The A*S*K Business Institute is a not-for-profit partnership whose sole purpose is to document student learning based on standards and performance indicators validated through various secondary and primary research procedures.

Certification by A*S*K Institute should not be considered a statement of employability or of specific qualifications for any specific job, duty, or task. Certification intends to provide one measure of an examinee's knowledge and understanding of the requirements of business as documented through the identified performance indicators.

There are no prerequisites for examination. Any individual may participate in the testing program subject to the rules, policies, or procedures of the institution sponsoring the test site.

Individuals may access any given exam no more than one time per calendar quarter.

Exam administrators and proctors acknowledge that A*S*K exams are proprietary and have substantive monetary value. They further acknowledge liability for any action that results in the actual breach of security of exam questions or in a perceived breach of security that would diminish the overall value of the exams, certificates, Institute, or sponsoring organizations.

An independent exam proctor is required for any administration of any A*S*K exam, regardless of the number of examinees, nature of the examinees, or setting of the exams. Said proctor must meet the criteria set forth by A*S*K InstituteIn the event of a pandemic situation in which your state or district guidelines require remote testing, exams may be delivered in accordance with your state or local school's secure testing policy for remote assessments.

Upon purchasing exam credits, test administrators will receive an email containing an attachment with instructions and forms which will guide them through the testing process. 

Pretest Policy

Pretest are intended to measure student knowledge prior to instruction. They may be used for several purposes, such as to measure gain over the course of the program or to help focus instruction in the most appropriate areas. Pretest are not intended for use as practice exams, study guides, nor for other instructional purposes.

November 30 deadline: In most instances, pretests are available July 1 through November 30. Requests for exceptions will be reviewed on the basis of local circumstances within the following parameters:

  • If the program-of-study is structured using a non-traditional school year.
  • If there is a minimum of 12 months between pre- and post-tests

Requests for use outside of the July – November window must be accompanied by a clear explanation of why an exception is warranted. 

Rationale: This pretest policy helps protect the integrity of the assessment program. By limiting access to a specific calendar window, we reduce inappropriate use as practice which in turn helps ensure the validity and reliability of the actual certification exams.