How to Review a Mock Exam?


Study Tips:

If you have taken a mock exam and are in the process of reviewing the questions, I have some suggestions for you.

When reviewing the questions you missed, Sort them into 3 categories:

  1. My reasoning skills need rework (thought process)
  2. I know this stuff, but I need to read more carefully
  3. Concepts I need to study or brush up on

What to do in each category?

  • If you missed more on Category (1),
    • Read the rationales and learn what the Board wants you to think.
    • Reprocess your rationales until they click.
    • I found it helpful to write down some “self-reminders”.
    • For example, I used to write “When working with family, if substance is present, address substance first”.
  • If you missed more on Category (2)
    • Slow down and read carefully
    • Break down the questions if needed.
  • If you missed more on category (3),
    • Study the concepts.
    • Memorize them if needed.

When Reviewing the questions you answered correctly (yes, it helps to review them too!), do the following:

  • If you see certain “key words”, you do/think this_______.
  • For the questions you made a wild guess on and got it right, reflect on:
    • I did not choose the other answers BECAUSE____?
    • Did I trust my gut? In which situation should I trust my gut?
  • I know this concept well, great!
  • What helped me the most?
  • What should I stick with?

I highly recommend purchasing a practice exam from the ASWB website. You will need to first register for the actual exam and have the authorization number. At this time, the practice exam costs $85.

I hope it helps! If you still have some time to prepare for the exam, I have started an 8-week Prep course for the LMSW & LCSW exams. Feel free to check it out at Free Trial Version is available as well.



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Texas Licensed clinical social worker, Doctor of Social Work, clinical supervisor (LCSW-S), life-long learner. I grew up in Vietnam and came to the United States when I was 14. I am currently living and practicing clinical social work in Houston, Texas. My interests are maternal mental health, Asian American psychological wellness, language acquisition (English, Vietnamese), and very much in cognitive psychology. In my free time, I like to garden and do arts and crafts.

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