"Simple and realistic!"

get aswb exam practiceHere are more responses from the recent user survey question, "What do you like most about the site? What have you found most helpful?"

The ease of studying and the fact the study questions were a mirror image of the test questions on actual exam.

It's easy to move through.

Explanations of the answers/rationales.

The study links to the questions I missed were very helpful!

The variety of competencies covered.

Simple and realistic!


What I find the most helpful about the prep tests offered on this site is the rationale given after each question. They allow you to understand why the answer is correct as opposed to just seeing a correct answer. This helps tremendously for a critical thinking type test like this.

I have found the rationales most beneficial in my studying process.

The resources after you take the test.

The questions were fantastic but it was the resources that were the most beneficial.

We'll get some of them onto the testimonials page eventually. In the meantime, congratulations all! To get started with SWTP practice exams, sign up!

California Law and Ethics Exam Plan

ca law and ethics Changes are coming to the California LCSW licensing process (see our earlier post). Come January, 2016, the Golden State switches to the national ASWB exam and a California-specific Law and Ethics exam. The BBS has now released a detailed outline of possible content for the L&E exam. Here are the basics:

I. Law 40%

A. Confidentiality, Privilege, and Consent 14%

B. Limits to Confidentiality/Mandated Reporting 16%

C. Legal Standards for Professional Practice 10%

II. Ethics 60%

A. Professional Competence and Preventing Harm 18%

B. Therapeutic Relationship/Services 27%

C. Business Practices and Policies 15%

The outline contains lots of details, divided into Task Statements and Knowledge Statements, which is simpler than it sounds. Tasks are the legal and ethical things you do; knowledge is the legal and ethical stuff you know. Example:

Task Statement

T17. Comply with laws regarding sexual contact, conduct, and relations between therapist and client to prevent harm to the client and/or the therapeutic relationship.

Knowledge Statement

K32.Knowledge of laws regarding sexual conduct between therapist and client.

K33. Knowledge of legal requirements for providing client with the brochure Professional Therapy Never Includes Sex.

Have questions about your specific situation and the L&E exam? This BBS FAQ page might be helpful. Anything not found in the above links should be a few click away on the BBS Exam News page.

Our Law & Ethics practice exam should be up soon. Stay tuned! To get started with SWTP ASWB practice tests, sign up! Good luck on the exam!

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"Very Much Like the Actual Test!"

like the actual testWe've been asking SWTP users a simple question, "What do you like most about the site? What have you found most helpful?" Some answers:

"The links to look further at the information. And the explanations given."

"The questions were great and made me study areas that I needed to work on."

"I loved how easy the site was to use and navigate and how easy it was to access multiple tests and review responses."

"Very much like the actual test! Grateful I used this website! Thank You!"

So, the best thing about SWTP is, depending who you are, the suggested study links...the rationales...the questions...the layout...the actual-test-ness. Sign up and decide for yourself!

Good luck with the exam!

California Law and Ethics Exam

california dreamin'California social workers heading toward licensure have at this point probably gotten word of changes that are coming to the California LCSW licensing process. Here are the basics: California has long had a two exams--the Standard Written and Clinical Vignette. Starting on January 1st, 2016, that changes. There will still be two exams, yes. One will be a 75-question California Law and Ethics exam. The other will be the exam familiar to social workers across the rest of the country, the ASWB Clinical Exam. Details about the L&E exam are somewhat hazy. The ASWB exam is well-known. It's like a shorter, CA-specific law & ethics-free version of the CA Standard Written. There are details for days on and multiple practice tests for it right here at SWTP. Here's that info as delivered by the BBS on their site:

Effective January 1, 2016 the Board's examination process will be restructured...A California Law and Ethics Exam will replace the Standard Written Exam for LMFT and LCSW applicants. For LPCC applicants this exam will not change. It is designed to assess the applicant's knowledge of and ability to apply legal and ethical standards relating to clinical practice. This will consist of 75 multiple-choice items administered over a two-hour period. The re-exam waiting period for the exam is 90 days.

Curious about what the L&E exam will cover in those 75 questions? Take a look at the outline at the end of the LPCC Candidate Handbook. What's there is unsurprising--it's the very material that was covered in questions that appeared on the old exams: Confidentiality and Privilege, Limits of Confidentiality, Professional Conduct, Informed Consent, Standards of Practice, Scope of Competence, and Therapeutic Relationship. To help you get prepped, we'll have a practice exam (or two) up toward the end of the year. In the meantime, your Code of Ethics and select sections of the California legal code are your friends.

An additional heads-up:  no exams will be administered in California between December 1 and 31st, 2015. From the BBS:

In order to ensure a successful transition, the Board will be implementing an examination blackout period for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) examinations to ensure the integrity of examination candidate data during the transition. The Examination Blackout Period provides more information as to what this means for you.

Keep an eye on the SWTP blog for more California exam news as it comes.

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Autism Spectrum Disorder

what's asdNext up in our survey of things to know from DSM-5: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD). As ever, the net provides the essentials.  The change, from Wikipedia:

The new diagnosis encompasses previous diagnoses of autistic disorder, Asperger's disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, and PDD-NOS. Rather than categorizing these diagnoses, the DSM-5 [adopts] a dimensional approach to diagnosing disorders that fall underneath the autism spectrum umbrella. It is thought that individuals with ASDs are best represented as a single diagnostic category because they demonstrate similar types of symptoms and are better differentiated by clinical specifiers (i.e., dimensions of severity) and associated features (i.e., known genetic disorders, epilepsy and intellectual disability).

The complete diagnostic criteria are posted at Autism Speaks. Here are the bullets:

A.      Persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across multiple contexts, as manifested by the following, currently or by history

B.      Restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities, as manifested by at least two of the following, currently or by history

C.      Symptoms must be present in the early developmental period (but may not become fully manifest until social demands exceed limited capacities, or may be masked by learned strategies in later life).

D.      Symptoms cause clinically significant impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of current functioning.

E.       These disturbances are not better explained by intellectual disability (intellectual developmental disorder) or global developmental delay. Intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder frequently co-occur; to make comorbid diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability, social communication should be below that expected for general developmental level.

Don't be surprised to find ASD questions on the social work licensing exam. Imagine a straightforward symptom vignette and "What is the BEST diagnosis?" It's not going to be any of the DSM-IV-TR diagnoses that've disappeared, right? If you're seeing A-E above, the diagnosis--the right answer--is ASD. For still more detail, try these sites:


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