Wednesday, September 14, 2011

10 LMSW Exam Practice Questions


Would you like to have a look at some practice questions to help you prepare for your LMSW  (ASWB) exam?

Below are 10 questions that we went over during a review class at my school:

1. A fifteen year old girl has been sent home from school on three occasions for drinking alcohol at school. Each time, the mother becomes angry and threatens to punish the girl but is convinced by the father to give her another chance. Which of the following BEST characterizes the father's behavior in this situation?

a. triangulation
b. enabling
c. advocating
d. manipulating

2. Parents continually refuse to communicate with their child who is in a residential treatment facility. The social worker should FIRST:

a. respect the parent's need for separation by not contacting them
b. request that the child be discharged
c. contact the parents about the child's placement
d. assess the child's response to the parents' actions

3. Common indicators of sexual, physical and emotional abuse include all of the following EXCEPT:

a. violence against younger children
b. sexualized behavior
c. isolation
d. stuttering

4. The concept of gender roles is BEST defined as:

a. attitudes and behaviors attached to individuals because of their sex
b. an individual's sex orientation and/or preference
c. biological characteristics that influence an individual's behavior
d. interplay of biological and sociocultural influences

5. Which type of interviewing question is MOST likely to generate client defensiveness?

a. open ended
b. closed
c. leading
d. why

6. When interviewing a client whose speech patterns are different from the social worker's, the social worker's PRIMARY consideration should be that:

a. communication patterns vary due to economic conditions
b. speech is influenced by culture and experience
c. psychosocial conditions will cause variations in speech
d. speech is influenced by group taboos and norms and may indicate false beliefs

7. The initial symptoms of schizophrenia MOST often occur between which of the following years of age?

a. 6 to 12
b. 13 to 16
c. 17 to 45
d. 16 to 60

8. Which of the following approaches would be MOST appropriate to use in evaluating client satisfaction with the social worker's provision of services?

a. using a single system design, evaluate the quality of services
b. in the final interview, ask the client about their level of satisfaction
c. after submitting process recordings, ask supervisor for feedback
d. at termination, ask clients to complete a service evaluation and satisfaction form

9. When conducting an assessment of the risk factors of child abuse for a child of a different ethnic background, a social worker must FIRST:

a. be aware of how personal cultural biases affect the social worker's ability to deal with issues of diversity
b. realize that assessment models are not a substitute for clinical judgment or experience
c. use a strengths' perspective rather than a deficit model to form a partnership with the child's family
d. understand the need for appropriate eye contact, tone of voice and question techniques during the assessment

10. A social worker is receiving a client with long-standing depression. It becomes known that the client has racist beliefs. The social worker should:

a. respectfully confront the client's prejudiced beliefs
b. educate the client about the negative effects of racism
c. refer the client to another therapist who might have similar belief
d. respect the client's beliefs and focus on the presenting problem

1. b 2. d 3. d 4. a 5. d 6. b 7. c 8. d 9. a 10. d

I'm hoping that you found looking these questions over helpful.

Have you recently taken the exam? If yes, how did it go? And do you have any lessons learned and/or tips to share?

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57 comments:

  1. Thanks for sending these, Dorlee! I only got 7 out of 10, but at least now I know what I need to work on when I begin prepping for the exam next year.

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  2. Hi Maryann,

    I'm so glad you found these practice questions helpful.

    That's terrific that you managed to get 7 out of 10 correct...If I can, in a few weeks, I'll put together another post with some additional questions for you to try :)

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  3. Hi Dorlee,

    The practice questions are very helpful and are a great example of what you might find on the actual test.

    For those of you that are struggling with trying to figure out how much to study, I will tell you that I recently took the test and failed. I know this sounds very negative and not very hopeful, but, I will go out on a limb to say that most of you will certainly pass and hopefully my input will help.

    I felt awful when I found out I had answered 95 questions correctly and needed to answer 97 questions correctly in order to pass. But looking back at the way the test was structured really led me to believe I over thought each question and I had certainly over studied. I studied theories, theorist, medication, disorders, and very concrete information that I learned in Grad School. I studied for approximately two months and felt strongly that I was well prepared for the test. To my discouragement that test was not what I expected.

