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National Counselor Examination (NCE)


This standardized test is used to to assess knowledge, skills and abilities determined to be important for providing effective counseling services. The NCE is a requirement for counselor licensure in many states and for the National Certified Counselor (NCC) certification.


  1. When can I take the NCE?
               January 4–16  
               February 8–20 
               March 7–19
               April 4–16
               May 2–21
               June 6–25
               July 5–23
               August 8–20
               September 6–20
               October 3–15
               November 7–19
               December 5–17
  2. How do I register for the NCE?
    To register for the NCE, please visit the NCE website.
  3. How long will I be at the testing center?
    Your appointment can extend up to 4 hours and 15 minutes.
  4. How much does it cost to register for the NCE?
    The registration fee for the NCE is $275.
  5. How can I prepare for the computer-based test?
    Before the day of the test, you may view the tutorials on the NCE website.