--Precontemplation (Not ready for change): Not thinking about the social work exam. Can't be, you're reading this!
--Contemplation (Getting ready for change): Poking around the edges of exam prep, unsure. Could be you!
--Preparation (Ready for change; sometimes called "Determination"): Change is coming soon. Reading a blog or two, checking out different social work exam programs, etc.
--Action (Like it sounds): Underway studying, taking practice exams...on it.
--Maintenance (Sustained action): Continuing action as test day approaches. If that's you, congratulations! It's only a matter of time...
For more on the Stages of Change, here's some reading and listening.
- The Transtheoretical Model (Wikipedia)
- Prochaska and DiClemente's Stages of Change Model for Social Workers (The Social Work Podcast)
- The Stages of Change (PsychCentral)
Good luck on progressing through your exam-prep stages and good luck on the exam!