The exam for NCE is used for below two purposes: national counsellor certification and state counsellor licensure. The purpose of the NCE is to assess knowledge, skills, and abilities for providing effective counselling services.
The test eligibility is for individuals with degree and high school qualification for those serious about pursuing the career of a counsellor.
The test format consists of 200 multiple choice questions and is scheduled for a four-hour period. The test paper consists of following content areas - Human Growth and Development, Social and Cultural Foundations, Helping Relationships, Group Work, Career and Lifestyle Development, Appraisal, Research and Program Evaluation, Professional Orientation & Ethics. The test measures the following five work behaviours: Fundamentals of Counselling, Assessment and Career Counselling, Group Counselling, Programmatic and Clinical Intervention, Professional Practice Issues. The test scores 160 questions for the section while 40 are unscored items.