Natasha Passed the ASWB Clinical Exam using SWTP.
The ASWB Clinical Exam
If you're looking to become a clinical social worker, you have
to pass the clinical social work exam. The exam is administered by
the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) and is carefully
designed to assess whether the test-taker has knowledge, skills,
and abilities to be an ethical practicing clinical social
Tens of thousands of people take the ASWB Clinical Exam every
year. Not everyone passes. Knowing what to expect ahead of time
give you a big leg up. Some basics and study suggestions
Preparing for the ASWB Clinical Exam
Nothing helps prepare you to pass the test like realistic,
real-time practice. SWTP has five, full-length ASWB practice tests
based upon the clinical exam outline, plus two booster exams, one
all-DSM and one all-ethics.
SWTP practice exams were created by social workers, for social
workers. Our sole mission is to help social workers get licensed.
Thousands have passed the clinical exam using Social Work Test
The exam content changes season-to-season, but the basics are
always the same.
Number of Questions
The clinical exam includes 170 questions. That includes 20
unscored tester questions which are being assessed for possible
inclusion on future exams.
You are given four hours (240 minutes) to take the exam. You can
take a short break--usually a good idea--but the time will keep
The ASWB clinical exam registration fee is currently $260.
Register to take the exam though your state licensing board, who
may charge an additional fee. Once you receive approval from the
state board, you can register with the ASWB and arrange a testing
What to Bring
Arrive at your test center 30 minutes before your testing time to
check in and get through security procedures (palm scan and photo).
You must present two forms of ID that match the name on your ASWB
Authorization to Test form. Personal items, including food and
drinks, are not allowed in the testing room. They'll be stored for
ASWB Clinical Exam Content
The ASWB Clinical Content Outline covers a wide range of
material--more than could ever be included in one 170-question
exam. Remember that the exam is meant for beginning social workers.
In-depth knowledge of the NASW Code of Ethics is expected more
than, say, deep knowledge of the DSM. The clinical exam outline was
revised in 2018. Currently, the exam is broken down as follows:
Diversity, and Behavior in the Environment
This section of the exam accounts for 24% of question--about 40.
This is material you likely encountered in social work school and
on the job: HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT, HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN THE
SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT, and DIVERSITY AND DISCRIMINATION.
Assessment, Diagnosis, and
The largest piece of the exam, 30%, covers BIOPSYCHOSOCIAL HISTORY
AND COLLATERAL DATA,
ASSESSMENT AND DIAGNOSIS, and TREATMENT PLANNING. You'll find much
of the material from this section within the covers of the DSM.
Interventions, and Case Management
This 27% of the exam is perhaps the easiest to get tripped up in.
Many questions about THERAPEUTIC RELATIONSHIP, THE INTERVENTION
PROCESS, SERVICE DELIVERY AND MANAGEMENT OF CASES, and CONSULTATION
AND INTERDISCIPLINARY COLLABORATION can be narrowed down to two
very good-seeming choices. Getting practiced in how to make the
final choice will assist you in answering questions in this section
Professional Values and
This section, weighing in at 19% of the test, is primarily drawn
from the NASW Code of Ethics. Learning that thin volume--through
rereading and practice questions--will ready you to face questions
about PROFESSIONAL VALUES AND ETHICAL ISSUES, CONFIDENTIALITY, and
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND USE OF SELF.
"Couldn't have done it without SWTP!" -- Meghan
Social workers pass the clinical social work exam using SWTP all
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