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Passed the ACE Personal Trainer Certification Test Today

by Tami
(Chicago)

I am 51 years old with no prior fitness industry work experience. However, I am a former Div I college athlete and have a lifelong passion for fitness, proper nutrition, and exercise. I took the ACE Personal Trainer Certification test today for the first time and passed. I purchased the premier package from ACE; which is the manual, a DVD, two workbooks, practice test, an audio CD (reviews most of the chapters),a book on musculoskeletal anatomy and human movement, and flash cards. I studied for three months. I took the practice test (60 questions) included in the package twice; once at the very beginning (ouch) and once near the end (much better). I also purchased two on-line practice tests from ACE (helped a lot!) and I have been reviewing comments on this site for the last three months for additional information.

Okay...the test is difficult, but you can do it! Do not allow yourself to read any of the negative comments about the test and about people who did not pass. Concentrate only on those comments of people who have passed. Take in their advice and put it to practice during your studying. Stay positive and keep yourself in a positive mindset.
I agree with another poster on this site, Ryan; it's not about memorizing the material, it's about putting the material into PRACTICE and understanding the concepts so you can apply them and figure out the correct answer.

Know special populations and how to adjust training for their special needs and medications, pregnancy, diabetes, etc. Know the differences between flexion, extension, adduction, abduction, planes of motion (sagittal, frontal, transverse). Be comfortable with posture issues: kyphosis, lordosis, sway-back, flat-back, scoliosis. Know which muscles are tight and which are weak and what exercises the client can perform to help correct the posture imbalances. Know how to read a food label; know the calories per gram for protein, carbs, fat and how to calculate percentages of each for the total amount of servings. Know how to calculate lean body vs. fat body mass to determine how many pounds a person would have to lose to go from say 28% body fat to 25% body fat given their current body weight. Know the difference between maximal and submaximal cardiovascular testing and when you would use each one. Know the risk factors on the health history and which clients will need a physician's release. Know program progression and when to re-assess a client. And finally, review the legal liability chapter and know the difference between a waiver and an informed consent form.

I did not have a lot of math calculations on my test.....mostly figuring out how many lbs of body fat a person had at a certain weight and body fat percentage. Multiply the body weight by the body fat percentage and you get the lbs of body fat. Also, I had a couple questions on how to read a food label.

Last: If you are reading this you are most likely in the process of studying for the test. Give yourself time to go through the material as it is very comprehensive. Do the practice tests. I actually thought the practice tests were slightly harder than the real thing. (This site also offers practice tests) If you are passing the practice tests, that's a good indication you can pass the actual certification test. Do the workbooks; actually write the answers in the workbooks as it just reinforces what you are learning.

Most of all, remind yourself when you are in there taking the test that the answers are right there before you. Pick them off like a conveyor belt. The correct answers will pop out at you. Make sure you read the whole question and that you understand what they are asking; such as BEST, FIRST, CORRECT, LEAST, etc.

Confidence is everything. Give yourself time to learn the material, practice, and take the test! You can do it! Believe in your passion and go for it! Visualize success! YOU WILL PASS! Congratulations!

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by: Anonymous

Great advice! Pursue your passion with confidence. You will succeed!!!!!!

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AWESOME!
by: Ivy

GREAT advice! This really has helped me to know what things I really need to learn. I'll be taking my exam in May. Thank you!

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Thanks!
by: Missy

Thanks so much for your helpful advice! I am taking the exam May 1st and have been so stressed out on the formulas! Your positivity is encouraging and I am grateful for your assistance!

You will make an excellent trainer!!

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great!
by: Bert

Tremendous advice. Many thanks, as I'm looking seriously at taking the ACE to begin a new career (at age 48) in personal training.

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Thanks!!!
by: Amy

Thank you for the motivation.Its comments like this that takes a little stress off.

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thanks!
by: Gamboa

This was just the information I was looking for. I tend to over study for exams.

