Waiver Exam Information
Students may register to take any of the following waiver exams:
- T6501 Social Work Research. (If you waive, you may take a three-credit elective in lieu of the course.)
- T6801 Social Welfare Policy. (If you waive, you must take a more advanced-level policy course.)
- T6505 Introduction to Statistics. (If you waive, you are exempted from taking this course.)
If you have previously completed similar coursework in statistics or the SW research or social welfare policy content areas, then you may register to complete the applicable waiver exam. Note that these exams are optional and not required.
These exams are OPTIONAL and are not required. Additionally, they are offered at no additional cost. Keep in mind that any student who does not pass the Statistics Waiver Exam will be required to take T6505 Introduction to Statistics during their first semester of enrollment.
We strongly encourage students to register for their required courses, regardless of their intent to take the waiver exams. Students who pass the waiver exams will receive an email notification during the first week of class and can expect the course to be removed from their schedule, at that time.
Information regarding the waiver exam dates and registration will be forthcoming.
The Social Work Research and Statistics exams are only offered ONLINE. There is no option to take the waiver exam in person and we are not able to provide space in the Social Work building for you to take the exam on-site.
- You will need a computer, webcam, and microphone.
- You will be prompted to show a government-issued photo ID and will be recorded while taking the exam to ensure you are the person completing this exam.
- Upon registration, you will receive more detailed instructions about taking your exam remotely.
Please also note:
- You may only take each waiver exam ONCE.
- The minimum passing score is 70%
- Both exams are “open-book” and timed (2 hours maximum, each).
- Both exams are multiple-choice.
- Students who pass the Social Work Research waiver exam will be required to take an additional elective in lieu of the T6501 Social Work Research class during their course of study, as waiver exams are not credit-bearing.
- Students who pass the Statistics waiver exam will have satisfied the CSSW statistics enrollment requirement.
- If after registering for a waiver exam, you decide not to take it, no additional action is required on your part.
- Waiver exams may only be taken prior to matriculation.
If you need to refresh your statistical knowledge, the textbook(s) you read in your past courses or consulted in your workplace are probably excellent resources. For a conceptual overview of statistics, you can also review the textbook assigned for our introductory statistics course:
Pyrczak, F. (2014). Making sense of statistics (6th ed.). Glendale, CA: Pyrczak Publishing.
Note these two corrections in Pyrczak:
- Section 24, second paragraph, first sentence. Although ANOVA can be used to test the difference between two means, ANOVA is never employed in this manner. ANOVA is not the best test for two means. Rather, you would use a ttest for this purpose.
- Section 28. The formula that Pyrczak gives for Cohen’s d is atypical. More common is to divide the difference between the two means by the pooled variance of both groups. Thus, instead of dividing by the control group SD, you divide by the average of the treatment and control SDs.
Answers to questions at the end of each chapter and to review questions at the end of the book, together with a test item bank and answers, can be found here.
Preparation for Waiver Exams
Suggested Readings for Research Waiver Exam
- Rubin, A., & Babbie, E. R. (2014). Research Methods for Social Work. Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning.