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Comments from students who have taken SWES License Review Lectures in New York, New Jersey, and New England
SWES asks students to fill out evaluation forms at each program . Below is a selection of student comments from recent programs.
I had previously taken a one-day course but it was not sufficient to prepare me for the exam and didn't provide the materials that the SWES course provided. I felt as if thiscourse helped to alleviate the anxiety that the other course stimulated.
Great Instructors-Wonderful presentation of didactic material. The professors did a great job of rapidly reviewing material.
Extremely helpful in giving me what I need to prepare for the exam.
Techniques described for taking multiple choice tests were really useful. Great refresher course. Review Books were very helpful and well-organized.
Major strength was test taking strategies and overview of what I need to focus on.
All the test-taking tips were really helpful. Learning ways to eliminate incorrect answers improved my scores. Increased my knowledge and confidence.
The course was well organized. Though it was a long two-days, the program kept me involved and interested.
A major help was learning how to take apart the questions and figuring out what practice principles were needed to find the best answer
The course really helped to alleviate my anxiety. I feel much more prepared to take the exam.
The emphasis on understanding the critical areas of study and what is secondary was particularly useful.
This class helped me move from the specialized skills that my work requires to the more general approach needed for the exam.
Well, I must say that the 2 day lecture course helped a lot but it was the review books and practice tests that I couldn't have done without. They helped me get into that test taking frame of mind and not be so nervous when I was actually sitting there taking the test. I was happy to pass the first time and I will definitely call on you in 3 years when the LCSW test comes up. Thanks SWES --- Score: 79Scott Kramer, NYC
I just wanted to let you know how AMAZING your books and class are. I took the class in the beginning of 2007, studied from the books and when I got to the test on February 18th I couldn't believe it! The exam questions were almost verbatim of what I read and studied in the SWES prep books. I passed my LMSW exam in NYC with an 83% on the first try! I was so relieved because I had heard that a lot of my peers had been failing. Thank you so much for these wonderful study materials. I will certainly come back to you again when it is time for me to study for the LCSW exam. Marissa L. Sappho, L.M.S.W.- Psychiatric Social Worker, New York, NY
I just took the exam for my LMSW licensure today and was elated to get a 92. I absolutely attribute my success on the exam to SWES (my first practices with Autotest, before I took the seminar and used the study materials, were failures). I was SO nervous, but by doing exactly what the instructors said, I reinforced my knowledge and gained the skills and strategies to work through my nervousness and remained focused. It is so important to put in the recommended study time, and to thoroughly review one's practice test results...this enables one to gain a firm grasp of the style and focus expected by the ASWB.
It also helped a great deal that the instructors (Leslie Bass, Deborah Cantor, and Steven Antler) were interesting, warm, funny, and engaging...it was obvious that they put tremendous dedication into their work and really care that participants are well-prepared for their exams. Each one really went the extra mile and delivered top-quality instruction. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I've heard students quibble with the cost of the test preparation seminars and materials. However, how many tens of thousands of dollars did we put into our educations? Isn't it worth paying a bit more for the top-quality instruction that will enable us to scale this final hurdle? I have already recommended SWES to peers, and I am very grateful for the excellent experience I had with them. Again, many, many thanks!
Mary Burkart, Ellenville, NY
I took the SWES course before I really studied for the exam. I took the course during a bad snow storm in NYC. The training was wonderful. When I left the training I felt like I was ready to take AND PASS the exam. I read the entire review book and answered the corresponding questions. I took every test in the book and studied for a minimum of 1 1/2 hrs a night. I also used the computerized autotest, it was wonderful. I am recommending this course to all of my coworkers. It was just fabulous; there was even a question from my review material on my test. It was definitely worth every penny and more. I know its been a year since I took and passed the exam but I had to look up the information for a coworker and wanted to share my wonderful experience.
Donnell Phillips, Baltimore, MD
I recently took the licensing exam in Maine for my LMSW and I passed finally! After a few tries I kept on persevering and did it! I found the seminar through SWES to be very supportive and helpful. To be with others who are in the same boat as you are is very comforting. The instructors were outstanding and the textbooks and software were very worthwhile. It really helps to do the questions over and over again, as the content of the multiple choice format becomes clearer. Good luck to everyone.
