The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) exam the final step to becoming a licensed social worker. Here are some common questions that candidates ask about the exam:

  1. What is the format of the ASWB exam? The ASWB exam consists of 170 multiple-choice questions. Most have four answer options. The ASWB recently added questions with three answer options. Test questions come from four content areas, which are slightly different based on exam level, but tend along these lines: human development, diversity and behavior in the environment; assessment and intervention planning; interventions with clients/client systems; and professional values, and ethics.

  2. How long is the ASWB exam? The ASWB exam is four hours long.

  3. What is the passing score for the ASWB exam? The passing score for the ASWB exam varies depending on the state you are licensed in, but typically falls in the range of 70-75%.

  4. What is the cost of the ASWB exam? The cost of the ASWB exam is $260 for the clinical and advanced generalist level exam and $230 for the associate, bachelors, and masters level exams.

  5. How often can I take the ASWB exam? For exam security reasons, the ASWB mandates a waiting period of 90 days between exams.

  6. How should I prepare for the ASWB exam? The best way to prepare for the ASWB exam is to study the content areas covered on the test and to use practice tests to assess your understanding of the material. Practice tests help with getting familiar both with exam content and with the format and structure of the exam.

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February 2, 2023
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