    The test does include some of the information that I mentioned above, however 85% of the test (in my experience and those of my friends whom have taken the test and passed) is made of practical questions, not concrete information. In other words, the test involves some recall but the majority of the test requires reasoning. It requires the ability to answer the questions on the basis of everyday practice. You must read the questions very carefully and come up with the best possible answer.

    For those of you that have attended or will attend the ASWB Prep course, you were given a white and black booklet. I believe everything you need for the test is in that booklet; I would also suggest doing as many practice questions as possible. However, do not depend solely on the practice questions to pass the test. The questions are very different and you are required to know a certain amount of information that is in the booklet in order to pass the test.

    I also suggest that you do not study the day prior to the test. My advice is give yourself a little time to go over the material in the ASWB booklet and the day before get a good night’s rest, go for a massage or take a nice long walk and then go in there and PASS your test.

    Good luck to all and please also wish me luck that I may pass the test when I take it again on December 6th.

    Your friend and colleague

    Nancy H.

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  4. Hi Nancy,

    Thank you so much for your courage, honesty and willingness to share with us your experience vis a vis the exam, as well as the valuable lessons you learned.

    I'm so sorry that you did not pass the exam the first time around. You were so close...only two more questions. That must have felt incredibly disappointing and frustrating...

    Based upon all the helpful advice you were so kind to share, I am quite confident that you will pass the test the next you take it.

    As Malcolm Forbes states, "Failure is success if we learn from it."

    And Anthony J. D'Angelo argues that "In order to succeed you must fail, so that you know what not to do the next time."

    Wishing you much luck on your exam on Dec 6th (not that you will need it),
    Dorlee

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  5. Thank you so much Nancy for the insight that you provided about the exam. I have started my last year of Grad school and I am planning to take the exam as soon as I graduate in May. I was having alot of anxiety about the exam and I was planning to begin test prep this semester. After reading your post and talking to others, I am going to attend the NASW/ASWB test prep in March. Although it is expensive, I will not have to worry about paying someone out of pocket and not receiving the information. Again Thank you for your post.

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  6. These were so very helpful. Thank you!

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  7. Reva and Jenn,

    Thanks so much for sharing your feedback.

    I'm so glad that you found this post and Nancy's comments helpful.

    Wishing you both the best of luck on your upcoming exam! Let us know how you do...

    Best wishes,
    Dorlee

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  8. Reva and Jenn,

    Thank you so much for your feedback. Any questions you may have I will be more than happy to answer.

    To add to my original comments, I understand that buying the additional 170 ASWB practice questions have helped several of my friends pass the exam. I did not buy the additional practice exams originally but I will do so this time around.

    I know some of these materials are quite expensive, but my hopes are to help you avoid the mistakes that I made. One which I did not mention in my original blog was that I spent an additional $225.00 on a different website. The material was helpful because I was able to review a lot of the information I had stored in my memory bank, but in essence I honestly feel that it was not necessary.

    I want to wish you both the best of luck on your licensing exams, hope to hear from you again, stay in touch....

    Best,
    Nancy

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  9. Since talking with you Nancy, I am planning to attend the workshop in March in Baton Rouge. If I'm not mistaken, I was told that it is 255.00 per session. I am not sure if the amount is cheaper for NASW members. I was a little skeptical about this but now that I have heard that it gives you the tools you need to pass the exam, I will be attending. I too wish you the best of luck on the exam. Hope to hear from you soon.

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  10. Thanks for these LMSW practice questions. Let me tell you: I was pretty solid in social work school, but these Social Work standardized tests are definitely a challenge. Thanks for sharing this resource. I know a lot of folks take courses offered in person, but your post sparked an idea/comment: are or why aren't social workers created digital study groups for LCSW and LMSW tests? Picturing Google hang outs or even just an user generated blog that has tips and tricks for navigating the test similar to what many law students have done in recent years. My two cents. Great post, like always.

