ACE EXAM IS NOT WORTH THE HEADACHE!!
by Kambui Jackson
I just took the Ace CPT exam for the second time about 15 min ago so while I'm still pissed the off so I've decided to write this. First I'd like to state that I've been personal training for 3yrs, undergrad at Texas A&M, 2 time all American Track runner and I actually studied for this exam. So believe me when I tell you I know my stuff! I waltz on in and and took it the first time and because I know my Stuff I knew I would pass..WRONG!
I got a 410, I was super shocked because I was absolutely sure about 98% of my answers. So, I took 20days and brushed up and by brushed up I mean I studied like crazy cause I have job offers waiting for me. So today I take it and I score a 429...absolutely no way in F-ing way in HELL did I just fail this exam and I know for sure I was absolutely correct on, again, 98% of my answers.
All the questions asked did not actually test your knowledge as a trainer or anything fitness professional related, the basis of the test was to prove to see if you knew "ACE." outstanding marketing ploy ACE is pulling, it took me coughing up $434 to figure it out. All the questions are simple, and anyone with common sense can pass the test. Question such as:
41. Describe a proper way to execute a Bench Press:
A. Keeps Hips firmly on the bench at all times
B. Lower the weight no closer than 2" above the chest
C. Exhale as you lower the weight
D. in the up position Hold the bar over your chest just below the nipple line
I'm sure you all know how to properly execute a bench press and you're probably looking at these answers and saying to yourself "self, there is more than one right answers available." and guess what, your right, there is!! and about 120 of 150 questions are exactly like this. you know the answer but you have to pick the one that ACE would pick.
I wish I could find a vulgar way of describing how I feel about ACE right now but the english language just isn't diverse enough.
The ACE exam will not test your competence as a knowledgeable trainer or fitness professional, as I now know. So you've been warmed.