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Is there an examination for each tier of licensure?

What score must I obtain to pass the examination?

How do I prepare for the examination?

Where are the ASWB licensure examination test sites in Missouri?

How often are the examinations offered at the testing sites in Missouri?

How many questions are on the examination?

How much time is allotted for taking the examination?

How much does the examination cost?

May I sit for the examination upon graduation?

When may I schedule the examination?

May special accommodations be made for test candidates who have disabilities?


Is there an examination for each tier of licensure?
Yes,for the LBSW, LBSW-IP, LMSW, LCSW, LAMSW.Refer to the following Statute Section for each of the respective license: LBSW & LBSW-IP-337.665(2), LMSW-337.644(2), LCSW-337.615(3),and LAMSW-337.645(3).


What score must I obtain topass the examination?
Review Rules Section 20CSR 2263-2.050(4)(D) and contact the State Committee for Social Workers at 573.751.0885 to verify the current passing score for Missouri applicants on the "Baccalaureate","Masters", "Clinical" & "Advanced Generalist" Association of Social Work Board Examination.

 

How do I prepare for the examination?

There are several publications to review:
For the LMSW, LCSW, and LAMSW:
The Social Work Dictionary - 6th Edition ($59.99), DSM-IV (Not an NASW Press Publication),
Social Work Desk Reference ($85.00),Encyclopedia of Social Work - 20th Edition ($495.00), Current Controversies in Social Work Ethics: Case Examples ($15.99), Clinical Interventions with Families ($43.99), and Clinical Practice with Individuals ($33.99) are all valuable resources when reviewing for the test. To place an order for any or all of these publications contact NASW- Missouri chapter office at chapter.naswmo@socialworkers.org(NASW members receive a 15% discount on select publications when ordered through Missouri Chapter).

For the LBSW & LBSW-IP:
The Social Work Dictionary - 6th Edition ($59.99), Social Work Desk Reference ($85.00), Current Controversies in Social Work Ethics: Case Examples ($15.99), and Encyclopedia of Social Work - 20th Edition ($495.00) are both valuable resources when reviewing for the test.To place an order for either of these publications contact NASW- Missouri chapter office at chapter.naswmo@socialworkers.org (NASW members receive a 15% discount on select publications when ordered through Missouri Chapter).

There is aworkshop option:
The Missouri Chapter has a Licensure Exam program for potential licensees.

**A one-day comprehensive program for bachelors/masters/clinical/advanced generalist hosted by NASW-Missouri Chapter. Western stateside presenter is Peggy Reed-Lohmeyer, MSW, LCSW and Eastern stateside presenter is Adrienne Eaglin, MSW, LCSW.

This one-day workshop is offered periodically throughout the state, and is highly recommended and well worth the money. See our NASW-MOCE Calendar to register for the next workshop date.

 

Where are the ASWB licensure examination test sites located in Missouri?

Missouri has various testing sites throughout the state. You will need to visithttp://www.aswb.org/SWLE/examsites.asp and click on the Pearson Vue's Pearson Professional Centers website to locate a site nearest you.

Missouri sites:

  • Pearson Professional Centers - Kansas City MO (East)
  • Pearson Professional Centers - St. Louis MO South
  • Pearson Professional Centers - St. Louis MO
  • Pearson Professional Centers - Springfield MO
  • Pearson Professional Centers - Columbia MO

Sites outside Missouri that are utilized by Missouri licensees:

  • Pearson Professional Centers - Topeka KS
  • Pearson Professional Centers - Tulsa OK
  • Pearson Professional Centers - Fort Smith AR
  • Pearson Professional Centers - Springfield IL
NASW does not control the limited locations in Missouri for licensure examinations, please contact ASWB regarding this issue.

 

How often are the examinations offered at the testing sites in Missouri?

Availability varies from test center to test center. As a general rule, the test centers are open Monday through Friday. The majority of test centers are open in the morning and late afternoon and a handful have opted to stay open on the weekends. For more information, visit http://wsvprd1b.pearsonvue.com/aswb/contact/. (*Days and times are subject to change. Please check with Pearson Vue testing site for more information)

 

How many questions are on the examination?

There are 170 questions on the ASWB examination, but only 150 count toward the score. The remaining 20 are pretest items, questions which are being evaluated for possible inclusion in the examination item pool. (Visit http://www.aswb.org/SWLE/faqs.asp)
 

How much time is allotted for taking the examination?

Four (4.0) hours is allotted to take the examination. (Visit http://www.aswb.org/SWLE/faqs.asp)


How much does the examination cost?

Bachelors or Masters Level of Examination: $230.00/test. These fees can only be paid with credit card through ASWB. To review fees, visit http://www.aswb.org/pdfs/handbook.pdf
Clinical or Advanced Generalist Level of Examination: $260.00/test These fees can only be paid with credit card through ASWB. To review fees, visit http://www.aswb.org/pdfs/handbook.pdf

May I sit for the examination upon graduation?

No, not until you have completed the process as outlined by the State Committee for Social Workers. To view the steps for beginning the licensure process, please visit http://pr.mo.gov/boards/socialworkers/Beginning%20the%20Licensure%20Process.pdf.

When may I schedule the examination?

Examinations shall be scheduled with no less than seven days' notification. You may not take the examination more frequently than every 90 days. Exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis. Please refer to the ASWB Candidate Handbook for more information http://www.aswb.org/pdfs/handbook.pdf.

 

May special accommodations be made for test candidates who have disabilities?

Yes, under the ADA every effort will be made to accomodate candidates. However, you must submit an application and recieve approval for the accomodation request. Please visit http://www.aswb.org/SWLE/disabilityacc.asp for more information.
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