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I passed on my first attempt using TDC!! TDC is all you need! Originally, I signed up with a separate company for an in-person review. All they gave me was a large book and barely scratched the surface and said good luck. I was so anxious and overwhelmed about that book that I put off opening it. That’s when I found TDC. TDC breaks down everything into sections so you don’t feel overwhelmed, and does not overkill you with information like other programs do. Their practice questions were spot on to the exam and their test taking strategies work! I needed 103 questions correct to pass and got 119! Thank you so SO much to Amanda and Bethany for this amazing course! I could hear them in my head as I was taking the exams down knew I was going to pass when I hit the halfway mark. I could not recommend this program enough and will be recommending it to every Supervisee I meet. Thank you again TDC!!
Amanda put me at ease and simplified everything to teach me how to get out of "maybe land" (you'll learn about it. Everything and I mean EVERYTHING you need to know is designed in a layout that is user friendly even for the most esoteric thinkers who live in the linear and want to challenge everything. She creates absolutes and and teaches you material and teaches you HOW TO TAKE A TEST. I recommend this far above Grossman and ALL the others. Also, don't go to the dark recesses of your mind and layer TDC with others. I found myself on quizlet.com last night and had a meltdown. Stick to Amanda. On a very special note, my coach was LCSW Robin G (not sure if she wants her last name out there). I consulted with her professionally fee for service and as part of the course. She connected and tapped into me responding to 20 of emails if not more in three months. She is a brilliant clinician, empathetic and encouraging professional and wonderful human being. Whomever is reading this, give that amazing individual a raise and commendation, she saved me :)
This review is an absolute must for me, because I found so much encouragement and gained confidence in myself reading through every testimonial on this site. Yes, I read everything. I am so excited to say that I PASSED this exam on my first try. This truly means a lot, because I have so much fear taking exams like this one. I really started studying for about 6 weeks before the exam. I did not quite follow the guide provided through the program, but loosely made my own, due to my personal schedule. Let me tell you, I have absolutely no regrets paying the amount of money I did to help me study and prepare myself for the exam. Although, Amanda mentioned to "live my life," I was a nervous wreck up until I took the exam. I made no plans with friends and devoted my extra time to studying, because passing in one sitting was my priority. I listened to the last exam day tips on my way to the testing center to help me stay calm. I did not do well on the last practice exam and that almost discouraged me from taking the exam on my scheduled date. I felt so defeated, but I was also confident I knew the material really well. So, I summoned up courage and proceeded to taking the exam. I have no regrets and was so elated and relieved when I passed. Thank you TDC! Like everyone else mentioned, I will be back when I am ready for the LCSW exam.
I passed my exam yesterday. It was my 5th time taking the exam and my 1st time taking it using TDC! I am forever grateful to TDC. They were supportive every step of the way. I studied 4 times a week with my friend who also used TDC. We held each other accountable! I listened to the lectures so many times, (driving to and from work, and whenever I was in the car, and when walking). We made our own study sheets from the TDC lectures. I probably went through the entire program 4-5 times! Going over the rationals helped me the most! I also went over the ethics lecture several times and the night before the exam! I had anxiety but I studied until I felt comfortable, and to the point I couldn’t take studying anymore! Please do not give up! I wrote LMSW on the white board before my test. Even during the exam I felt discouraged but I heard Amanda in my head, saying take a deep breath and push through it! I felt like I had failed mid way through but pushed on anyway. You really have to mentally tell yourself, I got this! When taking the exam I did imagine myself in the office with the client and if that didn’t work I imagined myself being the supervisor. We all know this test does not define us. You can do it and never be discouraged no matter what!!!! Constantly tell yourself I can pass this exam!!! I imagined what life would be like after I passed the exam and how much free time I would have. I also thought about how many more job opportunities I would have! Two weeks prior to the exam I listened to spiritual music every morning to keep my spirits lifted! Thank you TDC!!! Thank you for empowering social workers to believe in themselves and pass the exam! You ROCK!
WOW. Thank you so much for this amazing program. I attempted the exam about a year ago in SC and used a book to study, but failed. At that time, I did not feel good going into it, I rushed it, and felt devastated after failing. A friend told me about this program back in May 2019. I have been studying and following the schedule provided since then. I felt more confident going into the exam and really used the tools and test day advice recommended by the instructors and it really made a difference. While I had initial test anxiety, the entire time, I never felt overwhelmed when I was unsure on a questions and I just kept moving forward. I had the mindset of "I am prepared. I feel ready." This has been the biggest sense of relief. I recommend this to EVERYONE. I'm so happy and SO GLAD it is over.
