As said by the NBCC: “The simulated cases on the NCMCHE are designed to sample a broad area of competencies, not merely the recall of isolated facts. Therefore, the problems assess clinical problem-solving ability, including identifying, analyzing, diagnosing, and treating clinical issues.
Visit the NBCC Website for the NCMHCE.
NCMHCE exam format consists of ten clinical simulations on the NCMHCE. Each section of each simulation problem has been classified according to the examination content outline. Each content area is further divided into two sections: Information Gathering and Decision-Making. CasePRO is a critical component for any candidate’s preparation because this program closely simulates the computerized scoring procedures of the actual exam.
The simulated cases on the NCMCHE are designed to sample a broad area of competencies, not merely the recall of isolated facts. Therefore, the problems assess clinical problem-solving ability, including identifying, analyzing, diagnosing, and treating clinical issues.
The examination consists of ten clinical mental health counseling cases. Each case is divided into approximately five to eight sections classified as either information gathering or decision-making. The AATBS NCMHCE written volumes provides a comprehensive review of each of these content areas.
The areas covered by the exam include:
Evaluation & Assessment (including but not limited to):
Diagnosis & Treatment Planning:
In some states, a paper version of the NCMHCE is administered while in other states, a computer version is administered. Contact the state board in your jurisdiction to determine the format of the exam and the dates it is available.
Click on this link for contact information for various state boards: NBCC Directory
Candidates are given 3 hours and 15 minutes to complete the exam.
You should review the practice simulations throughout the study process, from the beginning stages until just before the actual exam. The practice simulations will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses, refine your understanding of the topics, and enhance your test-taking skills. We strongly encourage participants to study all of the questions in the practice simulations multiple times because they are the most exam-specific information in the study materials.
Note-taking (e.g., flashcards, summary tables, etc.) can be a very important part of your study process. Because there is so much information to retain during your studies, you will need some strategy for synthesizing and organizing all the information.
The best way to develop your test-taking skills is to review as many practice questions as possible in our study materials. We provide a detailed explanation following each question which will help you to learn from your mistakes. In addition, we provide specific test-taking strategies for analyzing the most difficult questions such as translating the wording into simpler language, eliminating poor choices, identifying trick questions, and so on.
AATBS has been successfully preparing candidates for licensure for over 40 years. We have many tools to assist you in your preparation. They include:
The most important reason to attend our workshop is simply because it will increase your test taking performance and ability to pass the NCMCHE. Our instructors have many years of experience in teaching candidates to pass the exam.
AATBS consistently report pass rates in the 90% percentage range. More importantly, their scores are directly correlated with the level of preparation.
AATBS’s success rate on the NCMCHE is due to the quality and variety of study resources that our staff of experts—researchers, writers, instructors, and consultants—have created to assist you in your preparation. This cannot be matched by any of our competitors, which means we can tailor an individualized study program to meet your particular needs.
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