...some of the tasks and specifications associated with the various tests.
The tests are proctored at the school by non-technical staff, and more than 1,400 schools administer more than 200,000 entry-level tests annually, with a pass rate that exceeds 50%.
Generally, the schools pay for the tests, which they use to evaluate students’ progress and growth in learning, and the test is an excellent metric for the program’s success, according to Saia.
Students can attempt any test in a series up to twice per school year, but they must wait at least 30 days to re-test after their initial attempt.
The school awards certificates to the students who successfully pass the entry-level test.
ASE’s entry-level certification test questions are reviewed every two to three years by up to 20 subject matter experts, 40% of whom are working practitioners. Facilitated by ASE technical staff, the entry-level test workshop follows the same process as all other ASE test question development workshops.
“It’s a stout test; it’s very comprehensive,” Saia said.
The entry-level certification expires after two years, and recipients are not eligible for recertification because, by that point, they should have progressed to the professional-level certification that designates them as an experienced working technician.
Learn more about ASE’s entry-level certification at ase.com/entry-level.
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