The root of anxiety is the unknown.  It is uncertainty that gives anxiety it’s perceived power.  Below are certain tools that enable you to go into your exam preparation with a plan.  And a plan always reduces anxiety.

Here we offer seven tools to attack anxiety.  These are suggestions, however, you must do what works for you.

First Tool: Clinical and Masters Study Timelines

Masters Study Timeline
Masters Modules

Masters Outline

Week Number
I. HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, DIVERSITY, AND BEHAVIOR IN THE ENVIRONMENT  
Module 1 I.A.(1) THEORIES AND MODELS 1
Module 2 I.A.(2-cont.)-THEORIES AND MODELS 2
Module 3 I.B. ABUSE AND NEGLECT 3
Module 4 I.C. DIVERSITY, SOCIAL/ECONOMIC JUSTICE, AND OPPRESSION 3
II. ASSESSMENT AND INTERVENTION PLANNING  
Module 5 II.A. BIOPSYCHOSOCIAL HISTORY AND COLLATERAL DATA 4
Module 6 II.B. USE OF ASSESSMENT METHODS AND TECHNIQUES 4
Module 7 II.B. USE OF ASSESSMENT METHODS AND TECHNIQUES (continued) 5
Module 8 II.C. INTERVENTION PLANNING 5
III. DIRECT AND INDIRECT PRACTICE  
Module 9 III.A. DIRECT/MICRO 6
Module 10 III.A. DIRECT/MICRO (continued) 7
Module 11 III.B. INDIRECT MACRO 8
IV. PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIPS, VALUES, AND ETHICS
Module 12 IV.A. PROFESSIONAL VALUES AND ETHICAL ISSUES 8
Module 13 IV.B. CONFIDENTIALITY 9
Module 14 IV.C. SOCIAL WORKER ROLES AND RELATIONSHIPS 9
Module 15 Full Final Practice Exam 10
Masters Content - 10 Week Plan

10 Week Schedule for Masters Exam Prep

Ideally, clients that come to us for exam prep allow themselves about 90 days to get prepared to sit for this exam.  While we are well aware that this is not how it always happens, we still offer this mock schedule to assist you with organizing your approach to your exam prep.  

Before you begin:

  • Complete the registration, intake exam, and learning styles assessment.

Module 1/Week 1: I.A.(1) THEORIES AND MODELS

  • This week you dive into the content of Module 1 (Theories and Models Part 1).  After watching the video at the beginning, get right into making flashcards.
  •  Recommended time on this each day would be calculated like this…there are 22 topics from the masters outline for this module.  For those 15 topics, we provide currently 42 different resources. So let’s break 42 into 6 days of study. This means you would complete roughly 7 resources a day with a seventh day of no studying at all.  Once you have completed the flashcards for those 42 resources, and the corresponding pre-test in advance of the session-then you are ready to take the exam.
  • The exam is 9 items.   It is recommended that you take the exams IN SESSION with your tutor (if you are a tutoring or live courses client).  Allow yourself about 20 minutes to sit down and work through it using what you have learned in creating your flashcards.  

Module 2/Week 2: I.A.(2-cont.)-THEORIES AND MODELS

  • 21 topics are covered from the outline in Module 2 and we provide 49 resources.  To use time wisely, create flashcards for about 8 of these per day for 6 days.
  •  The exam for this module has 9 items for Theories and Models and is part 2 of separated section of the outline.  Knock out the exam and finish it in no more than 20 minutes.  

Modules 3 & 4/Week 3: I.A.(2-cont.)-THEORIES AND MODELS & I.C. DIVERSITY, SOCIAL/ECONOMIC JUSTICE, AND OPPRESSION

  • Here is our first opportunity to combine relatively short content areas.  Work through the pre-test before the 6 topics from the outline and master the 11 resources for Module 3- Abuse and Neglect.  Then complete the same process for the Diversity, Social/Economic Justice. And Oppression (Module 4) which has 11 topics and 19 resources.  These 30 total resources can be mastered in only 3 days at 10 per day and accompanying flashcards are going to be color coordinated and detailed.
  • The exam for Abuse and Neglect is 8 items while the exam for Diversity has 5 items. Complete these two exams within 20 minutes and give yourself a break since you have finished the first set of content – Human Development, Diversity, and Behavior in the Environment.

