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How to Pass the American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer, and Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist Exams, using our easy step-by-step ACSM Exam study guide, without weeks and months of endless studying...
On a beautiful late spring afternoon, this past year, a young woman received the devastating news. She had just gotten back her result on the ACSM exam. It was not what she had hoped for. In fact, it was not even close to the expectations she had considering her past experience and educational background.
She had failed.
Then she remembered her friends and felt even worse. She did not look forward to having to tell them the embarrassing news, especially after she had boasted that it was no big deal. She had been procrastinating about taking the exam because she hated standardized tests, and this only confirmed her hatred.
"What will I do now?" she thought with dismay, slowly realizing the harsh reality of her predicament and its upsetting implications on her future.
How to Solve the Problem
Unfortunately, this hypothetical situation occurs all the time. Someone thought they were going to breeze through the examination, told all their friends, made plans for their future, and then got an embarrassing reality check from the ACSM exam.
The American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist, Certified Health Fitness Specialist, and Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist Exams are quite simply an objective assessment of a test taker's requisite foundation of knowledge and skills.
ACSM exam scores are used by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as a uniform standard of qualification. While it may not be fair, all of a person's plans for the future may be dependent upon needing a certain ACSM exam score.
That is the whole purpose of the Secrets of the ACSM Exam study guide: to give test takers the keys to understand how to succeed on the ACSM exam.
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If you'd like to get the ACSM exam score you deserve, to quit worrying about whether your score on the ACSM exam is good enough, and to beat the test taking game, then this might be the most important message you read this year.
Our comprehensive study guide for the ACSM exam is written by our exam experts, who painstakingly researched the topics and the concepts that you need to know to do your best on the ACSM exam. Our original research into the American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer, and Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist Exams, offered by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), reveals the specific content areas and the essential skills that are critical for you to know on the ACSM exam. We've taken the information and developed a study guide that is guaranteed to help you be successful on the ACSM exam.
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- Our benchmark method for deciding which of the answer choices you should pick.
- What to do about the tough questions that you have no clue how to answer. Don't just give up, use the advice we offer to make sure you give yourself the best chance of getting the right answer.
- Learn how to group your answer choices into families that often narrows down the pool of correct answers. This is a quick way to immediately eliminate one or two of the answer choices and increase your odds of getting the question right.
Before we go any further, let us clarify what Secrets of the ACSM Exam is not. It is not a stale rehash of all of the things you have already learned in the past.
Secrets of the ACSM Exam is our exclusive collection of the tips and the information that we have specially selected to give you the best results on the ACSM Exam for the least time spent studying. It's written in everyday language and is easy to use.
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The 5 Secret Keys to ACSM Exam Success
- Plan Big, Study Small
- Make Your Studying Count
- Practice the Right Way
- Pace Yourself
- Have a Plan for Guessing
The Comprehensive General Strategy Review
- Read Carefully
- Contextual Clues
- Hedge Words
- Switchback Words
- Face Value
- Answer Selection
- Eliminate Answers
- Avoid Fact Traps
- Extreme Statements
- Predict the Answer
- Tough Questions
- Check Your Work
- Pace Yourself
- Don’t Rush
- Keep Moving
Click below to see just a small sampling of the topics covered by our study guides:
ACSM Certified Personal Trainer Exam Topics
- Prescreening Clients Before Exercise Instruction
- Goal Setting
- Effect of Breathing on Exercise
- Warm-Up and Cooldown
- Differences in Training for Muscular Strength and Endurance
- Components of Fitness
- Physician Referrals
- Skinfold Measurements
- Anaerobic vs. Aerobic Training
- Appropriate Exercises for Specific Goals
- Exercise Modifications
- Maximum Heart Rate and Heart Rate Reserve
- Range of Motion
- Normal and Abnormal Responses to Exercise
- Auditory, Visual, and Kinesthetic Learning Styles
