ASE Certification Training Headquarters

Online ASE Certification Training and Career Center

Welcome to ASE Certification Training Headquarters! We have everything you need to make your life easier as you begin your career as an Automotive Service Excellence Certified Master Mechanic. State specific training requirements, a step-by-step hiring process, potential employers, and interviews to help you get hired are just some of the helpful things you'll find here.

Free ASE Practice Tests A1-A8

Are you looking to ace the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A1-A8 tests on your way to becoming an ASE certified Master Mechanic?

Then try out these free ASE test questions to build your knowledge and prepare for the exams. Choose any of the free A1-A8 tests to practice showing off your knowledge and mechanic skills for free to know where you stand – Good luck!

  • General Engine Diagnosis
  • Cylinder Head and Valve Train Diagnosis and Repair
  • Engine Block Diagnosis and Repair
  • Lubrication and Cooling Systems Diagnosis and Repair
  • Fuel, Electrical, Ignition, and Exhaust Systems Inspection and Service

  • General Transmission/Transaxle Diagnosis (Mechanical/Hydraulic Systems, Electronic Systems)
  • In-Vehicle Transmission/Transaxle Maintenance and Repair
  • Off-Vehicle Transmission/Transaxle Repair (Removal and Installation, Disassembly and Assembly, Friction and Reaction Units)

  • Clutch Diagnosis and Repair
  • Transmission Diagnosis and Repair
  • Transaxle Diagnosis and Repair
  • Drive Shaft/Half-Shaft Diagnosis and Repair (Front and Rear Wheel Drive)
  • Drive Axle Diagnosis and Repair
  • Four-Wheel Drive/All-Wheel Drive Component Diagnosis and Repair

  • Steering Systems Diagnosis and Repair (Columns, Units, Linkage)
  • Suspension Systems Diagnosis and Repair (Front, Rear)
  • Related Suspension and Steering Service
  • Wheel Alignment Diagnosis, Adjustment, and Repair
  • Wheel and Tire Diagnosis and Service

  • Hydraulic, Power Assist, and Parking Brake Systems Diagnosis and Repair
  • Drum Brake Diagnosis and Repair
  • Disc Brake Diagnosis and Repair
  • Electronic Brake Control Systems (ABS, TCS, ECS) Diagnosis and Repair

  • General Electrical/Electronic System Diagnosis
  • Battery and Starting System Diagnosis and Repair
  • Charging System Diagnosis and Repair
  • Lighting Systems Diagnosis and Repair
  • Instrument Cluster and Driver Information Systems
  • Body Electrical Systems Diagnosis and Repair

  • A/C System Service, Diagnosis and Repair
  • Refrigeration System Component Diagnosis and Repair
  • Heating and Engine Cooling Systems Diagnosis and Repair
  • Operating Systems and Related Controls Diagnosis and Repair

  • General Engine Diagnosis
  • Ignition System Diagnosis and Repair
  • Fuel, Air Induction, and Exhaus Systems
  • Emissions Control Systems Diagnosis and Repair
  • Computerized Engine Controls Diagnosis and Repair

Free ASE 1 – Engine Repair Test Questions & Study Guide

Preparing for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A1 – Engine Repair exam and don’t know where to start?

Test your knowledge with some free ASE tests and know where you stand! After clicking on your answer, be sure to review what the correct answer and explanation.

By using these free ASE test questions, you’ll know where to brush up on your engine repair knowledge and exactly which study guides to hone in on and follow. Be sure to check out the auto mechanic certification requirements by state for additional information!

Good luck!

Your Score:  

Your Ranking:  

Your Score:  

Your Ranking:  

Your Score:  

Your Ranking:  

Your Score:  

Your Ranking:  

Your Score:  

Your Ranking:  

Click Here to Continue this Test…


How hard are ASE Tests? All Tests Ranked Easiest to Hardest

Approximately two out of three technicians (67%) pass their ASE exam on their first attempt.  But by taking practice tests and following study guides, the rate of passing jumps to over 80%.  The tests questions can be tricky, but all questions are multiple choice.  If you have the required 2 years of hands-on experience and you are a “good test taker,” you should have no problem passing the tests on your first try.

With over 50 ASE certification tests available, it may feel overwhelming when deciding which tests to tackle first.  I’d recommend to start with some of the easier ASE tests (Spoiler Alert:  A5 – Braking Systems is a popular choice!) and then work your way to the most difficult.  This way you can get a feel for the types of questions and format of the questions and answers early on. 

I often hear a lot of the same questions from aspiring technicians who are a little nervous about taking the ASE certification tests.  Here is some information that might be able to help you feel confident about registering for the tests:

What is the easiest ASE test?

We put out a survey to over 100 ASE Master Automotive Technicians, asking them to rank the A1-A8 tests in order of easiest to hardest.  The results of the survey named a clear winner for “Easiest ASE Test,” and that is the A5 Braking Systems test.

Here are the full results of the survey with all of the A1-A9 tests ranked from Easiest to Hardest:

Test #Test NameRankingNumber of Questions# of Correct Answers to Pass (>70%)
A5Brakes#1 (Easiest)5539
A7Heating and Air Conditioning#26042
A1Engine Repair#36042
A8Engine Performance#46042
A3Manual Drive Train and Axles#55035
A6Electrical / Electronic Systems#66042
A4Suspension and Steering#75035
A2Automatic Transmission / Transaxle#86042
A9Light Vehicle Diesel Engines#96042

I recommend trying to take the exams in the order of your own experience.  You should first register for the area that you have the most experience and knowledge of so that you can get that confidence boost going into your first test.  If you feel confident in multiple areas, then I’d recommend registering for the easier tests first (see table above).

