One of the frustrations students face when taking the social work exam is questioning how well the exam measures how “good” of a social worker they are. After all, even if we aim to be evidence-based practitioners, much of the work we do can be highly subjective and relational–hardly something a multiple choice test can… Read More Major Changes Coming to the Social Work Licensing Exams
Practice exams are one of the best ways of preparing for the ASWB Masters and Clinical exams. That said, like any tool, practice exams will only help you if you are using them properly. Use practice exams as a way to: Do not use practice exams to: Taking this into account, how many practice exams… Read More How Many Practice Exams Should I Take Before Taking the ASWB Exam?
Many students who contact me for tutoring often ask how long they should prep for the exam. For students taking the Masters Exam (the LMSW in many states), my general recommendation is to start studying as soon as you can after graduation. It can take several weeks to submit the required paperwork for your state—transcripts… Read More When and For How Long Should I Study For The Social Work Licensure Exam?
There are only two weeks left to the semester across many social work schools in the country, and despite the emotional disruption of interrupting work with clients, not being able to have a traditional semester, nor even mark their achievements with the transitional ritual of commencement, many students have been tapping into their resilience to… Read More How To Apply For Your LMSW License In New York State
As an exam tutor and educator, it’s not uncommon that some of the students who come to me for support are students who feel discouraged after failing the social work exam, either on the Masters or Clinical level. There is also a lot of anxiety that can come from this since many students need the… Read More What To Do If You Failed The ASWB Exam
Happy new year! If getting licensed is one of your new year’s resolutions, here are some tips that you want to be mindful of as you go into the new year. 1—Start as early as possible. If you’re still in school, it’s not too early to do your research. Look up your state’s board of… Read More Five Tips for Getting Your Social Work License This Year
Leticia Chamorro (2010). Flickr. License: Creative Commons. 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… Read More Timing and the Social Work Exam
One of the most striking ideas I encountered in all of my graduate school reading assignments was one attributed to Dan Siegel, “We feel, therefore we learn.” (Source) In other words, we must connect to something before we integrate it as part of ourselves. One of my favorite professors loved Dan Siegel and his research and… Read More Learning with Emotion and through Relationship
One of the very first pieces of advice that I tell students (and although I’m not affiliated with the ASWB, I think that they would agree with me too) is that the number one thing to avoid doing on the exam is using “tricks” or “tips.” Sometimes this impulse comes from attending well-intentioned bootcamps that will… Read More Magic Tricks: What Not To Do For The Exam
I recently attended a creative exhibit sponsored by a friend’s nonprofit organization when one of the guests there struck up a conversation with me. Naturally, being in New York, it’s interesting how we often jump to asking someone about what they do before even remembering their name. As social workers, because our field covers a… Read More What Do You Do? Cocktails and Social Work Roles.