Social workers are not permitted to talk about
what they encountered on the ASWB exam and we never ask. Which is
how it should be. The social work exam changes fairly regularly.
You could (unethically and unscrupulously) get someone to tell you
exactly what to study for the test they took, then arrive
on exam day facing an entirely different version of the exam. So,
better--for your conscience and for your chances--to study a broad
array of questions covering the wide range of material includes in
ASWB exam outlines. (We just happen to have practice
tests that are designed to help you do just that!)
One topic you may gloss over--and one that may not have been
thoroughly treated in your MSW program: community
organizing. The outlines hit the topic several times. Like
• Community organizing and social planning methods
• Techniques for mobilizing community participation
Community organizing is worth knowing! Happily, others have done
the work summarizing everything you might need to know for the
social work licensing exam:
7 Principles of Community Organizing (ICPJ.org)
What Does a Community Organizer Do? (Social Work Degree
5 Functions of a Community Organizer (Social Work Degree
TMI? Maybe just speed read--bullet points only. Here's a free
practice question that grabs some knowledge from one of the above
(not saying which one : ) ).
Which of the following is generally considered a vital
role for a community organizer?
B. Social Movement Building
C. Coalition Building
D. Legal Action
Have an answer?
You probably don't need to
read up to work your way to getting this question right. If you
think it through, it might go something like this: Activism is for
activists (individuals). Social movement building takes
organizations working together-in and outside of any the community.
Legal action is for attorneys. Which leaves one answer for you: a
vital role for community organizers is…coalition building (within
How'd you do?
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