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Just took the NASM exam for the second time and passed!!

by Dan
(ct)

nasm certified :)

nasm certified :)

Well today i took the test and i passed and it was fairly easy. the first time was really hard and i got a 69 out of 70 SO CLOSE! But this time i went in more confident and i think i had less than 10 wrong. The first time i studied i used the practice test. and watched the online lessons. i was familiar with the material but not so much as to put it to use, but takeing the practice tests and scoring 90s made me believe i was ready. i took the test and it was hard as hell seeing i didnt know anything. well i purchased the retest and studied for 3 weeks. heres what i did

I read the text book and took down notes on key things. anything that was highlighted or bolded i wrote down. definitions, muscle groups ect. basically anything that was important enough to be highlighted. reading the text is better because it is more detailed, and those little details come up on the test, but they arent crazy hard to learn.

i watched the dvds and listened to the cds in my car. I wanted to saturate my brain with the material, even if i wasnt paying attention to it, subconsciously i was, if that makes sense. i even tried sleeping with the mp3s playing, but i stopped that in the middle of the night lol.

MUST KNOW INFO TO PASS THE EXAM

Fitness assesment
you def need to know the assesment chapter (chapter 5)

if knees move in during an overhead squat assesment, what muscles are over/under active.

if feet point out during an overhead squat assesment, what muscles are over/under active.

and its the same for push and pull assesments

The cardiorespiratory system

know the heart. the only important parts to know for the exam are arteries, ventricles, atriums, capillaries.

know the defintions in chapter 6,7,8,9,11.

know the differences between speed, agility and quickness

i didnt see any questions on supplementation both times but know it anyway.
behavior and proffesional develement. know the key parts of thos chapters.

special populations such as children,hypertensive clients, pregnant woman and seniors came up.

know the stabilization, strenght and power exercises for all the training concepts.

def listen to the live chat from the people at nasm, those help too. just try to take in as much as possible, dont be afraid to take the test and fail, i did and now i am way more confident in myself and my learning. i actually know the material now instead of having just memorized it. and like another person on here said, learn the material and think of yourself as the teacher instead of the student. have confidence, good luck to all and if you fail the first time, get right up and study and learn the material and go into the test center and DO WORK!! pce

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by: Anonymous

Thanks for the post...very informative!

I failed my first test with 68 and I am wondering if it is the same exact questions the 2nd time or if they are completely different, or maybe the same type, just worded differently or??

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2 nasm certified :)
by: Anonymous

Thanks for the knowlegde. If there is anything else you remember, please feel free to help.

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Multiple choice or essay?
by: Anonymous

Is the NASM multiple choice or essay? ACE was multiple choice. What is this about research questions?

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Test format?
by: Christin

Was the test format exactly the same as the practice exams? where you have to select an answer, then submit it? Or can you skip questions and go back? Someone had also mentioned it was scantron, but that is not right, correct?
Thanks!!

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Sharing the Exam info
by: Anonymous

You know.... you could lose your certification for having this posting about the exam published for all to see.... just saying.

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Failed the NASM Exam

by Amanda
(Austin, TX)

So I thought I was well prepared for the NASM exam after spending about an hour each day for about 4 weeks and following the NASM study guide, online practice exams on the NASM website, reading the text and watching the DVD's.

I was confident going in to test and got a score of 63! Does anyone have a streamlined review process or tips to help before I spend $99 and go retest? Thanks for any help you may provide!

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Take the OPT course before you retest
by: Anonymous

I got my NASM certification about 3 months ago but I still felt shaky. I immediately went to the OPT 2 day training course. This is a great course and will clarify any confusion you might have on what you really need to know. If you bought the full package including the book, DVD's and test, this seminar comes with it. If not take the class and you will feel very confident. Nothing prepares you for the NASM exam like hands on experiences.

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practice makes perfect
by: Amanda (also!)

You may have gone though the materials too fast. Four weeks doesn't really sound like time enough for all the info to really stick. I just passed the NASM exam about three weeks ago. I started studying at the end of May.
With one last chapter to read, I left my book behind on a trip. This had me somewhat worried! I spent the next two weeks taking the practice exam over and over and over again. Sometimes three or four times a day. The questions that I answered wrong I printed out and used as study material. Each time I took the practice test it would throw in some different questions. The final questions may not be exact. Some are worded differently, and some have more than one answer. In which case, chose the answer that best suits the question.
So, my suggestion to you would be, review your book carefully, and take the practice exam a thousand times!!

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NASM test
by: Anonymous

Hi Amanda,

So, when I recently took my NASM exam I was surprised at the detail in some areas that really wasn't communicated in any of the exam prep materials (of which there isn't a heck of a lot!).

I would make sure you have the blood pressure section down really well, as well as which muscles are underactive/overactive and their corresponding exercises.

I believe the guys you would have taken your workshop with have some guide they can send you for exam prep that is different from the work book or the online practice exam. Did you take the workshop?

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Don't give up on NASM
by: Anonymous

Don't be discouraged. I passed the NASM exam on my first attempt however I had to draw heavily on my past education. I was a certified paramedic and had ample course work in anatomy and physiology. Even with that I thought NASM was a tough exam. Hang in there, you can pass the NASM exam.

