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If you're preparing to take the LMSW, an LMSW class may allow you to enhance your test prep sessions with Varsity Tutors. We can help you connect with a top-notch LMSW prep course that can focus on your individual needs. Following earning your Master of Social Work (MSW) degree, you'll likely begin pursuing the Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) credential. You do not have to have post-degree experience in order to take the test. Once passed, the LMSW allows you to enjoy freedom as a practicing mental health counselor. It is common for LMSWs to obtain local or state positions in social work. A custom-tailored LMSW prep class can help you remain focused as you study.

Overall, the ASWB administers five types of tests: Clinical, Advanced Generalist, Masters, Bachelors, and Associate. Throughout each LMSW course, you can review the components of the test you will be taking. Below you can explore the content outlines for two levels of the LMSW:

Bachelor's Exam Content Outline

Subject Percentage of Exam
Human Development, Diversity, and Behavior in the Environment 25%
Assessment 29%
Interventions with Clients/Client Systems 26%
Professional Relationships, Values, and Ethics 20%

Master's Exam Content Outline

Subject Percentage of Test
Human Development, Diversity, and Behavior in the Environment 27%
Assessment and Intervention Planning


Interventions with Clients/Client Systems


Professional Relationships, Values, and Ethics


LMSW prep classes are customized to suit your needs as an individual student. Your instructor can work with you to craft a study plan that takes your learning style into account. Individualized learning allows you to spend your LMSW course working at a pace that is best suited to your needs. Your instructor can patiently match you as they assess your progress throughout each session. You can even decide what material you study! Perhaps you're taking the Masters-level of the LMSW. Your instructor can review professional relationships and ethics, as well as intervention planning and client systems. Your tutor aims to keep you on the right path.

You can focus on the topics you need, rather than covering them all in your LMSW classes. The list below covers some of the many topics you will see on the exam:

LMSW Topics (Non-Comprehensive)

  • Theories of human development throughout their lifespan
  • Theories of sexual development throughout their lifespan
  • Effect of aging on biopsychosocial functioning
  • Gerontology
  • Feminist Theory
  • Systemic (institutionalized) discrimination
  • Criminal justice systems

As you work through your LMSW prep courses, your instructor can find new ways to approach the information. Perhaps you need to refresh your understanding of Feminist theory and systemic discrimination. Maybe you'd rather focus on theories pertaining to human and sexual development across a lifespan. Whatever you need, your tutor can spend your sessions breaking it all down until you feel comfortable with the information. They may employ the use of unique activities and tools to support you as you learn. Since all students learn differently, your instructor can strive to implement teaching methods that work best for your needs.

Thorough test prep is a valuable component to the LMSW. If you aren't sure how you can fit an LMSW class into your schedule, rest assured! We can connect you with an instructor who can work with you on your schedule. If you don't want to meet for in-person sessions, you can arrange online tutoring through our Live Learning Platform.

One-on-one learning can serve as a valuable test prep resource for those seeking professional credentials. Let Varsity Tutors help you find exceptional LMSW courses today! Our Educational Directors are prepared to answer your questions and concerns, as well as to help you sign up for personal tutoring!

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