Master Comprehensive Exams

All Master’s degree seeking students in the UHV School of Education, Health Professions, and Human Development are required to pass a comprehensive examination. The Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE) is used for the CE’s comprehensive exit exam. The purpose of this exam is to assess the student’s knowledge of counseling to ensure minimum competence in the field. The CPCE also provides collective feedback that can be used in developing and adapting the program curriculum. The CPCE is not a licensure exam.

Students must register to take the comprehensive examination the semester before they plan to graduate.

Students must receive a favorable disposition (i.e., pass) on the comprehensive exam in order to be eligible to graduate.

Students may retake their comprehensive examination the semester immediately following their first failed attempt. Students may take their comprehensive examination up to 3 times before being required to take additional coursework.

Students are given the opportunity to take the National Counseling Exam (NCE) before graduation. The NCE is a 200 items multiple choice examination designed to assess knowledge and skills determined to be important for providing effective counseling services. Passing the NCE is a requirement for licensure in Texas and many states. Students are responsible for the cost of this exam. Students do not have to take the NCE to graduate. This is not the comprehensive exam.

For more information regarding the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE), please contact Dr. Abran Rodriguez, COUN Testing Coordinator, at