By starting with the area you have the most experience in and/or “easiest” ASE test, you can know what to expect for future exams that may be a little more difficult or in areas that you’re not as confident in.  Many technicians find they are able to “crack the code” of the multiple choice questions by recognizing patterns in the types of content being tested on and how the test writers want you to answer.  Many test takers also begin to develop a “rhythm” in understanding the content areas of the test as a whole and the pacing they need to complete all of the questions. 

Lastly, and possibly most importantly, as you take more and more tests, you will gain confidence and feel less nervous the more experience you get.  By your 3rd or 4th exam, you will be an expert test taker and many technicians report that their nervousness is completely gone!

What is the hardest ASE test?

By far the most difficult test according to our survey respondents was the A9 Test for Light Vehicle Diesel Engines.  The reason that technicians gave for the A9 test being the hardest was that it is more difficult to get experience on Diesel engines since they are less common, especially in the United States. 

Most technicians are working at a shop that primarily services gasoline combustion engines since diesel engines fell out of popularity in the late 90’s due to tightening emissions standards.  Therefore, diesel engines can be considered more specialized.  However, in the early 2000’s and on, diesel engines have started to gain popularity once again, which can definitely help you get the experience you need to ace the A9 exam!

The other good news is that the A9 test certification is NOT required in order to get your ASE Master Automotive Technician certification – only the first 8 tests in the A Series, A1 – A8 are required to be able to achieve Master Automotive Technician certification.

What Score is needed to pass the ASE test?

To pass the ASE exam, you need to get at least 70% of the questions correct.  For example, the A2 Transmission & Transaxle exam has 60 questions.  You would need to get 70% x 60 = 42 questions or more correct in order to pass.  This means you can miss up to 18 questions and still pass the exam.

Another example is the A5 Brakes test, which has 55 questions.  You need to correctly answer 70% x 55 = 39 questions in order to pass the test.  You may miss up to 16 questions and still pass.

What happens if I fail an ASE test?

It can happen to anyone – sometimes you just get unlucky with the questions or you just had a bad night’s sleep beforehand, but failing an ASE exam is just a minor setback.  There is no need to worry! The only thing you need to do is to wait at least 30 days before attempting to register again and re-take the exam. 

Don’t be too hard on yourself!  The most important thing is to keep taking steps towards your ASE certification and not to give up.  Be sure to take advantage of our FREE ASE practice tests and read reviews of our most recommended study guides to help you pass the exams, and I have confidence that you’ll be ASE certified in no time!

Study, Study, Study!

Perhaps the biggest “secret” to passing even the most difficult ASE tests is to study, study, study!  The two biggest factors in passing challenging ASE tests are:

1. The number of years of experience the technician has

2. How much the technician has studied for the exam. 

To feel 100% confident in passing, a combination of both experience and studying is highly recommended.  Practice makes perfect, and there are two main tools at your disposal.

Practice Tests

The first tool is pushing yourself to take as many practice tests as possible.  Practice tests allow you to get a great feel for how the test questions will be asked on the day of your exam.  By thinking through the problems in detail, you can begin to recognize what areas you will ace, and what areas you can do a little more studying in.

We have written completely FREE ASE practice tests that you can take to practice for the exam.  After submitting your answer, you will immediately see whether you were correct and also an explanation for the correct answer.  You can repeat the tests as many times as you would like until you are ready to pass!

Here is an example quiz question from our FREE ASE practice tests:

Your Score:  

Your Ranking:  

Was this quiz question helpful?  If so, browse our entire library of FREE ASE practice tests here.

Study Guides

Another extremely helpful tool to help you ace the exam are to purchase or borrow study guides.  They will help to cover all of the possible subjects that will be covered in each exam as well as give you tips on how the questions will be worded.  Many technicians always say that they find study guides to be the most valuable tool available.

Click here to read reviews of our most recommended study guides to help you ace the exams.

Another option for preparing to take the tests is to enroll in a local trade school or community college course to help brush up on your knowledge.  Many students find these courses to be a very helpful supplement to their on-the-job experience.  Just make sure that the school or course you enroll in is geared towards the ASE certification test and is at the appropriate level of difficulty for your experience and background.

Don’t Give Up!

Hopefully by taking on the easiest ASE tests first, you’ll be able to knock out a few tests and get a bunch of certifications under your belt before tackling the most difficult tests.  Remember, everyone moves at their own pace, and don’t be too hard on yourself.  Even if you fail a test here or there, if you keep making progress and keep your eye on the price, you’ll be certified as an ASE Master Technician in no time.


How to Level-Up to ASE Master Technician - A Step-by-Step Guide

Now that you’ve achieved a few ASE Certifications, you might ask yourself… what’s next?  While achieving individual ASE certifications is certainly an accomplishment, there are many technicians who choose to take their career one step further and achieve ASE Master Technician status. 

