ASE chooses new certification testing partner

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The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence has signed an agreement with Prometric to deliver ASE certification tests in their proctored computer-based testing centers. The move represents only the second time ASE has changed testing partners in its 38-year history.

“We’ve been working extremely hard to find the right testing partner who could deliver ASE tests in a computer format at a price comparable to our traditional paper-and-pencil testing, and Prometric is that partner,” says Tim Zilke, ASE president and chief executive officer. “We’re also grateful for the outstanding support we’ve received over the years from testing partner ACT.”

Baltimore-based Prometric provides testing solutions delivered through a broad network of secure test centers worldwide. ASE says the new agreement marks the beginning of a process to transition all ASE certification tests to a computer-based format by 2012; the last written test will be offered in November 2011. Currently, ASE testing is offered in both computer and paper-and-pencil formats.

“Working closely with Prometric will allow us to make a number of significant enhancements to our testing program as we move toward an all-computer format,” Zilke says.