Social Work 505 Waiver Exam

The Social Work 505 Waiver Exam given by the University of Washington's Testing Center is for University of Washington School of Social Work students only. The results will not be sent to any other institution or department.

The Waiver Exam should be taken no later than the second week of the quarter preceding the scheduled SOC W 505 section. The exam may be taken any time before the deadline and may be taken before a student begins courses in the MSW program.

Students are encouraged to take the waiver exam as early as possible so that preparation for the exam does not interfere with classes.

FEE: The test fee is $25 (cash or check) payable to the University of Washington.
REGISTRATION: PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by calling the Office of Educational Assessment at 206-543-1171 or in-person in Schmitz Hall room 440. Register approximately one week in advance of the desired test date. Space is limited.
SCORES: Test results will be sent to the School of Social Work and they will notify students of the test results within two weeks.
ON THE DAY OF THE TEST: Individual tests are administered at the Testing Center in Schmitz Hall, Room 440. Time allowed for the exam is 90 minutes.

The examinee must bring picture identification, and know her/his student number or social security number. If you arrive after the scheduled test time, you will not be admitted to the examination.

No aids are permitted during the test. You may not bring dictionaries, books, scratch paper, calculators, or notebooks with you on the day of the test. You are not allowed to take notes during the examination.

STUDY: The exam contains 50 multiple choice questions. Students should review a basic textbook and acquaint themselves with terminology and material regarding the research process, including research design, instrument development, data collection and analysis, and ethical issues affecting research. We recommend using any recent edition (i.e., third or newer) of Research Methods for Social Work by Allen Rubin and Earl Babbie.
RETESTS: There are no retests allowed.

Test Schedule

This test is currently given on an individual appointment basis. Please call our office at 206-543-1171 to schedule your appointment during regular business hours based on space availability:

Monday - Thursday
Open 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
(closed 12:00 - 1:00 pm)

Please Note: We observe all UW Holiday Closures


To request disability accommodation for testing, please contact the OEA Testing Center at (206) 543-1171 or via email at before registering for the test.