To achieve the status of ASE Master Automobile Technician, you must achieve certification in all tests A1 through A8 in the Automobile & Light Truck, A Series.  In addition, Master Technician Status may be earned by achieving certification in all required testing areas for ANY of the following series:

  • Master Automobile Technician (A1-A8)
  • Master Collision Repair/Refinish Technician (B2-B5)
  • Master Medium/Heavy Truck Technicians (T2-T8)
  • Master Truck Equipment Technicians (E1-E3)
  • Master Transit Bus Technicians (H1 or H2 and H3-H8)
  • Master School Bus Technicians (S1-S6)

Not sure how to get ASE Certified?  Read our Ultimate Guide to Achieving ASE Certification here.  The guide will help you understand the different certifications available, work experience required, and registering, studying for, and passing your tests to achieve ASE certification!

Why Achieve Master Technician Status?

In addition to earning an awesome certificate to be proudly displayed at your shop and patch (see above), achieving Master Automobile Technician status has many numerous benefits, including:

  • Showing customers you know what you’re talking about.  Not all technicians are created equal, and customers can be skeptical.  With certifications to back-up your knowledge, customers can be put at ease knowing they will get correct, real answers from an expert.  A Master ASE certification is just another way to show “I know what I’m talking about” without having to say it.
  • Tells employers you’re committed to the industry.  Some mechanics argue that ASE certification doesn’t prove you’re technically competent, but no one can argue that it shows employers that you’re serious about the automotive service industry.  ASE Master Certification is not strictly required, but if an employer has to choose between hiring an ASE certified and non-ASE certified technician, you know who they’ll choose…
  • Get you the Salary and wage increase you deserve.  Many shops have defined salary increases directly tied to ASE certification.  Make sure you know your shop’s policies to maximize your earning potential.  If not, ASE certification can certainly be a conversation starter when negotiating a pay increase.
  • Lifelong learning.  Studying for ASE master technician certification and help you brush up on your knowledge of the automotive service industry throughout your career.  It can keep you sharp and stay up to date on ever-changing technologies and requirements. 

What is the cost to become an ASE Master Technician?

As you achieve certification in each of the required Test Series, you will have to pay for each of the exams you are registering for.  I’ve broken down the entire cost for ASE certification in this article.  

However, the quick summary is the cost of the ASE certification tests is $47 per test plus a single $34 registration fee paid with each order.  For example, taking the A1 and A2 exams would cost 2 x $47 + $34 = $128.  Although the cost seem pricey, it can more than make up in career growth and additional pay.  Some employers even pay for ASE test fees as an added benefit!

We’ve created a handy table below to quickly calculate how much it will cost to register based on the number of tests:

TestNameNumber of questions*Testing timeCost 
A1Engine Repair601¼ hours$47
A2Automatic Transmission / Transaxle601¼ hours$47
A3Manual Drive Train and Axles501 hour$47
A4Suspension and Steering501 hour$47
A5Brakes551¼ hours$47
A6Electrical / Electronic Systems601½ hours$47
A7Heating and Air Conditioning601¼ hours$47
A8Engine Performance601¼ hours$47
A9Light Vehicle Diesel Engines601¼ hours$47

Which Tests Are Required for each Master Status

It can be very confusing to figure out which tests are required for each status.  You can find the list on the ASE website, but we’ve tried to make it easy for you and break it down for you by Test Series and each subject area: 

  • Master Automobile Technician (A Series)
    • A1 – Engine Repair
    • A2 – Automatic Transmission/Transaxle
    • A3 – Manual Drive Train & Axles
    • A4 – Suspension & Steering
    • A5 – Brakes
    • A6 – Electrical/Electronic Systems
    • A7 – Heating & Air Conditioning
    • A8 – Engine Performance
    • Note:  A9 is NOT required for Master Automobile Technician Status
  • Master Collision Repair/Refinish Technician (B Series)
    • B2 – Painting & Refinishing
    • B3 – Non-Structural Analysis & Damage Repair
    • B4 – Structural Analysis & Damage Repair
    • B5 – Mechanical & Electrical Components
    • Note:  B6 is NOT required for Master Collision Repair Technician Status
  • Master Medium/Heavy Truck Technicians (T Series)
    • T2 – Diesel Engines
    • T3 – Drive Train
    • T4 – Brakes
    • T5 – Suspension & Steering
    • T6 – Electrical/ Electronic Systems
    • T7 – Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC)
    • T8 – Preventive Maintenance Inspection
    • Note:  T1 is NOT required for Master Medium-Heavy Truck Technician Status
  • Master Truck Equipment Technicians (E1-E3)
    • E1 – Truck Equipment Installation & Repair
    • E2 – Electrical/Electronic Systems Installation & Repair
    • E3 – Auxiliary Power Systems Installation & Repair
  • Master Transit Bus Technicians (H1 or H2 and H3-H8)
    • H1 – Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Engines  OR  H2 – Diesel Engines
    • H3 – Drive Train
    • H4 – Brakes
    • H5 – Suspension & Steering
    • H6 – Electrical/Electronic Systems
    • H7 – Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC)
    • H8 – Preventive Maintenance & Inspection (PMI)
  • Master School Bus Technicians (S1-S6)
    • S1 – Body Systems & Special Equipment
    • S2 – Diesel Engines
    • S3 – Drive Train
    • S4 – Brakes
    • S5 – Suspension & Steering
    • S6 – Electrical/Electronic Systems
    • Note:  S7 is NOT required for Master School Bus Technician Status

Maintaining your Master Technician Status

Now that you’re a certified Master Technician, make sure that you maintain that status by keeping your certifications current.  All ASE credentials are valid for up to 5 years, and technicians must retest every five years to retain their certification.  The good news is that all recertification tests (A1R-A8R) are approximately half the number of questions as the initial tests for certification.

