NA3SA Assessment Widely Accepted

Release date: 6/15/2009

Secondary and post-secondary auto technology programs line up to adopt National Automotive Student Skills Standard Assessment (NA3SA), ASE’s new end-of-program assessment test.

Leesburg, VA., June 15, 2009 - The National Automotive Student Skills Standard Assessment (NA3SA), the new comprehensive end-of-program assessment test, has been enthusiastically adopted by secondary and post-secondary automotive technology programs nationwide. The NA3SA is a series of tests designed to measure students’ knowledge of course content and learning outcomes within an automotive training program. NA3SA was developed by ASE in partnership with AYES, NATEF, and SkillsUSA to replace the existing end-of-program assessment used by NATEF programs and others.

The NA3SA tests are appropriate for evaluating students who are near the end of their studies in the areas of Automobile Service, and Collision Repair & Refinishing. NA3SA has been well-accepted by educators and generated significant positive feedback, with impressive gains over last year’s end-of-program assessment. The final numbers show 9,204 students taking 26,484 tests, an increase of 23% and 46% respectively. The initial test window ended on June 12th.

The program consists of a series of 40-question exams that parallel the NATEF Task Lists—the standard for program certification. The test questions are drawn from combined NATEF and Automotive Youth Education Systems (AYES) item pools, while actual test development is handled by ASE. SkillsUSA brings its years of vocational experience, program design expertise, and commitment to exam development.

Available assessments include:
  • Suspension and Steering
  • Painting and Refinishing
  • Brakes
  • Structural Analysis and Damage Repair
  • Electrical/Electronic Systems
  • Non-structural Analysis and Damage Repair
  • Engine Performance
  • Mechanical and Electrical
  • Engine Repair
  • Automatic Transmission/Transaxle
  • Manual Drive Train and Axles
  • Heating and Air Conditioning

Quick Facts

  • The cost is $15 per student. This fee allows the instructor to schedule, within a single test window, as many of the assessments within a single test series as needed.

  • Instant scoring is available for most tests and the school can print student achievement certificates locally.

  • The spring 2009 testing window began April 16th and concluded June 12th.

  • Medium/Heavy Vehicle tests are in development and scheduled to debut Spring 2010 More information at the NA3SA testing program is available at

Incorporated on June 12, 1972, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence was established 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 who work in dealerships, independent shops, service stations, collision repair shops, auto parts stores, fleets, machine shops, schools and colleges throughout the country. For more information about ASE, visit the website at

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Tony Molla: (703) 669-6614

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