The changes themselves are largely minor structural and editorial changes, made for comprehensiveness and, as mentioned, to accurately reflect current professional practice. The most extensive changes made were in the blueprint for the Advanced Generalist exam; the accompanying pie charts made available by ASWB demonstrate the changes made to these exam blueprints. Content areas and percentages derived from the aforementioned practice analysis are largely consistent with previous analysis outcomes.
The changes made to the licensing exam blueprints based on this practice analysis include predominantly minor structural and editorial modifications for comprehensiveness and currency. The most extensive changes were observed for the Advanced Generalist exam blueprint, which saw a significant restructuring from five content areas to only four, merging some categories to prevent a focus on ranges of practice that were too narrow.
Overall, the content areas and the percentages derived from the 2015-2016 practice analysis are generally consistent with previous practice analysis outcomes. Of primary importance was ensuring that the statements are easy for candidates to understand and meaningful for individuals involved in exam development activities.
The content of this article was drawn from the ASWB website. For more information on these changes and the content of the 2018 licensing exams, please go to www.aswb.org.