ASWB Exam Changes!

By Heidi Tobe on December 5, 2022

aswb exam changes We’re writing today to share an important update coming to the ASWB exams. This change impacts both the masters level LMSW exam and the clinical level LCSW exams. The ASWB announced: “In January 2023, test-takers will begin seeing a mix of three- and four-option questions. Before that time, all exams include only four-option questions.” Additionally, test takers now have access to food! Test-takers will be allowed to get a snack from their lockers and consume it in the waiting room during the exam. Do keep in mind the timer for the exam does not stop during this time.

Why the change to 3 answer options?

The ASWB is making this change to ‘offer test-takers a better experience by reducing time pressure and ensuring a focus on a test-taker’s social work knowledge.’ We believe it could have an overall positive impact on test takers. In all likelihood, the answer option that will be removed will probably be the easy and obvious non-answer. So in that sense, it might not make the question all that much easier. On the other hand, having one less answer option means there is less to read and consider, giving the test-taker a bit more time and brain space! 

What does this ASWB exam change mean for TDC?

As always, we want our program to accurately reflect the exam. We updated all of our mocks to include a mix of three and four option questions. Approximately 20% of TDC’s mock questions were changed to reflect 3 answer option questions. On that note, let’s take a look at how a traditional 4 answer option question could change to a 3 answer option question!

ASWB exam change practice question:

A school social worker meets with a high school freshmen for an initial session after their teacher referred them due to concerns about their emotional state. What is the FIRST thing the social worker should do to build rapport with the student?

A. Connect with the student around topics they are interested in.

B. Complete a biopsychosocial assessment.

C. Discuss the limits of confidentiality.

D. Assure the client that everything that stays between them will be kept confidential.

 

Now we could take that same question and change it to a 3 answer option question.

 

A school social worker meets with a high school freshmen for an initial session after their teacher referred them due to concerns about their emotional state. What is the FIRST thing the social worker should do to build rapport with the student?

A. Connect with the student around topics they are interested in.

B. Complete a biopsychosocial assessment.

C. Discuss the limits of confidentiality.

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The correct answer for both questions is to discuss the limits of confidentiality. Part of building rapport is ensuring the client knows what can and what cannot be kept confidential. Having an open and honest discussion about this is the first step in building rapport-especially with minor clients. We can connect with the student around topics they are interested in after this.  After that we can complete a biopsychosocial assessment. Assuring the client that everything that stays between them will be kept confidential is of course incorrect. We cannot assure them that everything they share will be kept confidential since there are legal and ethical limits to confidentiality. 

What was it like to go from 4 answer options to 3? Did you find it meaningfully easier? Or was it a similar experience for you? We’re eager to see how this change goes and are hopeful it will benefit our test-takers as they prepare to PASS their exams with confidence.

ASWB masters (LMSW) and clinical (LCSW) exam preparation

More than anything, we want to encourage you not to stress too much about this change. If anything, we interpret this as a potential benefit to test takers. We hope that having one less answer option to read and consider (for some of the questions) will make the exams easier to work through. 

If you’re preparing for your test and haven’t already signed up for a TDC program, now’s the time! All of our programs are ready to prepare you to PASS your exam in 2023. One of my favorite parts of TDC (first as a customer and now as a coach) is that all of our programs come with access to coaching. Meaning, you are never alone in the study process! You can email your coach anytime with questions as you go through the program. We’ll always email you back within two business days, but often get back to you even sooner. It really is a game changer to have a real live person you can reach out to when things aren’t making sense.


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13 Responses to “ASWB Exam Changes!”

  1. Sharee Rogers

    Today I passed my LCSW exam. I want to thank the TDC program for the guidance and support throughout this whole process. I know for a fact that without this exam course I would not have passed. I felt prepared and passed the exam with a remarkable amount of correct answers. Honestly, after some of the statistics in relation to test success regarding race and ethnicity was released this year, I was discouraged. This course helped me push through and gave me insight that I will use continuously throughout my career. I listened the audio recordings multiple times leisurely and believe me I heard their voices while picking some
    Of my answers. MANY of the mock exam questions mirrored some of the exam questions. It’s like I effortlessly knew what the answers were. This exam
    Prep is a godsend. These ladies are talented and have a gist of teaching and coaching. THIS COURSE IS WORTH IT. complete the course in its entirety and reach out to the coaches as needed. THANK YOU TDC. Your knowledge and assistance is priceless!!

