Climbing the Mountain

Author: John Saia
September 26, 2014    9:00 AM

So you want to take an ASE certification test? Congratulations! You’ve taken the first step. You are about to join the prestigious ranks of hundreds of thousands of ASE certified technicians.

But where to start? Which test or tests should you attempt first, second, and so on? Given the broad variety of ASE tests, it may seem a steep climb to get through them all to Master Technician. That can seem a lot like eating an elephant. Well, you know what they say. You do it one bite at a time!

You prepare for this journey with a plan. That means getting yourself ready with some organization, a little investigation, careful planning, and important scheduling.

Begin by visiting the ASE website at to set up a myASE account. It takes just a few minutes. Then learn how to register and schedule for ASE tests and search for a test center location near you.

So what is the right sequence that you should take the tests? It depends. Taking ASE tests in some logical order may not be the same for everyone; your mileage may vary. But it's always best to have a plan. So, here’s one example of a test sequence you might follow if you're a current automotive technician:

ASE Test Sequence

While the sequence above may seem appropriate for one technician, for others — those who already specialize in an exclusive content area — your first attempt should lead you to where you are most comfortable. But there's no right or wrong way to take these tests – only the way that works best for you.

But remember, one bite at a time! The idea here is to be successful and pass every test you prepare for and attempt.

One last bit of advice: Never try to ‘wing-it’! You want to ensure your test-taking success before you visit the test center. And ASE offers a variety of tools and resources to help you prepare, including a number of different practice tests and study guides, as well as an interactive program to help build your confidence and become more familiar with the computer-based testing process.

A little self-study and preparation on your part will go a long way to build your confidence and ensure your test-passing success. So don’t underestimate the value of “doing your homework”!

Good Preparations & Good Luck!


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