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Study Materials

The ASWB Study Guides are designed to help you prepare for the social work licensure examination that was developed by ASWB. The study guides include a description of the examination development process and the administration procedures as well as suggestions on how to prepare for the examination. There are also 50 sample questions and answers.

Study Guides are available at the cost of $25 per guide (plus postage and handling) for each of the ASWB examinations: Clinical, Advanced, Intermediate, and Basic.

Study guide orders may be placed using a credit card by calling the national office at 1-800-225-6880. Orders may also be submitted on an order form forwarded with proper payment to the national office.

Sample Questions

Basic Examination

    The primary purpose of a service plan is to:

    (A) establish goals
    (B) assess the home situation
    (C) monitor behavioral changes
    (D) evaluate client progress

Intermediate Examination
    A client who has received services for several years in a dialysis unit appears for a routine visit. The nurse notices a markedly changed affect and refers the client to the dialysis unit social worker. When seeing the social worker, the client seems detached, self-absorbed, and tearful. The social worker should FIRST assess the client's:

    (A) life situation and any recent changes
    (B) compliance with medical care
    (C) concerns about dying
    (D) feelings about dialysis

Advanced Examination
    The process of anticipatory socialization is BEST represented by:

    (A) expectant mothers attending infant care classes
    (B) day care for preschool children
    (C) job enrichment programs in industry
    (D) divorce mediation counseling

Clinical Examination

    A social work in private practice meets with a client referred by his wife for the first time. The client rushes into the social worker's office, talking in a loud and threatening manner, stating that there is no problem except his wife and it is she who should be in therapy. The social worker's BEST course of action is to:

    (A) suggest to the client that his behavior indicates that he has a problem
    (B) instruct the client to leave the office until he is better composed
    (C) ask the client to be seated and ask him why he believes his wife needs treatment
    (D) assure the client that he will have the opportunity to discuss his situation fully

Key to Sample Questions:
    Basic: A
    Intermediate: A
    Advanced: A
    Clinical: D