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Social Work Exam Secrets Study Guide


Social Work Exam Secrets Study Guide

Includes ASWB Practice Test Questions


How to Pass the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Licensing Examination, using our easy step-by-step ASWB test study guide, without weeks and months of endless studying...

Dear Friend,

On a beautiful late spring afternoon, this past year, a young woman received the devastating news. She had just gotten back her result on the ASWB test. It was not what she had hoped for. In fact, it was not even close to the expectations she had considering her excellent grades in her social work degree program.

She had failed the ASWB examination.

The worst part was that she knew that she could never fulfill her goal of becoming a licensed social worker without passing the ASWB test.

Then she remembered her friends and felt even worse. Some of her closest friends had already gotten their ASWB test scores back and had passed. They would probably easily go through the rest of the licensure process by their jurisdictional board and become licensed social workers. Before her test day, she had been procrastinating about preparing for the ASWB test, because she hated standardized tests, and this only confirmed her hatred.

"Why do you have to take the ASWB to become a licensed social worker?" she angrily wondered. She had already been looking forward to her future career.

She didn't look forward to having to tell the embarrassing news to her friends.

"What will I do if I can't pass this test?" she thought with dismay, slowly realizing the harsh reality of her predicament and its upsetting implications on her future.

How to Solve the Problem

Unfortunately, this hypothetical situation occurs all the time. Someone thought they were going to breeze through the ASWB and board licensure process. They had told all of their friends, made plans for the future, and then got an embarrassing reality check from their result on the ASWB test.

Contrary to popular belief, the ASWB test is not a measure of your academic performance, which is why test takers with a perfect record in their social work degree program rarely have a perfect score on the ASWB test.

The ASWB test is quite simply an objective measurement of the knowledge that should have been acquired by any candidate who is seeking licensure as a social worker.

Jurisdictional social work boards use the ASWB test as part of their evaluation procedure for candidates seeking licensure as social workers. While it may not be fair, a candidate's entire academic career and experience can be completely overshadowed by a single score on the ASWB test.

That is the whole purpose of the Social Work Exam Secrets study guide: to give candidates the keys to understand how to succeed on the ASWB test.

Our Social Work Test Study Guide Is Unlike Any Other

If you'd like to get the ASWB test score you deserve, to quit worrying about whether your score on the ASWB test is "good enough," and to beat the test taking game, then this might be the most important message you read this year.

Our comprehensive study guide for the ASWB test is written by our test experts, who painstakingly researched the topics and the concepts that you need to know to do your best on the ASWB test. Our original research into the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Licensing Examination, offered by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), reveals the specific content areas and the essential skills that are critical for you to know on the ASWB test. We've taken the information and developed a study guide that is guaranteed to help you be successful on the ASWB test.

Now, we know you may be skeptical, so let us give you three good reasons we can back up what we claim:

The Three Reasons To Believe What We Say

The First Reason:

Our company's name is Mometrix Test Preparation, and we have a team of standardized test researchers who have worked on developing our study guide for the ASWB test. The standards for who gets to work on the team are very strict- we demand the best for our customers, and only those who met our exacting standards made the cut. The dedicated research staff have years of combined experience in mastering the content and skills necessary to succeed on the toughest exams.

The Second Reason:

Some academic studies have revealed that test takers do not really benefit from the traditional test preparation process. But we knew there had to be a solution- if test takers were not doing well on the ASWB test despite high intelligence, there had to be a set of secret keys to the test that would open the door of success for these test takers.

We believe we have succeeded in finding the secret keys of the exam. What we found was surprising, and in some cases ridiculously simple once explained to the average test taker.

We put the findings together in a thorough, concise study guide that we believe allows any test taker, at any skill level, to improve his or her results dramatically with a minimum of effort.

The Third Reason:

We created the product in part because we were frustrated by the options available to test takers who really wanted to do well on the ASWB test.

A common approach is to TEACH the material, instead of TEACHING THE TEST. That's not necessarily good enough for the ASWB test- you have to know how to apply the knowledge. Most test takers already have a general knowledge of the material that will be covered on the exam.

One reason some test takers do well on the day of the test is that they have made the critical connection between the material they learned and how to use the material to succeed on the ASWB test.

Our guide addresses the difference between merely knowing the material and knowing how to use the material to perform on test day.

You're going to save time, money, and aggravation. You'll learn to avoid the mistakes and the bad strategies that you've been vulnerable to. Just for starters, here are some ways our product can help your score on the ASWB test...

