What to Expect

What to expect during ASE testing:  instant results, streamlined experience.

If you’re familiar with ASE written tests, you’ll find the content and questions in our testing format very familiar. When you schedule your tests, you’ll also appreciate a wider choice of daytime, evening, and weekend reserved appointments. An extra half-hour is included in each appointment to allow time for check-in, a pre-test tutorial, and a post-test survey.

To see a video "walk-thru" of exactly what to expect, watch the video below.

Arrival Time.  Arrive early enough to park and find the test center office. Late arrivals may be turned away by the test center staff. If you cannot take a test because you are late, you will forfeit your test fees.

What to Bring with You. All you need at the test center is your photo ID. Books, calculators, and other reference materials are not permitted in the testing room, so leave them at home. You are required to present one valid, unexpired government-issued photo ID with your signature. The name on your ID must match the name on your ASE record as shown on the Registration Ticket sent to you by email when you schedule an appointment. If you are testing outside of your country of citizenship, you must present a valid passport. Otherwise, you must present a valid driver's license, passport, state ID, national ID, or military ID. If you are a student, a current school ID is also acceptable. Your ID should have your photo and your signature. if either a photo or signature is missing from your primary ID, a second form of ID that includes the missing element is required. If you do not bring an acceptable ID as described, or your identity cannot be verified due to an illegible or damaged ID, you will not be allowed to test and will forfeit your fees.

Important Security Information. To safeguard the test questions and ensure fairness for all candidates, enhanced security procedures are used at the test center. You will be given a copy of all test center regulations before checking in. Please read this carefully. You will be assigned a small locker to store all your personal items (cell phone, electronic devices, watch and other jewelry, keys, wallet, medications, food, drinks, etc.) so please limit what you bring with you. No jewelry is allowed in the testing room, other than wedding bands and engagement rings. Bracelets, necklaces, earrings, headbands, hair clips, neck ties, etc. must be removed and stored in your locker. If you need tissues, the test center will provide them.

You will be asked to pull up your pants legs andsleeves and turn your pockets inside-out. You will be screened with a hand-held metal detector. You will be asked to remove your eyeglasses for visual inspection. Wedding bands and engagement rings are also visually inspected. This screening process is repeated every time you return from a break. Please note that the same security procedures apply to everyone taking tests at Prometric centers, regardless of the type of test - automotive, medical, business, or education. If you do not comply with the directions of the test center staff and Prometric security regulations, you will not be allowed to test and will forfeit your fees. 

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.

Breaks. Please take a break before you check in for your appointment. You can take a break between tests, but keep them as brief as possible. If you take a break during a test, the test clock will continue to run resulting in loss of time on your test. You may not use your cell phone, access any study materials, refer to or make any notes, discuss test questions with anyone, or leave the building or testing lab floor during a break. 

Test Questions.  When you arrive for your ASE test, you’ll find the tests contain the same types of multiple-choice questions you’ve seen before, designed to test specific knowledge needed for competent job performance. Every question has one single right answer, three wrong answers, and enough information to choose the right answer. Best of all, you will know if you passed before leaving the test center. Each test has a comfortable time limit, usually from 1 to 2 hours, depending on the test. Most recertification tests have fewer questions, with a time limit of 30 or 45 minutes. Advanced Level tests offer time limits between 2 and 2 ½ hours

During Testing.  You will receive scratch paper and pencils, and if you are taking the Advanced Level L1 or L2 test, a Composite Vehicle booklet. Once you are seated, the supervisor will explain how to use the computer and mouse. Each test appointment begins with a short tutorial that will help you become familiar with the operation of the computer-based test. You can also preview the system online before you go to take your test. Click here to view the Free Demo /Test Drive.

Each test has a specific time limit. Click here to view the list of tests and the amount of time allowed for each one. As you take each test, the computer screen will continuously display the amount of time left. You can take a break if necessary, but the clock will continue to run. If you finish early, you may review your answers or continue to the next test, if your appointment includes multiple tests. Once you submit a test for scoring, you cannot go back and review it.

If a question is difficult, mark the answer that you think is correct and flag the question using the on-screen button. Then go on to the next question. When you have finished the test, you may have time to go back to those questions you have flagged. Your score is based on the number of correct answers that you give, so it is to your advantage to answer every question.

When you finish your last test, you will be given a short customer satisfaction survey. When you complete it, your detailed score report is emailed to you immediately after you finish your test. You may also request a printed copy at the test center. Test results may also be viewed and printed in myASE within 3 days of the test in most cases.