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I took the NASM test after one week of cramming
by: Anonymous

Just memorize the following



1. the anatomy of the core

2. the opt model of training going from their balance to strength to power

3. their definitions of flexibility



and take the NASM sample exams non stop until you really know it

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We Can Do It!
by: Debra

Hi, Amanda:



I failed the NASM exam on my first time too. I was told the three main areas to know are:


1. Exercise Technique

2. Program Design

3. Fitness Assessment



Those were my weak areas. I'm still studying now. I wish us both the best!

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DITTO
by: Kimberly

Hi I failed as well with about the same score. I was ticked. I studied for 2 months and got 90% on the practice exam. What I have done is just take a 3 week break and now that I am studying again it is easier to understand and not as stressful. for sure i noticed on the exam its all in how they word the questions. ie. what happens with diastolic pressure is it a) louder b) quiter c) fades away d) increases sound **** well we know that diastolic pressure pumps blood away from the heart so it must be "C" - just think about everthing backwards - if the muscle is concentric then what is ecentric - the material does jump into some heavy duty stuff with out much prep if one is not used to studying human physics. Good luck and one can only hope

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help
by: alink

ditto. i am retesting a week from today HELP

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Understand...don't memorize
by: Adam

For those of you struggling with the NASM test, really take the time to learn and understand the material taught in the program. Trying to memorize the material won't do you or your clients any good.

It's true that the practice test isn't very similar to the actual test, but the fact is, if you know how the body works and reacts to training/nutrition you should do fine on the test. Everything is connected: physiology-human movement-fitness assessment-program design. If you don't understand exercise physiology and human movement/biomechanics you can't perform a competent assessment and design a proper program that will deliver results.

So, take your time and really absorb the information because it's a great cert - modern, updated, and head & shoulders above most certifications!

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I failed...
by: momahlc

I really thought I was prepared for this exam...such a bummer. The wording really threw me off. There was some material on the exam in which I had never come across in the text...so frustrating!...I'm going to give it another try here in a couple of months...

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I just passed NASM's exam
by: Kurosawa

I studied very well to understand everything it covered rather than trying to remember answers. If you really understand and learn from book and video, it doesn't matter if the questions are tricky or not.

I used some of technique and knowledge I learned in my classes as I studied. English is my second language for me and I am above 40s, thus it took another dictionary to translate for comprehension.

I liked NASM to be the hardest exam out there for CPT so that when I passed I felt good.

Last two weeks, I committed to stay home to study even if I didn't study all day, I didn't want to loose the momentum of focus. Key is ultra focus. Life is more interesting if you could focus and release. Yes, questions are a bit tough, but if you cover whole sections, most likely you will pass with even some wrong answers. It's better than focusing on your favorite sections. You must study EVERYTHING and really UNDERSTAND them. If you cannot memorize some terms, write them down and post them everywhere in your room!

I had posting everywhere in my kitchen and toilet!

Good luck to you!

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Passed NASM Today on 1st Attempt !!!
by: Anonymous

I just passed my NASM Exam today on the 1st Attempt !!! Not all of the questions were tricky, but their were several trick questions in regards to the Overactive and Underactive Muscle.. Overall I found the Exam to be Very Difficult and Very Challenging!!! I used up the entire 2 hour time limit to make sure I thoroughly understood each question plus going through each question multiple times...

I Started reading through the Textbook in Mid-December 2012 and used the following tools below as study aids..

- NASM CPT 4 Flashcard Bundle
- NASM CPT 4 Practice Exams B and C
- Upward Mobility NASM Review App (on the Apple App Store)
- NASM 4th Edition Textbook (Platinum Package Bundle)

I never made a study guide of each chapter, but I did watch the video presentations multiple times and did the online interactive activities multiple times till I understood it !! I did not attend any of the workshops nor the 9 Week E-Assist Teach Course... In terms of study time, I spent 3 to 5 hours each day reviewing each chapter..

Do not try to memorize every single question on the Practice Exam, because the Majority of the Questions on the Actual Exam will not be similar. You really have to comprehend and apply what you've learned from very thoroughly studying the Textbook, Online Material, etc...

Question Areas that were on the Actual Exam:
- Fitness Assessment: Overhead Squad, Single Leg Squat, Pushing/Pulling.. which muscles are Overactive or Underactive, what are the compensations
- Upper and Lower Crossed Syndrome
- Pronation Distortion Pattern
- Amount of Reps/Sets to be performed in the Stabilization, Power, Strength Exercises, etc...
- Professionalism and Client Confidentiality
- Force Couple Relationships
- Length Tension Relationships
- Root Cause Analysis
- SMART Goals, SCAMPI

NASM is not out there to suck out your $$$$.. Studying and Cramming the Material and taking the exam in one month is rushing it !!! I personally thought I was ready to take the exam last month, but I decided to seriously study harder for an additional month and I'm glad I did !