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  • Keys to questions that "give away" the wrong (or right) answers- You get credit for some of the questions without really even knowing anything about them
  • Get quick, customized help for the questions you have about how to use our materials- just send us a quick email and we'll get back to you promptly with the answer.
  • Details the EXACT STUDY PLAN for the ASWB test that we believe gives the most results in the least time- No matter if you're studying for a week or a month, you won't waste the precious study time you have on useless activities
  • Our researchers are more than just academic theoreticians who understand the technical nature of standardized tests, but are also experts on test taking itself- they reveal the exact skills and the information you'll need to perform under pressure during the test.
  • Learn why, when, and how to guess to your advantage. Many test takers use exactly the wrong strategy, but you can avoid the pitfalls with the help of our standardized test experts
  • Includes instructions detailing the best way for you to get started with your preparation efforts so you can begin the path of improving your scores immediately
  • The most efficient and accurate method for picking the right answer every time- You won't be scratching your head trying to read the mind of the test question writer, but will instead know exactly what to look for to pick the best answer
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  • The research of our team of test experts is 100% independent and original
  • Our exclusive "calibration strategy" to help you never go too fast OR too slow when answering even the toughest questions
  • The 5-step process we've developed, what we call the "phased" approach, concerning the use of the various study aids and practice tests
  • How the problem of procrastination can kill your chance of success, and the most important thing you can do about it
  • How to know when you've studied as much as you need to for the exam- and the reason why we think some people should spend LESS time studying for the test
  • The Top 20 things you should take care of within 24 hours of taking the test- use the list we provide as a checklist to make sure you've taken care of the "little things" in addition to studying hard
  • How to predict the right answer before you see the answer choices- and how to prevent the wrong answers from "polluting" your mind and tempting you into a trap designed by the test writers
  • Why answers that "sound" correct are often the very ones that are wrong- and how to tell the difference between the right answer and the many clever-sounding traps set for you by the test writers
  • Our "benchmark" method for deciding which of the answer choices you should pick
  • How some of the random bits of information in a question often "give away" the right answer choice
  • How to "milk the question" for clues to the right answer even if you have no idea what the question is asking about
  • How to avoid panicking when you don't know the answer to a question- we offer a systematic method that will serve as the "lifeline" you need to minimize the time wasted on the test questions that leave you stumped
  • What to do about the tough questions that you have no clue how to answer- don't just give up, use the advice we offer to make sure you give yourself the best chance of getting the right answer
  • How to use our brainstorming method to get "inside the question" and reveal the hard-to-find clues and some of the subtle things you didn't realize you knew
  • Do you know what a "hedge phrase" is? Learn why looking for the key "weasel words" in the question can help identify the correct answer
  • Why "new information" in the answer choices almost always means that the answer choice is wrong- and the way to avoid this trick planted by the clever test writers
  • Learn to avoid this time-draining mistake on the test - why the technical terms you don't know can be a major stumbling block and waste precious time, and the way that you can work around them
  • The secret to using the contextual clues in the questions and the answer choices to make important distinctions between the right and the wrong answer choices
  • The two situations where you should NOT check your answers thoroughly
  • How to avoid careless mistakes by using the quick "double check" system. It will more than pay for itself relative to the time it will take you
  • Test writers will often quote directly from the question in an answer- learn whether this is something you should trust or avoid
  • Why "extreme statements" in the answer choices are dead giveaways for wrong answers- find out how to detect the subtle differences between reasonable answers and the answers that are almost always wrong
  • Learn how to group your answer choices into "families" that often narrows down the pool of correct answers- this is a quick way to immediately eliminate one or two of the answer choices and increase your odds of getting the question right

Now, you're probably wondering how and why we can do all the things we claim.

Let us explain.

Before we go any further, let us clarify what Social Work Exam Secrets is not. It is not a stale rehash of all of the things you have already learned in the past.

Social Work Exam Secrets is our exclusive collection of the tips and the information that we have specially selected to give you the best results on the ASWB test for the least time spent studying. It's written in everyday language and is easy to use.

We cover the 5 essential skills necessary to do well on the ASWB test, plus comprehensive reviews covering all of the essential test sections individually.

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Warning: Always Look for These 6 Criteria

There is a lot of confusion surrounding studying for the ASWB test, and standardized tests in general. In our opinion, these are the 6 criteria you should always look for in a study guide for the ASWB test:

One: The guide must be written by writers who have painstakingly researched the topics and concepts needed to succeed on the ASWB test. The blind cannot hope to lead the blind.

Two: The guide must be written in easy-to-use everyday language so all test takers can access the information.

Three: The guide must be to-the-point, with no fluff to distract the test taker from the truly important information.

Four: The guide must address the test first, the material second. If the material was the only thing that was important, then every test taker that understood the material should get a perfect score- that doesn't happen because there's a difference between simply knowing what's on the test and the way you perform on the test. You want a study guide to close that gap.

Five: The guide must motivate the test taker to actually study for the exam. If the guide is hard to read, the time spent studying will be slow and painful, and the results will be meager.

Six: The guide must be guaranteed- if you don't pass with flying colors, you get your money back- no questions asked.

You get at least 10 times your money's worth!

