Exam Candidates

Congratulations on reaching this milestone in your career! Taking your licensing exam is an important step as you begin your profession or enter the next phase of your career. As with any test, preparation and knowledge about what to expect will be critical to your success. The information is here on the ASWB website. Bookmark this page today!

The ASWB primer: Examination Candidate Handbook

The Candidate Handbook will take you step by step through the examination process, from application for licensure with your board, to registration with ASWB for the exam, to how to schedule your appointment with Pearson VUE, and even to what happens after the exam. The handbook gives you tips on preparing for the exam, sample test questions, content outlines, and the application form. It’s all online, ready to be downloaded.

Shhh! You are responsible for exam security

ASWB strictly enforces exam security. The licensing exams are high-stakes exams that can dramatically affect a person’s ability to practice social work. Violating exam security is a serious offense that could invalidate your test score and cost you your license. As an exam candidate you will be required to sign documents in which you agree to not disclose test items and answers in any format at any time during or after the exam. This promise extends to not talking about test items with your colleagues, supervisors, mentors, teachers, or study partners in face to face settings or on social media sites.

Getting ready for the exam

ASWB offers two products to help you as you prepare for the exam.

ASWB Guide to the Social Work Exams

Now available! The ASWB Guide to the Social Work Exams is the only guide published by the creators of the social work exams, ASWB. Inside you’ll receive an in-depth look at how the exams are put together, the methodology and logic of test development, and tips on how you can reduce anxiety and develop your own customized study plan. The exam guide includes content outlines and suggested references for all the exam categories and is the perfect complement to the ASWB online practice tests. Anyone preparing for the social work exams may purchase an exam guide (US$20 plus US$3 shipping for print, E-book US$15.)

Online practice test

ASWB offers an online practice test for the Bachelors, Masters, and Clinical exams. The practice test is timed and simulates the test experience. Purchasing a practice test gives you 30-day access to the test, answers, and rationales. The practice test can be taken only once per purchase (US$85). You will have a four-hour window in which to complete the test, but access to the questions, answers, and rationales is unlimited during the 30 days. You will receive a score and diagnostic information. Only candidates registered to take an exam may purchase an online practice test.