Modules 5 & 6/Week 4: II.A. BIOPSYCHOSOCIAL HISTORY AND COLLATERAL DATA & II.B. USE OF ASSESSMENT METHODS AND TECHNIQUES

  • This week we move into Biopsychosocial History and Collateral Data – Module 5.  There are 12 topics with 25 resources to train you with.  This module has the unusual aspect of 2 pre-tests that include components of a biopsychosocial assessment and substance abuse terms.  Additionally this week, you will master Module 6 which is Use of Assessment Methods and Techniques (Part 1).  There are a total of 10 topics and 20 resources to train you with. There is also a pre-test.  
  • Since we are suggesting that you combine the Modules here, the total number of resources to make flash cards from is 45.  Over a 6 day period, you can average almost 8 per day and still have time to spare.  
  • The two exams are 6 items long for Module 5 and 10 items for Module 6 so allowing yourself 30 minutes to pass should be sufficient.

Modules 7 & 8/Week 5: II.B. USE OF ASSESSMENT METHODS AND TECHNIQUES (continued)II.B. USE OF ASSESSMENT METHODS AND TECHNIQUES (continued)

  • Once again, the modules CAN be combined but to be clear, THIS IS ONLY A RECOMMENDATION and not a required approach.  One of the most important components of The One Test Prep is its flexibility.  We build the program around you. Because it’s the halfway point in the modules, it may be refreshing to take a small break and/or treat yourself to some sort of reward after this week.
  • Ok…so this week we jump right into Module 7 which is Use of Assessment Methods and Techniques (continued) and Module 8 – Intervention Planning.  Module 7 has two pre-tests before getting into 10 topics and only 18 resources.  The Module 8 topics are consistent with Module 7 with only 10 topics and 14 corresponding resources to make flash cards from.  Pace yourself by completing 5-6 resources a day over 6 days or get 10-11 a day and be done in 3 days – your choice.  
  • The Module 7 exam is 12 items while the Module 8 exam has only 6 items.  Completing a total of 18 items for the exams will take no more than 25 minutes.  

Module 9/Week 6: III.A. DIRECT/MICRO

  • ***It is perfectly reasonable that some will take 2 weeks or 10 days to tackle this module instead of 1week since it has the most resources in the Masters program but it is a personal decision.***
  • Module 9 is Direct/Micro and it includes a pre-test followed by 23 outline topics and 42 resources to make flash cards from.  While it certainly is a lot of content, remember that it’s all one specific topic and this calls on you to truly employ your most ‘social work’ thinking strategies.  In order to grasp the resources you will complete 7 resources a day over 6 days making flash cards with the affiliated color and content.  
  • The exam has only 12 items so give yourself 35 minutes to complete it.

Module 10/Week 7: III.A. DIRECT/MICRO (continued)

  • For the 10th Module we get into the Direct/Micro (continued) segment of the outline.  There are 28 topics on the outline and 31 resources.  These can be completed within 6 days at a rate of 5-6 per day.  Be well aware of your diet and exercise and take steps to manage your quantity/quality of rest.  Make your flash cards and tend to any self-care needed.
  • The exam is 17 items.  You will complete it within 35 minutes.