I passed my LCSW exam yesterday and knew during the test I was going to pass, which was a great feeling. While I, of course, felt nervous before I started the test, as soon as I began I realized that TDC had thoroughly covered all of the topics on the exam, as well as given me thorough strategies to implement in regards to taking the test and analyzing the questions. I could "hear" Amanda and Heidi walking me through the questions and going through rationals of each answer and why it was a good answer or not. One of huge benefits of this program I believe is the ability to have easy access to a coach. I emailed back and forth several times in the week or so before my exam getting clarification and further strategies and skills to help me with certain topics I needed a bit more help on. She always responded to me within just a couple of hours, if not less and helped me feel very supported as I prepared! I solely used TDC for my exam prep, nothing else- no ASWB practice test or any supplementary materials at all. For me, having the study calendar and all parts to the program broken down into chunks was a huge benefit for my mind which can get scattered very easily. TDC helped me stay focused, grounded, and only working on information really relative to the test. I put all faith in the program and myself and it paid off! I am so happy and relieved it's over. Thank you TDC and everyone who has helped in it's creation!
I took the first test and failed miserably. It took me a couple of months to have the courage to request it again. I was feeling discourage, specially when I heard other people passing their test during the first time. I have anxiety testing and English is not my first language, so I felt defeated. My sister paid for this program because I did not have the money to pay for it and I started studying again. Once I started this program, I felt more organized and from what I could remember from the test I felt like this program nailed most if not all the topics that were included in the test. When I started the test my mind went blank, all I could remember was your tips about the key words and looking for the answers they want and not what I thought would the answer should be and that is what I did. I seriously thought that I was going to fail again because my anxiety made me feel that way... and so I passed! I know if I did not use this program I probably would have found myself in the same predicament because the workbook that I bought prior to this program was not providing the tools I needed and the information that this program provides. I would recommend this program to all my colleagues and friends. Thank you!!
I would 100% recommend TDC to any colleague or friend that is looking to take any type of exams that is offered by TDC. The program overall is very well constructed and developed. I am a visual learner and I have to say that it is not easy to listen to the audio; however, I have learned to appreciate it as I was able to take it every where with me. I took the LCSW Law & Ethics Exam, and I passed on my first try! I am a full time employee and I will say that finding the time to study is very difficult to balance. I am thankful that I was able to complete half of the TDC study materials before going in to take the actual exam (yes, you bet I was nervous!). However, the practice exams that I was able to take really helped me out when I was sitting in the testing center. Everything that I was able to study really helped me eliminate the answers that did not make sense to the question. I am proud to say that I am now one step closer to my dream! Thank you to the entire TDC team. :)
I took the LCSW oral exam for the second time June 6, 1987. I did not pass. I have worked as a Social Worker for 36 years. I had given up hope of ever passing this exam. However, about 6 years ago a co-worker encouraged me to attempt again. I was not at all confident that I would be able to achieve this goal. However, with the support of my family, my work family and TDC, I am now a LCSW!! I still can't believe this happened!! Your program was so well organized, clearly presented, well managed and comfortable. The small steps were easy to manage (mind you, not simple, but easy to study) and worked to build my confidence. The constant reminders re: "how to think" were so helpful. The study guides, tests, and answer explanations were excellent. It was as though you took years of study and put it into a few hours. Thank you for your dedication and commitment to the success of other Social Workers. Thank you for helping me achieve a life long goal. Thank you.
5 STAR REVIEW!! Disclaimer: This was my first attempt at the Social Work Law & Ethics. I was intimidated, and approached the material with fear and hesitancy. I selected the shorter study program and followed the schedule as recommended. Pro tip 1: be diligent and FOLLOW THE SCHEDULE. The practice tests were hard, but just as hard as the real test. My favorite part of this program is the practice tests, specifically the audio and written explanations for the correct answers. This is how I learned how to analyze the questions. Game changer. Pro tip 2: write out your notes, do not type them. Pro tip 3: read each question and answer thoroughly, don't assume you know how the sentence ends. Pro tip 4: befriend the quick studies and read them over and over again.
