The ASWB Masters level exam may be all that stands
between you and a LMSW. The first step to passing the LMSW exam is
knowing what to expect. Below, find information about exam content,
steps to getting licensed, and some important study guidelines.
What's on the LMSW Exam?
The ASWB Masters exam is comprised of 170 multiple-choice
questions administered over four hours. Of those 170, 20 are
unscored questions being tested by the ASWB for use in future
exams. There's no way to know which questions are scored and which
aren't, so treat every question like it counts. But if you
encounter a question that seems especially hard, badly written, or
confusing, shake it off--it may be an unscored tester..
The content area weighting for the LMSW exam is as follows:
DIVERSITY, AND BEHAVIOR IN THE ENVIRONMENT 27%
ASSESSMENT AND INTERVENTION
CLIENTS/CLIENT SYSTEMS 24%
VALUES, AND ETHICS 25%
Questions are spread pretty evenly across the four areas. Human
development, assessment, practice, and ethics will all feature
prominently. Be sure to balance your studying!
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Steps to Getting an LMSW
Different states have different requirements for licensure.
Check with your state licensing board for details where you live.
- Meet your state's requirements (education, practice
- Apply with the licensing board for approval.
- Register with the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) and
set a testing day.
Passing the LMSW Exam
Not everyone passes the LMSW on the first try. To avoid extra
hassle and expense, try to get familiar with the exam content and
process through dedicated studying. (SWTP offers five full-length practice tests that
should be very helpful in both regards.)
The LMSW exam is designed to test for beginning social work
knowledge, skills, and abilities. Take care not to overstudy and
sink time into learning obscure facts that are unlikely to appear
on the exam. Do be sure to have the basics at your fingertips.
Knowing the NASW Code of Ethics well, for example, is
Staying focused over four hours can be tricky, especially since
so many questions on the exam are reading heavy, often with
tension-increasing vignettes featuring clients and social workers
in difficult situations. Practicing the four-hour sit, pacing
yourself, noting your need for a snack or bathroom break, etc., can
give you a leg up as you go to take the real thing.
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