David Peterson

Ask the Right Question

It’s very easy to get confused and lose your way when you read a test question. Often all four answers are “reasonable”, and you don’t have a basis on which to choose the correct one. Here’s a useful strategy: Ask yourself: What is this question about? For example: Mrs. Smith is meeting with a social […]

Practice, Practice, Practice

So you’ve been studying a lot and want to see how well you are doing, how much you’ve actually learned. The best way to find out may be to answer practice questions and see how many you get right. Good idea? Yes, but……. As with most things, quality counts. My definition of a “good question” […]

See it, Say it, Write it!

“I have failed once, and don’t know what I am doing wrong. Please help! This is a message I have received many times. You study hard: read the books, attend an all-day workshop, answer long lists of practice questions and get most of them right. Then, feeling confident, you take the test and “Oh no!” […]

What Me Worry?

Are there many confident relaxed license exam test-takers out there? Maybe, but they aren’t the ones I hear from. “I blanked out after the first how half-hour” or “I came to a question I didn’t know and my confidence collapsed” are typical. From my former life as a therapist I know it is useless to […]

Order in Our Universe? Sometimes.

Question: Those “application” questions can be confusing! I often end up with two answers and can’t choose between them. Are there any guidelines to follow to help me choose the correct answer? Answer: Yes, but. Social Work isn’t chemistry. There will be some “fact” or “definition” questions on the exams, but most are situational, usually […]

Am I Ready to Take the Test?

These exams are the closest in content and form to the real thing, compared to anything you can find anywhere else. There are three reasons why I often recommend that my students (potential test-takers) purchase and take one of the practice exams offered by ASWB. There are two practice versions of the Bachelor’s, the Master’s […]

Tools of the Trade

Different cognitive skills are required to analyze the “application” and reasoning” form of questions on the ASWB social work license exams. Do you know what they are? Do you have them? If not, how do you acquire them? Many people will take the test for the first time and pass. These individuals usually have a […]

The Anxiety Antidote?

It’s a rare person who can prepare for and take one of the social work license exams and remain pretty relaxed. Anxiety is a reasonable response to accomplishing a goal – passing the test – that is so essential to your career. If you have taken it and failed, then anxiety is likely to increase. […]

Yes, I can! Yes, I can!

Everything I know about helping social workers to prepare for the license exams, I have learned directly from my students. Recently, I was challenged to help a social worker who prepared diligently for the Clinical exam. She used PassItPro’s online course to learn and understand the essential content of the test, and did well when […]

Stay On Track!

I have written about the danger of “overthinking” in earlier blog posts. “Overthinking” refers to going off on tangents when you really should be trying to identify what the question is about, what concept is being illustrated by the specific test question you are trying to answer. Several responses recently posted on our Facebook page, […]

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