Search Instagram for "LCSW" or
"LMSW" and you'll come up with social worker after social worker
having proudly snapped their results from the social work licensing
exam. One word stands out in all caps: PASS.
Passing the social work licensing exam is a huge moment in a
social worker's career. But how do you get there?
The first step, which most people who've found their way to this
site already know, is to get yourself into a master's program,
study, do the internships, learn, learn, learn...and get your MSW.
After that, celebrate! For the next step, things differ state to
state. Generally, it's time to get to work, get your
supervised hours, learn, learn, learn...and file paperwork with
your state social work board.
Then, finally, you're cleared to take the social work licensing
exam. Nicely done!
This is where SWTP comes in. The social work exam is probably
unlike any test you've taken. Sure, it's multiple choice, sure it's
just more social work. But this time it's 170 multiple
choice questions about social work (200 in California!).
This time the exam is going to take up to four hours.
We've said this elsewhere: You probably already know, or have
learned at some point, the bulk of the content you need to have
down to get through the exam. Content is important, yes. Definitely
aim to be well acquainted with the NASW Code of Ethics, with the
essentials of the DSM, with the basics of human development--with
all that good stuff you need to know to be an effective,
responsible social worker. But, remember, it's easy to get
carried away with learning all the mounds of content that might
show up on the exam.
It's the process of taking the exam that takes the most
preparation--getting used to applying all that content
knowledge and all your common sense on all those questions, over
all that time. That's why we made SWTP's practice tests. We believe
doing real-time, realistic practice tests is the very best way to
prepare to get through the exam and get your social work
You can do it. People get licensed all the time, all over the
place. It's a years-long process from start to finish, one that can
be overwhelming in lots of different ways. Getting past the final
hurdle, the licensing exam, doesn't have to be the most difficult
To get started with SWTP, sign up. A free, ten-question sample
test is here; more details about
how SWTP works are here.
Good luck! Congratulations in advance!