My scores on the ACE personal trainer exam were as follows:
Domain Percentage Correct
Client Interview and Assessment 77.5%
Program Design and Implementation 70.73%
Program Progression, Modification, and Maintenance 70.59%
Professional Role and Responsibilities 60%
STEP 1: What to buy?
A. ACE Premier Personal Trainer Home Study Program. It includes the following:
1. ACE Personal Trainer Manual Set With DVDs (4th edition)
2. Master the Manual Study Guide
3. Musculoskeletal Anatomy & Human Movement book
4. Sample Test with a written simulation sample problem
6. Online Exam Review Course
7. Online Diagnostic Practice Test, versions 1 and 2
8. Consultation with ACE Resource Center staff
STEP 2: Sign up for the free study coach program.
Here, you will get a weekly study guide plus study questions based on each chapter in the "Personal Trainer Manual: The Ultimate Resource for Fitness Professionals" textbook. DO NOT DO THE QUESTIONS AT THIS TIME. JUST PRINT OUT THE TESTS AND THE ANSWERS FOR LATER USE. YOU WILL TAKE ALL OF THE QUESTIONS AS A COMPLETE TEST AFTER YOUR STUDYING IS DONE.
STEP 3: DO NOT BEGIN READING THE TEXT. As soon as you get the material, glance them over, and immediately sign up for the ACE personal trainer exam review course. Here's what you get:
- Review of the ACE Personal Trainer Manuel (4th edition)
- Listen to pre-recorded lectures, complete fill-in-the-blank exercises and take interactive quizzes
- Total of 5-modules...cost=$34.95/module
STEP 4: Sign up for the exercise etc. online weekly webinars and purchase the exercise etc. cd (filled with 1300 questions) for the ACE personal trainer exam.
Here, you will attend a total of 9 webinars (2 hours each) from the convenience of your home. You will be given notes in PDF format that you can print prior to the webinars, and again you will fill in the blanks as instructor speaks.
STEP 5: Read the designated chapters in the ACE personal trainer manual prior to each exercise etc. webinar. Do the corresponding questions in the master the manual and the personal trainer home study guide.
Review your the notes you take during the webinar before and after every webinar.
Start reading the flashcards. MEMORIZE THE PRIME MOVERS.
STEP 6: Install the CD that comes with the "A Fitness Professional's Guide to Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Human Movement". This CD is invaluable (it is located in the inside flap of your book). In it you can watch videos of movements such as flexion, dorsiflexion, plantarfexion, adduction, abduction, etc. Here's where you will learn body movements by watching live demonstrations. The book itself is otherwise useless as you will not need to identify any muscle structures on the test (you might get one questions max....therefore, it's not to your benefit to sit there and memorize all the detail contained in that book).
STEP 7: Install the Exercise Etc. cd rom after you finish the 9 week course. The answers to the questions themselves have no explanations. However, you can email Laura Abbott (the instructor) with every question. She is always prompt at answering all your questions. Write all the questions that you missed in the appropriate sections of your ACE personal trainer exam review book.
STEP 8: DO NOT WASTE YOU TIME STUDYING ORIGINS OR INSERTIONS. YOU WILL NOT BE ASKED ANY QUESTIONS IN THE EXAM ON THESE TOPICS:
STEP 9: Review the Flashcards again. Make note of the prime movers and muscles that cross more than one joint.
STEP 10: After reading the text once and attending all the exercise etc. webinars, begin study from the ACE personal trainer exam review book (that is, the online material you printed out) exclusively. YOU MUST MEMORIZE EVERYTHING IN THE BOOK INCLUDING ALL THE CHARTS. Cross reference with Master the Manuel book that comes with your Premier Package.
STEP 11: As you read each section in the online exam review course, go back to the ACE Personal Trainer Manual (4th Edition), and reread the corresponding section in the manual. This will help you focus only on the material that ACE considers important for the exam.
STEP 12: After you finish memorizing the ACE personal trainer exam review book, take the 100 questions that come with the Home study coach program. Go back to the text to review the answers you missed.
STEP 13: Take the 60 multiple questions and the following tests:
1. The sample test for the Personal Trainer Certification Exam (it has 60 multiple choice questions): Allow yourself only 72 seconds per question (that's how much time you will have on the actual ACE personal trainer exam).
2. Written Simulation Sample Problem that came with your ACE Premier Personal Trainer Home Study Program. Allow yourself no more than 30 minutes for all the questions in the sample test. (that's how much time you will have to complete each written simulation sample in your test. On the actual exam, you will be given 2 written simulations with a total time of 1 hour).
3. The free sample written simulation located on the acefitness.org website (just scroll down until your see sample question). Again do not take more than 30 minutes to answer these questions.
4. DO NOT just review the answers. MEMORIZE THEM. YOU WILL SEE SIMILAR QUESTIONS ON THE ACTUAL EXAM.
STEP 14: Take the (it costs approx. 30 dollars) followed up by the 2 written simulation exams that you get with your ACE exam review book (during the 2 day class that you took early on in your studies). Take these tests back to back in order to simulate the long period of that that you have to focus on the actual exam. Allow yourself 72 seconds per question (the online test is not timed, so you will have to time yourself using a stopwatch). Take a 10 minute break after the test, and the take the 2 written simulations (you will have to take both written simulations back to back....you are allowed a maximum time of 1 hour).
Here, you will get 60 multiple choice questions. You will get a score once your test ends.
PLEASE NOTE: I FAILED THIS EXAM 2 DAYS BEFORE THAT ACTUAL TEST. THIS TEST IS NOT AN INDICATOR WHETHER YOU WILL PASS THE ACTUAL EXAM OR NOT. However, the answer key (with written explanations) to this test is invaluable. It will allow you to get into the ACE mindset and think like the examiner.
Read the entire answer booklet (you can print out the test once you're finished). You can take the test 4 times. Read the answers to all the questions and MEMORIZE the answers and the questions. You will see many similar questions on the exam.
STEP 15: That's it! You are ready to take the test. Sign up for the Computer exam. DO NOT sign up for the written test. It will take several weeks to get your results if you sign up for the written test (Note: the computer exam is a little more expensive than the written test).
On the computer exam, you will be allowed to practice how to take the test prior to the real thing. The time it takes to go through the practice will not be counted toward you actual exam.
Before the test, you will be either given a dry erase board or scratch paper to work out the math problems during your test.
WARNING: once you choose the answers on the written simulation, you cannot change your mind. So write down the answers for each section on your dry erase board, and then mark your choices on the actual test.
In the next post, I will tell you the types of questions that I got.
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Now updated for the 4th edition of the ACE personal trainer manuel.