Modules 11 & 12/Week 8: III.B. INDIRECT MACRO IV.A. PROFESSIONAL VALUES AND ETHICAL ISSUES 

  • The 11th Module is Indirect Macro and is the final one of the Direct and Indirect Practice segment of the outline. It includes 11 topics and 14 resources.  It is combined this week with the 12th Module – Professional Values and Ethical Issues.  This begins the final segment Professional Relationships, Values, and Ethics and the Module has 11 topics with 17 resources.  Ethics continues to be one of THE most reported topics tested on the exam so be sure to give this Module all of your presence and attention to be fully prepared.  The combined resources can be covered at a rate of 5-6 per day.  Make the corresponding flash cards taking into account your specific learning style along the way.
  • For Module 11 there is a 7 item exam after the pre-test and resources which can be done in 15 minutes.  The Module 12 pre-test provides a good gauge of where you are before you study but afterward, take and pass your 12 item examination in about 25 minutes.  

Modules 13 & 14/Week 9: IV.B. CONFIDENTIALITYIV.C. SOCIAL WORKER ROLES AND RELATIONSHIPS

  • Finishing up the outline includes Module 13 on Confidentiality and Module 14 on Social Worker Roles and Relationships.  The topics for Module 13 are the very least at 4 with 8 resources. Module 14 has more topics at 14 and 22 resources to make flash cards from.  Since this is the final set of modules with resources, make sure to finish on a high note. The combined modules can be completed at a rate of 5 a day for 6 days and be sure to make comprehensive flash cards.  
  • The Module 13 exam has the last pre-test and is 13 items long and will be finished in 20 minutes.  The Module 14 exam also has 13 items and can be finished in another 20-25 minutes.  

Module 15/Week 10: The Final Exam

  • Now it is time to complete the timed 4 hour, 170 item practice exam.  You can take it unlimited times and there is no minimum pass mark.  
  • The exam is 170 items in 4 hours which means you can average 1 minute and 4 seconds on each item.  Now this is not recommended but if you practice taking no longer than that for tougher (reasoning) items and shorter than that for easier (recall) items then you will finish in time.  We do not recommend going back to saved items during the exam.  While you may remember something that you didn’t as you move through the exam, you will not gain new knowledge during the exam that you didn’t have coming in.  The best approach is to be fully prepared, there is no way around it.
Clinical Study Timeline
Clinical Modules

Clinical Outline

Week Number
I.HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT  
Module 1 I.A. HUMAN DEVELOPMENT IN THE LIFE CYCLE 1
Module 2 IB. HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN THE ENVIRONMENT 2
Module 3 I.C EFFECTS OF DIVERSITY 2
Module 4 I.D. ADDICTIONS 3
II. ASSESSMENT, DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT PLANNING  
Module 5 II.A. INFORMATION GATHERING 3
Module 6 II.B. ASSESSMENT AND DIAGNOSIS 4
Module 7 II.C. TREATMENT PLANNING 5
III. PSYCHOTHERAPY, CLINICAL INTERVENTIONS AND CASE MANAGEMENT  
Module 8 III.A. THERAPEUTIC RELATIONSHIP 5
Module 9 III.B. THE INTERVENTION PROCESS 6
Module 10 III.C. MANAGEMENT OF CASES 7
Module 11 III.D. CONSULTATION AND INTERDISCIPLINARY COLLABORATION 8
IV. PROFESSIONAL ETHICS AND VALUES  
Module 12 IV.A. ETHICAL ISSUES 8
Module 13 IV.B. CONFIDENTIALITY AND ITS LIMITS 9
Module 14 IV.C. VALUE ISSUES 9
 Module 15 Full Final Practice Exam 10
Clinical Content - 10 Week Plan

10 Week Schedule for Clinical Exam Prep

Ideally, clients that come to us for exam prep allow themselves about 90 days to get prepared to sit for this exam.  While we are well aware that this is not how it always happens, we offer this mock schedule to assist you with organizing your approach to your exam prep. 

Before you begin:

  • Complete the registration, intake exam, and learning styles assessment.

