Inbox: "I Passed the First Time"

i passed the first time We've been updating our email lists, writing to past SWTP sign-ups, and hearing back from  lots of people about how SWTP helped them get licensed. Here's a sampling:

The test questions on SWTP were most like the ones on the actual exam. I found the site to be very helpful as far as assessing time management and the rationales as well.



I took the exam at the end of December and passed! I have recommended your site to many of my colleagues who are about to take the same license exam as I just did. I love how affordable the services are and how easy it is to navigate your website.  
Thank you SWTP!



I bought several of your practice exams for my LCSW and passed the first time!

Thank you! 



I passed the exam!  Practice tests were very helpful.  Thanks!! 


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Social Work Exam Prep Audio: Mind Changers

mind changers Here's something to add to our/your list of social work exam prep audio: Mind Changers, from BBC Radio 4. The thirty 30-minute shows survey highlights from 20th century psych. Not all of them contain social work exam material, but all will be of interest to (interested) social workers. For the exam, try episodes about Maslow's Hierarchy, Julian Rotter and Locus of Control, Harlow's Monkeys, Mary Ainsworth, Jean Piaget. (Thanks to @vaughnbell for the tweeted tip.)

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Maslow for the Social Work Exam

maslow's hierarchy of needs It's Abraham Maslow's birthday (4/1). Happy Birthday, Maslow! It's as good a time as any to review Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. Picture it as a big, pyramidal birthday cake, if that helps you get them understood. Here's Wikipedia's quick summary:

Maslow's hierarchy of needs is a theory in psychology proposed by Abraham Maslow in his 1943 paper "A Theory of Human Motivation" in Psychological Review. Maslow subsequently extended the idea to include his observations of humans' innate curiosity. His theories parallel many other theories of human developmental psychology, some of which focus on describing the stages of growth in humans. Maslow used the terms "physiological", "safety", "belongingness" and "love", "esteem", "self-actualization" and "self-transcendence" to describe the pattern that human motivations generally move through.

Which is probably more than you need to know to breeze through a question on the social work licensing exam. You might find a question about prioritizing treatment by following Maslow. For Maslow, it's not "safety first"--physiological needs are more crucial still. Food, shelter. Just like life.

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Social Work Case Presentations

case presentations for social workers If you take ASWB exam content outlines to heart, you've got a lot of information to learn before sitting for the social work licensing exam. The outlines (available at "ksa" or "content outline") contain more than one, regular human mind can reasonably expect to hold on a given day. Just reading over the list takes setting aside a chunk of time. Understanding it all, more time still.

Take, for instance, the clinical outline: "The concept of empathy" you probably don't have any trouble with. But what exactly is meant by "methods of networking"?  (It's in the "Consultation and Interdisciplinary Collaboration" section, so, okay, it's establishing and maintaining contacts in various fields. Not a big deal.)

The point is, don't spend a lot of time worrying about each little item on the content outlines. Many--most?--people pass exam without even knowing that the outlines exist.

Here's one item that you'd likely ignore if you're prepping quickly--and you'd probably get away with ignoring it, too: "Elements of a case presentation." The item is also in the Consultation/Collaboration section. If you've worked in a hospital setting or unusually crisis-light social work setting, you may have encountered formal case presentations. Here're a good case presentation's basic components:

  • Demographics
  • Key findings
  • Background
  • Formulation
  • Interventions and Plan
  • Reasons for Presentation

These bullets are explained in the Case Presentation Outline linked here (from Even if you've never done a formal case presentation, you've likely communicated all of these, one way or another, when discussing clients. It's pretty straightforward stuff.

Keep in mind, this isn't a list to memorize. It's not Erikson's stages. It's a guideline. Different settings and different supervisors will have different approaches. Just know--for the exam--that there are basic elements you can expect to see in a case presentation, and that social workers should, per the Code of Ethics, work collaboratively with others, even if they (gasp!) aren't social workers.

Here, some more wisdom about case presentations from around the web:

Hope this all helps. Good luck on the exam!

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Third DSM-5 Practice Exam Launched on SWTP!

dsm-5 exam 3 If you're taking the ASWB exam after July 1st, 2015, then plan to be facing down questions derived from the DSM-5. That means don't be surprised or confused by the disappearance of the five axis system and the GAF. Be ready for questions about "Autism Spectrum Disorder," "Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder," etc.

Get familiar with the DSM changes using PsychCentral's DSM-5 Resource Guide or the APA's DSM-5 Fact Sheets. Put that new knowledge to the test by taking the newly launched DSM-5 versions of SWTP's full-length practice exams. The third exam went up this morning! Sign up to get started. Good luck!