Social Work ASWB Advanced Generalist Exam Guide, Second Edition

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Social Work ASWB Advanced Generalist Exam Guide, Second Edition

SKU# 9780826147172

A Comprehensive Study Guide for Success

Author: Dawn Apgar PhD, LSW, ACSW


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Written by a renowned social work educator rather than an unknown at a test preparation company, this thoroughly updated guide helps readers identify their weak areas so they know what to focus on to pass the 2018 ASWB® Advanced Generalist licensure exam! Reviewers applaud the book’s unique test-taking tips and strategies which are based on the author’s extensive knowledge of the exam. A thorough review of the four content areas of the updated 2018 Advanced Generalist exam is provided. The 170-question practice test with explanations of the correct answers mirrors the actual exam in length and structure. This invaluable guide has been praised by social workers across the country as essential to passing the ASWB® Advanced Generalist Exam on the first attempt!

Highlights include:

  • Updated to reflect ASWB’s revised 2018 test blueprint used for test construction.
  • Written by a renowned social work educator who has helped thousands of test takers pass the exam through her invaluable workshops.
  • Provides a thorough content review of the four core areas of the updated 2018 Advanced Generalist examination: human development, diversity, and behavior in the environment; intervention processes and techniques for use across systems; intervention processes and techniques for use with larger systems; and professional relationships, values, and ethics.
  • Readers applaud the invaluable tips for how to read the questions, overcome test anxiety, avoid common pitfalls, and assess one’s learning style which help foster exam confidence.
  • Begins with a self-assessment to help identify areas of strength and weakness.
  • A full practice test with 170 questions that mirrors the actual ASWB® Advanced Generalist Exam in length, structure, and content, with detailed explanations of the correct answers.
  • Identifies the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities statements (KSAs) for each question so test-takers can easily locate relevant source materials for further study.
  • Questions are distinct from those in the author’s Social Work ASWB® Advanced Generalist Practice Test.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date December 15, 2017
  • Page Count 476
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826147172

About The Author(s) 

Dawn Apgar, PhD, LSW, ACSW, has helped thousands of social workers across the country pass the ASWB examinations associated with all levels of licensure. In recent years, she has consulted in numerous states to assist with establishing licensure test preparation programs.

Dr. Apgar has done research on licensure funded by the American Foundation for Research and Consumer Education in Social Work Regulation and is currently chairperson of her state’s social work licensing board. She is a past President of the New Jersey Chapter of NASW and has been on its National Board of Directors. In 2014, the Chapter presented her with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Apgar has taught in both undergraduate and graduate social work programs and has extensive direct practice, policy, and management experience in the social work field.

Table of Contents 



Unit I: Human Development, Diversity, and Behavior in the Environment (23%)

    1. Human Growth and Development

    2. Functioning of Various Systems

    3. Effects of the Environment on Systems’ Behavior

    4. Diversity, Discrimination, and Stereotypes

Unit II: Intervention Processes and Techniques for Use Across Systems (32%)

    5. Biopsychosocial History and Collateral Data

    6. Assessment Methods and Techniques

    7. Intervention Planning and Implementation

Unit III: Intervention Processes and Techniques for Use with Larger Systems (18%)

    8. Program Development and Research

    9. Methods for Social Change

    10. Supervision and Administration

    11. Record-keeping and Reporting

Unit IV: Professional Relationships, Values, and Ethics (27%)

    12. Professional Values and Ethical Issues

    13. Confidentiality

    14.Professional Development and Use of Self

Practice Test

170 Question Practice Test