The National Board for Certified Counselors is excited to announce a remote administration option for the National Counselor Examination (NCE) and the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE). You now have the choice to take the NCE and NCMHCE online from any secure location through the OnVUE platform or in person at a Pearson VUE test center. The information below is designed to assist you in choosing the option that best suits your needs and will allow you to have the best possible testing experience.
Pearson VUE has developed a short video to demonstrate what you can expect when testing at testing center.
If you require a special accommodation(s) during the examination because of an ADA-recognized disability or because English is your second language, you must indicate your request at the time you submit your examination registration. We also recommend that you upload the appropriate documentation verifying the need for the request at the time of registration.
All requests for special examination accommodations are reviewed individually and are subject to approval.
The following security procedures apply during the examination:
You may take a break when you wish, but you will not be given additional time to test.
Pearson VUE continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and will adjust test center operations as needed. For updated guidance on health and safety practices, testing candidate policies, and location-specific testing information, visit the Pearson VUE website.
Visit our OnVUE page to explore what to expect when testing through the OnVUE platform.
Due to a variety of technical and physical limitations related to internet-based test administrations, NBCC/CCE will be unable to provide approved special examination accommodations through the Pearson VUE online test delivery and proctoring service. However, all accommodations will continue to be provided through the site-based examination processes. The reduced testing volume in those sites should help to create a more efficient and safer experience for all examinees. All special examination accommodations that are approved by NBCC/CCE will only be provided to candidates in connection with in-person test administrations taken at Pearson VUE test centers during scheduled appointment times.
Before choosing OnVUE for your examination administration, evaluate your equipment and intended testing location to ensure that you meet all requirements for online testing.
Other individuals (including children) and pets are not allowed in the testing environment. We recommend, if possible, using a room that has a door with a lock to reduce the likelihood that an interruption will occur. You are not permitted to get up or leave your testing computer for any reason except for one 15-minute, prescheduled break. Interruptions (including contact with any person other than the examination proctor) will result in disqualification from the online administration of the examination. In the event that this happens, you will have to schedule to take the examination at a Pearson VUE test center at a later date.
Additionally, examinees are not allowed to have textbooks, cell phones, smart watches, or other materials that may have test content information on their desks or within reach in the testing environment.
You are not permitted to get up or leave your testing computer for any reason except for one 15-minute, prescheduled break. This break will be provided after you complete the first 100 questions of the examination. After the break, you will not be permitted to return to the first 100 questions. If you leave your testing location at any time outside of this break, you will have to schedule to take the examination at a Pearson VUE test center at a later date.
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