ASWB Advanced Generalist Exam

The third level of ASWB exams is the Advanced Generalist exam. The Advanced Generalist examination is designed for individuals with a Master’s degree in Social Work and at least 2 years of experience.

The content of the Advanced Generalist examination is as follows:

  • Human Development and Behavior in the Environment (10% of the exam; includes theories and models; human growth and development; and family functioning);
  • Issues of Diversity (5%);
  • Assessment, Diagnosis, and Intervention Planning (24%; includes social history; use of assessment instruments; problem identification; effects of the environment on client behavior; impact of life stressors on systems; evaluation of client strengths and weaknesses; evaluation of mental and behavioral disorders; abuse and neglect; indicators of danger to self and others; general assessment issues; and intervention planning);
  • Direct and Indirect Practice (16%; includes theories; methods and processes; intervention techniques; intervention with couples and families; intervention with groups; and intervention with communities);
  • Communication (7%; includes communication principles and techniques);
  • Relationship Issues (5%; includes concepts of social worker-client relationship; effects of social and psychological factors);
  • Professional Values and Ethics (12%; includes values and ethics; confidentiality; and self-determination);
  • Supervision and Professional Development (3%);
  • Practice Evaluation and the Utilization of Research (4%; includes data collection, analysis, and utilization);
  • Service Delivery (11%; includes service delivery systems and processes; effects of policies, procedures, and legislation; methods of social work advocacy; and interdisciplinary collaboration);
  • Administration (3%; includes management, human resource management, and financial management).

The exam consists of 170 multiple-choice questions, 20 of which are pretest questions that will be used to develop future versions of the exam and they do not contribute to the test score. The minimum passing score is established by the jurisdiction in which the candidate takes the exam. The ASWB examinations are administered at special testing centers throughout the year in locations around the United States.

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Last Updated: November 9, 2023