Tips and Tricks to Prepare for the ASE Certification Test
by Sara Eisenberg
Are you getting ready for the ASE Certification Test? When you pass, you’ll join a group of the “best of the best” in the industry—currently around 300,000 automotive technicians and service managers. The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence has been testing and certifying automotive professionals since 1972 to help ensure excellence in automotive repair and service.
You probably know the basics about the test—or tests, actually, since there are more than 40 exams for specialties such as automobile, medium/heavy truck, truck equipment, collision repair and more. Test-takers must have either two years of on-the-job experience or one year of on-the-job training with a two-year degree in automotive repair. The tests are designed to measure a technician’s knowledge of job-related skills. ASE certification means technicians can offer tangible proof of their technical knowledge; shops can have a standard gauge of a technician’s level of expertise; and customers can have peace of mind that their vehicle is being serviced by an expert.
As with any test, it can be challenging to study and prepare. Here are some tips and tricks from ASE Certified technicians at ALLDATA, along with advice from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.
Follow the ASE Study Guides
Take advantage of the free ASE study guides provided on their web site. The study guides contain test specifications, task lists and sample questions for the following ASE certifications: A1 through A9, C1, F1 and X1.
We suggest the following when reviewing the study guides:
Carefully read the content list for each test you will take.
Study the task list for each area.
Go over the sample questions to become familiar with each question type (very important).
After completing steps 1 – 3, identify the skill areas where you need additional study.
Understand the Three Question Types
1. Direct or Completion Questions
You will be asked to answer the question or complete a statement using one of four given answers.
Tip – Read each question and all of the answers very carefully.
2. Technician A / Technician B Questions – **This is the most misunderstood question format in the ASE Test.
Two Technicians make independent statements and you must decide if they are true or false statements.
Decide if only one is true, if both are true or if both are false.
Tip – Do not let one statement influence the other. Read each one as a separate statement.
3. “Except” or “Least Likely” Questions
These questions usually begin with a statement of a problem or malfunction. You must choose the one thing that is LEAST likely to cause the problem.
Tip – Use the process of elimination. There will be three answers that WILL cause the problem. If you can identify those, you can then determine what did NOT cause the problem—and that is the correct answer.
Additional Test Taking Tips
Always read each question carefully. Think about the correct answer before you review the answers.
Read all of the answers completely before choosing the best answer.
Skip questions you are unsure about and come back to them later. Other questions in the test may give you clues that will help you answer the ones you skipped.
Answer every question in the test. Blank answers are considered wrong. It’s better to make an educated guess than to leave a question blank.
Congratulations on taking this step in your career—best of luck with the test!
The ALLDATA Training Garage can provide additional learning tools and help new technicians become ASE Certified. To request a demo, click here.