Module 1/Week 1: I.A. HUMAN DEVELOPMENT IN THE LIFE CYCLE

  • This week you dive into the content of Module 1 (Human Development in the Life Cycle).  After watching the video at the beginning, get right into making flashcards.
  •  Recommended time on this each day would be calculated like this…there are 22 topics from the clinical outline for this module.  For those 22 topics, we provide currently 59 different resources. So let’s break 59 into 6 days of study. This means you would complete roughly 10 resources a day with a seventh day of no studying at all.  Once you have completed the flashcards for those 59 resources, and the corresponding pre-test in advance of the session-then you are ready to take the exam. The exam is 14 items.   Allow yourself about 30 minutes to sit down and work through it using what you have learned in creating your flashcards.  

Modules 2 & 3/Week 2: I.B. HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN THE ENVIRONMENT & I.C. EFFECTS OF DIVERSITY

  • Here is your first opportunity to combine modules.  18 topics are covered from the outline in Module 2 and we provide 47 resources.  14 topics present in Module 3 with a total of 21 resources.  So combined resources are 68.  Create flashcards for about 11 of these per day for 6 days.  
  • The exams for these modules have only 5 items for Human Behavior in the Environment (Module 2) and 8 items for Effects of Diversity (Module 3).  Knock out the exams and finish them in no more than 30 minutes.  

Modules 4 & 5/Week 3: I.D. ADDICTIONS & II.A. INFORMATION GATHERING

  • Here is yet another opportunity to combine relatively short content areas.  Work through the 7 topics from the outline and master the 16 resources for Module 4-Addictions.  Then complete the same process for the Information Gathering Module 5 which has only 4 topics and 9 resources.  These 27 total resources can be mastered in only 3 days and accompanying flashcards are going to be color coordinated and detailed.
  • The exam for Addictions is 6 items while the exam for Information Gathering has 5 items. Complete these two exams within 20 minutes and pay close attention to mastery of the Addiction content.  

Module 6/Week 4: II.B. ASSESSMENT AND DIAGNOSIS

  • Here is the first of two very long and detailed modules.  This week we tackle Assessment and Diagnosis-Module 6.  The topics here are 24 with 47 resources to train you with.  These include websites, videos and podcasts so get ready to really transition from knowledge (which is not good enough for this level of exam-to understanding which demonstrates comprehension of the diagnoses and presenting symptoms).  
  • In order to effectively master this content, prepare to study all 6 days of this week at a rate of about 8 resources a day making excellent, reworded flashcards like you have been trained.  
  • The pre-test is there but after the resources you will ace a 28 item exam which will likely take you 45 mins to an hour to complete.  

Modules 7 & 8/Week 5: II.C. TREATMENT PLANNING & III.A. THERAPEUTIC RELATIONSHIP

  • Once again, the modules CAN be combined but to be clear, THIS IS ONLY A RECOMMENDATION and not a required approach.  One of the most important components of The One Test Prep is it’s flexibility.  We build the program around you. Because it’s the halfway point in the modules, it may be refreshing to take a small break and/or treat yourself to some sort of reward.
  • Ok…so this week we jump right into Module 7 (Treatment Planning) and Module 8 (Therapeutic Relationship).  Module 7 has two pre-tests before getting into 9 topics and only 12 resources.  The Module 8 topics are more in depth with 16 topics and 27 corresponding resources to make flash cards from.  Pace yourself by completing 7 resources a day over 6 days.  
  • The Module 7 exam is 6 items while the Module 8 exam has 12.  Completing a total of 18 items for the exams will take no more than 25 minutes.  

Module 9/Week 6: III.B. THE INTERVENTION PROCESS

  • ***It is perfectly reasonable that some will take 2 weeks or 10 days to tackle this module instead of 1 week but it is a personal decision.***
  • Now comes the largest and most in-depth module we have.  Intervention Planning includes a pre-test and a bonus definitions tool followed up by 44 outline topics and 74 resources to make flash cards from.  While it certainly is a lot of content, remember that it’s all one specific topic and this calls on you to truly employ your most ‘social work’ thinking strategies.  In order to grasp the resources you will complete about 12-13 resources a day over 6 days making flash cards with the affiliated color and content.  
  • The exam has 38 items so give yourself an hour and 15 minutes to complete it.