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  11. Hi Mozart,

    Actually, there is one LMSW hangout group that meets pretty regularly on google :) Or at least they were...I had given the info about this to Reva several weeks ago.

    While a google hangout is definitely one way to go, it's not always everyone's cup of tea...

    In any case, to reiterate for anyone new stopping by, feel free to circle me on G+ and then ask me about the hangout pertaining to the exam and I'll be happy to forward you the information.

    Alternatively, you can give me your facebook contact info and I can send you instructions on how to use google+ first.

    Aside from google, I have shared the tips that I have received along the way for the LMSW exam and others have kindly added. So this blog offers a bit of what you are suggesting but of course, the relevant posts on the topic remain open so that additional tips/suggestions may always be added.

    Thanks so much for sharing your ideas on this topic! And please feel free to come back and share any tips you may have on the exam :)

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  12. This blog was very helpful and provided a source of encouragement/motivation. I have been a little worried because this will be my second time taking the exam, and the exam is expensive. I came so close to passing. I missed it by seven points back in June. I will be taking the exam next month and hope to pass it.

    I think the google hangout/group is a good idea. I might be interested in joining.

    One thing I have learned from taking the exam before is one can not over think the questions. In addition, one (kind of) has to forget about your social work internship/job experience. This was a little hard for me to do. You need to always remember to put the client first and remember the NASW Code of Ethics.

    Also it is important not to change your answers or skip any because you will be too tired to go back answer the question.Finally, it is important to take at least two breaks during the exam, and remember you have enough time to take the exam.

    Best of luck to everyone taking the exam soon :)

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  13. I'm so glad that you have found this blog not only helpful but a source of encouragement :)

    I'm sorry to hear that you did not pass but am most appreciative of your willingness and generosity in sharing some of the important lessons you have learned from your experience at almost passing the exam. It takes a lot of courage and strength to do so.

    As you have noted, it is most helpful to others who have not yet taken the exam or who have similar experiences to see that they are not alone...

    Regarding the google+ hangout, if you are interested, please circle me at http://gplus.to/dorleem, and I will then connect you with the person who is running them. I believe that they are held everyday at 9PM EST for about an hour (not that you need attend everyday).

    Wishing you the best of luck (and crossing my fingers for you)!

    Also, please feel free to come back and let me know if there are any specific topics/ideas you'd like covered. I'm always open to suggestions :)

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  14. These were very helpful, I got 7 out of 10, but it's a good place to start.
    Thank you so much for posting these.

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  15. Glad to hear these were helpful!

    Your kind feedback is reminding me that I have some more questions that I could share from class in a subsequent post :)

    In the interim, I'm not sure where you are located but you may be interested in this upcoming free meeting on the LMSW exam being offered by NASW:

    THE CHALLENGE OF THE LMSW EXAM

    What is at Stake, What is the Problem, and
    What Can be Done to Pass
    __________________________________________________
    A Forum
    to Address the Challenges that Many Graduates
    Experience in Approaching the Exam

    Monday, January 30, 2012

    6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

    Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus -- Pope Auditorium

    Columbus Avenue at West 60 Street

    RSVP Required; Attendance is Free
    Please email us at contactus@naswnyc.org

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  16. Im loving the tips and tools your blog has to offer.I attended a LMSW prep class workshop in June 2011 that was provided by The School of Social Work here in Texas. I will be taking my LMSW exam this month, so Ive recently started my studying.
    I got 7 out of 10 questions correct, which IMO(in my opinion) was good...The correct answers to the questions I missed were the answers that I initially thought. This is a reminder that second guessing is NOT a good thing.

    I wish everyone the BEST of LUCK!!

    ~Shaquaila~

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  17. I'm so glad, Shaquaila :)

    Also, thank you for sharing that important reminder about second guessing...I remember how we were all advised to avoid over-thinking our responses because we are more likely to give the correct answer off the cuff, so to speak.

    Wishing you the best of luck!

