Developing effective test questions is no accident.

ASE test questions are written in workshops by experts in the subject matter of each specific test. These experts represent a national cross-section of the motor vehicle service industry, including working technicians, training reps from auto manufacturers and the aftermarket, customer service professionals, and educators.

The procedures for writing and validating test questions follow best practices in high-stakes, national credentialing programs. Here's how the process works:

  1. Test questions are developed at test-writing workshops, which typically include 10 to 15 subject matter experts. A separate workshop is conducted for each ASE certification test.
  2. At each workshop, the participants review and modify the existing job tasks necessary for success in a particular job category (such as suspension and steering systems, etc.).
  3. Questions are written to correspond to the job tasks. The diagnostic and repair scenarios must reflect current technology. Trick questions and manufacturer-specific questions are not acceptable. Each question is reviewed and modified by the entire workshop group for clarity and technical accuracy. Each question must have one right answer and three wrong answers.
  4. The questions that are accepted are included as non-scored “pretest” questions in actual ASE tests to determine how well they perform. Since test-takers do not know which questions count, all questions are answered.
  5. Based on how well a given question performs in pretest, it may become an actual test question or may be reconsidered in a future workshop. Questions that make the cut have now been validated by both subject-matter experts and hundreds or thousands of working technicians all across the country.
  6. Even after a question passes pretesting, ASE continues to monitor it. Every question is tracked for proper performance every time it is used in a test.
  7. When a question becomes technically outdated, it is removed from the pool of test questions.