Be Aware: Updated Test Center Security

Author: Mike Coley
November 09, 2016    10:15 AM

Prometric is enhancing the security procedures at their test centers. When you know what to expect, the security screening should go quickly, and you’ll be ready to do your best on your ASE test. 

Here’s what you need to know. Recent changes are underlined.
  • ARRIVE EARLY.  That gives you time to park, find the test center, and check in without rushing.
  • DON’T FORGET YOUR ID.  You will need a current, unexpired government-issued photo ID with your signature.
  • LEAVE VALUABLES AT HOME.  You’ll have to put everything you bring in a locker, including your wallet and keys. So leave large amounts of money, credit cards, jewelry, watches, and so forth at home or locked in your vehicle.
  • EXPECT RIGOROUS SECURITY.  You will be asked to show your wrists and ankles and verify that your pockets are completely empty.  You will be screened with a hand-held metal detector.  You will be asked to remove your eyeglasses for visual inspection.  This screening process is repeated every time you return from a break.
  • BRING NOTHING INTO THE TESTING ROOM.  No jewelry is allowed in the testing room, other than wedding bands and engagement rings, which will be visually inspected.  Bracelets, necklaces, earrings, headbands, hair clips, neck ties, etc. must be removed and stored in your locker.  No watches, cell phones, electronic devices, books, notes, medications, food, or drinks are allowed.  If you need tissues, the test center will provide them.
  • KEEP YOUR COOL.  Don’t let the security procedures rattle you.  The Prometric staff members are just doing their job.  If they ask you to do something, there is always a valid reason.  It’s nothing personal.
Why are these security procedures necessary?  In short, to ensure your ASE certification retains its value.
  • ASE invests a lot of time and resources every year to develop the tests.  That also applies to the other professional and admissions testing programs that use Prometric test centers.
  • Automotive service professionals like you work hard to honestly pass the tests and become ASE certified.
  • If someone cheats, has someone else take the test for them, or the ASE test questions show up on the Internet, your hard work is devalued, and ASE could lose credibility.
  • If the integrity of the test is questioned, technicians, employers, and consumers could lose confidence in the ASE credential.
Bottom line:  Prometric isn’t targeting auto technicians; they use the same security procedures for everyone who tests there.  No one likes security hassles, but they protect the value of your ASE certification.
For more info, visit  Have a question?  Contact ASE Customer Service at 1-800-390-6789 (select option 9) or email at


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