No. In order to protect the confidentiality of all licensure candidates, score reports are never given out over the telephone.
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Yes. If the state/province uses the exam category you took or are taking, you can have your scores sent to that state or province and not have to retake the exam. Be aware that some states put limits on how old a score can be in order to be accepted. At present, five years is the most stringent limit in place. The Social Work Registry is a helpful service developed by ASWB to make applying for a new license or a license transfer faster and easier. Learn more.
That depends on where you’re getting licensed. Your scores on the examination are automatically forwarded to the board you designated when you registered. This usually happens within two weeks after you take the test. In most jurisdictions, the board processes this score and issues the license (turnaround times for this vary). In a few jurisdictions, you may still need to contact the board to proceed with your license application. Registration materials sent to you by ASWB include a sheet that explains what should happen after you take your test.
Day 1 of the 90-day wait begins the day after your test date. All days (including weekends and holidays) are counted; in other words, it is not based on 90 business days, weekdays only, etc.
Candidates must wait at least 90 days between taking any ASWB examination; however, exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis when there has been serious, documented malfunction with administration of the examination. Exceptions may also be made when a candidate’s employment is in jeopardy and the candidate’s raw score on the most recent examination was within five (5) exam items of the passing score. The employment circumstance must be documented in writing by the employer and the exception must be approved by the member board. A maximum of two (2) waivers are permitted per examination category. For more information, contact ASWB at 888.579.3926.
No. The purpose of the social work licensing examinations is to determine if social workers have the minimum knowledge necessary to practice in a competent and safe manner with little risk to the public they serve. The examination program cannot help social workers pass the test, nor can active items be used as learning tools; therefore, examination review is not allowed. Examination security is another important reason ASWB does not permit examination review. Examination review could allow candidates to use the review for purposes other than for their own information. For example, the questions could be memorized and sold to examination preparation companies. This has happened in other testing programs. From a practical standpoint, there is no assurance that reviewing the questions you missed would help you do better on the next examination. At any one time several versions of each ASWB exam are being given, with different questions on each version—although the content being tested is the same. If you were retesting, you would be given a different version of the exam with a different set of questions from the exam you took previously.
Score verification can be done for a fee by contacting ASWB at 888.579.3926. Because the tests are scored electronically, however, there is little probability that your score would change. Requests to verify scores must be received within 90 days of the date you took the exam.
It is not unusual for examination scores to vary only slightly for most candidates who take a test more than once. This is because the ASWB examinations are reliable; that is, they measure candidate knowledge in a consistent manner. If there is no measurable increase in a candidate’s knowledge between administrations, a candidate will usually score within .5 standard deviation from a previous score, provided that the score reflected the candidate’s true level of knowledge at the earlier administration. A high degree of reliability—something present in all ASWB examinations—is an indicator that the test is a fair and accurate measure of competency.
No. The ASWB examinations are designed to be taken and scored as a whole, on individual attempts.
Your social work licensing board makes this decision. Some have limits, others do not. You should contact your board directly to find out.
To allow yourself the best opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge, it is important that you fully understand the ways the examination measures knowledge, the limits of individual test items, and the ways in which items may be worded. It is also helpful to have a “big picture” view of the examination and how items are distributed across content areas. Finally, the strong reliability of the ASWB examinations means that you need to think about ways to increase your level of social work knowledge before the next time you take the exam. Putting energy into trying to figure out how to “beat” the examination through various strategies that employ “tricks and tips” is a waste of your time and will probably not improve your score. Reassessing your social work knowledge, however, and conducting an honest appraisal of your weaknesses and strengths may well put you on the road to success with the examination. A good starting point for this process is the detailed score report you received after you completed the exam. This report details how many questions you answered correctly in each content area and offers insight into areas where you may be weaker. When coupled with the thorough understanding of the exam’s mechanics and intent, a concerted effort to fill in the gaps in your social work knowledge can make a difference in your performance on your next attempt.
As of January 2016, California will use the ASWB clinical social work licensing exam for new licensing candidates. California will also accept score transfers for social workers who passed the ASWB clinical social work licensing exam in the past. If you took the California licensing exam (rather than the ASWB clinical exam), most states will not accept those results for licensing purposes.