Because certifications expire after 5 years, to maintain Master Technician Certification, all Automotive / Light Truck Tests A1-A8 Recertification tests must be passed every 5 years.  Pro Tip: If you register for all recertifications in one registration window, the maximum you’ll have to pay is $175 (no limit cap on number of tests taken in 1 window).  Instead of having to pay the cost of all 9 exams is 9 x $47 + $34 = $457, you can pay just $175, which saves you $282 every 5 years.  Make sure you take advantage of this when renewing your certification!

What if one of my certifications expires? 

Although you temporarily lose Master Technician status while a credential is expired, as soon as you renew that certification your status will be valid again.  Therefore, there is no need to worry about having to start all over again!  However, it always helps to renew your certification on time to prevent any lapse in status.

Enjoy your Master Automotive Technician Status

Now that you’re officially an ASE Certified Master Automotive Technician, get the most out of your Master certification status by displaying your certificate proudly and ensure your employer and customers are aware of your credentials.  Since there are 6 Master Technician certifications, consider tackling another area of expertise within the automotive service industry.

Also, be sure to display your ASE Master Technician shoulder insignia patch, wallet I.D. card and a certificate to frame on the wall in your shop.  Master Automotive Technicians are considered to be well-rounded experts in automotive repair and service.  Master Technician Certification may be that extra push to land you that promotion, salary bump, or land your next job within the industry.


How to get ASE Certified: The Ultimate Guide (2021)

Ready to take your career as an automotive technician to the next level with ASE certification, but not quite sure how?  You’re in the right place!  There are over 315,000 ASE certified professionals in the USA, including many technicians and specialists with certifications in multiple areas.  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average ASE certified technician earns an average income of $50,518, with the highest 10 percent earning more than $68,880. 

Becoming ASE certified may feel like a daunting task.  But if you follow our step-by-step guide to ASE certification, you’ll be on your way to career growth in no time!

Step 1.  Gain Work Experience in the Field

As every mechanic knows, no amount of book knowledge can ever replace hands-on experience in the field, which is why ASE requires hands-on work experience in addition to passing tests.  The amount and type of work experience needed varies between different tests and certifications.  Use the table to determine which of the various automotive service industry work experience is required for your certification:

Certification TestMinimum amount of experienceCategory and Type of Experience Needed
Repair Technician:
G1
1 yearHands-on experience maintaining, servicing, and/or repairing light-duty or heavy-duty motor vehicles.
Repair Technician:
A1-A9, B2-B5, E1-E3, F1, H1-H8, S1-S7, T1-T8, and X1
2 yearsHands-on experience maintaining, servicing, and/or repairing light-duty or heavy-duty motor vehicles.
Repair Technician:
L1, L2, and L3
3 yearsHands-on experience maintaining, servicing, and/or repairing light-duty or heavy-duty motor vehicles.
Service Consultant:
C1
2 yearsHands-on experience as an automotive service writer/consultant or service manager.
Parts Specialist:
P1, P2, and P4
2 yearsHands-on experience as a parts counterperson or managing a wholesale or retail parts store or in-house parts department.
Collision Damage Estimator:
B6
2 yearsHands-on experience as an automotive collision damage estimator/adjuster.

You will need to submit an ASE Work Experience Form to document your work experience.  For example, if you are trying to become certified as a Repair Technician, you can get experience in a repair shop or dealership service center.  If you would like to get Collision Damage Estimator certification, you can get relevant experience in a body shop or repair shop.

The one exception to the work experience requirements in the table above is that Formal Education may be substituted for part of a Repair Technician work experience requirement per the table below. Formal Education includes high school, trade school, or community college education.

Education / TrainingCredit toward 1-year Repair Technician requirementCredit toward 2-year Repair Technician requirementCredit toward 3-year Repair Technician requirement
1) Complete any ASE-Accredited Program – Auto, M/H Truck or Collision-Refinish, including MLR, AST, MAST and all other current or grandfathered ASE standards6 months1 year1 year
-or- 2) Complete an ASE-Accredited OEM-Sponsored Co-op Program1 year2 years2 years
-or- 3) Pass 3 or more different ASE Entry-Level Certification Program Tests6 months1 year1 year
-or- 4) All other training: 2 months of full-time training (or 200 program hours) equals 1 month creditUp to 6 monthsUp to 1 yearUp to 1 year

A few more notes about work experience (does not apply to most people):

  • The two-year work experience requirement can be waived if you complete a 3 to 4 year apprenticeship program or a two year co-op program
  • The ASE also offers a student ASE program.  Through this program, you can take ASE tests and pass them while still in school and receive an student ASE certification.  Once you finish the school program or gain the two year experience requirement, you will be given the full ASE certification at that time.

Lastly, if you do not have the required work experience, you may still register for and take tests.  If you choose this route, you will receive a final test score, but you will not earn certification or receive certificates until you complete the experience requirement.

Step 2:  Study for the ASE Tests

Now that you’ve chosen which certification to apply for and completed your required work experience, the next step is to hit the books!  The good news is that we have completely FREE ASE practice tests that you can take to practice for the exam.  After submitting your answer, you will immediately see whether you were correct and also an explanation for the correct answer.  You can repeat the tests as many times as you would like until you are ready to pass!

Here is an example of a quiz question from our ASE practice tests:

Your Score:  

Your Ranking:  

Was this quiz question helpful?  If so, browse our entire library of FREE ASE practice tests here.

