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Comprehensive Exam Cutoff Scores

Individuals taking the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE), those in the Masters Degree programs in School Counseling and in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, will have earned a clear pass on the comprehensive examination if their total score is equal to or above one standard deviation below the national mean.

If they score between one and one and a half standard deviations below the national mean on the total score, they will be asked to complete an Oral examination given by at least two counseling faculty on the areas that were below one standard deviation or more below the national mean. They will be notified of the need for the Oral exam within five days of the department receiving the results from the national scoring service.

If students fail the Oral examination or if they score below one and one half standard deviations below the national mean on the original written examination, they will meet with the comprehensive exam committee consisting of at least two counseling faculty to plan for remediation. These individuals will have to retake the written Comprehensive Exam the next time it is offered. Students can take the written examination twice. If not successfully passed, they will be dismissed from the program.

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