepts and familiarize yourself with the exam format. 

We want to stress this is supplemental practice content - we have 3 recommended study tools you can get from Amazon (make sure you check for the latest version!) as primary guides.

NCE Study Guide: Test Prep & Practice Test Questions for the National Counselor Exam

Encyclopedia of Counseling: Master Review and Tutorial for the National Counselor Examination

NCE Practice Questions: NCE Practice Tests & Exam Review for the National Counselor Examination

The National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE) is used for national counselor certification and state counselor licensure; performing well is one of the criteria used by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) in awarding individuals certification to become a National Certified Counselor (NCC). The NCE assesses you on the knowledge, skills, and abilities important for being a counselor. The NCE is designed to test of general information which should be known by all counselors regardless of their individual professional specialties.

The NCE is consists of 200 multiple choice questions and you are given four hours to take it.

The NBCC lays out the work behavior areas (job analysis domains) and item distribution of the exam, which is shown below (as of Oct. 2012).

Work Behavior Area

Number of Items

Fundamental Counseling Issues


Counseling Process


Diagnostic and Assessment Services


Professional Practice


Professional Development, Supervision and Consultation


Although the work behavior areas have changed, the distribution of items across the eight Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) core areas remains the same, shown below:

CACREP Core Area

Number of Items

Human Growth and Development


Social and Cultural Diversity


Helping Relationships


Group Work


Career Development




Research and Program Evaluation


Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice


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