How to Apply for ASWB Test Accommodations – BSW, LMSW, LCSW

How to Apply for ASWB Test Accommodations – BSW, LMSW, LCSW

What Are Exam Accommodations?

“Test accommodations are any modifications made to tests or testing conditions that allow students with physical disabilities, learning disabilities, or limited English-language ability to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in a testing situation.”


How to Recognize You May Need Accommodations

How to Recognize You May Need Accommodations

  • You struggle to complete the practice exam within the allotted time.
  • You have received accommodations on prior standardized tests.
  • You have difficulty comprehending questions due to language.
  • You have poor vision and need larger print or screen reading technology.
  • English is not your first language.
  • You have a physical challenge that requires extra accommodations.

Different Types of ASWB Test Accommodations

Documented Disabilities:

  • Documented disabilities are protected under federal and/or state law and  apply to a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity
  • State or provincial social work board and ASWB will cooperate with all applicable federal, state, and local legislation, including the ADA
  • Other needs may require nonstandard testing arrangements: Diabetes monitoring, ambulatory arrangements for broken bones, and additional breaks due to pregnancy

English as a Second Language:

  • Some state social work boards allow special arrangements for candidates who use English as a second language.

How To Request Accommodations:

  • You must receive approval from the ASWB before registering for your licensing exam
  • 2 parts: 1 to be completed by you and 1 to be completed by your health care provider or other professional.
  • Submit the request to ASWB who will notify you within 2 weeks of whether the requested arrangements are approved, incomplete, or denied.
  • Once approved, then you can register to take the exam.
  • When your registration is complete, you will receive an Authorization to Test email that specifies the nonstandard testing arrangements you are approved for.
  • Schedule your exam with Pearson VUE:
    • Depending on the nature of your nonstandard testing arrangements, you may not be able to schedule your exam online, but will be able to schedule by phone.
  • Refer to your Authorization to Test email for scheduling and cancellation instructions.

Examples of Common Testing Accommodations

  • Extended time
  • Paper and pencil exam
  • A private room
  • Access to a snack or water
  • English dictionary
  • Live test reader
  • Ambulatory arrangements

More Information About ASWB Accommodations


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