Preparing for the ASWB exam is, except for the rare few, a challenging and stressful undertaking. You may feel overwhelmed by the amount of material you need to study, anxious about the outcome of the test, or discouraged by your progress. A good number of people test and retest. It's easy to let your mood sink. However, there are some strategies that can help you stay motivated and positive during your ASWB exam preparation.

  • Set realistic and specific goals for your study plan. Break down your study material into manageable chunks and schedule regular sessions to review them. Track your progress and celebrate your achievements.

  • Seek support from others who are preparing for the same exam or who have taken it before. Join a study group (live or virtual), find a mentor, or connect with online forums where you can share tips, resources, and encouragement.

  • Practice self-care and maintain healthy habits. Make sure you get enough sleep, exercise, nutrition, and hydration. Take breaks from studying to relax and do things you enjoy. Avoid negative self-talk and focus on your strengths.

  • Use positive affirmations and visualization techniques to boost your confidence and reduce anxiety. Repeat statements that affirm your abilities and potential such as “I am capable of passing this exam” or “I have prepared well for this test." Imagine yourself taking the exam calmly and confidently and receiving a passing score.

  • Review feedback from practice tests or previous exams to identify your areas of improvement and learn from your mistakes. Don’t let setbacks discourage you but use them as opportunities to grow. Frame struggles on particular exam topic areas as helpful guidance--a map of where to devote your efforts as you study.

You may have encouraged clients to take steps similar to these to help them get through difficulties. Well, now's the time to take your own best advice. Be deliberate in applying your wisdom not just to others, but to yourself. Social work is stressful enough without a licensing exam piled on top. But you're here, so you're prepping. Stay calm, stay focused, and keep coming back to SWTP--we're here to help.

Happy studying and good luck on the exam!

March 16, 2023
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