Studying Tips for the Social Work License Exam
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Social Work License Exam FAQs
Registering for the ASWB exam can be completed on the ASWB website and requires payment of the exam fee. Within two days of your ASWB exam registration, the organization will review your eligibility and send you an Authorization to Test email with more information about scheduling your testing appointment.
Nonstandard testing accommodations are available for registrants with disabilities, health conditions or other needs for taking the exam.
Social work requirements by state differ, but almost all states require the ASWB exam to be taken in order for social workers to gain licensure. Individual states’ legislative requirements can be found on the ASWB regulatory resources page.
To find out more about your state’s requirements, applicants can also review and compare licensure requirements on the ASWB’s laws and regulations page.
The pass rate of the ASWB clinical exam was 74.8% in 2020. The exam was taken almost 17,000 times.
Pass rates for individual levels of the ASWB exam in 2020 are as follows:
• Associate – 77.6% pass rate of 250 total exams
• Bachelors – 68.5% pass rate of 2,696 total exams
• Masters – 75.4% pass rate of 16,698 total exams
• Advanced Generalist – 64.2% pass rate of 134 total exams
If your ASWB exam results aren’t as high as you hoped, or if you failed the ASWB exam, you can try taking the exam again after a 90-day waiting period. Revisit study guides, work with study groups and try to focus on the sections of the exam that were the most difficult before attempting to take the exam again.