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    • Heidi Tobe

      Congratulations, Sharee! We are so happy for you!!

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  2. Diana Vasquez

    My LCSW exam is scheduled for 12/29/22. Im wondering if I should reschedule to next year. Part of me wants to be done and start the new year with this accomplishment behind me.

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  3. Juliette Kurth

    When I purchased the TDC program back in Sept. right when I submitted my application to take my LCSW exam, I figured that by Jan. 2023 I would have heard from there BBS. At this time my application is still pending and is at least another 2 months away as they are still on Aug. 23rd applications. My check cashed Oct. 8th so I will definitely need an extension on my program please.
    Thank you,

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  4. Danielle

    this is encouraging! reducing the answer choices can assist to decrease the stress teat takers feel.

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  5. Joe Fried

    I want to first THANK you and your dynamic TEAM for sharing this vital info with us. I DID see it as ASWB sent emails out regarding the change. As much as I am cautiously optimisitc for my own test taking abilities (I am scheduled to take the exam on 1/31/2023), I am so happy you provided an example cb/c I got BOTH the first step and final step correct (Thank you Heide for your excellent recoding on ETHICS (which I plan to listen to over again).

    WELL DONE TDC, Keep up the AWESOME work (I am okay if you decide TO publish my comment FYI 🙂

    Happy/Safe/Healthy Holidays to you all!

    Joe

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  6. Susan Cook

    First thank you Amanda and Team. I found it very helpful to display an example for the change ASWB has made from 3 to 4 questions. I got both answers right but found myself second guessing on the 3-part question, however I honed it down to the right one. I understand that is something I have to work on when I second guess myself, but your system works well; and it keeps test takers up to date. Awesome on your part. Thanks again yes you can post if it helps Susan Cook

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  7. Kierra Harris

    Hey TDC Team! I found the 3 question option to help better with the process of elimination. I was able to quickly sort out what I would do FIRST, NEXT and not at all. This post definitely build my confidence a inch MORE. Thank you for all you do!

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  8. Joe Fried

    Now regarding the sample ASWB exam change practice question:
    A school social worker meets with a high school freshmen for an initial session after their teacher referred them due to concerns about their emotional state. What is the FIRST thing the social worker should do to build rapport with the student?

    A. Connect with the student around topics they are interested in.

    B. Complete a biopsychosocial assessment.

    C. Discuss the limits of confidentiality.

    D. Assure the client that everything that stays between them will be kept confidential.

    My reasoning for eliminating choice D immediately is b/c we can NEVER assure, promise, and/or guarantee the client that WHATEVER they tell us will be kept in strictest confidence, b/c if they are a danger to themselves and/or others, then we MUST share that information with authorities as mandated reporters . It is therefore impractical and unfair (possible also unethical) to make any assurances to clients.

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  9. Farzana Edward

    First of all thanks!!! I did receive the email form ASWB and found it in my favor AS its easier for me to read less and move on to the next question. I am taking my exam on January 12th,2023(fingers CROSSED)and feeling good about taking the TDC course and learning how to answer and understand the questions better. I did attend another boot camp in 2021 but didn’t feel helpful. This is my 2nd time taking the LCSW exam, before I didn’t study a lot (2weeks only on my own) and just took the exam.
    My GF recommend me to take TDC and I heard positive reviews about the program ,but since I’m attending the program I really feel GREAT!!
    Thanks Amanda and Bethany I’m feeling confident this time.

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  10. Rita Reid

    I am elated and have the highest respect for you MSW Licensure exams. That you with updating changes that we need to be prepared for

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  11. Ariell peters

    I did hear the news. Seeing the example helped a lot. im scheduled for 3/8/2023. i cant wait to come back and share my testimony.

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