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The Master Addiction Counselor (MAC) exam is administered by the IC&RC to assess the knowledge and skills of professionals working within certain disciplines.

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MAC Exam Eligibility

To be eligible for the MAC exam, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must hold at least a Masters degree in Substance Use Disorders/Addiction or a related counseling subject
  • You must hold a current credential/license as a Substance Use Disorders/Addiction counselor or professional counselor
  • You must have a minimum of three years full-time Substance Use Disorders/Addiction counseling experience
  • You must have a minimum of 500 contact hours of education and training in Substance Use Disorders/Addiction

MAC Exam Outline

The MAC exam contains 150 multiple-choice questions and has a time limit of three hours. The questions are designed to assess your knowledge and skills in the following topic areas:

  • Treatment admission
  • Legal, ethical and professional growth issues
  • Ongoing treatment planning
  • Counseling services
  • Documentation
  • Discharge and continuing care
  • Physiology and psychopharmacology
  • Clinical assessment
  • Case management

The exam is split into five sections:

  1. Orientation to the Treatment Process (11%)
  2. Assessment (23%)
  3. Ongoing Treatment Planning and Implementation (23%)
  4. Addiction Counseling Practices and Skills (23%)
  5. Professional Practices (20%)

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MAC Exam Registration

Before registering for the exam, you must submit an application to and be approved by the National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NCC AP). Once you are approved and you have paid the $235 application fee, NCC AP will forward you a code and link to take the exam.

Test Day

In-person Testing

On the day of your exam, you should arrive at the testing facility 15-30 minutes before the scheduled exam time. Once you arrive, you will be asked to present two forms of valid identification, one of which must be a photo ID.

Personal items will not be allowed into the testing center, so it is best to leave things like bags, notebooks, and food items at home or in your car.

Remote Testing

On the day of your exam, you should log in to your Webassessor account and click on your exam, which will be listed in the Scheduled Exams section. Before your exam begins, you will be asked to show two forms of valid identification to the remote proctor via your webcam. You will also be asked by the remote proctor to use your webcam to scan your testing area.

Personal items will not be allowed on your desk/table while you take the exam. This includes your cell phone, notebooks, and food items.

MAC Exam Scoring

You will be emailed an unofficial score report once the exam is complete, and an official score report will be sent to the NCC AP.

To pass this exam, you must answer at least 112 questions correctly (75%).

Retaking the MAC Exam

If you fail the exam and wish to retake it, you must contact your state board to register for another testing attempt. You will also need to pay the full testing fee for each retake.

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How many questions are on the MAC exam?


There are 150 multiple-choice questions on the exam.


How long is the MAC exam?


The time limit for the exam is three hours.


What is the passing score for the MAC exam?


To pass the exam, you must answer at least 75% of the questions correctly.


How much does the MAC exam cost?


The application fee is $235.

By Kate Nockunas

Kate has been Mometrix’s Nursing and Medical Editor for over four years. She has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Vanderbilt University, a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Marymount University, and a master’s degree in Education from Johns Hopkins. Kate is a critical care registered nurse who still works occasionally in the ICU and PACU.


by Mometrix Test Preparation | This Page Last Updated: January 2, 2024