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Passed NSCA CPT

by Richard Anantua

Thanks so much for your product. I am writing a review since it was instrumental in my passing the NSCA-CPT exam.

I passed the NSCA-CPT with a scaled score of 77 (the passing mark is 70)! The exam was difficult, but the review course provided much of the information needed to do well on the sections dealing with anatomy, nutrition and cardiovascular disease. I am happy I did not pay the NSCA many times the cost of this review course for their study materials (except for the Essentials of Personal Training Book, 3rd Edition that I purchased for around $50 on Amazon). The online quizzes are a fun and efficient way of preparing for the exam.

Richard

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What % for needed for NSCA CPT
by: Anonymous

Hi is that % or set score. Thanks

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Just My Opinion
by: Anonymous

This test was so ridiculous...I purchased the book and online course from HumanKinetics...the only thing that was useful from either was the information on CAD risk factors and you can find that info anywhere...I also purchased the practice exams from NSCA and they were riddled with mistakes and nothing from them related to the exam...
I believe I passed this exam purely on intuition, a little luck and a few pages from the text...had I known how ridiculous the study materials and test would have been I would have done the NASM, ACSM, or ACE exam...however for some odd reason this exam is looked upon favorably...
I would ad this, the text is a very good text and framework for a personal trainer...it's just too bad the content is not referenced in the exam...
As my title says, this is just my narrow and personal opinion.

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Passed the NSCA exam after two tries

by Janet
(Richmond, VA)

I had to take the NSCA exam twice before passing. I just missed the first time but was weak in a few areas. I recommend having some training experience before taking the exam. Maybe start with one of the easier certification programs to help you get a job, and then study for the personal trainer certification from NSCA while you work and earn money.

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NSCA is a big achievement
by: Katie - Admin

Nice job on passing your NSCA certification exam. It definitely takes some of the pressure off if you can study at your own pace while earning some money. But just make sure that you get a decent starter certification and not just buy a certification from a diploma mill. You might get hired at a gym but you will not be able to provide a decent and safe service to your clients.

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NSCA exam: program design and metabolic changes

by ryan
(reno, nevada)

I took the computer based NSCA test and if you have taken your time learning the information instead of cramming, you will do better. The practical section was hard because you could only watch the video once and then answer.

I learned a lot about program design, metabolic changes, and exercise technique that I incorporate every day with my clients. NSCA is one of the best certifications for a reason, so study.

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pen and paper VS computer
by: Anonymous

I took the written exam a did not pass. i am have been studying hard do you think it would be ok to take the computer exam over the pen and paper exam? also is the PC exam any easier or are they about the same?

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Studied NSCA 7 Weeks and Passed!

by Brenda H
(Chicago)

I do have a few degrees, but all are unrelated to exercise science. I had also never studied physiology or kinesiology, but I am an instructional designer. To pass this test in a short amount of time, you need a strategy. The information is overwhelming. First, I went to ACTION Certification's Web site and downloaded their study materials and read them.

Next I went to wikipedia and read about myofibrils (the article is excellent). Read the article on Bohr curve, too. Then I realized I needed to write articles and essays about what I was learning to help integrate the material. So I wrote essays on the cardiovascular and cardiorespiratory systems, plyometrics, muscle alignments... and how to determine such things as Vo2max, etc. I developed exercise charts showing muscle actions. I was sure to include the formulas in my essays.

Yes, you must read the book and take the practice exams, because NSCA uses language in a unique way and the various organizations differ when it comes to such things how to do assessments and programming. However, if you've never studied the physiology and kinesiology... before, prep with lighter materials first.

What surprised me about the test was the number of questions dealing with plyometrics. At times, I thought the test was easy, and at times I though it was difficult. Part of the difficulty is that you really have to get in a certain frame of mind to answer some questions, like the analysis ones, but then the next question can be completely different in terms of topic and type. It may be a recall type question. It's difficult to keep switching modes of thinking.

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NSCA cPT exam

by Tom
(Baton Rouge, LA)

The NSCA cPT exam is tough but you don't want to be working with clients with special needs and not know what you are doing. Mistakes with these clients can do a lot of damage. I chose the NSCA personal trainer certification because it is so rare and respected in the industry. It was worth the extra studying.

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passed NSCA
by: Debi

i took and passed the exam yesterday. the hardest part of the test was the scenario questions, u can't spend too much time reviewing the contraindications and special groups people. also, even if u have never done power exercises, get familiar with them. there were a few sport specificity questions...so if u have not thought that thru...there is a page in ur book, in the training athletes chapter that can get u thinking in the right direction. good luck

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Just passed my CPT exam!

by Becky Clark
(Seattle)

I am SO relieved to have passed my NSCA test today on the first try. 87%. It was very hard and very comprehensive. I think the fact that I've worked as a trainer for 10+ years (with ISSA cert) really helped (my degree in graphic design sure didn't LOL). But I don't know that I would've passed as handily (if at all) without the study guides/quizzes from this site. Those really nailed down the items I needed to focus on and gave me the confidence to take the test.

My suggestions:
1. Read the textbook and highlight key areas.
2. Purchase the review package from this site and do all the quizzes, following the directions on what to do next.
3. Buy and take the practice exams from the NSCA, then study the areas you're weak in (it'll tell you).
4. Cram, cram, cram for a few days before your test.

You can do it!