- Healthy Lifestyle
- Body Composition, Body Mass Index, and Lean Body Mass
- Effects of Diet, Exercise, and Behavior Modification on Body Composition
- Inappropriate Weight Loss Techniques
- Stress Management for Clients
- Basic First-Aid Procedures
- Major Bones
- Assessment of Kyphosis, Lordosis, and Scoliosis
- Biomechanics of Resistance Training, Yoga, and Running
- Reviewing Current Goals and Creating New Goals
Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist Exam Topics
- Physical Activity Benefits and Risks
- Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
- Cardiac Patients
- American Heart Association Risk Classification
- Pre-Exercise Evaluations
- Anthropometric Measurements
- Clinical Exercise Testing
- RPE scales
- Weight Training
- Stretching Exercises
- Modifications for Cardiac Patients
- Myocardial Ischemia
- Other Clinical Conditions Influencing
- Diabetes Mellitus
- Bone Mineral Density (BMD)
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Testing for Children and Elderly People
- Uptake and Energy Production
- Anaerobic Threshold
- End Diastolic Volume (EDV)
- Fick Equation
- Maximal Oxygen Consumption
- Muscle Fatigue
- General Principles of Movement
- Mixed-impact Aerobics
- Cardiovascular System
- Myocardial Ischemia
- Sinoatrial Node
plus all of the other special tips and secrets we have included to help you prepare for the exam.
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Detailed answer explanations are included for each question. It may sound obvious, but you have to know which questions you missed (and more importantly why you missed them) to be able to avoid making the same mistakes again when you take the real test. That's why our ACSM practice test questions include answer keys with detailed answer explanations. These in-depth answer explanations will allow you to better understand any questions that were difficult for you or that you needed more help to understand.
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Could you still name the origin and insertion of all the major muscles? How about the Pectoralis Major? Use our exclusive musculature and innervation review to prepare for your career. This information will be an excellent resource for reviewing anatomical associations between muscles, bone, and nerves.(Video) ACSM-CPT Exam Study Suggestions
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How do I prepare for ACSM certification? ›
Make sure to focus not only on the practice exam but also on each individual domain quiz, as they cover specific chapters and knowledge domains within each. Practice questions have been proven to help with studying for obvious reasons; they imitate the final ACSM certified personal trainer exam.Is the ACSM certification test hard? ›
ACSM Exam Difficulty
The ACSM personal trainer cert test is not the most challenging exam in the fitness industry as that spot belongs to the NSCA CSCS certification exam, which is 63%. (If you take that test make sure to use our CSCS study guide and CSCS practice test so you pass it with no problem).
The ACSM-CPT® exam has a seat time of 150 minutes and consists of 135 items; of which 120 items are scored and 15 are non-scored. The percentages listed in Table 1 indicate the proportion of questions representing each performance domain.What is the passing score for ACSM? ›
Explanation of ACSM Exam Scoring
Specifically, all candidates are expected to meet the passing standard of a scaled score of 550 in order to receive a "Pass" on any respective ACSM certification exam.
Candidates may retake the exam fifteen (15) days following a failed attempt. Candidates may take the exam up to four times in a 12-month period.How much do ACSM trainers make? ›
While ZipRecruiter is seeing annual salaries as high as $95,500 and as low as $18,500, the majority of ACSM Personal Trainer salaries currently range between $35,500 (25th percentile) to $59,000 (75th percentile) with top earners (90th percentile) making $78,500 annually across the United States.How long should you workout for ACSM? ›
ACSM and CDC recommendations state that:
All healthy adults aged 18–65 years should participate in moderate intensity aerobic physical activity for a minimum of 30 minutes on five days per week, or vigorous intensity aerobic activity for a minimum of 20 minutes on three days per week.
new ACSM exercise preparticipation health screening pro- cess focuses on 1) the individual_s current level of physical activity, 2) presence of signs or symptoms of known cardio- vascular, metabolic, or renal disease, and 3) the desired exer- cise intensity, as these variables have been identified as risk modulators of ...How long is ACSM certification good for? ›
Your ACSM certification is valid for three years, after which you'll need to recertify or retake and pass the certification exam.How much does ACSM cost? ›
|ACSM Member Candidates||$299|
|ACSM Non-Member Candidates||$399|
What are the 4 types of exercise defined by the ACSM? ›
- Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Weight Control.
