The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) exam is big and difficult, and, if you want to be licensed, unavoidable (in most states). It is natural to feel nervous and unsure of what to expect on exam day. To help you feel more prepared and confident, here's a quick guide to the ASWB testing process.

Exam Format

The ASWB exam is a computer-based test that consists of 170 multiple-choice questions with either three or four offered answers. You will have four hours to complete the exam, and you can take breaks as needed.

Exam Content

The exam tests for essential knowledge, skills, and abilities expected for beginning social workers. Specifics about content areas, from human behavior to interventions to ethics, can be found in the ASWB exam content outlines. Practice tests, like those on SWTP, are a huge help in getting comfortable with both exam format and content.

Exam Location

The ASWB exam is offered at PSI testing centers across the United States and Canada. You can find a testing center near you by using the PSI website. It's suggested that you arrive at the testing center at least 30 minutes before your scheduled exam time to allow for check-in and security procedures.

What to Bring on Exam Day

While specifics may differ from testing center to testing center, you will likely be required to present two forms of identification, including one government-issued photo ID. You should also bring your ASWB exam registration. You are not allowed to bring any personal items, such as a cell phone or calculator, into the testing room.

During the Exam

Once you enter the testing room, you will be seated at a computer and given instructions on how to begin the exam. You should read each question and the answer choices carefully before making your selection. If you are unsure of an answer, you can mark and skip the question and come back to it later.

After the Exam

When you have completed the exam, you will receive an unofficial score report on the computer screen. You will also receive an official score report by email within two weeks of the exam. If you do not pass the exam, you will be provided with information on how to retake the exam.

Hopefully, the report says PASS and that's that. You can celebrate and get on with your social work career and your life! No more test prep (at least not for a while). All that time, worry, and expense are behind you. Maybe you'll send us a pass-sheet selfie to share.

Congratulations in advance! You can do it. Happy studying and good luck on the exam!

February 16, 2023
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