ASWB Bachelors Practice Test

If you want to be a clinical social worker, you need to get licensed. The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) administers the Clinical Social Work licensing exam. Professionals who pass the exam show they have the knowledge and skills to succeed in the field.

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Exam Contents

The ASWB Bachelors Exam includes 170 questions spanning four core aspects of a career in social work. Those four aspects include:

I. Human Development, Diversity, and Behavior

Human Growth and Development: This topic includes the impact of body image; various developmental theories, including sexual development and spiritual development through the lifespan; the impact of loss, separation and grief; gerontology; and the effect of aging parents on adult children.

Human Behavior in the Social Environment: This topic includes details about interpersonal relationship dynamics, theories of crisis intervention, social change and community development theories, conflict theory, and criminal justice systems.

Diversity and Discrimination: This topic contains concepts of sexual orientation; how the transgender and transitioning process impacts behaviors, attitudes, identity, and relationships; and feminist theory.

II. Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning

Biophysical History and Collateral Data: This topic covers sexual dysfunction indicators, obtaining sensitive information, and how to assess clients/client systems.

Assessment and Diagnosis: This topic covers psychosocial stress indicators, behavioral dysfunction indicators, methods of data collection and analysis, and mental and emotional illness indicators.

Treatment Planning: This topic covers trauma-informed care theories, objective and subjective data principles and features, and research design and methods (both basic and applied).

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III. Psychotherapy, Clinical Intervention, and Case Management

Therapeutic Relationship: This topic covers communication techniques (both verbal and nonverbal), acceptance and empathy, and feedback.

The Intervention Process: This section covers conflict-resolution methods, setting limits, and techniques in role modeling.

Service Delivery and Management of Cases: This topic covers case management components, service delivery methods, and how the political environment impacts policy-making.

Consultation and Interdisciplinary Collaboration: This topic covers techniques in leadership and management, supervision and consultation models, and networking methods.

IV. Professional Values and Ethics

Professional Values and Ethical Issues: This topic covers social work legal and ethical issues, identifying and resolving ethical issues, and several legal and ethical issues, including dual relationships, termination, and death and dying.

Confidentiality: This topic covers using client records, information security, and mandatory reporting.

Professional Development and Use of Self: This topic covers staying objective, maintaining a safe work environment, and mastering self-care techniques for social workers.

Scoring Information

The test has a total of 170 multiple-choice questions; 20 of the questions are not scored but are used to improve future tests. Out of the 150 that are scored, the minimum number of correct answers that is needed to pass fluctuates between 93 and 106.

More difficult exams have a lower required minimum passing score, while easier exams require a higher minimum passing score. You will have four hours to complete this computer-based exam. You do not need any computer experience in order to take the exam. A tutorial will be given before the exam to make sure you are comfortable with the testing software.

If you want to succeed on this exam, be sure to check out our ASWB Bachelors practice test! It prepares you with questions from all knowledge domains on the official exam. The knowledge domains are Human Development, Diversity and Behavior in the Environment, Assessment, Direct and Indirect Practice, and Professional Relationships, Values, and Ethics. Be sure to check out the kinds of questions you could see on the practice test below from our question bank!

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ASWB Bachelors Pass Rate Analysis (2022)

The Association of Social Work Boards published an analysis of the pass rate for the Bachelors exam in 2022. The board analyzed testing and scoring information from 2011-2021, including statistics related to gender, race, age, and primary language.

In a nutshell, the analysis revealed that 81% of everyone who took the ASWB Clinical exam between 2011 and 2021 eventually passed the exam. The age group with the highest pass rate is 18- to 29-year-olds, at a rate of 76%. According to ASWB’s data, more women have passed the exam than men, more people passed whose primary language is English, and the demographic group with the highest pass rate is whites.

Here are the details of the analysis.


The breakdown of age categories and their pass rates (2018-2021) according to the ASWB is as follows:

  • 18-29: 76% pass rate
  • 30-39: 71% pass rate
  • 40-49: 69% pass rate
  • 50+: 59% pass rate


The breakdown of race categories and their pass rates (2018-2021) according to the ASWB is as follows:

  • White: 82% pass rate
  • Multiracial: 78% pass rate
  • Native American/Indigenous peoples: 71% pass rate
  • Asian: 64% pass rate
  • Hispanic/Latino: 59% pass rate
  • Black: 38% pass rate


The breakdown of gender categories and their pass rates (2018-2021) according to the ASWB is as follows:

  • Female: 73% pass rate
  • Male: 69% pass rate

Primary Language

Test-takers whose primary language is English have a pass rate of 74%, while test-takers whose primary language is not English have a pass rate of only 50%.

Historically Marginalized Groups

The data from 2011-2021 reveals that members of historically marginalized groups taking the ASWB Clinical exam increased by 4%.

statistics from a pass-rate analysis of the ASWB bachelors exam, which has an overall pass rate of 81%

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by Mometrix Test Preparation | This Page Last Updated: October 25, 2022