ASE Certification study guides abound. A quick search on Amazon yields well over three hundred results. Before investing your money in any of these books, you should know the answers to the following questions:
- What Should I Be Certified In?
- What Tests Do I Need to Take?
- How Is the ASE Certification Program Set Up?
- What Does the ASE Say About Study Guides and Other Learning Tools?
Quick Facts About ASE Certifications
Getting your ASE certification is basically a standard requirement in the automotive repair and service industry. The ASE (or National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence) has over 40 tests currently on offer. These include practically every topic under the industry’s sun: maintenance, collision repair, light- medium- and heavy-truck repair, alternative fuels, diesel engines, engine performance, and auto parts are all topics on the testing register.
At the time of this writing, the ASE has certified over 330,000 auto technicians. If a technician can document at least two years of work experience and can pass all the tests in a series, he or she will then claim the title of ASE Certified Master Technician. Master Technicians can specialize in auto repair, collision repair, medium-heavy trucks, school buses, transit buses, or truck equipment.
Finding the Right Study Guide and Learning Tools for the ASE Exams
Your first resource should be the ASE website. Here, you’ll learn which ASE certification tests you need to take, based on your current skills.
ASE offers free, downloadable, test-specific study guides on their website. These are more like test overviews, with a few practice questions and study tips included. This will at least get you familiar with the material under consideration and also on the format of the exam. (ASE tests are usually computerized.)
One thing that ASE doesn’t do is promote or produce a detailed study guide. For this, they refer you to a list of third-party providers on their site. From there, you can also find recommendations for classes and other learning programs that can help you prepare for your ASE exam.
ASE does offer paid practice tests in their online store. Many people find that taking a practice test not only helps with their ability to recall facts, it also calms nerves on exam day.
Choosing your study guide becomes much easier when you know what specific test you’ll be taking, and – thanks to the free ASE overview – what that test covers. If you decide that you need some additional study materials to support your personal learning style, those are available through aftermarket vendors.
Want get started with a free interactive ASE study guide and practice test? Head over to PocketPrep.com, or click here.