How to Prepare for LMSW or LCSW ASWB Exam Week

How to Prepare for LMSW or LCSW ASWB Exam Week

As you get close to your LMSW or LCSW ASWB exam date, it’s important to take the right steps to maximize your preparation and minimize your stress!

1 to 2 Weeks Prior to Test Day: 

  • Take the ASWB Practice Exam. If you are a multiple-time test taker and have taken the practice test before, take a full-length practice exam. Use a scrap sheet of paper to mimic the whiteboard you will have on test day. Practice testing in a mask if your testing site requires it.
  • Review the Code of Ethics and read it all the way through. Take notes as you review.
  • Questions, Questions, Questions. If you have not yet, review the past study groups in the Agents of Change course.
  • Your studying should be winding down and you should focus on review and strategy.
  • Practice self-care. It is NORMAL for the anxiety to increase the closer you get to test day. Find ways to manage and cope with this anxiety, you want to be mentally and physically at 100% on test day.  

On Test Day:

  • Know the location of your exam prior to test day. Determine how long it will take you to get to the testing center (plan for traffic, just in case)
  • Show up early! If you are late, you may be refused entry to the exam.
  • Bring Proper ID. Make sure you have your ID ready the day before to ensure no day of surprises. You are expected to show both a primary and secondary form of ID.
  • Dress in layers. You do not know what the temperature will be like in the testing room.
  • Eat something prior to your test. You do not want to be HANGRY and unfocused during the test.

During The Test: 

  • Breathe.
  • Don’t second guess your answer choices unless you have evidence or an “ah-ha” moment to back up any changes.
  • Listen to your body. Take breaks as you need them if you become physically or mentally fatigued, but be mindful of the time.
  • Stay positive. Think positive thoughts and keep your mind focused on the end goal. Don’t let your mind start to slip into negative thinking patterns.
  • Don’t spend too much time on any one question. If you are unsure, flag it and go back. You have about 1.5 minutes per question. Use your time wisely.
  • Stay objective. Don’t use your personal experiences or feelings when reading scenario-based questions, stick to only the clues in the question stem.
  • Remind yourself that you know the material. Use ALL the strategies learned in this course to approach tough questions (5 W’s, Helping Process).
  • You can and will get questions wrong. The goal is to PASS, not to get 100%.
  • Each question is a fresh start. Mentally reset as you approach each question.

Remember: You can do hard things! This test is hard, but you can do it.

Learn more about my course here:

A little bit about me: I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and I have been providing individualized and group test prep for the ASWB for over three years. From all of this experience helping others pass their exams, I have created a course to help you prepare for and pass the ASWB exam!

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