Top 10 Tips for Passing Your Bachelors, Masters, or Clinical ASWB Exams

Top 10 Tips for Passing Your Bachelors, Masters, or Clinical ASWB Exams

At Agents of Change, we’ve shared many ASWB study tips over the years to help you prepare for your exam. In this post, you’ll find the Top 10 Tips we recommend following to help you pass. Make sure to explore all of the links below and spend time actively reading the content!

The 10 Tips to Pass Your ASWB Exams

1. Understand Your Learning Style

It’s critical that you understand your learning style prior to beginning your ASWB studying journey. By understanding how you learn most effectively, you’ll maximize your performance on the exam. Additionally, this knowledge will help you keep your stress lower and you will have to study for fewer hours. Check out our blog post on Learning Styles here. 

2. Master the Code of Ethics

Whether you’re preparing for the Bachelors (BSW), Masters (LMSW), or Clinical (LCSW) level Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Licensing Exam, be prepared to be asked several tough questions about The Code of Ethics on test day. Learn about the Code of Ethics in our blog post.

3. Learn How to Break Down Questions

Do you have a strategy for approaching questions on your Bachelors, Masters, or Clinical ASWB exam? We recommend using the 5 W’s, a straightforward approach that helps you break down questions by understanding the Who, What, Where, When, and Why! Learn more about the 5 W’s in our blog post + infographic.

4. Take the ASWB (and other) Practice Exams

Practice questions and the ASWB practice exam are great methods to judge your progress toward your study goals.  We recommend taking multiple practice exams prior to your test date and ensuring you pass those exams by at least 10 points. Agents of Change offers practice questions in our programs and also offers practice exams.

5. Practice Self Care

Studying for your ASWB exam is a lengthy and sometimes stressful process. It’s important that you have the right strategies to understand and manage your anxiety and stay motivated through your studying and your test day!

It is essential that you make time in your schedule for self-care. If you are not in good mental and physical health, neither your mind nor your body will be able to perform to their full potential. Manage your anxiety and maximize study motivation with strategies we share in this blog post.

6. Join a Study Group

The importance of study groups when preparing for your BSW, LMSW, or LCSW ASWB exams, should not be overlooked! After all, the field of Social Work relies on elements of social interaction to foster effective and empathetic solutions to complex issues. Working with others is another tool that can help you to grow and develop as a practitioner later. Learn more about study groups and where you can join one in our blog post.

7. Understand the “Helping” Process

Do you know the Helping Process for the ASWB exam? This process is extremely helpful for you to know and fully understand for the LMSW and LCSW exams, especially for questions that end in FIRST and NEXT. Learn more about the Helping Process in our blog post.

8. Avoid ASWB Myths and Misconceptions

At Agents of Change, we work with thousands of students studying for the Bachelors, Masters, and Clinical level ASWB exams. When we’re first working with students, we often hear about various ASWB myths and misconceptions.

These myths and misconceptions often hurt the chances of passing and are a distraction from the material and the studying strategies that students should be focusing on! Break these myths and avoid these misconceptions by reading our blog post.

9. Create an Exam Week and Exam Day Strategy

By preparing thoughtfully for your exam week and exam day, you can minimize the chance of last-minute stress and maximize your focus. Show up early, bring your IDs, and eat something before your test. It may sound simple, but make sure you have your strategy for exam week and exam day set with tips from our blog post.

10. Ensure That You’re Ready to Take The Exam

“Am I ready to take the exam?” It’s a question many of our students often ask themselves (and even each other!) Follow our pre-test checklist to ensure you’re fully prepared.


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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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