ASE Ends Written Testing after 2011

Release date: 9/14/2010

ASE announces change from written certification testing to computer-based format by 2012. The last written tests will be offered in May and November 2011, with the new system to debut in July 2011.

LEESBURG, Va., September 14, 2010 – The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) announced the beginning of the process to transition all ASE certification tests from paper-and-pencil written testing to computer-based format by 2012. Written tests will be offered for the final two times in May and November 2011. Enhanced computer-based testing for all ASE certification categories will debut in July and August 2011. Beginning in January 2012 and going forward, computer-based testing will be available eight months of the year.

As part of the move away from written testing, ASE has signed an agreement with Prometric to deliver ASE certification tests in their proctored computer-based testing centers. The move represents only the second time ASE has changed testing partners in its 38-year history. “Working closely with Prometric will allow us to make a number of significant enhancements to our testing program as we move toward an all-computer format,” said ASE President & CEO Tim Zilke. “We’ll provide more details on the transition and how it benefits ASE test takers as we move forward.”

“We’ve been working extremely hard to find the right testing partner who could deliver ASE tests in a computer format at a price comparable to our traditional paper-and-pencil testing,” added Zilke. “Prometric is that partner. We’re also grateful for the outstanding support we’ve received over the years from testing partner ACT."

Based in Baltimore, Md., Prometric is the leading provider of technology-enabled testing solutions, having pioneered the development of computer-based testing and assessment services. The firm provides world-class testing solutions delivered through a broad network of secure test centers worldwide.

“We’re proud to partner with ASE, one of the most respected names in the automotive industry,” said Prometric President & CEO Michael Brannick. “Prometric has successfully converted hundreds of exams and millions of test items from paper to computer format and we look forward to providing this practical expertise to ensure a smooth transition for ASE and its test takers.”

For more on the switchover to CBT testing, click here.

About ASE

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence was established in 1972 as a non-profit organization to help improve the quality of automotive service and repair through the voluntary testing and certification of automotive technicians and parts specialists. Today, there are nearly 400,000 ASE- certified professionals at work in dealerships, independent shops, collision repair shops, auto parts stores, fleets, schools and colleges throughout the country. For more information about ASE, visit the website at

About Prometric

Prometric is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ETS and the recognized global leader in technology-enabled testing and assessment services. Its comprehensive suite of services allows clients to develop and launch global testing programs as well as accurately measure program results and data. Prometric reliably delivers and administers more than nine million tests a year on behalf of approximately 400 clients in the academic, professional, healthcare, government, corporate and information technology markets. It delivers tests flexibly via the Web or by utilizing a robust network of more than 10,000 test centers in 163 countries. For more information, please visit

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