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Failed NASM cpt 4 March 2013
by: Henry

I agree with everyone that said the wording on the NASM test is very misleading! I took some many different practice test and made all these flashcards and spent hours upon hours of studying the book . I think they need to quit trying to be so tricky on the questions. there was always 2 answers that could be it.

Here is some of the things i remember what was on my test. **note not actually questions ** just areas - EVERYTHING WAS WORDED DIFFERENT!!!!!

- nutrition and supplementation- section 3 in the book. chpt 17,18 fats,lipids,altered body compensation --

-Chapter 19 - Lifestyle modification and behaviroal coaching. quite a few questions --KNOW THIS WELL

- CHAPTER 20 SUCCESSFUL PERSONAL TRAINING BUSINES. MEMORIZE 10 STEPS TO SUCCESS!!!!! my own fault i got them mixed UP.

- oh remember nasm cert 2 ceu 2 years.

thats all i can remember.. GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!









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What is the cost?
by: Second attempt

So it is only $99 to retest? I thought it was $599?? If it is only 99 then I am not as dissapointed as I was at the beginning. I failed my first attempt today and was worried about having to pay out of pocket, since my college paid for mine.

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Failed test
by: Anonymous

Does it have to be after 180 days after taking the exam to retest or can you schedule a retest at any time after failing the 1st exam? Unsure..

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Second time didn't work either

by shelly
(california)

Wow,,, Failed the first time with 61% and just took my second exam and failed 69%, thats the worst when 70 is a pass
Practice exam is nothing like the real thing, I think I got 1 question that was on the practice test, things are worded different so really know the meanings of things.

The exam was harder than the first exam even though I scored higher. Things to know for sure % values of protein, carbs etc, reps,sets basically all of chapter 2 3 4 was big time questioned and I've studied and studied found it difficult both time and I work in the personal training field.

Question was whats the resting heart rate of a woman, 70, 80, 75 etc. blood pressure came up, cpr questions came up. so frustrating... but I'm hoping 3rd times a charm....

trying to remember the questions so I can post some
good luck

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Second time
by: Anonymous

was the test completely different the second time around? I failed my first time with 65% and have to retake it..just wondering what to look forward to.

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nothing like the practice exam
by: John L

It's nothing like the practice exam they word the questions so weird I didn't understand the questions on some of them. I thought when I was finished with the test that I failed miserably I even put my head down on the desk and said I'm gonna have to pay 200 hundred dollars to take the test again.

Then the guy who administered the test came out and said I passed and I was shocked because I thought I did terrible. I was told to study the overactive and underactive muscles and the acute variables a lot but it seemed like the test barely had any of those questions. But anyways I am really excited I passed and now I can start my career good luck to anyone else who takes the test.

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RELAX ITS COOL
by: Paul Gruszczinski

I failed twice as well regroup and try it again your score should have each section broke down on how you did so work on each part
Relaxing is a big key just let go you know the material just relax

Hopfully the third time is a charm for me too

Paul Gruszczinski college park Maryland

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Just Failed the NASM Exam!

So i took the NASM exam a few days ago and failed by 4 points, I was going to write this after I passed the EXAM, but that won't change anything I have to say.

So to start off, for all of you who are reading the comments saying that this is the hardest test u will ever take, don't read them! Seriously it's not that hard, NASM is not trying to confuse you, it's not trying to test your brain power, their doing what any other test would do, and that is to make sure you know your stuff. Are there easier tests you will take? of course, but this test is really not that hard, i flew threw it in just over 40 minutes, and failed by 4 points, and once you realize how the wording goes and everything, its actually not bad. If you do end up failing, they tell u how many points you got compared to the passing score, and they give you a percentage per topic, so it doesn't give you what questions you got wrong, but it tells u what area you need some more work in.

Basically don't freak out going into this test, and I know a lot of people are saying that the chart on pg 169 is a must have, don't get me wrong thats 100% true, but when people say that they had 20 questions from that chart alone, don't study just the chart, I had only maybe 5 questions from that chart. I read a lot of these and tried to memorize the questions other people said they had, in all honesty, its a good idea but I wouldn't focus on that because chances are you won't have the same questions.

Make sure you know the whole book pretty well, have numbers down, make sure you pay attention to key terms, what workouts go with what level of the OPT model, progressions and regressions, stuff like that. When you first start off reading, don't go for all the details, make sure you have a clear understand of the overall idea first otherwise it will make studying that much harder. I would sit here and write a list of questions i had, but it wouldn't help you guys at all, don't just memorize answers to questions and expect to come out passing, it won't happen, you need to understand the questions and why that answer is correct and why the others are wrong.

So don't freak out, whats the worst that can happen? you fail? well go and retake it! it won't make you a less credited personal trainer, so for all of those freaking out right now...calm down! and this is coming from a guy who hates tests, who can't take a test to save his life and would have done anything to get out of this one with a passing grade, and i didn't even think it was bad. Just remember NASM isn't trying to confuse you, it's not trying to make ur brain spin in circles, its simply just making sure you know what your reading, and making sure you can apply it. GOOD LUCK!

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retake
by: Anonymous

how much did you pay for the retake??

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