During the summer prior to the start of fall semester all first-year students are informed of the time and place of proficiency exams. Proficiency exams are offered for SWRK 6100, 6300, 6310 and 6400. They are optional, and there is no penalty for failure to pass. Students must pass the exam at 80 percent or better in order to receive credit. The objective is simply to ensure that students with core course knowledge not be required to repeat course material from their prior curriculum.
Students with a B.S.W. are allowed to take all four proficiency exams.
Students without a B.S.W. are allowed to take two of the four proficiency exams. Students without a B.S.W. must provide evidence of completion and the syllabi of two comparable courses for each exam they elect to take. The curriculum committee chair will review the syllabi and determine if the courses are comparable. The student will then be notified by the School of Social Work if they may take the exam. Students without a B.S.W. who are interested in taking proficiency exams must provide documentation to Western Michigan University's Office of Admissions at least one month prior to the scheduled exams.
There will be a $30 fee for each exam taken. The School of Social Work does not offer any study material for proficiency exams. Students interested in taking proficiency exams must contact the Office of Admissions at (269) 387-3201.