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Passed!
by: Ivy

The exam was very hard and couldn't believe I passed it. Thanks so much for the advice :D

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Taking the exam on Monday 8/16/2010
by: Anonymous

I appreciate this positive post. I took an ACE PT exam prep course from Jan - May and have been studying hard since July. (Took the LWMC exam prep course from June - July.) I'm have horrible test anxiety and tend to rush or not listen to my gut, which has shown up in my practice test results. However, I am getting better at them. I'm going to try and take them again later today to see how the last week has improved my score. I really appreciate this feedback b/c it has helped me pay attention to what is important and how to view the exam. I am feeling more confident now b/c I KNOW that I know this stuff. I am so sick of looking at it all now that I just need a vacation from it all! =) Thx again for the positivity. Wish me luck!

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Go For It!
by: Tami

Best of luck to you! You are well-prepared and ready to go! You will pass and you will succeed. It's your time now! Go for it! By this time tomorrow, you will be a certified personal trainer!!!!

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Took the test this morning!
by: Anonymous

Just wanted to let you know I DID pass!!! I AM SO EXHAUSTED!! My eyes are about to bleed from staring at the screen for so long! =)

Thanks for all the positive energy and tips!

YAYY!!!

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Congratulations!!!
by: Tami

Congratulations!!!! I know that feeling. Enjoy your success! Follow your dreams! Trust your instincts and trust your heart!!!

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ACE pt Xam
by: Anonymous

Absolutely brilliant advice...May God bless you as you help others...My goal to take the test in Oct., 2010....thanx for the insight..:-)

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thank you very much
by: Anonymous

Thank u very much for letting me know!!!
ankit shah...

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I passed
by: Kelli

The exam is difficult, but I passed. My first part of the exam was a scenario about training a client for a marathon. They asked different questions regarding this. Know start and progression and carbohydrate fueling! I only had ONE question with a formula and it was body fat. Had to know a biarticulate muscle and muscle spindle.Couple of questions regarding shin splints and what exercise would you add to a training to help them. Questions on deceleration muscles running down hill, and running in sand. Definitely read the question and elimninate the two obviously wrong answers. Hypertensive clients and beta blockers and how they affect HR and BP. I beleive every exam is different from all these blogs, but I hope this one helps. :)

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thanks fro share it
by: Anonymous

thank you for sharing with us great advise. My mate at school did not give us this grateful answered. I'm Italian and it is difficult to understand what they want, I' going to take time and take the big test. Thank you Anna

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Amazing!
by: Anonymous

congratulations...i agree on what you have shared.more power to you!

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From ACM to ACE
by: Alonzo Massey

thanks for the great advice. I just wanted to know that I'm going from taking the ACSM (which is hard as hell and not passing it after two tries, actually scored lower on my second try) to wanting to take the ACE and work my way up to the ACSM. I actually went from studying for the ACE at first to studying for the ACSM. Is their any chance I could buy the material you use from you or could you help me out with the studying for the test. I'm located in chicago and really need to get this down packed.

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Ace Materials...What should I buy to prepare me good for the exam.
by: Anonymous

Hi everyone!

For those who already took the ACE exam and passed. Can you please, let me know exactly, what materials should I buy to prepare me for the exam? I just feel like there is too much materials that I probably don't really need. I can't really afford any deluxe package or the extra stuffs that are offered.

Thanks : )

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JUST PASSED!
by: EMag

I just passed the ACE cpt the other day. You deff want to read the whole Manual and take detailed notes. I would take the practice exam over and over until you feel comfortable with most answers. A great number of questions are related to Health Risk and Liability so always go with the most conservative answer. Practical gym experience is important as well but I have been a gym rat for 15 years so that was easy for me. Now i just got to wait to get this baby in the mail, BEST OF LUCK!

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JUST PASSED IT
by: Erik

Hard test but if you read the manual and take the practice exam over and over till you feel comfortable you have a good chance. Always go for the most conservative answer relating to health risk and liability questions, GOOD LUCK

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Passed!
by: David

Just passed today. All the other posts are true to my experience, just make sure you're really up on your lordosis, kyphosis , and the muscles that contribute to these postures.

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Many thanks!
by: CoachG

Thank you so much for the positive vibes! My goodness, after reading many of the other posts I was beginning to get a little worried. I'm in the beginning stages of studying for the test and purchased the premier package as well. Thanks for all of the study tips ... after reading your post, my confidence level is where it should be!! Blessings,

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