• NASW-IL Staff

An Update on ASWB Licensing Exams During COVID-19

Updated: Sep 3


In an update to our last correspondence from the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) regarding testing facilities for the LSW and LCSW licensing exams, the test facilities hosted through Pearson Professional Centers (PPCs) are opened at 50% capacity, with all participants required to wear masks.


To read more on the details of what to expect for the summer at testing facilities, please read our direct correspondence below with ASWB dated July 17, 2020:


All the PPCs (Pearson Professional Centers) we use for testing throughout the US are open and operating at 50% capacity across all the licenses and certifications that they represent. Social work was deemed “essential” within three weeks of the test center closures in March and testing for our profession resumed the fourth week. All test centers are also requiring masks, but are allowing water at the individual test stations. PV has expanded hours, some up to near 24 hours, but it’s a moving target as new registrations have continually been coming into the pipeline. In June, we gave more than 5% over the number of exam administrations than we did in June of last year, so things are definitely looking promising if the cases do not spike too horribly this fall.
As for Illinois specifically, I just heard from Pearson and we are showing availability for both August and September in many PPC's throughout the state. Our folks at Pearson also reported that they are seeing availability in downtown Chicago for both August and September as well.

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