Breaking Down ASWB Questions – The 5 W’s

Breaking Down ASWB Questions – The 5 W’s

The 5 W’s Approach

The way you approach breaking down questions on the LCSW, LMSW, and LSW ASWB exam can be the difference between passing and failing.  Make sure you have the right test-taking strategy for the more challenging questions you’ll see on the exam.

What are the types of questions on the ASWB exam?

  1. Recall: These questions require you to measure a fact or concept.
  2. Application: These questions require you to recall basic information and apply it to a case scenario or real-life situation.
  3. Reasoning: These questions are the most difficult and require you to recall and apply information and also to synthesize information, examine details and problem solve.

What are the 5 W’s and how do they help with breaking down ASWB questions?

  1. Who: Who is the client?
  2. What: What is the presenting problem? What is the question asking? What does the social worker need to do?
  3. Where: Where is the setting? Where is the client?
  4. When: When did I meet this client? When did symptoms occur? When did the presenting problem start?
  5. Why: Why is the help of a social worker needed? Why are these clues in the question stem provided to me?

Learn how to apply the 5 W’s approach and more on breaking down the different types of ASWB questions in the video below.

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