Before You Buy an ASE Certification Study Guide

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, or click here.

This post was written by: Martin Hand


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About Martin Hand

ASE Certified L1 Advanced Mastertech. Martin Hand has over 15 years experience in Asian and European Import Auto Repair. Specializing in electrical diagnosis, engine performance, AT/MT transmission repair/rebuild. Martin is also pursuing a degree in Computers Science & Information Systems starting at Portland Community College while he plans to transfer to OIT. Certified in Java application level programming, experienced with other languages such as PHP, Ruby, JavaScript and Swift. Martin has future plans of automotive diagnostic software development.


  • Priscilla says:

    First of all, thank you for this wonderful blog. It’s very amazing how you could pull off such an effective thing in few lines. God bless you for this.
    I just completed my second year studies in automotive engineering in the university and I am thinking of writing ASE some day (preferably, before or right after I graduate university). I don’t have anyone to help me out in terms of the getting experience with the mechanic so I have decided to stick to the theory part.. Do you think just studying straight from books with no experience in repair would affect me in any way?
    Also, since I am just going to be teaching myself everything for the exam, what are some books you could personally suggest to me to read or have with me? And lastly, is there any form of advice you would like to give to me? I looking forward to hearing from you and if possible, I would be happy to have your contact or email so I could get in contact with you often for any form of advice. Thank you once again.

    • Martin Hand says:

      I would suggest some hands on experience also. It really puts everything you learn in prospective. MotorAge makes good ASE study guides, I used them when taking my ASE tests.

  • Joseph Espinosa says:

    I am wondering if someone sales a text book teaching the different lessons in the ASE Study guides l. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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      Thanks, I have spent a lot of time getting this website to run smoothly. The CSS to me is the most time consuming. I’m more into the programming than the web design.

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