National Counselor Examination - NCE

Find NCE resources to help you get your counselor certification, such as NCE practice tests, licensing information, and study guides. To become a National Certified Counselor (NCC), a candidate has to pass the NCE. The National Counselor Exam is published by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).

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National Counselor Exam (NCE) Practice Questions
National Counselor Exam (NCE) Practice Questions
Location Type: Online

Address: USA
Take this free NCE practice test to see the types of questions and sections on the actual exam. Free
NCE Practice Exams Plus and Simulator
NCE Practice Exams Plus and Simulator
Location Type: Online

Address: USA
Ace the NCE® using this full-length, expert written practice exams with answers fully explained for ideal study. Includes Flash Card Study System. Get both formats: eBook (PDF) and Online with Instant grading, review & reporting. 39.95
NCE Practice Test
NCE Practice Test
Location Type: Online

Address: USA
Take this free NCE practice exam to see how prepared you are for the National Counselor Exam - NCE. Free
NCE Flashcard Study System
NCE Flashcard Study System
Location: Beaumont
Location Type: Online

Organization: FlashcardSecrets
Address: 3827 Phelan #179Beaumont USA 77707
Flashcards to help improve your score on the National Counselor Exam

NCE Review

- excerpt from the full length NCE Practice Exams Plus - 800 questions plus online flash cards, testing tips, exam review and a 50 state guide.

You did it!  You made it through several arduous years, and now here you are, preparing for the National Counselor’s Exam! You have sacrificed and you have studied hard. You managed your way through those awkward silent moments with your first clients. You taped mock sessions, cringing during replay at your professional immaturity. You spent days transcribing sessions, and you have indeed mastered research.   Congratulations!  You deserve it!  Successfully passing the NCE sets you on a professional path filled with reward and high esteem. Here, you will find everything you need to know about how to register, sit for and pass your NCE, so you can put all of that hard work to good use!

General Information

The National Counselor Exam (NCE) is an exam used for the purpose of granting certification as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) to graduate-level counselors by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).  All states in the United States use the NCE as part of their credentialing process for professional counseling licensure. The NCE tests a candidate’s understanding of basic counseling concepts in the areas of human development, fundamental counseling techniques, appraisal, ethics, research, group counseling and career development counseling. The content included on the NCE remains general and all counselors, regardless of their area of clinical focus, should know and understand it.  


Those wishing to sit for the NCE must have completed a graduate program in counseling or a related field, and must have been conferred a graduate degree by that institution.  In order to take the NCE, an official, sealed transcript confirming your degree attainment must be sent with your NCE registration form.  

NCE - LPC Practice Test

Quality starts with who wrote the material.
Our practice exam writer
Diane Dean, LPC, RN-BC, MA,
is a licensed professional counselor and educator with 20 years experience in healthcare. She has taught at many colleges and universities, including the University of Pittsburgh.

Stacy Fruhling, LCPC, LCADC, NCC, MAC,
is an adjunct professor in psychology and counseling at the Ann Arundel Community College and the Community College of Baltimore.

Lisa Slade, MS, LPC, NCC,
is an adjunct professor in psychology, counseling, sociology and human services at Caldwell University in the Graduate School of Psychology, at the University of Bridgeport and at the Housatonic Community College.


The NCE contains 200 multiple-choice, non-sectioned questions. There are different versions of the test. Test questions come from a pool of questions that have been extensively reviewed and researched for content accuracy and clarity.

Below are the six domains tested by the NBCC on the NCE:
• Professional Practice & Ethics
• Intake Assessment and Diagnosis
• Areas of Clinical Focus
• Treatment Planning
• Counseling Skills and Interventions
• Core Counseling Attributes
Covering the eight CACREP Common Core Areas::
• Professional Counseling Orientation and Ethical Practice
• Social and Cultural Diversity
• Human Growth and Development
• Career Development
• Counseling and Helping Relationships
• Group Counseling and Group Work
• Assessment and Testing
• Research and Program Evaluation