Not what I Expected
I took the ACE personal training exam today and passed it the first time. I have to be honest that I was amazed at how difficult the exam was. Surprisingly, I focused heavily on memorizing the muscles that worked at each joint and what their specific functions were (adduction, circumduction, dorsiflexion, etc.) and I did not have even one question that pertained to that throughout my entire test! I even worried at one point that I may not pass.
I totally fell back on my practical experience in the gym and it helped. My best advice is to make certain you know your risk factors as well as how to perform the various formulas. I was amazed at the amount of questions that involved solving formulas (what is your cardiac output, stroke volume, BMI calculations). This surprised me because you are not permitted to take in a calculator and I even remember reading something that said the mathematical questions on the test were basic-not so!