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Taking the fear out of ASE testing

April 26, 2023
Even for people who work in high-intensity occupations like commercial vehicle technicians, taking a certification exam can be a daunting task. So, here's a few ways to prepare and chase away the pre-test jitters.

Despite technician’s working in an intense environment every day, the most mundane stressors can catch up to anyone, such as test-taking. Because many people experience test-taking anxiety, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) has put together useful tips and online resources to help take the fear out of testing for ASE certification. Common questions and solutions are included below to help individuals overcome their concerns and achieve the goal of ASE certification.

What if I’m not a good test taker?

ASE tests focus on knowledge of the skills required to do a certain task, not on theory. This makes ASE tests relevant to what's done on the job, not in a laboratory. ASE's test taking tips provide an interactive look at the different types of ASE questions.

Will I have enough time to complete the test?

ASE lists the number of questions and allowed times for each test in its study guides. To learn how to use the computer-testing interface and learn time-saving tips, review the YouTube video entitled “A Look at the ASE Testing Platform” on the ASE Campus YouTube channel.

Read more: ASE now offering remote recertification testing

What if I’m not sure about computer-based testing?

Test takers don’t have to be a computer expert to take an ASE Computer-Based Test (CBT). In fact, they don’t even need to know how to use a PC’s operating system. To see how easy it is to take an ASE test, view the ASE Testing Platform webinar on the ASE Campus YouTube channel.

What if English is my second language?

If English is your second language, individuals may bring a standard, published English-to-foreign language dictionary to use during testing. If you speak Spanish, every ASE test features a button on the testing interface that launches an English-Spanish glossary of technical terms.

What if my certification has lapsed?

Regardless of how long it's been since your certifications expired, you're eligible to take the recertification versions of those tests. Recertification tests usually have about half the number of questions as the regular tests, so this can ease the burden of recouping the certification status you seek. 

What if I lack the necessary work experience?

You may take all certification tests without having yet earned the necessary experience, but keep in mind, L and X-series tests have prerequisites.

What If I’m just not prepared?

The best place to start is with the free ASE study guides. The guides contain a detailed "roadmap" for each test, along with sample questions and information on training resources. Also be sure to check out the official ASE practice test. Entrants can also rely on other external resources, such as other accredited prep programs and The Automotive Training Managers Council.

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