The ASWB MSW Exam is Changing in January 2018

Beginning January 2, 2018, all ASWB examinations will reflect the new exam blueprints.

Content Area I. – Human Development, Diversity, and Behavior

Content Area I. Human Development, Diversity, and Behavior in the Environment decreased by 1%.

Content Area II. – Assessment and Intervention Planning

Content Area II. Assessment and Intervention Planning remained constant at 24%.

Content Area III. – Direct and Indirect Practice

Content Area III. Direct and Indirect Practice was renamed Interventions with Clients/Client Systems, and the weight for this area increased by 3%. The competencies in this content area were also renamed to more accurately reflect the practice of social work with diverse clients and client systems.

Content Area IV. – Professional Relationships, Values, and Ethics

The weight for Content Area IV. Professional Relationships, Values, and Ethics increased by two percentage points, reflecting the importance of demonstrating competence in relationship-building, values, and ethics for safe and effective practice.


Pocket Prep’s ASWB MSW exam prep app has been updated to reflect these 2018 changes.

View the 2018 ASWB MSW Exam Blueprint

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