Another extremely helpful tool to help you ace the exam are to purchase or borrow study guides.  They will help to cover all of the possible subjects that will be covered in each exam as well as give you tips on how the questions will be worded.  Many technicians always say that they find study guides to be the most valuable tool available.

Click here to read reviews of our most recommended study guides to help you ace the exams.

Another option for preparing to take the tests is to enroll in a local trade school or community college course to help brush up on your knowledge.  Many students find these courses to be a very helpful supplement to their on-the-job experience.  Just make sure that the school or course you enroll in is geared towards the ASE certification test and is at the appropriate level of difficulty for your experience and background.

Step 3:  Take the ASE Exams

Register for your ASE Tests

After all of that experience and studying, it’s time to show off your knowledge by taking the official ASE Exams.  The first step is to register for your Tests Series that you are applying for.  You can register on the official ASE site

Below are all of the Tests Series offered by the ASE:

  • Automobile & Light Truck Certification Tests (A Series)
  • Collision Repair & Refinish Certification Tests (B Series)
  • Damage Analysis & Estimating Certification Test (B6)
  • Automobile Service Consultant Certification Test (C1)
  • Truck Equipment Certification Tests (E Series)
  • Alternate Fuels Certification Test (F1)
  • Auto Maintenance and Light Repair Certification Test (G1)
  • Transit Bus Certification Tests (H Series)
  • Advanced Engine Performance Specialist Certification Test (L1)
  • Electronic Diesel Engine Diagnosis Specialist Certification Test (L2)
  • Light Duty Hybrid/Electric Vehicle Specialist Test (L3)
  • Engine Machinist Certification Tests (M Series)
  • Parts Specialist Certification Tests (P Series)
  • School Bus Certification Tests (S Series)
  • Medium-Heavy Truck Certification Tests (T Series)
  • Undercar Specialist Exhaust Systems Test (X1)
  • ASE Military Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Certification Tests (MIL Series)

There are 17 different Tests Series you can take, and many Tests Series have multiple exams within – in total there are 50 different ASE Certification tests, covering almost every conceivable aspect of the automotive service and repair industry. 

For example, the A-Series, Automobile & Light Truck Certification Tests, is the most common Certification Tests Series, and it contains 8 tests – A1-A9 that cover the following 8 subject areas:

TestASE Series TopicNumber of Questions
A1Engine Repair 50 Questions
A2Transmission & Transaxle50 Questions
A3Drivetrain & Axles 40 Questions
A4Steering & Suspension40 Questions
A5Braking Systems45 Questions
A6Electronic & Electrical50 Questions
A7AC & Heating 50 Questions
A8Engine Performance 50 Questions

Registration Windows

Once you’ve chosen which exams to register for, you should think about the time frame to take the exam.  You may take the test any time of the year, but there are specific registration windows throughout the year to register for the exam.  Once registered, you will have 90 days to take the exam.  The registration windows follow the seasons:

Registration WindowDates
WinterJanuary 10 – March 31
SpringApril 10 – June 30
SummerJuly 10 – September 30
FallOctober 10 – December 31

Cost to register for ASE Exams

As part of registering for the exams, you will pay based on the number of exams you are registering for.  I’ve broken down the entire cost for ASE certification in this article.  

However, the quick summary is the cost of the ASE certification tests is $47 per test plus a single $34 registration fee paid with each order.  For example, taking the A1 and A2 exams would cost 2 x $47 + $34 = $128.  Although the cost seem pricey, it can more than make up in career growth and additional pay.  Some employers even pay for ASE test fees as an added benefit!

We’ve created a handy table below to quickly calculate how much it will cost to register based on the number of tests:

TestNameNumber of questions*Testing timeCost 
A1Engine Repair601¼ hours$47
A2Automatic Transmission / Transaxle601¼ hours$47
A3Manual Drive Train and Axles501 hour$47
A4Suspension and Steering501 hour$47
A5Brakes551¼ hours$47
A6Electrical / Electronic Systems601½ hours$47
A7Heating and Air Conditioning601¼ hours$47
A8Engine Performance601¼ hours$47
A9Light Vehicle Diesel Engines601¼ hours$47

Taking the Exam

The day has arrived to take the exam… Step 1: Take a deep breath – you can do this!

Make sure you get plenty of rest the night before the exam.  Everyone prepares for taking tests in their own way, whether it’s relaxing reading the newspaper, last minute cramming of practice test questions, or exercising.  Also, Be sure to read our guide to Test Taking Tips as well because every advantage helps.

Make sure you arrive at the test center on time and make sure you bring a valid Government-issued Identification. The good news is that you won’t have to wait long for your results.  The results will be emailed to you shortly after the test has been completed. 

What percentage is needed to pass the ASE Tests?

In order to pass an ASE exam, you need to score at least a 70% or better.  For example, if you are taking the A1 Engine Repair exam with 50 questions, you need to get 35 questions correct or more to pass.  This means you can only miss 15 questions or less on the exam. 

For an exam with 40 questions (such as A3 – Drivetrain & Axles), you must get 28 questions or more correct.  Put another way, you can miss up to 12 questions and still pass the exam.

What if I fail the ASE Test?

Hopefully you will have passed the ASE exam with flying colors the first time.  However, if not there is no need to worry!  The only requirement is to wait 30 days after the prior attempt to register again and re-take the exam. 