Lisa Ouellette, Maine
I just wanted to take a minute to say I passed my LCSW exam on May 5th. I must say i was a bit skeptical prior to signing up for your 2 day course. After seeing my results I am now a believer. I don't think it would have been possible without taking the prep class. I felt a bit nervous during the exam but utilized some of the techniques that were taught during the course. Again, probably the most difficult exam i will ever take is now behind me with a passing score. Thanks so much. I have promoted the course and will continue to do so. Thanks again.
Kim Quick, New Jersey
I took my exam on Sept. 20th and passed! Take a prep review and use the SWES Review books. The sections along with their questions are by far the best for preparation for the exam. I took my prep at Michigan State University through the Department of Continuing Education and then studied on my own. If you can afford getting the CD get that too as it simulates the actual exam. Thanks so much SWES!
Lana Amawi, Michigan, LICSW
I took your wonderful and comprehensive prep courselast year directly before the LCSW (Masters Level) exam in Massachusetts and was verypleased with the results. Not only did I performwell, but the course gave me the confidence to plowthrough all the tension associated with test-taking. Ihad no problem concentrating during that time.November will be my prep course return engagementbefore the LICSW (clinical level) exam. Thanks again,Caryn P. Berman, Marblehead, MA
I just passed my clinical level exam, and what arelief it was. I promised myself if I passed I'd saythanks to the instructors and writers of the guidebooks, so I am. I only signed up for the course afterreading the student responses. I truly believe if itwas not for the study course and materials from SWES,I WOULD NOT have passed on the first try. If you haveany doubt that you will pass, even the tiniestpercentage, sign up for the course and study guides!OR, if you are confident that you have the knowledgebase but you have ANY test anxiety, and I had quite abit of that, take this course. I say that, because Ibelieve even with the highest level anxiety, if youstudy their guides cover to cover as I did, it'salmost impossible to fail. If you are concerned aboutthe cost, which I was b/c as a social worker, an extra300 dollars even sounds like a lot, get over it! It ismoney so well spent, you will not regret it. Thanksagain SWES. (I also want to note that it iscomprehensive enough that you don't need to reviewtextbooks, etc. That was another thing I really likedabout it. Lugging two books to the library is so mucheasier than ten!)Dana, Stamford, CT
Although I used the SWES home study materials (which are great) I took the exam and failed with a 74. I knew I needed extra help so I registered for your Aug 5 - 6, 2006 weekend course at St. John's University in New York City. This refresher course was a tremendous help to me (I haven't been in school for a while). The instructors were able to break down the material and provide examples which made everything a lot easier to remember. I took my exam today and I passed!!! I can't thank you enough SWES!! A.M.L.R., New York City
I just want to thank you for helping me prepare for my LICSW exam which I passed this past weekend! I took your weekend prep course in June and felt like the information we reviewed, along with my 3 months of studying afterwards, enabled me to pass the exam.I can't thank you enough! Rebecca Tamasanis, Andover, MA
I just passed my LCSW exam and wanted to notify you that the course I took in October was a great help. It taught me a lot.
Christine, Hartford, CT
PASSED on the first try !!!! This was a difficult exam and preparation needs to focus NOT ONLY on content, but test-taking skills, which your course and materials nailed. I recommend taking the SWES as protocol BEFORE sitting for the exam. I'm glad I did ! F.E.C., New Brunswick, NJ
Hi--I promised to let you know how I did on the Masters level social workexam. I took it last week and scored 83. I was so relieved!!I did find thebooks and the two-day weekend review course to be very helpful!!! I would like to add that I did all thepractice tests several times each, and they helped me to develop theanalytic and ctitical thinking skills to better handle tricky questions andbecome comfortable with the multiple choice format.They also helped me findand strengthen my weaker areas.Also, I appreciated the lecturers at the weekend course very much, and theexpertise, advice and guidance they brought to the sessions. I liked theirhandouts, which summarized and highlighted important points to review andstudy. Aside from the required format, Dr. Roger Sherwood a professor from Hunter School of Social Work, presentedsome test- taking strategies, and relaxation techniques, which were asimportant as the review material.