I bought TDC in Spring 2018 with the intension of slowly studying to be ready when I finished my hours. Well, life happened. From being in a major car accident with subsequent bed rest and PT, to getting pregnant and experiencing nausea/exhaustion/pregnancy brain, it’s safe to say I took the test MONTHS after I originally hoped to. The whole way through, TDC was understanding and supportive, giving me extensions while encouraging me to keep going. Additionally, I really do believe in the recommendation to do the program twice. Once I finished the program the first time, going through it again really instilled confidence that I knew what I was doing, or reminded me of those little nuances that are glances over the first time around. I scored pretty well (in my opinion) on most of the Mock Tests (passing or just passing), but when I disagreed or really didn’t understand the rationales given for the questions I got right, I reached out to TDC and they processed with me until I got it. Unfortunately, this test is not just about testing your clinical skills, but testing how well you can take and rationalize through a grueling exam. TDC definitely prepared me for that. If I can pass at 8 months pregnant, anyone can :)
I started studying for my exam while in the middle of a military move. My husband was overseas, and I had a lot on my plate. I failed the first time by 4 points, feeling unprepared by the time I left. The study prep I used did not prepare me for reasoning based questions not did they cover information I needed to be successful. There was soo much material to study, and with school-aged children in the middle of a move is daunting. I turned to TDC after getting settled and taking some time to recoup from the frustrations when I began reading testimonials online and conducting research on other study prep programs. I wish I would have used the program to begin with. Heidi was soo helpful and thoroughly answered my questions. I feel like I know Amanda so well, I hope one day I can meet you! There was soo much support that I went in there and attacked the test instead of letting it own me. I can’t be any happier with how I did on the exam, and I owe it to the resources TDC provided me. Thank you!
The six years after receiving my MSW in 2013 was an exceptionally trying time for me. Almost five of those years have been spent battling stage four Melanoma, three of those years were spent working at DCFS, followed by one year of unemployment/medical leave, and coming up on two years as a school therapist for a nonprofit. The people at TDC were incredibly understanding when I was hit with another blow and needed lung surgery and a treatment change at the end of last year, and let me get the extensions I needed. When I was finally sick of pushing it back, even though timing did not allow me to get through every quiz or the 2nd final mock by my exam date, they gave me the advice I needed to pass by a comfortable margin (I needed 103 correct answers, and got 120!) Thank you for all you do and your understanding! And I look forward to coming back for those CEUs!
I am dyslexic and struggle with standardized tests. I have had extended time on all tests my entire academic career including SAT/GRE (with a reader) as well as when I took my boards for counseling with NCE. I applied for accommodations w/ ASWB with all my standardized tests. ASWB determined that my recent tests indicated I was within normal range and therefore do not qualify for extended time. FURIOUS. I advocated for myself to no avail. I was modified. I appealed with all my documents from elementary school including my 504s. Scared I knew I had persevere. I used TDC, went through two times, made visual aids and passed with a score of 118. I am grateful for TDC. I truly do not believe I could have done it without. This study approach pulls on all the various learning inputs I need to really let info sink in. I THANK YOU for offering this study method.
6 weeks ago I was reading reviews like the one I'm about to write. I'm here to tell you that if I passed this test (LMSW), anyone can. I've been totally out of the field for (ready...) more than TEN years! That's right...due to a million reasons (namely life), I left social work. I graduated with my MSW in 2007 and got hired right out of school. I foolishly delayed taking the test. When I did take it in 2009, I failed, which sealed the deal for me going a different way on the career path. During the past 10 years I always regretted that choice. I knew where my heart was and was so mad at myself for giving up. I had half heartedly researched the issue (being out of school for so long and endeavoring to take the test) and didn't get good feedback. I just didn't think it was possible to relearn my entire two year program so many years later to try to conquer this test. WELL! Enter TCD. First of all, it just felt right, like they spoke my language... so I gave it a shot. When I took the very first 50 question exam...I got 46%. That's right, I got more than half of the questions wrong. This was a mere six weeks ago. I thought i was doomed. But the minute I started the lectures (by far my favorite part of the program) and taking notes and remembering the style of the test...it all started to (pretty easily) come back to me. This is the ONLY system that doesn't try to scare you with a RIDICULOUS amount of memorization. Instead, it is calmly covered in a very systematic, non-threatening way. I went through the course in two weeks, then did it all over again in another two weeks. That test I got a 46% on? I got a 90% the second time around. I listened to Amanda's tips (imperative) for attacking the exam again and again. Well...today, 10 years after my first attempt, I passed with flying colors!! It feels like one of the greatest accomplishments of my life to date, especially because I let it intimidate me for a decade. I'm telling you...all you have to do is follow the program exactly as it is prescribed and you will see for yourself. THANK YOU AMANDA and everyone at TDC!!
