Essential Study Strategies for Your ASWB Social Work Exams

Essential Study Strategies for Your ASWB Social Work Exams

To become a licensed social worker, you must pass the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) exams, which assess your knowledge and competency in the field. The ASWB exams are comprehensive and challenging, and passing them can be a stressful and daunting task for many test takers!

However, with the right study strategies, you can increase your chances of success. In this blog post, we will explore the essential study strategies for your ASWB social work exams, whether you’re a Bachelor, Master, or Clinical level test taker.

Whether you’re just starting your social work journey or preparing for licensing exams that you’re taking in the very near future, these strategies will help you focus your efforts and reach your goals. In this blog post, we’ll dive into some essential study tips and tricks for Bachelors, Masters, and Clinical exams to help you feel confident and ready for your ASWB exams. So grab a notebook and let’s get started!

5 Essential Study Strategies for the ASWB Exam

1) Understand the ASWB Exam Basics and Develop a Plan

Before you jump headstrong into studying anything and everything, learn the basics about the ASWB exam and develop a plan for your test preparation.

Read through these common questions and concerns about the ASWB exams.

Map out your study plan on a calendar. At Agents of Change, we recommend spending at least 5-7 weeks to complete our materials, take practice exams, and review sections that were challenging. All Agents of Change programs include a study calendar template to make this even easier!

2) Learn How to Break Down Questions

When it comes to tackling questions on your Bachelors, Masters, or Clinical ASWB exam, it’s essential to have a solid approach in place. One method that has proven to be effective is called the “5 W’s”. This simple technique involves analyzing the questions by considering the key elements of Who, What, Where, When, and Why, which helps to break down the questions and make them easier to understand and answer.

Learn more about the 5 W’s in our blog post + infographic.

3) Review Content Areas with Fidelity and Active Reading

Simply buying study materials isn’t enough to succeed on your exam! It’s crucial that you review these materials thoroughly and make use of Active Reading techniques.

Active Reading is an approach that requires you to engage deeply with the text, before, during, and after reading. This means reading with a purpose, asking questions, and taking notes as you go along. By practicing Active Reading, you will gain a deeper understanding of the material and retain more information.

To learn more about the benefits of Active Reading, be sure to check out our blog post on the subject.

4) Join a Study Group

When it comes to preparing for your BSW, LMSW, or LCSW ASWB exams, the value of participating in study groups should not be underestimated. Social Work is a field that heavily relies on social interaction to address complex issues and create empathetic and effective solutions.

Not only is studying with others a great way to enhance your learning experience, but it also serves as a tool for personal and professional growth as a practitioner.

To learn more about the benefits of study groups and how to get involved, be sure to check out this blog post.

5) Take the Agents of Change and ASWB Practice Exam(s)

All Agents of Change packages include hundreds of practice questions and Agents of Change additionally offers (2) full-length practice exams that you can learn more about here.

Taking practice exams is an important aspect of measuring your progress toward your ASWB exam day. These exams provide you with a realistic simulation of the test and help you identify areas that need improvement. To ensure that you are well-prepared for the official ASWB exam, we suggest aiming for a minimum score of 120 on the Agents of Change practice exam.

Are You Ready for the ASWB Exam?

Check out our pre-test checklist here and ensure you are ready to PASS on test day!


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About the Instructor, Meagan Mitchell: Meagan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been providing individualized and group test prep for the ASWB for over five years. From all of this experience helping others pass their exams, she created the Agents of Change course to help you prepare for and pass the ASWB exam!

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