- Muscular Strength.
- Flexibility Training.
With our six leading scholarly journals, ACSM offers access to cutting-edge research, translational science, relevant clinical reports and evidence-informed practical content for researchers, students, clinicians, those working to improve health outcomes, and health and fitness professionals.Is ACSM or NASM better? ›
While NASM focuses on program design, the ACSM has a distinct focus on the scientific process and improving movement through kinesiology. The best way to choose a certification program is to take into consideration your long-term career goals.Is ACE or ACSM easier? ›
ACSM includes far more in-depth anatomy and exercises science knowledge than the ACE CPT, but fewer practical skills. The ACE Integrated Fitness Training® Model is easier to use with general fitness populations than the programming provided by the ACSM.Is an ACSM certification worth it? ›
When it comes to personal training certification programs, The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) rank as top gold standard institutions. Both have a firm standing in the industry, and both have their unique value to the fitness community.Does ACSM require a degree? ›
The academic eligibility requirement to take the ACSM-EP exam is a baccalaureate degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university with a major in exercise science, or equivalent.What is the ACSM CPT test like? ›
The ACSM-CPT exam consists of 150 multiple choice items. 120 of these are scored while the other 30 are used as pretest questions and are not scored. You are given 165 minutes total to complete the exam. This exam is separated into four main performance domains and then into job tasks.What is the highest paid athletic trainer? ›
The highest salary for an athletic trainer is around $77,000 per year. These salaries often go to those with extensive experience in the field, with any one given employer, or those finding employment in an area where their talents are highly sought after.What is the highest paying personal trainer? ›
- Outdoor Fitness Trainer. Salary range: $31,000-$62,500 per year. ...
- Certified Personal Trainer. Salary range: $38,500-$62,000 per year. ...
- Fitness Coach. Salary range: $33,000-$58,000 per year. ...
- Fitness Trainer. Salary range: $27,000-$47,500 per year. ...
- Fitness Consultant.
Yes, making good money as a personal trainer is very viable. Even entry-level personal trainers can make upwards of $25 an hour, and easily up to $100 an hour if they are experienced.
What are the 5 fitness moves everyone should do? ›
The 5 movements you should perform are: push, pull, hip-hinge, squat, and plank. Each of these movements requires multiple joints and body systems to work together, and they are also incorporated in activities we do every day.How much water should I drink a day ACSM? ›
The Recommended Guidelines
The American College of Sports Medicine's (ACSM) recommendation for endurance athletes is to consume 5 – 7ml water per kilogram bodyweight in the four hours before exercise. This translates to approximately 340 – 477ml for a 150 lb. female and 455 – 636ml for a 200 lb. male.