Don’t be too hard on yourself! – even the best technicians in their field can have an off day or get unlucky with the question selection.  The important thing is to keep your eye on the prize of ASE certification and not to give up.  Be sure to utilize our FREE ASE practice tests and look into a recommended study guide, and I have confidence that you’ll be ASE certified in no time!

Congratulations – You’re now ASE Certified!

Now that you’re officially ASE certified, get the most out of your certification by displaying your certificate proudly and ensure your employer and customers are aware of your credentials.  Since there are 50 certifications offered by the ASE, consider tackling another area of expertise within the automotive service industry.

To take your career to the next level, consider additional certifications to achieve ASE Master Technician certification to become part of an elite club.  An ASE Master Technician designation is achieved by successfully certifying on all 8 A-Series, Automobile & Light Truck Certification Tests (A1-A8). 

Those who are able to achieve ASE Master Technician certification will also receive a special ASE Master Technician shoulder insignia patch, wallet I.D. card and a certificate to frame on the wall in your shop.  Master Technicians are considered to be well-rounded experts in automotive repair and service.  Master Technician Certification may be that extra push to land you that promotion, salary bump, or land your next job within the industry.

Hopefully this comprehensive guide has been helpful in providing step-by-step instructions to help you achieve ASE certification.


How much does ASE Certification cost? A Complete Breakdown

You’ve been working hard as an automotive mechanic for the past few years, and you feel you’re ready to take your career to the next level.  You’d like to take the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification tests, but what is the actual cost of the ASE tests?

The cost of the ASE certification tests is $47 per test plus a single $34 registration fee paid with each order.  For example, taking the A1 and A2 exams would cost 2 x $47 + $34 = $128.  Although the cost seem pricey, it can more than make up in career growth and additional pay.  Some employers even pay for ASE test fees as an added benefit!

We’ve created a handy table below to quickly calculate how much it will cost to register based on the number of tests:

# TestsCost per TestReg. FeeTotal Cost
1x $47+ $34$81
2x $47+ $34$128
3x $47+ $34$175
4x $47+ $34$222
5x $47+ $34$269
6x $47+ $34$316

Now that you know the basic costs of ASE tests, you’re probably wondering how many tests are available, how many you should complete.

Cost to become an ASE Certified Master Mechanic

There are over 49 different certifications that are available, but by far the most common certifications are the Automotive / Light Truck Tests.  There are 9 certifications for this category commonly known as A1 – A9.  If an auto mechanic is able to pass all 9 of these certifications then they become an ASE Certified Master Mechanic.  Now let’s look at what the total cost would be to take these exams.

If all 9 tests were to be registered at once, the total cost would be 9 x $47 + $34 = $457.  Although this can seem like a large expense, these certifications can be thought of as an investment.  Many technicians report a pay increase of 20-30% after achieving Master Mechanic certification.  You can see how the costs of the ASE tests will quickly pay for itself.

If you’re looking to study for the ASE test, be sure to take our practice tests and utilize our study guides to ensure you ace the tests. Below is the full list of the A1-A9 tests that are required for ASE Master Mechanic Certification.  The table includes the number of questions, testing time, and cost as well.

TestNameNumber of questions*Testing timeCost 
A1Engine Repair601¼ hours$47
A2Automatic Transmission / Transaxle601¼ hours$47
A3Manual Drive Train and Axles501 hour$47
A4Suspension and Steering501 hour$47
A5Brakes551¼ hours$47
A6Electrical / Electronic Systems601½ hours$47
A7Heating and Air Conditioning601¼ hours$47
A8Engine Performance601¼ hours$47
A9Light Vehicle Diesel Engines601¼ hours$47

How much does Recertification (Renewal) Cost?

ASE Certification credentials are valid for five years after passing the test.  When your credentials are about to expire, you may take Recertification tests.  Recertification tests are shorter in both time and number of questions – usually about half the number and length.  The cost of the ASE Recertification tests is $47 for each test plus a single $34 registration fee paid with each order.  For example, taking the A3, A4, and A5 Recertification exams would cost 3 x $47 + $34 = $175. 

BUT HERE IS AN IMPORTANT TIP FOR RECERTIFICATION!!!  For Recertification only, you may take as many recertification tests as you want in a single registration window with a total cost cap of $141 + $34 registration fee = $175.  This means that no matter how many recertification tests are taken, you will not have to pay more than $175.

You may take the re-certification tests even if your credentials are expired – and you definitely want to take the recertification instead of the Initial certification test as they are shorter in number of questions and time.

Because credentials are valid for up to 5 years, to maintain Master Mechanic Certification, all 9 Automotive / Light Truck Tests A1-A9 Recertification tests must be passed every 5 years.  Make sure you register for all recertifications in one window so that you only have to pay $175 (See above Tip!).  Instead of having to pay the cost of all 9 exams is 9 x $47 + $34 = $457, you can pay just $175, which saves you $282 every 5 years!

This why you should definitely ask your employer whether they can reimburse you for ASE Certification tests.  Even if your employer does not cover the costs, an ASE Master Mechanic Certification can help you stand out from other technicians land you that new job.

Reduce Costs by Passing the First Time!

This may sound like a no-brainer, but if you fail the certification tests you will have to pay additional fees to re-take the tests.  You definitely want to avoid this at all costs to save you time and money!

At a cost of $47 per test, the price can quickly add up.  Just how quickly you might ask?  If you are trying to pass all 9 Automotive / Light Truck Tests and you fail them and need to re-test, that could be an additional 9 x $47 + $34 = $457, Ouch!