Sincerely, Barbara Napolitano, Commack, NY
Thank you very much for helping me pass my licensing exam. I took your course at Rutgers University in May; I took my test in August and did very well (I passed on the first try!). The information you provided during your two day seminar was relevant and the test taking techniques were very helpful. I am now in the process of applying for my license through my state boards and could not be happier. Thanks again!With appreciation,
Yasbeth M., Glen Ridge, NJ
I took the review course in January in New York City and took the exam in late February. I said in my evaluation form that the course was terrific. Somehow the lecturers made it interesting and stimulating despite the long days. I also said that the final proof was in how well I did on the exam. Well, I took the exam in New Jersey in late February and passed with a higher score thanI expected. My MSW was obtained in Canada and I was really worried but the course and the wonderful Review Books and the Autotest Program helped enormously. I don't think I could have made it without them. The Review Books were right on target. The contents weretotally relevant to the exam. Thanks for the good work and the telephone support.
Sam A. Paterson, NJ
I am a very nervous test taker because of learning disabilities. Your program was recommended by someone who also has learning disabilities and passed both the Masters and Clinical exams on her first try. The comprehensive study guide and, particularly, the sample questions and the reasoning behind the correct answer were extremely helpful. I was able to answer many questions correctly because of your multiple choice questions. I highly recommend the computer software because it prepared me for how the exam is administered. and greatly lessened my anxiety because I was familiar with this way of taking the exam. The information re: how to diagram the question (who, what, where, buzz) was also very helpful when I didn't know an answer. First I took a breath then diagramed the question, particularly when the question was very long. I was very nervous about having enough time to complete the questions - there was more than enough time. Thanks so much. Your program was well worth the money spent.
Kim W., Amesbury, Massachusetts
I had tried just about everything, from going back to my old text books, to calling old professors. I had failed the exam 3 times before, missing it by a measly 1 point. I was beyond frustrated and then I took your two day review course months before I would be taking my exam again. I learned tips and important information that couldn't be found in my text books. I just wanted to thank you guys for a wonderfully put together lecture and materials. I can now finally stop stressing out about the exam! Thanks a lot SWES! Danielle. Boston MA
Just wanted to send this as a follow up after taking and passing the LCSW exam in Connecticut. I ordered both the home study materials as well as attending the lecture review. I must say, everything was beneficial and combining the two really lays out the foundation and knowledge an individual needs to prepare for the exam !! Many thanks !! Julie. W. Portland, ME
I just wanted to thank you for helping me to pass the exam. I took the course in April 2004 and passed the exam today. I just made it, but i did it. What a complicated mess of questions. They sure take you into the abyss.I'm glad i never have to do that again. Without your course, I truly doubt I would have passed first time around. Afterwards had a few frozen mudslides, got roses from my family, and sat in the hot tub. Life is good. Thanks again, Sharon Miller, Boston, MA
Took the exam today and PASSED!!! Without the two day course I dont think I would have passed as the course really prepared me with test-taking strategies. WV,CSW, New York'
This course as well the Review Books were just what I needed to prepare for the exam. The information and the test taking strategies were particularly useful. The Review Books were up-to-date and reflected the types of questions that appear on the exam. SB, New York
The presenters were energetic and well-informed. The humor and the use of test questions to illustrate major issues were really helpful in preparing for the exam. I took the course after failing the test and after preparing with other materials. I just wanted to let you know I passed with an 83 and I credit my success to the lecture program and the Review Books. MJ, Newark, NJ
"I just want you to know that I took your course on Nov. 2-3, 2002... I failed the exam several times before and passed after your course. It was not just the course, it was the practice book that also helped, completing all the full tests in the back of the book. The course had great lectures and wonderful material." V.A., Connecticut, November 2002
"PASSED !!!!!!!! thanks to your study materials i passed with flying colors. Just wanted to share a bit of my GOOD NEWS ! thanks alot" John Holliday, M.S.W., (soon to be L.S.W. also)
"Wonderful condensation of material. I enjoyed the course and got an 88 on the exam." S.P. Milton, MA
"Great amount of information covered concisely and with enthusiasm. The excellent help with strategies of test-taking was particularly helpful." Score - 86. F.Z. Hartsdale, NY
"Without the review course, I don't believe I could have passed the licensing examination. The course trained me to think and respond within the framework of the exam. It was very helpful." Score - 78. P.G. New Brunswick, NJ
"I did not take a review course and failed the test with a 71. After the SWES review course, I passed with a grade of 80." P.R., Lynn, MA
"The program has very capable lecturers and is invested in helping students prepare for licensure." Score - 87.A.S., Atlanta, GA
"The course reduces test anxiety by providing a well-organized structure for studying. A lot of valuable information for practice as well as test-taking."B. S. W. Hartford, CTScore - 82.
