The ASE Test Prep Manual / Study Guide for the School Bus ASE Tests is designed to assist both new and seasoned technicians / mechanics prepare for the School Bus ASE certification tests. After performing a thorough review of the School Bus test prep manual, you will be able to sit for the test and pass it. The ASE tests are voluntary. After completion of all seven tests (S1 through S7) certification is achieved. ASE School Bus certification is a way for mechanics to prove their abilities to themselves, to current or new employers, and to their customers. By passing ASE tests technicians will usually earn more money throughout thier career. School bus technicians, through thier repair services and expertise, provide a vital service to the community. Just stop and think of how important the safety of children really is. Keeping the school buses safe is of utmost importance. The ASE tests ensure the technician has an adequate level of knowledge and expertise to diagnose, disassemble, repair and reassemble the school bus properly. The ASE certification tests are difficult and require preparation. However, after becoming certified, you will be proud of yourself and you will be more confident when encountering school buses with difficult repair jobs. One of the best ways of communicating your capability to future employers through out the country is through your ASE certification. What you say about yourself in a job interview is backed up by the existence of your ASE certification credentials. Today, many customers expect the technicians who work on the vehicles to be independently certified by a nationally accredited testing agency. Certified technicians meet this customer expectation and, as a result, create a sense of quality in the eyes of the customer. We encourages you to take the tests to become certified and wear the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence®.
How To Become ASE Certified?
There are seven tests in the School Bus Technician certification series. If you pass at least one test, and have at least two years of hands-on on-the-job experience in school bus repair, then you will become certified as an ASE School Bus Technician. (Related vocational school training may be substituted for up to one year of on-the-job experience.) If you pass tests S1 through S7, and meet the minimum experience requirement, you will earn the certification of Master School Bus Technician. For technicians who are certified in Diesel Engines (A9, H2, S2, or T2) and Electrical/Electronic Systems (A6, H6, S6, or T6), are eligible to take the L2 Electronic Diesel Engine Diagnosis Specialist test.
School Bus ASE Tests
This ASE School Bus Study Guide contains Test specifications, task lists, and sample questions/answers for the following ASE school bus tests: Body Systems and Special Equipment-Test S1, Diesel Engines-Test S2, Drive Train-Test S3, Brakes-Test S4, Suspension & Steering-Test S5, Electrical/Electronic Systems-Test S6, and Air Conditioning Systems & Controls-Test S7.
The ASE test questions, written by ASE certified experts trained in all aspects of school bus repair, are entirely job-related and school bus specific. The test questions are designed to test knowledge and skills that are needed to repair school buses. Each question is developed in an ASE workshop where service techs from OEM school bus manufacturers, aftermarket parts and equipment manufacturers, actual working mechanics and vocational school teacher meet in a collaborative setting to share subject matter ideas and convert them into test questions. Each and every test question written by one of these experts must pass review by all members of the workshop group. The questions are designed to expose practical problems of diagnosis and repair encountered by technicians in their every-day work. Next, all new questions are pre-tested and checked for quality on technicians all around the country. Only questions that deemed meet ASE standards of quality, relevance and accuracy are included in the applicants scored results after the test is taken. Qustions that do not meet minimum ASE standards are redesigned or discarded.
How Do I Prepare for the ASE Tests?
Study the ASE test Prep manual and become familiar with test material, type of questions asked and the differences in potenital answers provided. The Task Lists describe the actual on-the-job work done by technicians in each specific area. Each question on the test is associated with a particular task or set of tasks in the task list. Please review of the task lists, and judge whether you know how to perform each listed task. This will provide you with an overview of key information required to pass the tests. Five types of multiple-choice questions exist on the tests. Each question type has different instructions. Make sure you read each question carefully so you understand exactly what is being asked. Each question focuses on a specific diagnostic or repair problem and only one of the answers provided is correct.
Objective of ASE Transit Bus Test Prep Guide:
To provide a way for Transit Bus Technicians to demonstrate knowledge and on the job skills necessary to diagnose, disassemble, repair and reassemble various mechanical and electrical systems on transit buses. Automotive Service Excellence, in conjuction with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) developed the ASE Test Prep series. While several of the Transit Bus ASE tests parallel the ASE Medium-Heavy Truck and School Bus tests, each Transit Bus test designed to test knowledge of specific systems found on transit buses.
Transit Bus ASE Test List (H Series):
- H1 – Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Engines (scored test questions 50)
- H2 – Diesel Engines (scored test questions 50)
- H3 – Drive Train (scored test questions 40)
- H4 – Brakes (scored test questions 50)
- H5 – Suspension & Steering (scored test questions 45)
- H6 – Electrical/Electronic Systems (scored test questions 50)
- H7 – Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) (scored test questions 50)
- H8 – Preventive Maintenance & Inspection (PMI) (scored test questions 50)
Master ASE Transit Bus Certification Requirements:
Those who pass the tests H1 or H2, plus H3 – H8, are considered ASE-Certified Master Transit Bus Technicians.
Recertification every 5 years:
Technicians are required to retest every five years to renew their certification. The Transit Bus recertification tests (H2R, H4R, H6R, and H7R) are only approximately half as long as the initial certification tests.