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  18. I am interested in the online google group myself. Currently, my exam is scheduled in April 2012. I really need to pass the exam since this has been an ongoing challenge for years.

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  19. Hi,

    Please see my post Tools to Help You Pass the LMSW Exam http://www.dorleem.com/2011/11/tools-to-help-you-pass-lmsw-exam.html

    I specify the steps for you to participate in a google+ study group in that post.

    Wishing you the best of luck!

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  20. I am scheduled to take my exam next week. I just got 7 out of 10. Which in my opinion is good. This will be the second time I take the exam. I am extremely nervous and am trying to be optimistic about it. DO you have any advice on what to do before I take my exam?

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  21. Hi Elyrocks,

    That's understandable that you would feel nervous prior to taking your exam. It's an important day...

    You may find the post Secrets for Passing the LMSW Exam helpful
    http://www.dorleem.com/2011/05/secrets-for-passing-lmsw-exam.html
    I share various tips on what to do both before and during the exam.

    The only thing that maybe I would add is to have a 2-3 minute breathing relaxation technique in your back-pocket if you think this would be helpful for you to do either before the exam or during the exam as a way to clear the mind and help you focus in a calm manner.

    Wishing you the best of luck,
    Dorlee

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  22. Thanks for that tip on the breathing technique. I have been practing some breathing techniques as well as listening to relaxing music while studying to reduce my anxieties. It has been helping me focus more and to relax a bit. Although at times I have periods of feeling nervous. I just don't want to fail again.

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    1. That's great! Keep thinking positive and give it your best :)

      I think you will pass this time... but if you don't, please remember what Ralph Waldo Emerson said: "Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail."

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  23. Darcey,

    My suggestion is that you register for one of NASW's study classes.

    They provide you with wonderful guidance and give you a terrific study guide that covers all of the required material.

    As I recall, this is approximately $110 or so if you are a member ($90 if you are a student) or $175 if you are not a member.

    There is no question that you will need to spend time studying but that would be necessary irrespective of which materials you buy.

    Wishing you the best of luck!

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  24. i am taking my exam in like another month, or so. the tips here given, were very informative.

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    1. Hi Fitz,

      I'm so glad that you found the tips here helpful :)

      Good luck on your exam!

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  25. I just took the test and got 6 out of 10. And I don't have a background in social work, just an interest in psychology and therapy, plus having read quite a bit on the subject. As often, it's better to follow your intuition for the first answer and not overthink it too much. - Jonna

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  26. Like Joana, I just took the test and also got 6 out of 10. I have a BA in journalism and am currently reseraching several graduate schools for social work. It was very helpful to see what types of questions are asked on this test.....tnks for posting!

    Wishing everyone the best of luck ;)

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  27. Correction: Jonna ;)

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  28. Thanks for the questions and tips. I am taking my exam in August 2012 and I am believing this will be my last in taking the test. I will keep you posted.

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  29. 9 out of 10...MSSW preparing for the exam. Thank you for such a wonderful resource outlet.

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  30. I got 10 out of 10.....But oh my, I have participated in other practice exams that weren't as favorable. Thanks for the tips...

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  31. That's great that you answered all of these questions correctly ! The difficulty of the questions varies... but it is also possible that you have mastered the gist of how to approach them if you have participated in other practice exams etc and this is why you did so well on these :)

    Wishing you the best of luck on your upcoming exam!

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  32. Hi. I got 9 out of 10 correct! I have an interest in going back to college for Social Work.

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  33. That's great :) Wishing you the best of luck as you go back to college to study social work!

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  34. I got a 9 out of 10 on this practice test. I really hope I am prepared enough. I take the test TOMORROW!!! This will be my first time and I have never been so nervous for anything. I am about 2 weeks away from completing my MSW and I have about 5 1/2 years of field experience on my job and in my practicums. I will come back and post again tomorrow (of this comming week) with an update. Thanks for the information and wish me luck.
    -Kevin

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  35. Hi Kevin,

    How exciting! The important thing on the day/night before is to try to chill out... do some physical activity (a walk/run/riding a bike, a swim - whatever appeals to you) and some fun things. You can add a meditation if you like as well. There are several free meditations available here: http://pinterest.com/dorleem/meditation/

    Also, try to eat good brain foods tomorrow (such as eggs)... and try to think/assume that you will do fine. You've studied and the material from school is clearly fresh in your mind. Remember that the vast majority of people do pass on their first try... and that you will have enough time and all will be ok (whether or not you pass the first time). One can always take it again...