When you consider what's at stake with the exam, we believe the value of our study guide gives you at least ten times your money's worth.

In summary, here's what you get:

When you buy Social Work Exam Secrets, it includes-

The 5 Secret Keys to ASWB Exam Success:

  • Time is Your Greatest Enemy
  • Guessing is Not Guesswork
  • Practice Smarter, Not Harder
  • Prepare, Don't Procrastinate
  • Test Yourself

The comprehensive General Strategy review including:

  • Make Predictions
  • Answer the Question
  • Benchmark
  • Valid Information
  • Avoid "Fact Traps"
  • Milk the Question
  • The Trap of Familiarity
  • Eliminate Answers
  • Tough Questions
  • Brainstorm
  • Read Carefully
  • Face Value
  • Prefixes
  • Hedge Phrases
  • Switchback Words
  • New Information
  • Time Management
  • Contextual Clues
  • Don't Panic
  • Pace Yourself
  • Answer Selection
  • Check Your Work
  • Beware of Directly Quoted Answers
  • Slang
  • Extreme Statements
  • Answer Choice Families

The comprehensive ASWB Exam review including:

  • ASWB Overview
  • Why is Licensing Needed?
  • How to Register
  • Registration
  • What to Expect
  • Scoring
  • Four Levels of Licensing Examinations
  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Advanced Generalist
  • Clinical
  • Category Example Questions
  • Bachelors Examination
  • Masters Examination
  • Advanced Generalist Examination
  • Clinical Examination
  • The Practice Analysis
  • Recall: Level One
  • Application: Level Two
  • Reasoning: Level Three
  • General Questions Concerning ASWB
  • Passing scores
  • Different Jurisdictions
  • Tests Administration
  • Exam Locations
  • Stages of Clinical Practice
  • Beginning Stage
  • Establishing Relationships
  • Contracting
  • Researching
  • Examination Content Outlines
  • Bachelors Examination
  • Advanced Generalist Examination
  • Clinical Examination Content Outline
  • How to Use the Outlines to Study
  • Important Tips to Remember
  • Examination Nuts and Bolts
  • What You Will Not See on the Exam
  • How the Questions are Written
  • Item Parts
  • Examples of Question Format
  • Multiple Choice Items
  • Things Not to Do
  • How Fast Are You Going?
  • Test Review
  • Time Management
  • Basics of the ASWB Computer Test

Bachelors Social Work Topics:

  • Motivational Forces
  • Freud's Psychoanalytic Theory
  • Executive Function
  • Super-Ego
  • Personality
  • Driving Forces
  • Psychosexual Development
  • Displacement
  • Intellectualization
  • Somatization
  • Heinz Hartmann's Ego Psychology
  • Substitution
  • Margaret Mahler's Object Relations Theory
  • Gestalt Psychology
  • Heinz Kohut's Self-Psychology
  • Erik Erikson's Psychosocial Theory
  • Jean Piaget
  • Social Learning Theories
  • Cultural Competence
  • Ethnic-Sensitive Social Worker
  • Client Assessment
  • Signs of Suicide
  • Abuse Evaluation
  • Signs of Sexual Abuse
  • Elder Adult Abuse
  • Dementia
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Substance Abuse
  • Mood Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorders
  • Panic Disorders
  • Factitious Disorder
  • Malingering
  • Eating Disorders
  • Key Treatment Techniques
  • Cognitive Approach
  • Task-Centered Approach
  • Grief Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Eco-Systems Theory
  • Basic Communication Principles
  • Informed Consent
  • Interorganizational Relationships
  • Code of Ethics
  • Issues of Malpractice
  • Right to Privacy
  • Guidelines for Data Collection
  • Sampling Techniques
  • Statistical Test

plus all of the other special tips and secrets we have included to help you prepare for the exam...

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Since we know it's 100% to your benefit to use our study guide, we want to further encourage you by also including the following with your order:

  • Bonus One

    Social Work Exam Practice Test Questions- Think you're ready for the ASWB test? Test yourself using our practice test questions. Find out if you're prepared or if you need to head back to the study guide for another review. Use our practice test questions to make sure that you're not caught off guard on the day of the test!

    Our ASWB practice test questions give you the opportunity to test your knowledge on a set of questions. You can know everything that is going to be covered on the test and it will not do you any good on the day of the test if you have not had a chance to practice. Repetition is the key to success and using the practice test questions allows you to reinforce the strengths you already have, while improving the weaknesses that you need to overcome.

    Detailed answer explanations are included for the questions. It may sound obvious, but you have to know which questions you missed (and more importantly why you missed the question) to be able to avoid making the same mistakes again when you take the real test. That's why the practice test questions we include for the ASWB test include answer keys with detailed answer explanations to each question. The in-depth answer explanations will allow you to better understand the questions that were difficult for you or that you needed more help to understand.

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This Page Last Updated: 01/27/2017