Module 10/Week 7: III.C. MANAGEMENT OF CASES

  • For the 10th Module we get into Case Management.  There are only 9 topics on the outline and 14 resources.  These can be completed within 2 days at a rate of 7 per day.  This also serves as a break in the process. You deserve it.  Make your flash cards and tend to any self-care needed.
  • There is a pre-test for this Module however the exam is 12 items.  You will complete it within 20 minutes.

Modules 11 & 12/Week 8: III.D. CONSULTATION AND INTERDISCIPLINARY COLLABORATION & IV.A. ETHICAL ISSUES

  • The 11th Module is Consultation and Interdisciplinary Collaboration and is the final one of the Psychotherapy, Clinical Interventions and Case Management segment of the outline. It includes 9 topics and 10 resources.  It is combined this week with the 12th Module-Ethical Issues.  This begins the final segment Professional Ethics and Values and it has 5 topics with 13 resources.  Ethics continues to be one of THE most reported topics tested on the exam so be sure to give this Module all of your presence and attention to be fully prepared.  Make the corresponding flash cards taking into account your specific learning style along the way.
  • For Module 11 there is a 5 item exam after the pre-test and resources which can be done in 10 minutes.  The Module 12 pre-test provides a good gauge of where you are before you study but afterward, take and pass your 9 item examination in about 25 minutes.  

Modules 13 & 14/Week 9: IV.B. CONFIDENTIALITY AND ITS LIMITS & IV.C. VALUE ISSUES

  • Finishing up the outline includes Module 13 on Confidentiality and its Limits and Module 14 on Value Issues.  The topics for Module 13 are the very least at 2 with 5 resources. Module 14 has a few more topics at 7 and 11 resources to make flash cards from.  Since this is the final set of modules with resources, make sure to finish on a high note.  
  • The Module 13 exam is only 4 items long and will be finished in 10 minutes.  The Module 14 exam has 6 items and can be finished in 10-12 minutes.  

Module 15/Week 10:

  • Now it is time to complete the timed 4 hour, 170 item practice exam.  You can take it unlimited times and there is no minimum pass mark.  
  • The exam is 170 items in 4 hours which means you can average 1 minute and 4 seconds on each item.  Now this is not recommended but if you practice taking no longer than that for tough items and shorter than that for easier (recall) items then you will finish in time.  We do not recommend going back to saved items during the exam.  While you may remember something that you didn’t as you move through the exam, you will not gain new knowledge during the exam that you didn’t have coming in.  The best approach is to be fully prepared.

What you put into your body dictates what you get out of it.  Let’s eat better foods as we become better social workers.

Second Tool: What to Eat to Combat Anxiety!

Knowing what you should and should not eat is essential in making healthy choices...

Don't let the wrong foods contribute to the wrong results in your licensing process.

The role of exercise in reducing everything from stress to anxiety has a long track record of proven significance. If you are serious about working to manage your anxiety, add these tools to your process.

Third Tool: Exercise videos-Namaste!

Assessing sleep is essential to understanding your client’s well-being.  The same applies to you.

Fourth Tool: Quality and Quantity of Rest

When your rest becomes a priority you MUST address, try these techniques...

If you are a person of faith or your spiritual life is important to you, spending time engaging this part of your life works to reduce anxious feelings. These iconic leaders in spiritual connection and vulnerability will open you up to being free from anxiety.

Fifth Tool: Spiritual and Emotional Help

One of our final pieces of anxiety relief strategies include specifics for exam takers…so read over these closely.

Sixth Tool: Exam Specific Relief!

These tools can help you get through your anxious thoughts.

This offers a complete approach specific to test anxiety.

It would be careless and irresponsible if we, as clinicians, did not advise you to check with your physician to see if your anxiety calls for medical intervention. This is a personal decision and must be made between you and your doctor. Ultimately we recognize how real anxiety is for many people and we proudly offer these tools to address it.

 Seventh Tool: Professional Help

Combining medication and therapy may be needed for you