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just passed the ACE pt exam,,,what was that?!

by Andy
(Litchfield, ME)

I just passed the exam yesterday and i absolutely agree with the others who felt like they studied for the wrong test! I knew the
'essentials' book & the PT manual VERY well, and its like it didn't matter. I studied the questions on the exam practice test & the tests/questions in the 'master the manual' that summarized ea. chapter of the manual.

I knew these questions and the subject matter cold. It did not matter. Not only were NONE of these questions(or anything like these questions) on the exam, but they seemed to completely disregard all of the things they stress in these books. VERY subjective questions & answers(and wording) it seemed like on every question of the test. not one thing that i can remember that was ACE-related(figure that one out) and some things that i know were not even in any of the books!

When i finished i had no idea how i did,,wasn't even sure i had passed, which is sad considering how much time i put into this- i would give advice on what to study, but i couldn't even tell you where to start!!

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Interesting.
by: Anonymous

Interesting. I count ACE as one of the better certs out there. My ACSM test had some out of nowhere stuff, but if you studied the material you had a good shot at passing. Doesn't seem right for a reputable cert to have an exam like that.

I'd like to hear from other recent ACE testers.

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Passed ACE personal trainer exam today
by: Ryan

everything that the other people say about the ACE exam is true... the questions are EXTREMELY subjective and trust me there is more than one 100% correct answer. you really have to interpret the questions based on what ACE wants to hear. i didnt have too many formula questions (maybe two needed math), but the testing center gave me scrap paper and a pen to do it (no calculators which is stupid because you will always have a calculator available while working in the field). i passed this exam in around an hour and 15 minutes. i expected to fail horribly after reading some of these reviews, but a lot of the questions are common sense if you read the materials. dont expect to get a 100% on the thing, but it is passable as i found out today.

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Discrepancy of exam
by: Sloan

So it is your opinion that this certification is nothing but a marketing ploy? I'm interesting in knowing as I am getting back into the field part time, and do not care to waste money that I thought I would spend for a quality certification.

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Test questions don't relate to books
by: Reydana

I agree that the test was nothing like the material I paid over $300 and studied. I took the exam a few years ago. I needed a 500 score but made a 479. Although I did not pass, I was shocked, during the test, that all of the questions seemed to have come from another set of materials. However, I plan on taking the test in December.

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acsm is the best certification
by: D-man

It seems as though the ace certification standard is still credible even though the information is more outdated than the standard for calculating BMI (which takes weight into account, but doesn't account for muscle weighing more than fat!). Don't waist your time with the ACE cert. unless the job you want requires it. Better yet ACSM is good for two years, ACE has to be re-evaluated every year seems like a marketing ploy on the behalf of ACE.

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open book/
by: Anonymous

IS THE ACE EXAM OPEN BOOK?

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muscle and fat
by: Anonymous

d-man,
pounds are pounds. 4 pounds of fat or 4 pounds of muscle are still 4 pounds of either. A 10 pound bowling ball still weighs the same as 10 pounds of feathers - they just take up more space. Muscle is a more dense than fat, but it is a long de-bunked myth that muscle weighs more than fat. You can't compare the weight of two different tissue groups and try to "standardize" them - just saying.

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Passed last Friday
by: EriktheViking

The ACE exam is extremely hard I passed with a 592 after I thought I ACED it (No pun intended0. You really have to have a decent amount of practical experience to have a chance of answering a good amount of questions.Gotta wait 4 weeks for my cert and then its on like Donkey Kong!

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Open book?
by: Anonymous

Is the ACE exam an open book?

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A nervous wreck
by: Anonymous

I passed that freaking test by 2 points. 502-800. 80% of the questions where client-trainer scenario questions. Only two questions on nutrition, so I wouldn't focus to much time on that, and like one anatomy question.

