TO: Master's Counseling Program Students
FROM: Dr. Shurts
Re: Fall 2017 Comprehensive Exam Registration

Fall 2017 Master's Counseling Comprehensive Exam Information

Please read this entire message carefully noting deadlines and processes; we are in the process of updating our online Comprehensive Exam FAQ page, and most of this information is not yet online.

As announced last academic year, the Counseling Program Comprehensive Exam (CPCE) is now only offered as a computer-based test.  Students will no longer take the exam on campus.  The test must be completed at a Pearson VUE testing center, and students will have their choice of exam date/time and location (the exam must be completed before October 31st).

The Comps registration process takes place over several steps.  The deadline for submitting the initial application and registering on NEST is Monday, September 18th -- Please be sure to submit your materials on time:

  1. The application form attached to this message must be completed and submitted to our Department Administrator, Lucille Gesualdi, University Hall, Counseling Suite, Room 3165 by the deadline. This serves as your registration within our Program. 
  2. Students also must register through NEST for the Counseling Program's zero credit Comprehensive Exam course.  This serves as your official University registration.  Students will also receive Comps results through NEST at the end of the semester, just as you would a regular class grade.  The course you should register for is "Generic Grad Course GRAD CMP-18" (CRN #42910 ) and Dr. Shurts is the listed instructor.  If you intend to sit for the exam, you must register before the September 18th deadline.

Student ID Numbers (not Social Security Numbers) must be included on the Comprehensive Exam application. Social Security Numbers will not be accepted and your application will not be processed. Again, please note that you do not need to have your advisor sign the form--We will forward your application to the Graduate Program Coordinator for signature.

Eligible students who complete these two steps prior to the September 18th deadline will receive a follow-up e-mail with additional registration instructions.

If you have any questions about this initial registration process, please contact your advisor, our Dept Administrator, or Dr. Shurts.

Master's Comprehensive Exam Information Sessions

There will be two Master's Comprehensive Exam Information Sessions this semester.  All students are welcome and encouraged to attend, not just those planning to take Comps this semester (in fact, we STRONGLY urge students to attend an Information Session before the semester they intend to take the test).

The Information Sessions will cover our change to the computer-based CPCE, including an overview of the registration process.  We will also discuss the format of the test, multiple-choice test-taking strategies, and other general information.  The session is NOT a review of program material.

The sessions will be held:

  • Wednesday, September 13th at 8:00 PM
    • Center for Clinical Services, Room 1372
    • Presented by Dr. Shurts
  • Monday, September 18th at 8:00 PM
    • University Hall, Room 1370
    • Presented by Dr. Shurts

Because we will be including information about the new computer-based format and changes to registration in addition to the "usual" content, the sessions will last approximately 90 minutes--The same general material will be presented at both sessions, so there is no need to attend both.