"A wonderful refresher course. The materials were well organized and helpful. The large number of multiple choice questions really prepared me for the exam!" Score - 79. PR., Middletown, CT
"Excellent lectures, well-organized program, supportive atmosphere."Score - 78.
I.S., Newburgh, NY
And Here is What Students say about SWES Home Study Programs
New York MSW Review Books and Autotest Test Score: 83. Studied for 50 Hours
Your home study program, including the autotest software was an immense help to me. I was able to learn how to read the questions properly and passed the LMSW test my first try! Thank you for having such an outstanding product available.Wilma Arias (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Just wanted you to know that I finally passed my licensing examhere in Illinois, I have taken the exam twice before and missedby 1 and 2 points respectively, I studied your books and wentover the practice questions religiously. I have only hadmy masters for 4 four years ( at age 56) so it was extremelyimportant that I obtain a license to support the degree.I'm telling everyone I know to make the investment in yourstudy books. They helped me, and I can't tell you what this means tome and my options.
Norma Wilson, MSW. LCSW, Chicago, IL
I wanted to take a minute to relate my thanks to you and to highlight the role that SWES�s home study course played in my recent passing of the LICSW exam in Minnesota. On the recommendation of a colleague, I ordered the home study course for the Master�s-level social work examinations and used this product exclusively in my preparation for the licensure exam. As recommended in the guide, I studied the review material for a few hours each night and approached each of the practice exams as if it were the real thing. The answers and rationales given for the practice questions advanced my understanding of the substantive material on the exam, and also revealed important clues about what the examiners were looking for in each particular question. Because I had completed each of the practice exams in a timed format, I was able to manage my anxiety effectively on the day of the actual exam. After just under one month of studying your excellent review materials and practice questions I passed the clinical examination with a score of 85. Thanks again,
B. von Ende, MSW (soon to be LICSW)Minneapolis, MN
I just wanted to submit a comment regarding the material that I orderedto prepare for taking the Master's exam. The study books combined withthe CD AutoTest made all the difference in not only reducing my testtaking anxiety, but helping me to adequately prepare for and PASS theexam in my jurisdiction . I only wish I had ordered this materialsooner. Aside from the materials being beneficial to prepare for theexam, I find them to be an excellent source of information encompassingthe field and practice of Social Work. Thanks SWES.
CK, Soldotna, Alaska
I read the letters from people who prepared for the license exam using the SWES home study program and decided to buy it in July. Frankly, I didn't have high expectations because I had taken a review course near my home and used another study guide and still I failed the exam. I've been out of school since 93 and didn't work in social work between 96 and 02 so I had forgotten much of what I'd learned at the University. Well- After studying with the SWES Guide I took the exam last month and passed with a high score. I have no doubt that the review books were very important because they helped me to understand the way multiple choice questions have to be answered. The many questions, case vignettes and explanations were right on target. They were the exact style of the test and some of the questions covered similar content. The alcohol and drug sections of the review books were particularly helpful because I hadn't had any experience in that area and there were some questions where you needed to have some knowledge of drug abuse. Thanks for preparing a terrific guide. I will recommend it to anyone taking the exam.
Bonnie G., Tampa, FL
Realizing I had to take the Clinical Exam I decided to try new materials as I heard the Clinical Exam was �grueling�. I bought your study guides and I know for sure if I had not done test after test and read the reasoning behind the answers that were correct or not correct, there is no way I would have passed. Your strategies were very helpful and I passed the exam! I just passed but I am very grateful that I had those study guides. I recommend them to everyone.
