NESTA exam help
I just took the test... literally a few hours ago and I passed the exam. I will give you all taking the test a few tips for the test.
If you are looking at the exam alerts for guidance. STOP...they really do not help at all. The stuff on the test were totally NOT from the exam alerts. maybe 10% of the exam alert material was on the exam.
Chapters to REALLY pay attention to: (first from the manual and then from the Prep course material)
In the PFT Manual:
Chapter 9 on Program Design.
There are some really specific questions on this chapter. READ ALL THE FINE PRINT. Know the Meso and Microcycles...the specifics..time, content. They ask you to apply the info from the program design chapter by giving you these "cases" so know what the heck the stages are all about.
Chapter 3 on Functional Anatomy:
there was quite a bit of questions on this chapter...specifically on the planes of motion and the anatomical axis of motion. Know the direction of motion in the different planes. There is a part in this chapter that has the muscles of the calf, back, thigh, abs, etc... surprisingly there were a lot of very specific references to the muscles and their primary functions.
Chapter 10 on Exercise instruction
Dude...you better know this chapter well. The Prep course does a good job on day 4 (exercise technique) to review stuff. There were many questions on different exercises...example is for a leg press.. name the prime movers (be specific..like Gluteus Maximus, quads, rectus femoris, vastus intermedius, vastus lateralis...etc. It is multiple choice of course but they put a series of muscles asking for the prime mover and they try to trick you by putting a string of muscles that are SORT of right. so if you don't REALLY know your stuff it is easy to get confused.)
Chapters 12 and 13: The business and sales chapters.
the prep course does not use NESTA specific information so just study the NESTA manual on this info. DAy 5 of the prep course on business stuff do not really help you when it comes to the NESTA test.
Chapter 11: Safety injury emergency care
Just study the NESTA manual for this material. The prep course is not specific to NESTA so you will get very minimal help on this emergency care stuff. NESTA has their own thing going on on stuff like this.
In the Prep course material...there are some parts that do not really apply to those doing the NESTA exam. The practice exams that REALLY help on the NESTA test are
Day 1: Anatomy and Physiology (and all the reviews on anatomy and physiology on the other days...there are reviews on Anatomy on other days... so do them all. The course is really good for anatomy stuff)
Day 2: Client Assessment
Day 4: Exercise technique (This one I would really spend time on. The prep course is a little to simplistic though. Use chapter 3 in the NESTA manual to know ALL the specific muscle names: for example Biceps is really Biceps Brachii.
*This is just a few tips... study everything not just the things I pointed out. The test is not that bad so don't freak out. I talked with one of the people at NESTA before the test. If you find that you are really freaking out...call NESTA and they are there to support you. Good luck to you all!