Marquette Counseling Students' Exam Scores Surpass National Average

Released: 4-8-14

Graduate students from the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology (CECP) posted stellar scores on both the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) and the PRAXIS II for yet another year.

With a mean score of 101.32 on the CPCE, students surpassed the national mean pf 85.60 by a full standard deviation, placing them above the 84th percentile. Even our students' lowest scores came in at nearly half of a standard deviation higher than the national average.

Similarly, school counseling students’ scores on the PRAXIS II well exceeded the state cut-off score of 156.

Commenting on the scores, Dean Bill Henk stated that “ These remarkable scores are what I’ve come to expect. Our students have performed incredibly well on this national examination year after year, and that’s a testament to the high quality of the program, the faculty, and of course, the students themselves.”

The Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination is administered by the National Board for Certified Counselors. Used by over 250 universities, the CPCE is designed to assess counseling students’ knowledge in eight major areas, including humangrowth and development, helping relations, social and cultural foundations, group work, career and lifestyle development, appraisal, research and program evaluation and professional orientation and ethics.

The PRAXIS II School Counseling and Guidance Exam is taken by candidates interested in becoming public school counselors. The exam covers professional development, legal and ethical counseling concerns, program organization, management and assessment, data gathering and dissemination, as well as other issues pertaining to the profession.



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