It only makes sense to take these tests once you are well-prepared and have completed multiple study guides and practice tests.  Definitely take advantage of the resources on this page, including test tips, study guides, and of course the FREE practice test questions.

My own mentors have always recommended that I purchase a set of study guide books to help me prepare, and that was excellent advice.

We have a list of study guides that we recommend that you can find here: https://asecertificationtraining.com/guides/

Special Tests with a Different Fee

There are a few special advanced tests that cost a bit more than the other 49 standard ASE tests.  These tests are for mechanics who have very specific needs or are pursuing advanced certification. 

  • The Advanced Level Tests L1, L2, and L3 cost $94 each
  • The Military Tactical Wheeled Vehicles (TWV) test costs $74 each
  • The Volvo Certified Level Tests costs $94 each

Most mechanics will not end up taking these tests for certification.  They are advanced certifications, and therefore are priced a bit higher than the other standard tests.  However, getting these certifications could be the difference between getting your dream job, so you should consider looking into them.

Below is the full list of the L1-L3 tests, the number of questions, testing time, and cost.

TestNameNumber of questions*Testing timeCost
L1Advanced Engine Performance602½ hours$94
L2Electronic Diesel Engine Diagnosis452 hours$94
L3Light Duty Hybrid/Electric Vehicle552 hours$94

Conclusion

Hopefully you now feel well prepared to take on the ASE certification tests to boost your career growth (and your paycheck!).  Although a cost of $47 per test may seem a little steep, the payoff is well worth it in terms of landing that new job or asking for a raise. 

Once you are able to achieve your ASE Master Mechanic Certification (and any additional certifications), make sure you take advantage of the capped $145 for Recertification that allows you to take as many exams as you want in one registration window.


Test Prep Study Guide Tips & Tricks

Introduction

After receiving an overwhelming number of requests for a study guide, ASE Certification Training HQ has decided to put out a new series on ASE test preparation tips and tricks.

Types of Questions on ASE Exam

Here at ASE Certification Training HQ, we believe that preparation is the key to success, and what better way to prepare than to know what types of questions will be asked on the ASE exam.  There are 5 basic types of questions, and we will cover each of them in the following sections.

The types are:

  • Multiple-Choice Questions
  • EXCEPT Questions
  • Technician A, Technician B Questions
  • Most-Likely Questions
  • Least-Likely Questions

Different people tend to find different types of questions easier than others.  We recommend reviewing the types and seeing which questions you feel most comfortable answering.

ASE certification tests are often thought of as being tricky. They may seem to be tricky if you do not completely understand what is being asked. The following examples will help you recognize certain types of ASE questions and avoid common errors. Each test is made up of forty to eighty multiple-choice questions.

Multiple-choice questions are an efficient way to test knowledge. To answer them correctly, you must think about each choice as a possibility, and then choose the one that best answers the question. To do this, read each word of the question carefully. Do not assume you know what the question is about until you have finished reading it.

About 10 percent of the questions on an actual ASE exam will use an illustration. These drawings contain the information needed to correctly answer the question. The illustration must be studied carefully before attempting to answer the question. Often, techs look at the possible answers then try to match up the answers with the drawing. Always do the opposite; match the drawing to the answers.

When the illustration is showing an electrical schematic or another system in detail, look over the system and try to figure out how the system works before you look at the question and the possible answers.

Multiple-Choice Questions

One type of multiple-choice question has three wrong answers and one correct answer. The wrong answers, however, may be almost correct, so be careful not to jump at the first answer that seems to be correct. If all the answers seem to be correct, choose the answer that is the most correct. If you readily know the answer, this kind of question does not present a problem. If you are unsure of the answer, analyze the question and the answers. For example:

A rocker panel is a structural member of which vehicle construction type?
A. Front-wheel drive
B. Pickup truck
C. Unibody
D. Full-frame

Analysis:
This question asks for a specific answer. By carefully reading the question, you will find that it asks for a construction type that uses the rocker panel as a structural part of the vehicle.

Answer A is wrong. Front-wheel drive is not a vehicle construction type.

Answer B is wrong. A pickup truck is not a type of vehicle construction.

Answer C is correct. Unibody design creates structural integrity by welding parts together, such as the rocker panels, but does not require exterior cosmetic panels installed for full strength.

Answer D is wrong. Full-frame describes a body-over-frame construction type that relies on the frame assembly for structural integrity.

Therefore, the correct answer is C. If the question was read quickly and the words “construction type” were passed over, answer A may have been selected.

EXCEPT Questions

Another type of question used on ASE tests has answers that are all correct except one. The correct answer for this type of question is the answer that is wrong. The word “EXCEPT” will always be in capital letters. You must identify which of the choices is the wrong answer. If you read quickly through the question, you may overlook what the question is asking and answer the question with the first correct statement. This will make your answer wrong. An example of this type of question and the analysis is as follows:

All of the following are tools for the analysis of structural damage EXCEPT: A. height gauge. B. tape measure. C. dial indicator. D. tram gauge.

Analysis:
The question really requires you to identify the tool that is not used for analyzing structural damage. All tools given in the choices are used for analyzing structural damage except one. This question presents two basic problems for the test-taker who reads through the question too quickly. It may be possible to read over the word “EXCEPT” in the question or not think about which type of damage analysis would use answer C. In either case, the correct answer may not be selected. To correctly answer this question, you should know what tools are used for the analysis of structural damage. If you cannot immediately recognize the incorrect tool, you should be able to identify it by analyzing the other choices.

