How to use this sample exam
The test questions found in the sample examination are representative of the knowledge required in the field of chemical dependency counseling. They are NOT actual test questions from either the ICRC or NAADAC exams. They are intended to assist you in assessing your own knowledge and understanding of information regarding the chemical dependency profession.
The sample exam will give you a good exposure to the credentialing exam and the types of questions typically asked. Use this exam to predict what you will need to prepare for. Your focus is to determine both
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Once you complete this sample exam, a confirmation page will open that contains your results. For both the ICRC and NAADAC exams, your goal is to obtain a test score of 70% or greater (both ICRC and NAADAC scale their exams, but you will not know how this scaling will impact your score). That would equate to a score of at least 35 out of 50 on this sample exam. The confirmation page will show you which questions you got right, and which questions you missed. For those questions missed, the confirmation page will also provide you with important information about the question to aid you in your continued preparation. Be sure to scroll down to the very bottom of the confirmation page - there will be a button there that will allow you to print out the questions and results to help you as you continue to prepare.
PLEASE NOTE: IC&RC has changed there basic exam beginning with the June 2008 administration. The final 13 questions of the 150-question exam will be one question each on the 12-Core Functions of counseling, and one question on Ethics. These 13 questions will be answered based on a short case history that will be included prior to these final questions. To help you experience these types of questions, we've included a short case history that you'll need to read in order to answer questions 48, 49, and 50. We have also changed the format for the test to match the method used - you will see one question per page as you work through the examination.
This is a TIMED EXAMINATION. ICRC currently allows you three and one-half hours to take a 150-question exam if taken in the pencil/paper format, or three hours if using the computer-based test (which most states now offer); NAADAC allows four and one-half hours to take a 250-questions exam. Ideally, you would need to complete 50 questions in 70 minutes to stay on task for ICRC's exam; 50 questions in 54 minutes to stay on task for NAADAC's exam. FOR THE PURPOSE OF ILLUSTRATION, YOU WILL BE ALLOWED 60 MINUTES TO COMPLETE THIS EXAM. So let's get started.
For each of the following questions, select the response that best answers the question.
CASE HISTORY QUESTIONS
Please answer the final three (3) questions (48, 49, and 50) based on information provided in the following brief Case History.
CASE HISTORY: Jack is a thirty-seven (37) year old auto mechanic who works for a major car dealership in Our Town, USA. He is married and has two daughters ages 8 and 12. His wife, Nancy, works full time as a sales representative for a leading computer company whose office is near their home.
Jack has been a patient at the XYZ Hospital in-patient treatment program for the past seven days. He admitted himself for treatment at the urging of his work supervisor who noticed that Jack’s work performance had deteriorated substantially in the past six months following an accident on the job when Jack injured his back and sustained a ruptured disk. This is his first treatment experience.
When confronted by his supervisor, Jack admitted to frequently taking far more than the recommended dosage of pain medication to manage his back pain and said that he often mixed his medication with several mixed drinks in order to fall asleep at night. When that didn’t work, he also took over-the-counter sleeping pills for relief and to get to sleep. Jack admits he has had a pattern of excessive use of alcohol since his teenage years, but states this is the first time his drinking has interfered with his work as an auto mechanic. He blames the accident for his problems.
During the first week of Jack’s treatment our program has monitored and stabilized his pain medication and helped him withdraw from his excessive use of alcohol. As his counselor, you have found Jack to be intelligent, cooperative and responsive in the development and initial implementation of his treatment plan.
On his eight day of treatment, Jack rushes in to your office and says he is going to have to leave treatment immediately. He just received a call from his wife, Nancy, with the news that her father had been involved in a traffic accident and was seriously injured. He's demanding to be allowed to leave treatment so he can drive his wife to her mother's house, some eight hours away, as a sign of his suport for her. He promises to return to treatment as soon as possible in order to complete his treatment program.
Remember, when you submit your results, you will see a confirmation page that shows you your test results, including which questions you answered correctly and which questions you missed. Your goal is to obtain a score of at least 35 out of the 50 question. Regardless of your score, the information we
will provide you on the confirmation page will be a valuable study tool - be sure to use the "PRINT" button at the bottom of the
following page to print out your results for review or study.