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unfamilar yet familar
by: Anonymous

i have to agree with the other reviewers here when stating the exam questions almost had no relation to the study material. however when I was brushing up on refreshing my knowledge prior to taking my exam ( which I just passed yesterday 12-1-15) I noticed I did not view some of the videos on the ACE Academy Elite & one of the videos, it went over the domains covered on the exam. the video basically stated try not to think the exam is based on memorizing answers to the practice questions but to understand the principals & concepts that were covered in the study material. with that statement I went back covered some areas that seemed to have an impact (i.e. which phase client is ready for, which behavioral stage the client is in, which logical progression to move the client to in their workout)& if you keep that in mind I believe you will not be to overwhelmed by the questions presented. don't get me wrong the question are nothing like in the practice exam or manual but THE WAY THEY ARE PRESENTED IS like in the material. at least concept wise. as far as the math questions, I was expecting a lot but only got probably less than 10 out of 150 & probably the same amount when regarding legal. but was glad when I finished & saw that I passed ( barely but passed). overall im very excited that I am now an ACE Certified Pro & will continue to acquire more certs from ACE as well as other orgs. hope this helps to anybody preparing for this exam

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Still Studying. It Sux
by: Anonymous

Thanks so much of the all the tips. I am new to exercise science and I am struggling! I have found a number of discrepancies with in the book. Even the book and the online quizes or the book and the video. Luckily the resource center is very helpful. To be honest, though, I don't trust it. I'm seeing my first exam as a "practice" run. Also, when I have taken other professional exams they have a few versions for the test going at once (so that people won't cheat.) Not sure if Ace does that. But be wary when you see get suggestions from people.(Of course I say that but I'm taking all the help I can get. ;) It is helpful hearing other peoples experience so I don't feel so down on myself too. So thanks. :)

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Failed exam! I thought it was the wrong exam!
by: Jane

From the very start I had a horrible feeling in my gut when I read the first foreign question. I thought the proctors gave me the wrong exam! I was so prepared. I had passed all the exams on the ACE Elite website with 95-100%. The questions sounded totally not like the books or online material. It was real subjective, making me guess instead of know for sure with direct questions. I'm very disappointed and will take it over again, unfortunately. Plus, the calculator on the computer was broken. Very ego deflating and such a bummer after spending $600 and 6 mos. study time. Well, so much for being employed soon. Good luck!

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Just horrible
by: AnonyRozamous

I agree with everybody the ACE exam is a awful!!!
After studying for 6 months I thought I can pass that exam with the easy considering amount of time I spend.
I have to take it again and i am so discharge.I do not know what to study anymore I got 482 passing score 500.
Good luck

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ACE CPT ABROAD
by: MIKE

ACE CERTIFICATE IS THE ONE OF TWO ACCEPTED WORLDWIDE...EUROPE FTE
1.ACE
2.NASM...

EVEN ACSM SOUNDS GREAT...ITS NOT ACCEPTED OUTSIDE USA...

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Just passed the ACE PT exam -- wow, disappointed
by: Anonymous

I just got home from passing the exam. I was shocked I passed because I had to guess a lot. I studied and learned the material and passed the practice exams. But, like others, I wondered if I got the wrong test. The questions were unfamiliar and some of the answers were very ambiguous. I hated it. During the exam I was thinking I was going to fail and was trying to decide if I'd try again. The exam did not emphasize a lot of what was stressed in all the material we were given. I can recommend that you know everything that is emphasized and be able to extrapolate from it.

Not impressed with the exam. And please, show some photos of women personal trainers in the book and exam.

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Ace PT Study Materials and Test
by: Anonymous

I purchased Ace materials to prepare for PT test that was scheduled for today. I felt very confident of all the materials I prepared and self studied for. Upon the start of the test, a few questions were of common sense...but majority of the questions were not what was supported in the materials purchased through Ace. I did not recognize any of the questions...seem as though the questions were out dated. The testing center was not at all inviting. The computer calculator was not working properly and had an issue with the system locking me out.
Yes...unfortunately I failed the test. I reviewed the book again to look for a few of those questions from the test and am unable to locate.
Overall I am not happy with Ace and do not recommend their study materials. Do your research in depth and ask questions before spending money.

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