Answer A is wrong. A height gauge may be used to analyze structural damage.

Answer B is wrong. A tape measure may be used to analyze structural damage.

Answer C is correct. A dial indicator may he used as a damage analysis tool for moving parts, such as wheels, wheel hubs, and axle shafts, but would not be used to measure structural damage.

Answer D is wrong. A tram gauge is used to measure structural damage.

Technician A, Technician B Questions

The type of question that is most popularly associated with an ASE test is the “Tech­ nician A says… Technician B says… Who is right?” type. In this type of question, you must identify the correct statement or statements. To answer this type of question correctly, you must carefully read each technician’s statement and judge it on its own merit to determine if the statement is true.

Typically, this type of question begins with a statement about some analysis or repair procedure. This is followed by two statements about the cause of the problem, proper inspection, identification, or repair choices. You are asked whether the first statement, the second statement, both statements, or neither statement is correct. Analyzing this type of question is a little easier than the other types hecause there are only two ideas to consider although there are still four choices for an answer.

Technician A, Technician B questions are really double true or false questions. The best way to analyze this kind of question is to consider each technician’s statement sep­ arately. Ask yourself, is A true or false? Is B true or false? Then select your answer from the four choices. An important point to remember is that an ASE Technician A, Techni­ cian B question will never have Technician A and B directly disagreeing with each other. That is why you must evaluate each statement independently. An example of this type of question and the analysis of it follows.

Structural dimensions are being measured. Technician A says comparing measurements from one side to the other is enough to determine the damage. Technician B says a tram gauge can be used when a tape measure cannot measure in a straight line from point to point. Who is right?

A. A only

B. B only

C. Both A and B

D. Neither A nor B

Analysis:
With some vehicles built asymmetrically, side-to-side measurements are not always equal. The manufacturer’s specifications need to be verified with a dimension chart before reaching any conclusions about the structural damage.

Answer A is wrong. Technician A’s statement is wrong. A tram gauge would provide a point-to-point measurement when a part, such as a strut tower or air cleaner, interrupts a direct line between the points.

Answer B is correct. Technician B is correct. A tram gauge can be used when a tape measure cannot be used to measure in a straight line from point to point.

Answer C is wrong. Since Technician A is not correct, C cannot be the correct answer.

Answer D is wrong. Since Technician B is correct, D cannot be the correct answer.

Most-Likely Questions

Most-likely questions are somewhat difficult because only one choice is correct while the other three choices are nearly correct. An example of a most-likely-cause question is as follows:

The most likely cause of reduced turbocharger boost pressure may be a:

A. westgate valve stuck closed.

B. westgate valve stuck open.

C. leaking westgate diaphragm.

D. disconnected westgate linkage.

Analysis:

Answer A is wrong. A westgate valve stuck closed increases turbocharger boost pressure.

Answer B is correct. A westgate valve stuck open decreases turbocharger boost pressure.

Answer C is wrong. A leaking westgate valve diaphragm increases turbocharger boost pressure.

Answer D is wrong. A disconnected westgate valve linkage will increase turbocharger boost pressure.

LEAST-Likely Questions

Notice that in most-likely questions there is no capitalization. This is not so with LEAST-likely type questions. For this type of question, look for the choice that would be the least likely cause of the described situation. Read the entire question carefully before choosing your answer. An example is as follows:

What is the LEAST likely cause of a bent pushrod?

A. Excessive engine speed

B. A sticking valve

C. Excessive valve guide clearance

D. A worn rocker arm stud

Analysis:

Answer A is wrong. Excessive engine speed may cause a bent pushrod.

Answer B is wrong. A sticking valve may cause a bent pushrod.

Answer C is correct. Excessive vaJve clearance will not generally cause a bent pushrod.

Answer D is wrong. A worn rocker arm stud may cause a bent pushrod.

Next Steps towards ASE Certification

Now that you’re familiar with Heater Cores: Problem Diagnosis, Inspection, Pressure, and Dye Testing, try out our free Automotive Service Excellence Tests to see how much you know!


Older Entries »

Secret ASE Certification Test Taking Tips!

Test taking is an acquired, learned skill in any subject or industry and it’s important that you fully acquaint yourself with the test material and format before you walk in on the big day. Hands-on experience and learning in the field is important for anyone looking to take the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certification test but if you really want to excel and pass with flying colors, you have to take a more strategic approach and study the test itself!

Practice tests are fantastic because they provide you with important information about a number of factors. You’ll learn what basic testing format you should expect, some of the possible material that might be presented, and, best of all, you’ll become aware of any holes in your training and technical knowledge to address before you take the real test. These three components are of the utmost importance when preparing for a big test, especially one that can change the course of your career moving forward!

You’ll find example questions in a practice test for the ASE Certification test right here at the ASE Certification Training Headquarters. You can also take the official practice tests on the ASE website, but there is a $14.95 cost per practice test, so we highly recommend trying the free ones first. The questions are standard, relevant, and related so that you can test your knowledge and master the test on your first attempt. You might also try considering taking some technical classes before committing to the official practice test. Do you know what a moderately loose alternator belt might cause in a vehicle? Try the practice questions and test your knowledge right now!

ASE Requirements by State

Automotive mechanic certification requirements vary from state to state, so please select your state below to read about how to quickly get certified as an auto mechanic today!