1. What is the best way to prepare for an ASE test?
  2. Are there classes that are required before I can take an ASE certification test?
  3. Where can I purchase study guides? Is there one that ASE recommends?
  4. Are the questions in the test the same as the ones in the study guides I purchased?
  5. What are the “Official ASE Practice Tests”?
  6. I failed the test – what do I do now?

1. What is the best way to prepare for an ASE test?

To get a sense of how prepared you are, you can take an Official ASE Practice Test currently available for the Automobile Tests (A1 – A8), Automobile Service Consultant Test (C1), Automobile Maintenance and Light Repair Test (G1), Automobile Advanced Engine Performance Specialist Test (L1), and Automobile Parts Specialist Test (P2). If you need to brush up on a topic, you may want to check out our Study Guides, or consider some more training resources.

In addition, it pays to know about the types of questions on each test. To learn more about the kinds of questions you’ll see on your ASE Certification Test, click here.

You can take computer-based testing for a “test drive” to become familiar with the testing system format before taking your ASE Certification Test by clicking here.

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2. Are there classes that are required before I can take an ASE certification test?

No. There are no classes or courses that are required to take an ASE test. However, to become certified, you must pass one or more of the Certification Tests and have  one or more years of hands-on work experience depending upon the test series. In some cases, formal training can substitute for part of the work experience requirement. For details about ASE’s work experience requirements, click here.

The bottom line is that the more training and practical experience you have, the better you are likely to do on the tests.

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3. Where can I purchase study guides? Is there one that ASE recommends?

There are many companies that offer printed and online training guides and courses that are specifically intended to help you prepare for the ASE Certification Tests. However, ASE does not review, edit, or endorse any particular test preparation product produced by any third party.

Many technicians find these study guides to be very helpful in preparing, but you should review them carefully before purchasing to see it they are right for you. To see a list of companies that provide training materials and study guides, click here.

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4. Are the questions in the test the same as the ones in the study guides I purchased?

No. The test questions that are used on the ASE tests are the proprietary, secret property of ASE, and are not shared for use instudy guides or training courses. The questions that are included in third party study guides are intended to simulate ASE test questions. For the most authentic ASE-style questions, you might consider the Official ASE Practice Tests currently available for the Automobile Tests (A1 – A8), Automobile Service Consultant Test (C1), Automobile Maintenance and Light Repair Test (G1), Automobile Advanced Engine Performance Specialist Test (L1),  and Automobile Parts Specialist Test (P2), or review the sample questions included in the ASE study guides.

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5. What are the “Official ASE Practice Tests”?

The Official ASE Practice Tests are online quizzes, using ASE-style questions that allow you to judge your test readiness, increase your knowledge, and ease your anxiety over taking actual ASE Certification Tests. The Practice Tests provide a printable performance report and explanations for correct and incorrect answers, giving you the opportunity to improve your skills. Practice Tests are currently available for the Automobile Tests (A1 – A8), Automobile Service Consultant Test (C1), Automobile Maintenance and Light Repair Test (G1),Automobile Advanced Engine Performance Specialist Test (L1),  and Automobile Parts Specialist Test (P2). To learn more, click here.

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6. I failed the test – what do I do now?

If you passed one or more tests, you should be proud. If you didn’t, you should be proud that you tried. We have a great deal of respect for you, the professional who has accepted the challenge of the ASE tests. Some never even try.

Whether or not you passed all the tests, you should know these things:
  • The questions are tough, and the passing standards are high.
  • Some professionals, even those with a good deal of knowledge and experience, might not pass.
  • All the test questions were written and carefully checked by panels of experts who are working in the field.
  • We specifically avoid “trick” questions, or questions with more than one right answer.
  • The questions are designed to have three believable wrong answers. That is, answers that may look correct, but are definitely wrong if you know an important piece of information.

If you didn't do as well on the tests as you would like, we would encourage you to continue to gain more hands-on experience and training, and try again in the future. For a variety of training resources, click here.

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