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STUDY TIPS

by Matty
(Philadelphia)

I just received the textbook NSCA Essentials of Personal Training and I am curious if anyone can help me study!! My main concern is, do I have to know every chapter thoroughly!!?? Are there main chapters I should concentrate on!?!

Thanks so much for your help!
T

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NSCA study
by: Anonymous

My advice, read the book all the way through once and outline the chapters. Don't bother with every little bolded term as definitions are absolutely SCARCE on the exam. Get the 3 practice exams and take them. Figure out where you are weak and re-read those chapters carefully. Try the practice exams again. Gauge how well you know the info and go from there. The practice exams will expose your weak points and show you which chapters specifically you need to spend more time on.

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NSCA study tip
by: Shan

I recently took and passed the NSCA exam. I definitely agree with everything in the post by anonymous. In addition, if you go to the NSCA website there is an exam candidate handbook. The handbook outlines how the exam is weighted and also the content you are expected to know for the exam.

Focusing on broader concepts rather than the details will also help you prepare.

Good luck! And happy studying!

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The National Personal Training Institute of Colorado! They will prepare you for everything you will encounter in the industry. Excellent school. A++.. If your serious about excelling in the fitness industry; this is the best way to go

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by: AZ CPT

Wanna pass? Enroll @ School of Exercise Training & Science in Phoenix, AZ. Its only 4 months long and the best school out there for this exam. Don't let anyone else fool you. I attended and pass on my first time. the education you get there is top notch. Great facility also.

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STUDY TIPS for NSCA CPT EXAM

by Matty
(Philadelphia)

I am studying for the NSCA CPT EXAM with the NSCA Essentials of Personal Training text book! Can anyone reccommend what chapters to focus on?? Any advice will help!!!

Thanks!!

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Chapters to study...
by: Anonymous

Here are the main ones in that book to study: Chapters 9-17, 24 and 25. I would also review 7, 8, and 18-23. Although less emphasis on these chapters they had a few questions on these chapters as well.

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Everything after the first unit
by: Chris, NSCA-CPT

The first unit is mostly about physiology, biomechanics, nutrition, and stuff not really related specifically to program design (a super basic recap of everything you'd learn majoring in exercise science in college). It's probably a good idea to know that stuff if you want your clients to take you seriously, but it's not part of the test. It's a good idea take your time preparing for the exam. The test gets pretty in-depth with the finer details covered in the book. The study guide pdf breaks down the scoring of the test by subject. The practice exams are also a great investment. Keep in mind that 57 percent of the people that take the exam have to re-take it, and many of them have been studying exercise science for a couple years. I'm sure that if you love personal training and you love learning this stuff you'll do fine. I think that really embracing the learning experience is the most important part.

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