Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)

Definition - What does Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) mean?

The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) is an organization committed to improving the social worker community and is responsible for creating and administering the ASWB social work licensure examinations. Different examinations are offered dependent on an applicant’s current level of education (i.e., Associate, Bachelors, Masters, Advanced Generalist, Clinical).

Topics and their distribution vary depending on the Applicant’s education level. All applicants should expect to be tested on:

  • Human Development, Diversity, and Behavior in the Environment
  • Assessment abilities
  • Direct and Indirect Practices
  • Values and Ethics

At the clinical level, applicants will need knowledge on the topics above as well as Clinical Interventions, Psychotherapy and Case Management. The exam consists of 170 multiple-choice questions and must be completed within 4 hours. A passing score will result from 94 to 107 correct answers, dependent on the level of examination being taken.

Examination fees are $230 for the Bachelor’s or Master’s exams and $260 for the Advanced Generalist or Clinical exam.

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Applicants should be aware that although the same tests may be used in different jurisdictions, requirements for licensure are dictated by the local licensing board. Regulations vary from state to state, so applicants should first check local requirements before taking a social work licensing examination. For example, some states have education requirements that render lower levels of the examination meaningless. Additional licensure fees may be charged by their local jurisdiction and licenses are issued by the local jurisdiction.

Note that 20 of the 170 questions on these tests are considered "pretest" questions and will not count toward or against the applicant’s final score.

In the event of failure, a score sheet is provided with the number of correct answers out of total answers in each test section.

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