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
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
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
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.
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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