What Do I Do When I Fail the Social Work Exam?

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Alternative licensing program (AMEC)

Anyone that is struggling or has struggled with taking the license exam. Here's some information that may have not been shared in school. If you have failed the exam at least twice within one year by less than 5 points, the Texas board offers an alternative program for licensure.


Lauren 39 days ago

Thank you

Thank you for this information. Please note: this applies to licensing applicants in Texas. Check with your state's licensing board to find out if there is an alternate method in your state.

SocialWorker.com 39 days ago

not all smart people can be measured by a standardized test

this article is somewhat helpful and somewhat demoralizing. In effect, what Dr's Marson, Kersting and Ms DeAngelis are saying is, "if you can't pass this test, you are most certainly not able to prove you have the minimum competence that assures the licensing board and the public that you can hold a license that proves you are competent and fit to practice." Therefore, if a person can't pass the standardized test which measure various, and some irrelevant to the good work some Social Workers can provide, that members of ASWB have created, that person is neither competent nor fit to provide services in their eyes.
Something about this article which presents itself as a supposed helpful means for those who are struggling to pass this very difficult and myopic exam is very condescending and passive aggressive.

Meraxes more than 1 year ago

Failed twice

I agree with this article, I just took the exam yesterday for the second time and failed it again. I purchased the study guide and practice test from the ASWB cite and reviewed the material and studied for at least three months everyday. I felt more prepared this time than I did two years ago. However, after taking the survey and hinting the submit button was devastating to find out that I failed the exam again. I do not want to put myself under that stress again, and yes, I felt like maybe I am not competent to continue working in the field that I have worked in for the last five years.

Linda more than 1 year ago

Failed twice also

Linda, what test did you take, the LMSW or LCSW? I failed my LCSW test for the second time and that was yesterday by three points. I really don't know what to do. I plan on taking the test for the third time and I hope to pass. but my self esteem and confidence has taken a beating. I too feel like I'm not competent it's quite frustrating. I don't think I'm a good test taker. Sorry to hear about your struggle.

Renee more than 1 year ago

more help needed

Thank you for your valuable information.
I am a new Immigrant .I need exam prepration guidance and study materials for LMSW exam..if any one can please help me too.
Thank you.

shyjumon varghese more than 2 years ago

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