I just recently passed the ASWB Clinical Exam on Monday 6/3/2019! I would recommend TDC to anyone preparing to take the exam. I studied for about two months before taking the exam at least five days per week leading up to the exam. The mock exams helped immensely and preparing to sit at the exam for almost four hours. I strongly recommend to go through the program twice to let the information soak in as TDC suggested as well. This was my first time taking the exam and kept hearing horror stories from friends and co-workers saying how many times they've had to take the exam. TDC helps you study the correct information that will be tested and gets straight to the point. It didn't "fluff" any answers and provided enough clinical rationale each section. Honestly, I learned more from this program than my entire grad school career. It helps condense an intense amount of information into comprehensive and logical quizzes, lectures, and tests. I would not have passed the exam with the assistance of TDC. Can't thank you guys enough!
My process of earning my LCSW has been challenging. After four years of advocating for clinical supervision at different employers. After 3200 hours in January 2019 and much frustration, I submitted my hours. The added frustration started a year ago when my wife and I made plans to move closer to her parents and buy a house in Oregon, so I started studying a year ago. back to January 2019, I bought the TDC program and started moving my studying into overdrive. It took 8-weeks to hear back from the board and then another 2 weeks for approval to test. I quickly scheduled my test with the was able to pass! This process created lots of anxiety, so I took TDC advise to drink a lot of water and exercising. On test day, I ate a big breakfast and listen to lots of audio lectures from TDC (especially the code of ethics) up until I went into the test. Once I started the test, I felt okay (probably because of the the mock test and Pocket prep test). Then pushed the button for my test results feeling super nervous and the results came back "Passed" I was so excited and happy. Thanks TDC.
I would first like to thank you for putting this program together and utilizing audio lectures to make the process of studying (for hours) bearable. I personally have a difficult time studying for hours but not with this program and the audio lectures. It brought back the memories of being in class lectures which I personally loved. Going over the exam questions and having an explanation provided for each answer was extremely helpful during the actual exam because I was able to think about each questions and ask myself, "How would they like me to answer this?" There was several times that I even asked myself, "How would Amanda answer this?" which reassured me that I can do this! And I did it! Practicing actual exam questions is crucial to passing this exam which is exactly what this program offered. In addition to having all of the study content organized, the practice exams and each explanation provided was very helpful. In addition to utilizing this program, I did purchase the ASWB practice exam 3 days before my actual exam, just to prepare myself using the actual modality used during the LCSW exam which was also helpful. If it wasn't for TDC there was no way I would have spend as many hours as I did studying. I will continue to praise your program and again from the bottom of my heart, I thank all of the individuals who made this program possible and available to us. I was looking forward to writing this knowing that I would pass my exam. Thank you for the confidence that you instilled throughout the program which is also very important.
It took me a long time to get around to studying for and taking my LCSW exam, related to various professional (not technically needed in my job as an Assertive Community Treatment Team Clinician) and personal issues (life, parenting). I had put off studying for it for years because I have been out of school for 25 years and the idea of doing seemed daunting given a full time, very demanding job in the field and life in general. My friend, who was in a similar situation, used TDC and passed the exam. She recommended the program to my husband, another friend and I. All three of us ended up using TDC, two of us have passed and one is just starting her studying process. The TDC system structured the information I needed to learn in a way that I could not have done as well on my own. The program was rigorous, challenging, comprehensive and more than adequately prepared me for a difficult exam. The LCSW exam did not seem intuitive at all to me. You really do have to learn how to answer the questions. Having a good understanding of the Knowledge Areas was helpful in picking correct answers or ruling out wrong answers on nearly all the questions. It also gives you a stronger sense of confidence going into the test than you would have had otherwise. Thank you TDC. SO glad that is over. Good luck everyone.
I really enjoyed studying with TDC! The materials/topics covered were pretty much spot on with what's on the exam. I felt adequately prepared and the mock exams were extremely helpful in terms of identifying what areas I need to focus more on. I started using Apgar's study book but immediately felt overwhelmed with amount of content I needed to read/study. TDC had just enough study materials that didn't seem too overwhelming. I particularly enjoyed listening to the audios and listened to them multiple times on my commute to work. The quick studies were great for on the go and I always carried them around just in case I got an extra 10-15 minutes to study during the day or in between clients. The final pep talk was also helpful and put my mind at ease with some anxiety I was experiencing. I recommend completing the program at least twice and take advantage of the coaches that are available for any questions/clarifications. The ASWB practice exam is very helpful too. I was a little burned out after taking three 4 hour long practice exams (different days of course) but kept in mind that it was only to help prepare me for the actual exam. Also, please remember your self-care throughout this studying journey. Take some time to relax a bit in between study sessions, during days off, as well as the day before your exam. Good luck to all of you and remember, you got this!! :)