ACSM CPT passed on dec 25, 2012!
(san francisco, ca)
done! it was hard, i did not ace it, but got enough knowledge to pass.
i was studying for 3 months, mostly in the mornings while my kid was at school.
my strategy was to study all KSAs, developing sets of flashcards. i did not read books cover to cover, also did not go to the workshop.
i bought test from this site which was sufficient as soon as i passed.
i guess if i did put one more month into studying i would have aced it but passing it is enough for me.
as expected my lowest scores were in nutrition and exercise prescription sections, but i am not going to use those much anyways as i think ACSM's nutrition and exercise prescription sections are way outdated. especially nutrition which uses USDA food pyramid (ewww)
besides, i am not going to be a nutritionist:)
i aced exercise science, physiology, medical considerations, human behavior (no surprise there, i used to be a teacher :))
anyway, this site is full of good advice on what to focus on and the practice test from this site gave me a good idea on what to focus.