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Get to Know the Caseworker Exam
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About the Caseworker Exam

The written Caseworker Exam is a multiple-choice exam taken by those seeking employment in the field. The exam tests your knowledge of various areas of social work, including knowledge required for employment as a caseworker, eligibility specialist, or social investigator.

The Caseworker exams vary by state, but in general, they run about 3 hours and consist of 80-100 multiple-choice problems. They may include the following types of questions:
  • Techniques of gathering, organizing, and assessing information
  • Interpreting agency rules, regulations, and procedures
  • Interpreting federal, state and city social service laws and guidelines
  • Preparing narrative reports, letters, and case records
  • Completing forms
  • Keeping records
  • Basic arithmetic

Because the Caseworker Exam is multiple-choice, it is scored by a machine which determines your raw score. The raw score is then converted to a scaled score, according to an unpublicized formula.

In most states, you will need to receive a scaled score of at least 70 to pass. If you are entitled to veterans' service points, these are added to your passing scaled score to boost your rank on the eligibility list. The highest scorers go to the top of the list.

Need-to-Know Caseworker Exam Tips & Strategies

Prepare with a Practice Test
Practice tests are an ideal way to begin your preparation. They’re affordable and will give you instant results to see how you might score if the test were today. You’ll learn your strengths and weakness, and be able to develop a personalized study plan. Try prepping with Peterson’s practice tests for the Caseworker Exam.

Relax the night before the test.
Don't cram. Studying at the last minute will only stress you out. Go to a movie or hang out with a friend—anything to get your mind off of the test!

Practice, practice, practice.
When you take the test, you want to have a thorough grounding in basic skills. The best approach is to get to know the test with many kinds of exam questions, so be sure to take several practice exams.

Explore your chosen field.
It is also very important to have a strong knowledge of social work and related procedures and topics such as public assistance, housing and social welfare, and public health. Make sure that you get to know each.

Neatness counts.
Mark answers neatly and carefully. The answer sheet is the only record of your answers. Blacken each answer space firmly and completely; simply drawing an "x" or check mark through the bubble will prevent the machine from being able to read your response.

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