Next Exam Tip: (25+35) – (8^2/5) = ? What does a random math equation have to do with the social work exam? Well, if you remember the order of operations PEMDAS (Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally), quite a lot. To properly solve an equation, you have to solve the parenthetical statement(s) first, followed by… Read More Timing and the Social Work Exam
One of the first things I always try to impart to students taking the social work exam (looking at both Masters and Clinical exam students here) is that the test is a reasoning test, not a memorization test. What does this mean? It means that reviewing your practice theories is important, since as social workers… Read More Top Tip For Reading Question Vignettes
Happy New Year, MSWs! If you haven’t heard about it yet, one of the biggest changes that’s been making a buzz has been the ASWB’s plan to change the social work licensure exams this year. What does this mean for preparing?
One of the reasons I’m passionate about helping other therapists get licensed is because of the freedom licensure provides. If you’re straight out of graduate school, it’s the gateway to your first job. If you’re further along, it’s a gateway that can potentially allow the freedom of independent practice. Freedom might look different to everyone—for… Read More The Private Practice Start-Up
Quiz time again! A social worker is working with a 21 year-old transgender college student who has reported several panic attacks since starting university. The client has reported no known triggers and is doing well academically, however stating that it’s often accompanied by severe stomach cramps or indigestion. What should the social worker do FIRST? A.… Read More Medical Conditions and the Social Work Exam
Quiz time. During the interview process, what is the MOST important thing a social worker should know that will strengthen their assessment skills? A. Always performing an assessment at the beginning of treatment. B. Assessment is an ongoing process that occurs at all stages of treatment. C. An assessment can only be done after a… Read More The Secret of Assessment
One of the most common challenges students I work with face is not so much their grasp of the content (you earned your MSW, after all), but a struggle with “reading” what the question is asking for. Let’s look at the following question for an example: “A social worker is working with a 25 year-old… Read More Social Work Exam Tip: Breaking Down the Question and Staying Where the Client’s at