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No. You may purchase only the practice test for the category (Bachelors, Masters, Clinical) you will be taking on the day of your licensing test.
You will be provided with an email address for payment-related questions and concerns.
Yes. Technical support is available from ASWB. You can get assistance by completing this online form. This account is monitored and responses are sent between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (Eastern time).
Yes. Because you can come and go as you wish, being “dropped” from your Internet connection will not prevent you from re-entering when your connection is restored. The testing program timer will stop running and is programmed to pause while individual test pages are loading. The timer runs only after the page has fully loaded.
Yes. You will receive a score that reflects the total number of questions you answered correctly and the total number that you needed to answer correctly in order to “pass” the practice test. You will also receive your correct-answer totals in each of the examination content areas, as well as the total number of questions in each area. After the actual ASWB examinations, only failing candidates receive the content-area scoring breakdowns.
Yes. The testing software functions in ways similar to the software used in Pearson VUE test centers. The test itself is composed of test questions retired from the ASWB licensing examinations.
After you finish your practice test, you will receive a score report. This report lists the number of questions you missed in each content area. You may review the questions you missed, all questions, the questions in individual content areas, or any combination of these. There is no timer involved in this part of the program—you can spend as much time with this portion as you want to, until your 30-day access window closes.
The products offered by ASWB are not designed to prepare you to pass the actual social work examinations. The exam guide and practice tests were created to provide examination candidates with a thorough understanding of how the exams work and what to expect on the day of the actual examination. These resources can help reduce pretest anxiety and can assist candidates in understanding their own strengths and weaknesses, but they do not supply the minimum knowledge to pass any ASWB social work examination.
The ASWB Guide to the Social Work Exams goes into much greater detail about how the examinations are constructed, including the structure of items. The exam guide also includes content outlines and suggested references for each exam category, as well as example questions that show how items work. The exam guide is available for purchase to all individuals. The ASWB online practice tests do NOT include references, detailed information on item or test development, or test content outlines. The practice tests are just that—full-scale 170-question practice tests that use retired test questions from past exams and provide posttest diagnostic information and item rationales. Online practice tests are available for purchase only to candidates registered to take the Bachelors, Masters, and Clinical exams. There is only one version of the online practice test for each category, and the questions are the same as the ASWB Group Review Practice Test available to accredited schools of social work.
No. The user agreement limits use of the service to a single customer.
No. You must be registered to take one of the ASWB licensing examinations first. Additionally, at the time you purchase practice test access, you will be required to accept an end-user agreement that includes this restriction, as well as other requirements regarding the use and sharing of the contents of the practice test.
Yes, but there is only one set of content for each category (Bachelors, Masters, and Clinical). If you purchase the online practice test multiple times, it will be the same set of questions.
No. The US$85 fee allows you to take the test only once. You do not have to take the test in one sitting, however. You can come and go as much as you wish, or you can choose to have a more “realistic” experience by taking the test in one uninterrupted four-hour block.
The 30-day access begins when you first enter your email address and purchase code to log in.
- 4 hours to take a 170-question practice test one time.
- 30 days (total) to review the questions, answers, and rationales. The 30-day period begins when you enter your email and purchase code to log into the practice test.
The online practice tests are Internet-based, and work with Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox on Windows operating systems and with Safari on Macintosh operating systems. For best results accessing the online practice test, use the following:
- Windows 7 or higher
- Mac OS X 10.9 or higher
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher
- Apple Safari 7.0 or higher
As the owner and developer of the social work exams, ASWB is focused on providing a valid, reliable test of minimum competency. The association can recommend only the exam guide and online practice tests that we have developed to help you understand how the exam is constructed and how questions are structured. The ASWB Guide to the Social Work Exams, 2nd ed. is available in print for US$20 (plus shipping) to anyone preparing for the exam. An e-book version (US$15) is also available. The exam guide includes content outlines and suggested references for all the exam categories and is the perfect companion to the online practice tests. ASWB online practice tests, the only practice materials that use retired questions from past exams, are currently available for US$85/30-day subscription. The online practice tests are available only to candidates who are registered to take the Bachelors, Masters, or Clinical exams.
The best way to prepare for the exams is to figure out what works for you and follow that plan. There are many private test prep companies that offer services as well as NASW chapters and even your social work school or program. The ASWB Guide to the Social Work Exams includes tips to help you customize your own study plan as well as in-depth information about how the exams are constructed and how the questions are structured. For hands-on practice, the exam guide is the perfect companion to the ASWB online practice tests, the only practice materials that use retired questions from past exams. Both products are the only materials written by ASWB, the organization that creates the social work exams. What works for you will be for you to decide.