“At 6 to 8 weeks, you can definitely notice some changes,” said Logie, “and in 3 to 4 months you can do a pretty good overhaul to your health and fitness.” Strength-specific results take about the same amount of time.What are the 7 questions used to determine readiness for physical activity called? ›
Physical limitation: The Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR‐Q) questionnaire with seven questions was used to assess physical limitation. The PAR‐Q is used to determine any physical limitation and the need for medical evaluation prior to starting PA and exercise.What are the top 2 fitness trends of 2022 as identified by the ACSM? ›
Notable trends include home exercise gyms debuting at No. 2 and outdoor exercise moving to No. 3. High-intensity interval training (HIIT) dropped to No.What are the four main parts of the preparticipation examination? ›
Most sources agree on four essential elements – medical history, general medical examination, musculoskeletal evaluation, and athletic fitness. In addition to these major elements, other components can be included, for example, performance testing, body composition, and sport or athlete specific components.Which ACSM certification requires a bachelor's degree? ›
An ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist® (ACSM-EP) has a bachelor's degree or higher in exercise science and works with healthy clients and those with medically controlled conditions to establish safe, healthy and effective exercise and lifestyle behaviors.How much does it cost to renew ACSM? ›
|Level of Certification||CECs||Fee|
|ACSM/NCHPAD Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer ACSM/ACS Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer||15 CECs||$55|
7: What personal trainer certificate is most respected? The personal trainer certifications with an option for NCCA accreditation are the most respected in the industry. The NCCA is the gold standard for third-party personal training certifications. Some of these certs include, NASM, ACE, Fitness Mentors, and ISSA.Is the ACSM exam online? ›
The ACSM Certification exam can be taken in-person at a Pearson VUE testing center, or take it online from the comfort of your own home, office or workplace!
What are the 5 S's of fitness? ›
5 S's of Fitness training; Stamina, Speed, Strength, Skill & Spirit!What are the only 4 exercises you need? ›
Instead of completely scrapping my routine, I'll try and squeeze in a few bodyweight exercises—namely squats, planks, chair dips and pushups—throughout the day. These four moves give you a full-body toning and strength session in just a few minutes.Why is ACSM considered the gold standard? ›
ACSM was the first organization to offer exercise professional certifications, and is considered the gold standard of the industry. Holding an ACSM certification means your peers and clients will recognize you as a leader in the exercise and fitness field.What should I study for ACSM? ›
15 Tips for Passing the ACSM-CPT® Exam
- Domain Breakdown. ...
- Spotting Techniques. ...
- Risk Stratification. ...
- Concentric & Eccentric. ...
- Muscle Locations. ...
- Heart Rate Calculations. ...
Also, if you want to guarantee that you pass the exam, check out Trainer Academy for premium study materials. And that's all for the ACSM exam breakdown. It must be said that this is probably one of the most challenging exams you can ever take in the personal training field.What to do after ACSM certification? ›
With an ACSM personal training certification, you'll gain various insights on fitness training, facilities, appropriate organizations, and job offerings. Within 10 to 12 weeks, you can become an ACSM-certified personal trainer.How many questions is the ACSM test? ›
The ACSM-CPT® exam has a seat time of 150 minutes and consists of 135 items; of which 120 items are scored and 15 are non-scored. The percentages listed in Table 1 indicate the proportion of questions representing each performance domain.Is the ACSM exam multiple choice? ›
What should I expect when taking the exam? The examination for each level of certification is composed of multiple choice questions drawn from the Job Task Analysis found in the ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, 11th Edition.Which is the best train the trainer certification? ›
Soft Skills Trainer Certification Program at Indian Leadership Academy is the No#1 Train the Trainer Program in India (Google Search: Train the Trainer in India). It's a 7-day Instructor-Led Virtual certification program created to build a strong foundation for training and facilitation.How long should I study for ACE? ›
We have found that by consistently studying 10 to 12 hours per week, it is possible to complete your program in approximately three to six months.
How long does it take to study for ACE? ›
The learning experience is self-paced, typically taking 80-100 hours over 3-4 months and is centered around ACE University, our intuitive learning platform. In addition, you will have access to ACE Answers study support to assure you are well prepared for your certification exam.How long does it take to get ACSM certification? ›
Completing the course and obtaining the authentication may take you between 10 and 12 weeks, depending on your pace and the exam availability. Rest assured, the ACSM certification program is invaluable to your career as a CPT.Does ACSM expire? ›
Your ACSM certification is valid for three years, after which you'll need to recertify or retake and pass the certification exam.Does ACSM have a journal? ›
With our six leading scholarly journals, ACSM offers access to cutting-edge research, translational science, relevant clinical reports and evidence-informed practical content for researchers, students, clinicians, those working to improve health outcomes, and health and fitness professionals.