ASWB Licensure Exam Pass Rate

 The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) owns and maintains the social work licensing examinations that are used to test a social worker’s competence to practice ethically and safely. Below are the results of ASWB exam pass rates for first-time test-takers of both the ASWB Master’s and Clinical examinations.

Master’s examination (required for licensure as an LMSW in New York)*

School 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018** 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
Columbia University 90% 88% 91% 85% 88% 93% 89% 93% 93% 89% 93%
All NY Schools 67% 66% 75% 71% 74% 78% 80% 79% 81% 80% 82%
National rate 72% 73% 76% 76% 76% 81% 81% 81% 82% 82% 84%

*Entry to Master’s ASWB exam in NY requires application for licensure and an MSW degree (macro or clinical).

**We are top in the state this year for the Masters exam.

Clinical examination (required for licensure as an LCSW in New York)*

School 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
Columbia University 86% 90% 87% 87% 83% 87% 87% 93% 93% 89% 93%
All NY Schools 76% 77% 76% 76% 76% 80% 82% 78% 81% 80% 77%
National rate 74% 76% 75% 73% 73% 78% 78% 76% 78% 78% 77%

*Entry to Clinical exam in NY requires application for licensure, clinical MSW or sufficient clinical coursework as part of the MSW, and completion of 36 months of supervised experience, acceptable to SED.

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