Nonstandard testing arrangements
If you have needs that prevent you from taking your exam under standard testing conditions, if you have a disability or other health condition, or if English is not your primary language, you may be eligible to receive nonstandard testing arrangements.
Read the candidate rules agreement for information about standard exam administration.
You must request and receive approval for nonstandard testing arrangements before you register with ASWB to take the exam. ASWB requires that you request and receive approval for nonstandard testing arrangements in advance, so the test center is prepared and your testing experience goes smoothly, without compromising exam security. Nonstandard testing arrangements cannot be added to an existing testing appointment.
Due to high volume, applicants may expect a longer than typical processing time.
Disability or other needs
Documented disabilities are protected under federal and/or state law and generally apply to a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity.
The state or provincial social work board and ASWB will cooperate in making any necessary determinations under all applicable federal, state, provincial, and local legislation, including but not limited to the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Other needs that require you to request nonstandard testing arrangements may include:
- Monitoring device for conditions such as diabetes
- Ambulatory arrangements for a broken bone
- Additional breaks because of pregnancy
English as a second language
Some state and provincial social work boards allow special arrangements for candidates who use English as a second language or are English language learners.
ESL arrangements are subject to the rules of each state or provincial licensing board and may not be available to all candidates.
Requesting nonstandard testing arrangements for a disability or other health condition
ASWB requires that you request and receive approval for testing accommodations before registering for your licensing exam.
Lactating individuals may be approved for nonstandard testing arrangements so they can pump or express milk during their exam appointment.
Requesting English as a second language arrangements
Some state and provincial social work boards allow special arrangements for test-takers whose first language is not English.