Effective January 2006, the California Board of Psychology requires that candidates for licensure successfully pass the California Psychology Supplemental Examination (CPSE). The CPSE can only be taken by candidates who have obtained a doctoral degree, have passed the EPPP exam, and have completed 3,000 hours of Supervised Professional Experience (SPE).
The CPSE is developed by the California Board of Psychology through the Office of Professional Examination Service of the Department of Consumer Affairs. The CPSE is computer administered at PSI examination centers . The CPSE is a multiple-choice exam consisting of 125 questions with four choices per question. Of the 125 questions, 100 questions are scored while 25 questions are pretest items (not scored). Examinees typically have three hours to complete the exam.
There is one form of the CPSE in circulation during each six month period (Feb 1 – July 31, and August 1 – January 31). The cutoff score for passing varies on each form of the CPSE, and has ranged from 67/100 to 83/100. The current passing score is 83/100, through July 31, 2013. Candidates who do not pass the CPSE must wait six months before being eligible to re-test.
The CPSE covers four content domains. The percentage of scored questions from each content domain is identical on each form of the CPSE.
For more information about the CPSE see the California Board of Psychology CPSE Candidate Examination Bulletin
- Crisis Assessment and Intervention (22%)
- Clinical Assessment and Evaluation (22%)
- Treatment Interventions (17%)
- Legal and Ethical Standards (39%).
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