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Make exercise technique a priority

by Susan
(Mechanicsville, VA)

Study long and hard for the NSCA exam, especially if you have no college degrees after your name. It took the better part of 3 months to absorb all of NSCA's exam prep material, of which I purchased the text book and the complete set of DVD symposiums as well as practice exam vol. one. It was money well spent. Topics to know cold: safety issues, exercise technique and nutritional guidelines such as necessary daily protein, fat, ect. There are lots of scenario questions and many are worded so as to confuse you with superfluous information. I passed on the first try so it's definitely possible. I found very few questions on the structure of a muscle or the sliding-filament theory. Concentrate on client evaluation, program design and common errors in technique and you'll do well. The prep material spends little or no time teaching the proper names of bones and muscles so it's helpful to either look it up online or snag an anatomy book. Good luck!

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I agree!
by: Anonymous

Hi, yes I totally agree about the anatomy part. There is not a lot of info in the book on this. I am about a week away from taking my test. I have been studying hard for 3 months, but still struggle on the practice exams. Any other advice? thanks!

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Passed the NSCA CSCS 1st attempt 01/25/2011

by Will
(Seattle)

Hello fellow trainers and trainers-to-be!!

The CSCS exam was hard and comprehensive in terms of the material covered in the text and exam, BUT it is TOTALLY manageable if you put in hard work.

I don't have a degree in physiology, kinesiology, etc., but a bachelors in Economics. I was NASM-CPT, CES, PES certified about 1.5 year ago.

I am not going to discuss the exam format since much of that information is covered on their website.
How I studied:

1) I read the text cover to cover and highlighted important points. Trust me, after the first time around your head will be spinning!

2) I HIGHLY recommend purchasing the multimedia symposium CDs; they were EXTREMELY helpful in terms of clarifying and breaking down the important concepts. I took notes and copied the outline from the videos; this really helped me retain the concepts. Once I was completed with the notes from the symposium CDs, I easy had two 1 subject notebooks filled.

3) I read through the text from cover to cover 2 more times and made additional short notes onto my notebooks.

4) Memorized the main points in the notebooks and text.

5) Took a week off during Thanksgiving and studied about 4 hours a day.

6) Took the 3 practice exams twice before another one full week of studying before the exam. I have a full time job in investment sales, but took vacation weeks to study for this.
A lot of you will wonder if all topics were covered, and ON MY exam, pretty much everything from each chapter came up. Topics ranged from the 3 energy pathways, sport psychology, to the administration chapter.

I studied off and on for 9 months and hit it hard for 3.
Good luck! It’s do-able once you put in your effort!

Regards,
Will CSCS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES

Here’s the link to the NASM-CPT exam I posted a while back for those who are interested:
http://www.starting-a-personal-training-business.com/i-passed-the-nasmcpt-07272009-1st-attempt.html

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Attaboy
by: georgert

Good job. I passed the CSCS last year and I basically holed up in the library for three straight months with the textbook. It's definitely a bitch. I'm glad you explained your strategy, because it's not for the weak of heart nor will.

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CSCS
by: ANSUL SINGH

CONGRATS MAN!

CSCS is certainly great certification to have.
I was deciding which was better CSCS or PES then i decided to go for CSCS.
I studied for 2.5 months and passed in 1st attempt.




ANSUL SINGH, MS, CSCS, ACSM-CPT, NASM-CPT,CES
LWMC (Lifestyle and Weight Management Consultant- ACE)
CWC ( Certified Wellness Coach)
SNS- ( Sports Nutrition Specialist)

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failed cscs
by: Anonymous

I failed the applied section of the cscs. This part was ridiculously hard for me. I studied for 3 months, took all 3 practice exams numerous times, read the essentials book cover to cover, and have a degree in exercise science. Problem is i am not a good test taker, so although i know the information like the back of my hand, the test questions confuse me and i cant decipher the right answer. So if you are good at tests and can decipher questions easy you will pass.

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Tired of studying!
by: Anonymous

Did you need to memorize the charts from the end of chapter 12?

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RE: failed cscs
by: Will

Try it again and don't give up! Going over the the exercise videos in the pratice online exams really help. During the test, watch the videos carefully as they only stream 2-3 times if I remember correctly. There were several questions I had in which you have to indicate what is incorrect. Go over the exercise prescription charts that break down different periods for a football player, female basketball player, etc.

Good luck....

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RE:Tired of studying!
by: Will

If I remember correctly, those were charts that show results for field tests, football, baseball, 1RM bench press, back squats, etc. right? If so, yes you would need to be familiar with the 80-100% percentile as the APPLIED section of the exam shows before and after results and you will have to explain if exercise prescription is working. For example, a college football player with a back squat 1RM of 180 lbs will need to further develop his lower body strength. Hope this helps....


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Overstudied! but dont underestimate the NSCA CPT test

by Steve
(San Pedro)

I just took the NSCA CPT test and passed comfortably. They design the test with safety in mind. Most of the questions pertain to body positioning (i.e. the planes of movement, flexion, abduction, protraction, etc..), ways to make an exercise more or less difficult (which by the way was not covered in the text), some muscle anatomy, and case studies. definitely know when a client needs referral to a professional, when an alarming situation calls for medical attention, and methods of motivation. I know the test always changes, but there is little by way of technical jargon. know the bold and italics for sure, and graze over the rest. More important than anything, I've been exercising for many years, so I understand manipulating body position for the desired effect (pain reduction, ease of motion).

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NSCA: Just study until you are absolutely comfortable

I took and passed the NSCA CPT. It was not easy. I feel as if I memorized the book before walking into the exam. Which isn't a bad thing professionally. The good things in life do not come easy but are truly worth the work

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Easy Enough!
by: Anonymous

With a lot of experience in training it did not take much studying on my part. I found a few forums online with outlines of what is on the test and studied the parts I knew I would struggle with. I don't have any degrees or certifications (until now), but I did play two years of college football so that helps. I studied for 2 and a half weeks and passed with a 79%.

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