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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on August 16, 2011
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After taking the ASE Engine Performance ASE test, I failed it by four questions. I will have to retake it in a few months. Nevertheless this book gives you a great addition of knowledge to add on preexisting knowledge. If you are planning on getting this book without any prior understanding of Engine Performance and just passing the test, forget it.

The fact is that most of these questions will not be on the ASE test. There are 300 practice questions in the book. A lot of them are good for info. And some of them are not even worth looking at. Common sense questions that you will never see on the test such as " what is the first step in the diagnosis process ". Knowledge such as this is basic and there are a few questions like this in the book. But trust me, they will not be on the actual test.

There are a few areas it falls short at. But again with such a large amount of questions and explanations, you learn quite a bit. So I would not give it a bad rating. One area it falls short in is scan tool diagnosis. Such as live data diagnosis. Even though I was already prepared for these kinds of questions, it was not thanks to this book(I studied various online practice and study test). In this book there are few scan tool diagnostic questions that involve interpreting live data. But on the test, you are bound to see at least 4 or 5 questions about interpreting live data.

Another area it fell short in to me was Emission controls. There was not enough thorough symptom and diagnostic info on the EVAP system or questions. I was seeing questions such as " a customer complains they cannot fill the gas tank pass half full ". There is no info on this kind of symptom in the book. Of course I dont know if that counted towards my score, but there were two similar questions like this one. So I feel it should have been covered.

The Engine Performance ASE test has a lot of diagram questions. So I also feel that there should have been more of those in the book instead of putting those simple ones. Electrical diagnosis is one of my weak points. And there are a few questions on this, but I feel there should have been more. Last but not least there are some disputable questions and a couple of small errors. Im not going to go over the small errors I found.

Regardless of the cons, for the money it's well worth it to increase knowledge and understanding of this subject. I would definitely recommend it to anyone planning to take the ASE test. And I will buy the other versions as well. In fact I bought the Engine Repair version and I passed that test. But of course Engine Performance is a bit more advanced.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 5, 2014
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Ordered these to get a little in depth coverage of this particular ASE test. I am pleased with the coverage of material and the presentation.

The only draw back to these would be if you aren't already very familiar with the work, and if you are a "grammar nazi" because there a few typo's and it may sound silly, but they distract me the first read through. Not a big deal, just saying.
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on April 4, 2013
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This is a very good guide with lots of good information. I would suggest a good understanding of voltage drops and parallel/series circuits before attempting this ASE test in general. The one thing I noticed while taking my test the other day is the current ASE focuses much more on coil over plug systems then this book goes into. COP is basically the same as distributorless, but I felt this book could have done away with the TBI questions and focused on COP. The ASE test sure did.

Besides that one complaint this is a fantastic study guide. When I took the pretest I think I scored a 10/30. By the time I took the last practice test in this book I had it down cold. And the test ASE A8 was conquered.
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on January 27, 2014
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I tried this test 3 times and failed, it was the last one I needed to be master level. I liked this study guild the most because of the sample questions then the correct answer and the explanation of why it's that answer. Ase tests are all about the best possible answer and if you read the questions right and know how to fix vehicles you will pass my 4th time taking this test after reading this study guild I passes with 50 out of 50
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on November 5, 2013
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I feel as long as you read the guide and take the time to do all 6 practice tests in the book, then study the questions you got wrong, and even the ones you answered right you should not have a problem passing the real ase exam. I did just this and got a 45 out of 50. Other advice is to take one ase exam a day.
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on May 6, 2014
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I like the Delmar ASE test prep series books because of so many test prep questions in the book. Less theory and more test questions.I need to get in to the rhythm of the ASE tests and these help every time. I am A1-A9, L1,L2,X1 certified. So yes, they helped me pass all of the tests. Thank you Delmar.
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on January 27, 2013
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I was a little skeptical at first,but after going through the whole book I was impressed.This is a must have if you are taking any ASE tests.A couple of the illustrations were mis-printed,but nothing major you shouldn't realize.All in all this is a great book to add to any technicians collection.
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on July 22, 2012
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This study guide is worth the price for the six sample tests alone. If your taking ASE's for the first time, these books will show you what you can expect. If you are unsure about your ability to pass an ASE, these books will give you an accurate self-assessment.
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on June 22, 2013
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This is very informative and easy to understand the difference in wording a question.I take my test on the 7/1/13. With your books and Gods help I feel good about my test. A6 & A8
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on October 17, 2012
Very good book if your looking to gain knowledge on passing your ASE Certifications. I would recommend any one of the Delmar books to help anyone.
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