Coming Soon: ASWB Content Outline Changes

It will be a busy autumn for us at SWTP. Along with updating exams to reflect NASW Code of Ethics changes, we'll be making sure all practice tests reflect changes to the ASWB content outlines. What does this mean for you? Very little.

ASWB content outlines detail the wide array of material that may appear on any given version of the social work licensing exam. We've compared the old and new outlines. The changes, by and large, are not wildly significant. Category names get a little makeover. Some content has been added, some pruned. The overall effect to you, the social work exam prepper: negligible.

Take a look for yourself, if you like. The current versions-which become ASWB history on January 2nd, 2018-are posted here.  The new versions are posted here.  Handy diagrams showing the before and after differences are here. See? No big.

We'll have practice tests reflecting all coming changes up soon. In the meantime, whether you're prepping for a 2017 or 2018 exam date, get started with practice tests by creating your own exam bundle here.

Happy studying and good luck on the exam!

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LMSW Exam Prep

social work exam as stunt Future Licensed Master Social Workers, the web is here to help! Passing the LMSW exam doesn't have to feel like some impossible stunt. Your exam prep doesn't have to wear you out or empty your wallet. First, of course, sign up for SWTP's practice exams. Each question has its own suggested study link to help you deepen your knowledge and ready you for the exam. Elsewhere on the web is advice and guidance by the digital bucketful. Here are just a couple of sites to check out--ten tips, flash cards by the hundreds.

Good luck with your test prep and congratulations in advance on your LMSW!

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Social Work Licensing Boards (and Social Media)

USAHere's a basic recently posted by the ASWB on their Facebook page:  A state-by-state listing of Social Work Regulatory Boards.  Links get you to the starting line where you can figure out local licensing requirements and test details.  You're underway!

Update: Here's SWTP's version of the same list--Social Work State Licensing Boards--newer, better.

(By the way, the links up top will get you to SWTP's Facebook, Twitter, etc.  And, if you're on Pinterest, so is SWTP. There's also a new, SWTP-moderated Social Work Exam Prep Google+ community.  See you there.)  


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Studying for the Social Work Exam

StudyingHere's a blog that used posting as an alternative to making flash cards--exactly the way SWTP got started (also on blogspot, once upon a time).  Studying for the Social Work Exam's plan of attack:

I will create posts that follow the content areas in the ASWB "Content Outlines & KSAs" booklet.  You can find that here: []. The section on human development, diversity and behavior in the environment encompasses 31% of exam content, so that is where I'll start...

The twenty-something posts include details about attachment, childhood development, several diagnoses (schizoaffective d/o, substance abuse disorders...), crisis intervention, suicide assessment and more.

Worth a browse!

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Pass the ASWB Exam Without Reading the Questions?

Can you pass the ASWB exam reading just the answers, not the questions? Well, maybe not pass, but come close, according to a study cited by Ray Woodcock on his blog, A Social Work Education (see "How to Prepare for the LCSW Exam"):  

I looked at the two sample questions provided in ASWB's Candidate Handbook.  They were absurdly easy.  This brought to mind some research by Albright and Thyer (2010).  Albright and Thyer gave the Clinical practice test (from the $30 Study Guide) to 59 first-year MSW students.  More precisely, they gave the answers only, without the questions.  In other words, the MSW students were looking at something like this:

(A) Work with the foster parents on a behavior modification plan

(B) Suggest that the child's teacher refer him for special education placement

(C) Refer the child for assessment for fetal alcohol syndrome

(D) Work with the child's biological mother toward reunification

and that's all.  There was no question; just the four possible answers to choose from.  These 59 MSW students had to guess what the question was about, or just forget that and try to imagine which answer would be most favored by ASWB.  Logically, these MSW students should have been right about 25% of the time:  they would guess one out of four at random, making them wrong, on average, for three out of every four questions they answered.  Ah, but that's not what happened.  According to Albright and Thyer, these 59 MSW students averaged a score of 52%. 

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