New To ASWB LMSW Prep? Here’s some information about the LMSW:
This is a masters level exam designed for students who wish to work in social advocacy, case management, or child protective services. You will need to have a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from a school that has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) or the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE). If you plan on eventually taking the LCSW exam, you will need to first pass the LMSW.
It is suggested that you dedicate at least 50 hours to LMSW prep before taking the exam. The exam will be administered electronically, and you will have 4 hours to answer 170 multiple-choice questions.
The LMSW sections are:
- Human Development, Diversity, and Behavior In The Environment (27%)
- Assessment and Intervention Planning (24%)
- Interactions with Clients/Client Systems (24%)
- Professional Relationships, Values, and Ethics (25%)
The LMSW is graded on a pass/fail basis by first calculating your raw score (the number you got correct) and then analyzing the difficulty of the exam version you took to determine your actual score. The minimum score you need to pass will depend on your location and will be reported as a “70”, “75”, or a “Pass”. Because of the way the computer calculates the score, a “70” and a “75” both indicate the same exact level of proficiency. For more information regarding the ASWB’s exam scoring, Click Here.