Preparing for the clinical social work exam and feeling overwhelmed? Here are some tips to help you prepare for and pass the clinical social work exam:
- Study the exam content: Familiarize yourself with the exam content by reviewing the exam outline and content areas, reviewing study materials or guides designed for the clinical level exam.
- Create a study schedule: Allocate enough time to study and break down your study sessions into manageable chunks. We recommend allowing 3+ months to study for the clinical level exam.
- Test yourself: Take full-length practice exams to assess your strengths and weaknesses and to identify areas that need further study. One helpful way to do this is by reviewing full answer rationales - even if you answered the question correctly.
- Stay organized: Keep track of the material you have studied and what you still need to review, and make sure to review regularly to keep the information fresh in your mind.
- Get support: Seek support from friends, family, or study groups who can provide encouragement and offer different perspectives on the material. It’s important to communicate the exam study requirements with the people in your life so that they are aware of the significant time and energy commitment that the exam demands.
- Get enough rest: Make sure to get enough sleep and take breaks to avoid burnout.
- Stay calm: Avoid stress by staying calm, staying positive, and reminding yourself that you have prepared for this moment. This is a stressful time - be kind to yourself by preparing ahead of time.
Remember, preparation and persistence are key to passing any exam, including the clinical social work exam. AATBS offers comprehensive study materials for the LCSW exam including full-length practice exams, one-on-one coaching, and more. We wish you the best of luck!