ASWB Advanced Generalist Test Information

ASWB Advanced Generalist - Association of Social Work Boards Advanced Generalist Exam:

The ASWB Advanced Generalist exam, formerly known as the ASWB Advanced exam, is a licensure examination designed by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) and administered by the American College Testing Program (ACT) that is used to determine whether or not an individual has an advanced knowledge of the social work field.

This exam is one of four ASWB tests that are commonly used by local licensing authorities to determine which individuals should become licensed social workers. However, which of the four tests are required to obtain a social work license is dependent upon the particular type of social work that you are interested in pursuing and the jurisdiction in which you intend to practice. The ASWB Advanced Generalist Exam consists of 170 multiple-choice questions, 150 of which are scored and 20 that are not scored, that are broken down into 11 sections.

The 11 sections of the ASWB Advanced Generalist Test include:

  • Human Development and Behavior (10%)
  • Issues of Diversity (5%)
  • Assessment, Diagnosis, and Intervention Planning (24%)
  • Direct and Indirect Practice (16%)
  • Communication (7%)
  • Relationship Issues (5%)
  • Professional Values and Ethics (12%)
  • Supervision and Professional Development (3%)
  • Practice Evaluation and the Application of Research (4%)
  • Service Delivery (11%)
  • Administration (3%)

The ASWB Advanced Generalist Exam is scored based on the percentage of questions answered correctly. The exam-taker will receive a final scaled percentage score that will be considered as passing or failing depending on the standards set by the jurisdiction in which the individual applied for licensure. The exam-taker will have four hours to complete the ASWB Advanced Generalist Test. To register for the exam, you must have at least a master's degree from an accredited social work program, two years of supervised social work experience since you received your master's degree, and register for the exam with your local licensing authority. Once you have registered for the exam, you will receive a letter with information on how to schedule a testing date at an ACT center. The registration fee for the ASWB exam is $175; however, there may be additional fees and requirements for licensure depending on local regulations.

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1. In treating a client in crisis, the caseworker should focus on

(a) the immediate presenting problem
(b) a few specific problems in day-to-day functioning
(c) a wide range of problems in day-to-day functioning
(d) underlying personality problems

2. A social worker is interviewing a new patient who presents some symptoms of depression. The patient reports recent changes such as diminished functioning, marked weight gain, early morning awakening, fatigue, inability to concentrate, suicidal thoughts and headaches. The patient mentions that he started a new medication for a medical condition three weeks ago. The worker would first:

(a) arrange a psychiatric consultation in order to have an anti-depressant prescribed
(b) ascertain the prescribed medication and investigate its side-effects
(c) proceed with a thorough psychosocial history and precipitating events
(d) hospitalize this patient until the suicidal ideation passes

3. A social worker is utilizing environmental manipulation as a technique when he/she:

(a) represents the agency at a health and welfare council meeting
(b) uses a psychosocial framework
(c) suggests the use of psychoactive medications
(d) helps the client find more satisfying employment in a supportive environment

4. A diagnosis of Schizophreniform Disorder is generally applied to clients whose psychotic symptoms:

(a) are related to substance abuse
(b) are very long term
(c) show a marked and continuing decline in functioning
(d) are similar to those of schizophrenia and have existed more than one month, but less than six months.

5. A 15 year old female patient at a mental health clinic complains that for the past three weeks she has been uncharacteristically angry and irritable and has had difficulty concentrating on school work. She says that she feels "down in the dumps". Her appetite has diminished and though weighing 120 pounds a month earlier, she has lost 9 pounds. She has difficulty sleeping and has withdrawn from after school activities that she had previously found interesting and enjoyable. During the interview she seems constantly in motion, rising several times and walking around the room before returning to her chair. It is most likely that she is suffering from:

(a) a drug induced depression
(b) a somatoform disorder
(c) a depressive episode
(d) an adolescent behavior disorder

ASWB Answers and Explanations

1. A: The immediate presenting problem as it is perceived by the client is the only possible arena in which a social worker can intervene. Other responses will be perceived by the client as non-responsive to his or her concerns.

2. B: Medications can have powerful side effects and should be ruled out as a causative factor. 1. a psychiatric consultation is unnecessary at this time 2. the clients current mental state and inability to concentrate suggest that a psychosocial history will not be feasible.

3. D: Environmental manipulation suggests the employment of specific changes in the client's life that will improve their immediate situation.

4. D

5. C: The only other possible answer is 1, however drug use is not mentioned as a factor in the girl's life and no history of drug use is cited.

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Last Updated: 07/05/2018

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