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LCSW Exam Prep for Social Work Licensure

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LCSW Exam Prep

At Gerry Grossman Seminars we offer the best-in-class exam prep and continuing education products that have helped tens of thousands of students attain and maintain their licenses since 1985. Our exam prep packages offer a pass guarantee so you can ensure that you are studying with confidence.

We offer live online workshops that provide an interactive learning environment, with the opportunity to engage directly with our expert instructors. Our instructors have a wide variety of clinical and educational backgrounds, unique teaching styles, and different approaches to the online classroom experience.

What is the LCSW Exam?

The LCSW Exam (aka the ASWB Clinical Exam) is a 4-hour test that consists of 170 multiple-choice questions. Only 150 of these questions are scored, while the remaining 20 questions are being tested for inclusion in future exams. Passing the LCSW Exam is required to become licensed as a Clinical Social Worker.

The following domains are covered by the ASWB Clinical Exam:

  • Human Development, Diversity, and Behavior in the Environment
  • Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning
  • Psychotherapy, Clinical Interventions, and Case Management
  • Professional Values and Ethics

Some helpful tips when preparing for your LCSW Exam:

  • Make a study schedule and stick to it. Set aside time each day or week to study so that you can make consistent progress.
  • Use practice exams to gauge your progress and identify weak areas that need more attention.
  • Join a study group or LCSW Exam prep course to benefit from the experience of others who are also preparing for the exam.
  • Get study materials specific to the LCSW exam. Utilize online classes, forms, or study volumes to better prepare.
  • Cultivate a productive space to prepare for the exam. It is important to develop a workspace where you can solely focus on your study materials with as few distractions as possible.

Check out our frequently asked questions about the LCSW exam below and learn more about our unique offerings and study materials at Gerry Grossman Seminars. If you are looking to access all of our study tools, find all of our exam prep materials linked below.

There are many ways to LCSW Exam prep, so make sure you find a review course or an online study guide that covers all of the content areas that will appear on your test.

One of the most important benefits of an LCSW exam prep course is that it can help improve your score on the LCSW Exam. In addition, LCSW exam prep courses can allow you to meet other social workers who are also preparing for their exams. This can be a great way to network and learn from others who have already taken the exam and know what to expect.

How GGS Prepares You for the LCSW Exam

Our comprehensive LCSW exam prep course is designed to help you master the content areas that will appear on your LCSW Exam. You will also learn valuable test-taking strategies and advice about how to structure your study time. Our expert instructors have years of experience helping social workers prepare for their exams.

Self-Study Exam Prep:

With one of our self-study exam preparation courses, you may study for the LCSW Exam at your speed and in your environment. Self-study packages are ideal for individuals who have busy schedules or choose to study on their own time. 2-volume LCSW ASWB Textbook, a 2-volume textbook for the practical portion of the exam, and a 6-month access pass to our online LCSW Exam Testbank.

This Course Includes:

  • 6 months of access to our online LCSW Clinical Exam Testbank
    • Testbanks include six (6) full-length practice exams of 170 questions
    • Complete rationales for each answer
    • Exam difficulty is designed to progressively increase
  • A complete set of online audio presentations covering 13 different ASWB Clinical exam topics
  • Additional study materials and our pass guarantee to ensure you study with confidence

This self-paced LCSW ASWB Clinical Exam prep study course features six (6) months of access to our online exam prep. Save time and money with our NEW Digital Delivery Option. Get instant access to all your study materials right from your PC, laptop, or mobile device. No more waiting for materials to ship - start studying now with this self-paced exam prep course.

Live Online Exam Prep:

Our live online workshops offer an interactive learning environment, with the opportunity to engage directly with our expert instructors. Our instructors have a wide variety of clinical and educational backgrounds, unique teaching styles, and different approaches to the online classroom experience. Sign up for an exam prep course to take advantage of the diverse clinical, education, and live classroom experiences you’ll enjoy with Gerry Grossman Seminars.