Angela, Corning, NY
I really want to thank you for producing such ahigh-quality home study guide. I took the LCSW examfor the first time today and passed with an 83. I canalmost guarantee that I would not have passed withoutyour guide, which was the only material that I used tostudy.
The most helpful aspect of the guide is the multiplechoice questions because it helps students understandthe logic that is used in the real exam. When youpractice the multiple choice questions in your guide(and there are almost 2000 of them, I think), youreally start to understand how the board wants you tothink. Also, my favorite part about the guide is thatyou don't just tell students the right multiple choiceanswer - you explain the logic, telling them why aparticular answer is right and the other answers arewrong. So you learn a lot from taking the testquestions and I feel that this aspect of the guide iseven more helpful than just studying the pure content. Also, taking the practice exams was helpful because Iwas able to time myself and knew from experience withyour guide that time would not be an impediment duringthe exam which eliminated some anxiety (4 hours ismore than enough time). I would not recommend that aperson take the exam without your study guide, becausethey'll be navigating some very muddy waters! I dothink that your guide is comprehensive enough thatstudents do not need other materials. Thank you forproducing such a great guide!
Kristen Kelly, Boston
"I just wanted to let you know that I passed the Virginia exam thanks to your study guide. I had three study guides and attended a seminar (not yours), but nothing prepared me the way your material did. I even had several questions on the exam that were verbatim from your guide. I am recommending your material to all my colleagues. Thank you!!!!!" Faye Lohr Ritchie, LCSW,
"Last July I ordered your home study program for the clinical exam. I studied it as you recommended and took the exam but scored a 74. I needed one more point in Florida so I studied harder this time with a bit of a different emphasis. I literally went back to college to study for this exam and spent more free time and off hours studying. Thanks to your materials I passed two weeks ago. Your home study course certainly paid off in the end. You emphasized what was needed.I highly recommend that you tell people to stay in the best of health. If they are not, do not take the test. Certainly emphasize a good nights sleep, a normal breakfast, etc. because that's just as important. Again, thank you so much for offering your materials." --Glenn A. Graves, L.C.S.W.,
"Just a note to let you know how incredibly helpful your study guide was to me. I do not believe that i would have passed the ASWB-Clinical Examination without it. As a person who was grandfathered into the SW license process (my master's is in clinical psychology) I found that there are indeed some differences in doing and thinking that I learned through my review. The content areas were well done and combined with the practice questions and rationales provided an extremely comprehensive review. Again, thank you and feel free to use me as a testimonial." KayeAnn M. Mason LICSW - Minnesota
"I am so glad I got the SWES Home Study Program!!! I had attended licensure test review courses which were supposed to prepare me for the clinical exam. - They weren't nearly as thorough as the SWES Home Study Program. As I took the real test I felt I had already seen the questions in the study guide. The type of questions and the style in which they are asked are VERY similar to the actual exam. I passed the Clinical exam with an 84!" Paige Koos.-Montgomery, Il
"The outline notes and questions were great. I did as you suggested and worked the materials for a few hours every day and passed the exam with a 90." E.S. Washington, D.C.<
"Yours was the second set of materials that I purchased and they were extremely useful. They were well organized and clear and didn't make me more anxious than I already was. I passed the exam this time with score of 81. Thanks for the professional job." R.R. Little Rock, AR.
"The study strategy of working with large numbers of sample multiple choice questions was highly useful. I especially appreciated the relevance of the content. There was very little fluff. I passed with a score of 87." P.R. Hartford, CT
"I was very anxious about the test but the materials were really helpful." Score - 82, S.T. Boston, MA
"There is no doubt in my mind that using the SWES materials helped me to pass the exam." Score - 81. M.H. Torrington, CT.
"Many of the questions in the SWES book reflected those on the exam. Very helpful." Score - 81. Portland, ME.
"Someone gave me a year old version of your books. I used them and really wanted to congratulate you on developing high quality materials. I scored 82 after failing badly the first time around." A.M. New York City.
"The exam was confusing and throughout the test I wasn't sure whether I had passed, or failed or if I passed what my score would be. The multiple choice questions didn't seem obvious. I passed- - but just. I'm worried about the next level exam. The SWES home study course was very helpful. I scored in the 80s." R.W. Oklahoma City.
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