The Association of Social Work Boards Bachelors Exam, formerly known as the ASWB Basic 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 the basic knowledge necessary to be an effective social worker.
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 Bachelors Test 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 Bachelors Exam include:
- Human Development and Behavior in the Environment (14%)
- Issues of Diversity (7%)
- Assessment of Social Work Practice (20%)
- Direct and Indirect Practice (21%)
- Communication (10%)
- Professional Relationships (5%)
- Professional Values and Ethics (13%)
- Supervision in Social Work (2%)
- Practice Evaluation and the Utilization of Research (2%)
- Service Delivery (5%)
- Social Work Administration (1%)
The ASWB Bachelors Test 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 test.
To register for the ASWB Bachelors Exam, you must have at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited social work program and register for the exam with your local licensing authority. Once you have registered for the ASWB Bachelors Exam, you will receive a letter with information on how to schedule a testing date at an ACT testing center. The registration fee for the ASWB Bachelors Exam is $175; however, there may be additional fees and requirements for licensure depending on local regulations.