clockThe ASWB exam is a crucial milestone for social workers. One of the most common questions that social workers planning to take the exam ask is a simple one: How long should I study for the ASWB exam? The question is simpler than the answer. In general, it's recommended that candidates spend between one and three months preparing for the exam. Some people prepare in less time, some take far more. 

You know your test-taking history, time available to study, and capacity to retain exam content best. If you're someone who forgets things quickly, than a long period of test prep isn't right for you. If you've got lots of free time, you may be able to prepare in weeks, not months. 

Creating a study plan is step one. How many practice tests do you want to take? How much time do you have to review them? SWTP has five full-length practice tests and two boosters. If you spread those out at one per week, with the week in-between left for review, that's a seven week course of study.

Let's work backwards: Start by determining the amount of time that you have available to study each week and each day. This might vary depending on your other commitments, such as work or family responsibilities. Once you have a sense of how much time you can dedicate to studying, you can map it all out, allocating enough time for reviewing all of the content areas that will be covered on practice tests and on the exam itself, including theories, practice models, ethics, and other social work concepts. 

Using a variety of study materials is also important to prepare for the ASWB exam. This might include textbooks, study guides, and, of course, online practice tests like those at 

Studying with others can also be helpful. Joining a study group or working with a study partner can provide accountability and motivation, and can also give you the opportunity to discuss and review concepts. Consider reaching out to classmates, colleagues, or other professionals in the field to study with. You may also want to look for online study groups or forums where you can connect with others who are preparing for the ASWB exam. There are many.

Taking practice exams is the best way to prepare for the ASWB exam. Practice exams can help you become more familiar with the types of questions that you will be asked, and can also help you identify areas where you need to focus more attention. When taking practice exams, simulate test conditions as closely as possible. This means taking the exam in a quiet environment, without distractions, and timing yourself to ensure that you are able to complete the exam within the allotted time.

Reviewing your progress is important to stay on track and identify areas where you need to focus more attention. Consider tracking your progress by keeping a study journal or spreadsheet. This can help you keep track of the materials that you have covered, the practice exams that you have taken, and your scores on those exams. Reviewing this information regularly can help you stay motivated and on track.

There's no real way around it: preparing for the ASWB exam requires dedication, time, and effort. Creating a study schedule, using a variety of study materials, studying with others, taking practice exams, and reviewing your progress are all important steps in preparing for the exam. By following these tips and committing to regular study sessions, you can dramatically increase your chances of passing the ASWB exam and finally getting licensed.

Happy studying and good luck on the exam!

May 4, 2023
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