    Wishing you the best of luck! Let us know how it goes...

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  36. Just wanted to send an update. I took my test today and PASSED!! I got an 85%. I had a good night sleep, ate some food before the test, used prayer to guide me, and most importantly, took the entire 4 hour alloted time. I think that is what helped the most. I took two 3-4 min breaks to allow time for the restroom and to clear my head. I used head phones to muffle the noise, even though the entire testing room was very quiet. I marked answers that I was not 100% sure about but answered them anyway. I made sure to answer the question no matter what instead of leaving anything blank. After I answered all 170 questions, I went back to reveiw the marked answers and changed some. Most importantly, I made sure I went in with a positive attitude and convinced myself I was going to pass.
    The exam itself was in very practical format. It had a good mix of material, but also "what would you do FIRST's". As long as you are looking out for the client's best interest in practical standards, the answer was obvious.
    Also, I want to thank this website for giving me the confidence I needed. I had bought a practice test that ws very difficult and I had lost my confidence very quickly. When I took this sample test on this webstite, it reassured me that the questions may not be as hard as I thought they were. It gave me confidence and there was accuracy in that. The exam iteself was not as difficult as I thought it would be. The questions were in laymans terms and easy to read. Basically, if you paid attention in school, the exam is easy to navigate.
    Also, I used this to help "Farmer Aladdin Raises Expensive Apples From India", meaning "Feelings, Assess, Refer, Educate, Advocate, Facilitate, Intervene". This is the common order I used to answer questions with the "What would you do FIRST".
    Hope all this helps and good luck to anyone who is reading this and preparing for testing.
    -Kevin

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  37. Congratulations, Kevin! And thanks so much for coming back and sharing with us your experience and learnings :)

    How interesting - I hadn't heard of the acronym that used as a study guide helper for first but it sounds very similar to the FAREAFI one but a much easier version to remember...

    Now wishing you the best of luck as you look for your first post MSW job!

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  38. Hi!

    I got 8/10 on your practice test! I have studied content areas and taken multiple practice exams each consisting of 130-150 questions from a prep course through the UT program. I am very scared of taking the exam. I took it once before and got just within reach but not enough to pass. It was very depressing, but I think at the time I was not studying enough material. In my state you have to get around 106-109 questions correct in order to pass. Right know I'm testing right around that area 100-115. Definitely walking the line if you get my meaning!

    I do have a couple of questions. I read there is way to navigate the FIRST, NEXT, BEST questions. Just wondering if anyone knows how? It does not consist with merely reading. This study strategy takes each one and assigns a prompt. For example, What would you do FIRST is asking you to take some sort of action? Again just wondering if anyone knows how to decipher this type of question and what they are asking the social worker to do?

    Also, I feel like learning the theories can be a little bit more of a waste due to the amount, but at the same time I remember running across questions on the exam that ask you to refer to a specific theory to answer the question. If you do not know the theory you will be left with a good old fashion guess. What types of theories are most important to study?

    Any feedback would be great!

    Thanks
    L


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  39. Hi L,

    I can understand why you would be nervous if you didn't pass the first time and you were so close to passing...

    For help on the FIRST/NEXT/BEST questions, read my post: http://www.dorleem.com/2012/08/how-to-use-two-acronyms-to-go-for-gold.html

    And for overall guidance as well as tips on how to be relaxed before the exam, check out http://www.dorleem.com/2013/02/ten-tips-for-passing-lmsw-exam.html

    In terms of specific focus on which theories, I would recommend that you make an educated guess... as to which ones look to you as the major ones... and what are the key things that you would need to know about each theory... you can make this judgment based upon what was covered in school, what names keep on being mentioned etc.

