1. Why has ASE moved to computer-based testing?
  2. Can I still take the tests in paper-and-pencil format?
  3. I thought ASE already had computer-based testing. What is changing?
  4. Will ASE offer CBT tests in Spanish?
  5. Can I take the ASE certification tests on my computer at home or at work?
  6. When will the tests be offered?
  7. Where are the computer test centers? Are they the same as the written test centers?
  8. What kinds of test questions will be used on the computer-based tests?
  9. How much time do I get to take the computer-based tests?
  10. If I fail a test, can I take it again?
  11. When do I get my test scores? When do I get my certificate?
  12. How much will the computer-based tests cost?
  13. What will happen to my current certifications?
  14. I let my certification lapse. Can I still take the Recertification Tests?
  15. How do I register for the computer-based tests?
  16. Will I still have a “myASE” account?
  17. Will ASE still use my Social Security Number?
  18. What if I have other questions about ASE’s computer-based testing?

1. Why has ASE moved to all computer-based testing?

Computer-based testing offers test-takers advantages in scheduling, convenience, and speed over ASE’s written tests. Testing is now offered in two-month windows, four times each year. You can now choose between days and weekends and reserve your own appointment time that best suits your busy life. In addition, you'll get results before leaving the test center. In short, computer-based testing gives you more flexibility to test when and where you want while still receiving the industry-recognized ASE certification.

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2. Can I still take the tests on paper-and-pencil?

No. The final written tests were held in November 2011.

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3. I thought ASE already had computer-based testing. What is changing?

Now, every ASE certification test and its recertification counterpart will be available in computer-based format. Visit our Test Center Locator for the full listing.

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4. Will ASE offer CBT tests in Spanish?

No. All tests will be given in English; however, an on-screen English/Spanish glossary of automotive terms will be available in the computer-based tests.

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5. Can I take the ASE certification tests on my computer at home or at work?

No. ASE certification tests are only offered in secure, proctored test centers.This gives everyone a fair, consistent, and reliable testing environment, where the identity of each person taking a test is also verified. These are qualities that you can’t reproduce with online testing at home or work, and when it comes to a credential as important as your ASE certification, we don’t cut corners.

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6. When will the tests be offered?

See the table below.

2014

Jan. Testing
Registration Opens Dec. 5, 2013.
Feb.
Mar.  
Apr. Testing
Registration Opens March 7th.
May.
Jun.  
Jul. Testing
Registration Opens June 1st.
Aug.
Sep.  
Oct. Testing
Registration Opens September 1st.
Nov.
Dec.  

Fall
Registration: September 1 - November 21, 2014
Testing: October 1 - November 30, 2014

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7. Where are the new computer-based test centers? Are they the same as the written test centers? Are they the same as the previous ASE computer-based test centers?

Test center locations have changed. The tests will be offered at centralized locations across the U.S. and Canada.

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8. What kinds of test questions will be used on the computer-based tests?

All ASE tests contain multiple-choice questions, designed to test specific knowledge needed for competent job performance. Every question has one single right answer, three wrong answers, and enough information to choose the right answer. Those accustomed to ASE written exams will find the content and questions very familiar.

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9. How much time do I get to take the computer-based tests?

Each computer-based test has a comfortable time limit, usually from 1 to 2 hours, depending on the test. Most Recertification Tests have fewer questions, with a time limit of 30 or 45 minutes, with L1 and L2 Advanced Level at two hours. When you schedule your tests, a half-hour is added to each appointment to allow time for check-in, a pre-test tutorial, and a post-test survey.

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10. If I fail a test, can I take it again?

Yes, but not during the same testing period. You must wait until the next quarterly testing period to retest.

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11. When do I get my test scores? When do I get my certificate?

Test-takers will know whether they passed before leaving the test center. Certificates will arrive via mail after the end of the testing window.

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12. How much will the computer-based tests cost?

Certification tests will cost $33 each; Advanced Tests (L1 and L2) are $66 each. Recertification Tests cost the same as the corresponding certification tests, but the Recertification Test fees max out at $99, regardless of number taken. Registration costs $36 per person, regardless of the number of tests taken, and you only pay the registration fee once each testing window.

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13. What will happen to my current certifications?

Nothing changes. They remain in effect and valid through their published expiration date.

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14. I let my certification lapse. Can I still take the Recertification Tests?

Yes. You must simply have previously passed the corresponding certification test. (Exceptions:  Tests L1, L2, and X1 have special requirements.)

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15. How do I register for the computer-based tests?

You are able to register for your tests and schedule your testing appointments both online and via telephone at 1-877-346-9327 Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Eastern.

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16. Will I still have a “myASE” account?

Yes. Your current myASE username and password will work. New registrants will be prompted to establish a myASE account, which will serve as an online personal account page for test registration, scheduling, and more.

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17. Will ASE still use my Social Security Number?

ASE will still be using the last four digits of your Social Security number as identification.

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18. What if I have other questions about ASE’s computer-based testing?

Click here to send us a message, or call ASE Customer Service at 1-800-390-6789, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time Monday through Friday.

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