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The NASW-NYC Licensing Test Prep Workshop is a one-day course that provides information on the format and structure of the LMSW or LCSW examination, thereby reducing stress associated with the testing conditions.


The workshop will teach successful test-taking strategies for correctly answering examination questions. A manual and other materials will be provided at the workshop (included in the fee). NASW-NYC recommends that attendees bring pens and highlighters to the workshop.



Highly rated by past participants, registering with NASW-NYC’s Licensing Test Prep includes:

  • 6-hour in-person instruction course with Dawn Hall Apgar, PhD, LSW, ACSW
    •  Reviews the examination’s four core areas
     Human Development, Diversity, and Behavior in the Environment Human Development, Diversity, and Behavior in the Environment
     Assessment and Intervention Planning Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning
     Interventions with Clients/Client Systems Psychotherapy, Clinical Interventions, and Case Management
     Professional Relationships, Values, and Ethics Professional Values and Ethics


    • Breaks down the examination’s format, structure and process
    • Examines practice test questions
    • Teaches successful test-taking strategies
  • Social Work ASWB (Masters or Clinical Exam Guide, Second Edition*
    • Updated guide that reflects ASWB’s 2018 test blueprint
    • 170-question practice test with detailed correct answer explanations
    • Tips on how to overcome test anxiety, assess one’s learning style, and avoid common mistakes
  • Study App for your phone, tablet, and computer/laptop
    • iOS, Android, web available
  • Networking with your peers!



Please click on one of the dates and times below to get more information and register


LMSW Test Prep  LCSW Test Prep









For group registrations (5 or more attendees only), complete the group registration form and e-mail it to


Are you interested in holding a test prep at your office? E-mail for more information.






Dawn Hall Apgar, PhD, LSW, ACSW has helped thousands of social workers across the country prepare for the examinations associated with all levels of licensure. In recent years, she has consulted with numerous NASW Chapters to assist them with establishing their own licensure test preparation programs, including training the instructors.


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.







*Registrants will only receive the exam guide that matches the test prep workshop they registered for.

Registrants who miss their test prep workshop will not be able to obtain the exam guide and any other materials offered through the course.


NASW-NYC is not an affiliate of the Association of Social Work Board (ASWB) and/or the New York State Education Department’s Office of Professions.

For questions related to licensing, please click here for LMSW and click here for LCSW.




Click here for our continuing education policies on refunds, cancellations and registrations.


To e-mail, mail or fax in a registration form, click here.




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