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Nonstandard testing arrangements

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.

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.

Disability or other health condition

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 health conditions may include:

  • Conditions such as diabetes that require a monitoring device
  • Temporary or short-term conditions such as:
    • A broken bone requiring an ambulatory arrangement
    • Pregnancy requiring additional breaks
    • Breastfeeding requiring access to a breast pump

 

 

English as a second language

Some state and provincial social work boards allow special arrangements for candidates who use English as a second language.

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 prior to registering for your licensing exam.

Requesting English as a second language arrangements

Some state and provincial social work boards allow special arrangements for candidates whose first language is not English.