    Wishing you the best of luck!

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  40. I got 10/10! Thanks so much for all of the resources you've posted! I'm pretty nervous…I take the exam next week. I created over 500 flashcards from the prep class workbook, and I purchased the ABSW practice exam (although I haven't taken it yet). I'm also doing every free practice test I can find online. I'm hoping with all of that, I'll pass. *fingers crossed*

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  41. I'm so glad that you have found the LMSW resources I've posted helpful :)

    Have you read http://www.dorleem.com/2013/02/ten-tips-for-passing-lmsw-exam.html? This one includes also some neuroscience-related tips that may be helpful to you.

    It sounds like you have covered the studying/preparation part.

    Wishing you the best of luck next week!

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  42. 10 out of 10. I'm taking the exam this week, and have used your acronyms for each of my practice exams in conjunction with the AATBS/test master study material purchased through a "refresher" course in my state. They've really helped when I'm "stuck" with terms I may not be familiar with or a 50/50 toss up.

    I've done well on the practice exams, but as they are repetitive, I'm hoping it's not a negative. Feeling nervous, but I don't think I can do much more.
    Thanks!

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  43. I'm so glad that you have found the acronyms helpful for answering some of the questions in your practice exams.

    Wishing you the best of luck on your upcoming exam this week! You may want to exercise and/or meditate to help you relax before the exam... Also remember to eat and get enough sleep beforehand. It all helps :)

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  44. Hello my name is Julian and I am a recent graduate from Stony Brook University. The questions were helpful and paired up with some of the questions that are reviewed in my LMSW Boot Camp class. I took the sample questions and got 9 out of ten right. (and the reason I got one wrong is from not following the first rule which is reading the entire question) I am in the stages of sharpening my test taking skills. Thank You

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  45. Hi Julian,

    Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experience and kind feedback. I'm so happy that the sample questions were helpful and that you did well.

    Wishing you the best of luck on your upcoming exam!

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  46. Thank you for the test questions they were very helpful. I got 8 out of 10. I took my exam once and did not master it ofr 2points. I have test anxiety and often don't do well in tests. I need to pass my exam as my career and job require that I be licensed. I am currently unemployed and I need to pass my test in order to get back to the career field. I would appreciate other Free Test Questions that could be helpful. Thanks Concern in Texas Theresa

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  47. Hi Theresa,

    I'm so glad that you found these test questions helpful. Sorry that you missed passing the exam by 2 points...

    It sounds like you are very close to passing the exam and that all you may need to do is to help yourself feel a little relaxed/less anxious and then you will do just fine.

    In case this helps, you can find a few posts about meditation/breathing techniques that could help with anxiety here http://www.dorleem.com/p/inspirationspirituality.html

    I will also look to see whether I have more practice questions to share :)

    Wishing you the best of luck [for both the test and finding work]!

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  48. I just came across this site. I am taking the exam for the 4th time this monday (June 30, 2014).. Last time I failed by 1 point eek! I feel more prepared this time thanks to socialworktestprep.com I purchased all 4 practice exam and it looks just like the real test. I'm praying to God i pass this time and I think I will! Like everyone else I have test anxiety!

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  49. I am taking the exam on July 19...my birthday. I took both ASWB practice exams before studying, and failed by 7 questions. I have been going over those diligently and studying from the ASWB book. Please keep me in your prayers Saturday as I tackle the exam for the first time. The hardest thing has been learning all the different areas of Social Work- there are so many!!! I have worked in the mental health field for 15 years. I have been learning about elderly, kids, AIDS, couples counseling, wowsa!!! Ann

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  50. Hi Ann,

    I will be thinking of you on July 19th... and wishing you the best of luck on your exam :)

    Best,
    Dorlee

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  51. hi all
    thanks for these questions...My entry test for Mphil social work is going to be held on 27 August 2014.... can any 1 of you help me out what should be prepared

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  52. What type of exam is "entry test for Mphil social work?"

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