ASE launches online practice tests

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The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence on Tuesday, Sept. 1, announced the launch of its Official ASE Practice Tests in response to requests from the industry. ASE says the new products provide technicians and other automotive professionals with the opportunity to take no-stakes online practice tests, with questions of the same content and format as those used on the ASE certification exams.

ASE says the practice tests are half the length of the regular tests and will provide useful feedback to the user in the form of a performance report and explanations for correct and incorrect answers. The Official ASE Practice Tests are intended to help prepare candidates for the regular ASE certification tests through an independent, precertification assessment of their competency, giving them an opportunity to improve their skills in areas of weakness prior to taking the ASE certification test.

“The secondary goals of the Official ASE Practice Tests are to ease candidate anxiety for those with a fear of failing the ASE certification tests, and to establish a comfort level with an electronic format similar to our Computer-Based Testing (CBT),” says Tim Zilke, ASE president and chief executive officer. The initial practice tests offered will be A1 through A8 and P2, Zilke says, with plans in the works for practice tests across collision, truck and the Advanced Level areas.

ASE say the Practice Tests were developed with subject matter experts using standard ASE test development practices, and that all practice tests are assembled using the current ASE test specifications and test assembly format, with ongoing question maintenance in order to keep the tests relevant and aligned with current specifications. Individuals can purchase the Official ASE Practice Tests online through the ASE website at www.ase.com. The cost for a test varies based on the number ordered: 1 to 2 tests, $14.95 each; 3 to 24 tests, $12.95 each; and 25 or more tests, $11.95 each. Contact ASE for special pricing on quantities of 500 or more.

ASE says the practice tests are computer-based and mimic the actual ASE CBT certification tests as closely as possible. Once completed, the user can view and print a performance report that shows the questions organized by content areas, with a brief description of the question, and indicates if the question was answered correctly. Users have the ability to go back to any of the questions from this page and see the entire question, plus the explanation of why one particular answer is correct and the other answers are incorrect.