Residential School and Indigenous-Specific Racism Statement: READ HERE – College Anti-Racism Statement: READ HERE


Before the exam

Apply to the College

In order to be able to register for the exam, an applicant needs to be approved by the BC College of Social Workers. To receive the College’s approval to register for the exam, an applicant must first submit a completed application form. Information about applying to the College can be found here.

Candidate preparation

There are a number of ways that candidates can prepare for the exam. One of the foundations to success is a sound educational program which prepares students for practice.

ASWB Examination Guidebook

All candidates are strongly encouraged to read the ASWB Examination Guidebook. There is a wealth of information in the guidebook (more so than is on this site) including the costs and information about test centres.

Institutional group review practice tests

Educational institutions may request a copy of The Educator Guide to the Social Work Exams with group review practice questions, which is designed to help educators prepare students to demonstrate their competence on the licensing exams. Students should inquire with their educational institution to determine availability of this valuable tool.

Individual practice tests

ASWB also offers practice tests for individuals. These tests are offered online and may be purchased from the ASWB site. Please visit the site for detailed information about the exam including costs, availability, and score reporting.

For profit study programs

Candidates are discouraged from considering for profit exam study courses or tutors who purport to guarantee success. Neither the College nor ASWB endorses any programs. It is illegal to steal exam questions and certain protocols are in place to protect the integrity of the exam.

Testing Accommodations

The College, in conjunction with ASWB has established protocols for accommodations for persons with disabilities. The protocols comply with Canadian Human Rights legislation. The ASWB policy on accommodations may be found here.