Learn directly from an experienced industry professional and subject matter expert. Ask questions, receive feedback, and review practice exam questions covering essential content areas to help you pass the LCSW exam with confidence. Evaluate your knowledge base with our social work practice exams Testbank. Learn valuable test-taking skills and strategies developed by an experienced instructor and enhance your ability to decipher complex questions.

This Course Includes:

  • 14 hours of Live Online Exam Prep Instruction
  • 6 months of access to our online LCSW Clinical Exam Testbank*
    • Testbanks include six (6) full-length practice exams of 170 questions
    • Complete rationales for each answer
    • Exam difficulty is designed to progressively increase
  • A complete set of online audio presentations covering 13 different ASWB Clinical exam topics
  • Additional study materials

Study materials delivered in either Digital or Printed Format:

  • A 2-volume LCSW ASWB Exam Prep Textbook
  • Flashcards
  • Crisis Assessment & Management Charts
  • Theory Comparison Charts

The live online study option allows you the flexibility to be able to study for the LCSW exam on your own terms. Learn directly from an experienced professional and subject matter expert. Ask questions, receive feedback, and review practice questions covering essential content areas to help you pass the exam with confidence.


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Our Students Study with Confidence

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Online Testbanks:

With Gerry Grossman Seminars we offer the most relevant Testbanks when you are preparing for the LCSW exam. Our Testbanks include everything you will need in order to prepare for and pass the LCSW exam.

Our exams conform to the ratio of practice domains as determined by the Association of Social Work Boards:

  • Human Development, Diversity, and Behavior in the Environment (24%)
  • Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning (30%)
  • Psychotherapy, Clinical Interventions and Case Management (27%)
  • Professional Ethics and Values (19%)

Testbank Highlights:

  • Access your online exams from any web browser
  • Six full-length 170-question clinical exams
  • Complete rationales for every answer, each referring to the relevant section in our ASWB textbook.
  • The exams are designed to progressively increase their level of difficulty
  • Available in different bundles to offer cost-effective alternatives
  • Content Area Quizzes: available in our 6-Pack bundle, these are randomized 20-question quizzes on specific practice domains for an intensified focus on problem areas
  • Exam Mode: a timed simulation that displays the answers and rationales after finishing
  • Study Mode: shows you the correct answer and rationale immediately after answering each question
  • Review your previous exam attempts to gauge your progress

Scoring is set using ASWB’s recommended pass score. Please contact your state board to determine your state’s current requirements.


Additional Study Materials

Workbooks and study aids to help you pass your ASWB LCSW Clinical Exam


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Frequently Asked Questions


The LCSW Exam can be daunting, but with time, hard work, and the right materials, success is achievable! Before you begin studying, it’s important that you understand what will be covered and put together a study plan to guide you through the process.

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The LCSW Exam (aka the ASWB Clinical Exam) is a 4-hour test that consists of 170 multiple-choice questions. Only 150 of these questions are scored, while the remaining 20 questions are being tested for inclusion in future exams. Passing the LCSW Exam is required in order to become licensed as a Clinical Social Worker.

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A common question for those who are interested in pursuing a career as an LCSW is what happens if you fail the licensing exam. If you are in this position, just remember that there are options available for retaking the test and obtaining licensure.

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The LCSW Exam is a multiple-choice exam that is designed to measure the core skills and knowledge necessary for a Clinical Social Worker. The LCSW exam is what social workers must take to become licensed by the state. In order to become a licensed social worker, you must pass what is known as the LCSW exam.

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It is important to familiarize yourself with the types of questions that appear on the exam. Many of the questions will present realistic clinical scenarios and ask the candidate to assess the client’s presentation.

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Gerry Grossman Seminars offers a variety of live and online courses to help you pass your Social Work Licensing Exam. At Gerry Grossman Seminars we offer live online workshops that offer an interactive learning environment, with the opportunity to engage directly with our expert instructors.

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