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Posts found under "Before You Sit" within Exam Preparation Blog

Exam Voucher 101

By Suzayn Chandler on Tuesday, August 13, 2013


Confused about where to find your exam voucher, how to register for your exam, or what to bring with you when the big day finally arrives? Here is a quick primer on everything related to your exam voucher, including important expiration dates and what to do if you don’t feel quite prepared to take the exam even though your expiration date is looming.




Everything You Need to Know About Earning an ACE Advanced Certification

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, May 15, 2013


If you’ve decided to pursue one of ACE’s advanced certifications, it’s a good idea to take a moment and ensure that you meet all the eligibility requirements for that particular certification. Here are specific prerequisites for the ACE Health Coach and ACE Advanced Health & Fitness Specialist certifications, along with instructions on how to submit the necessary documentation before sitting for your exam.




7 Things You Should Know About Exam Registration

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, April 26, 2013


If you’ve recently purchased your Personal Trainer Study Bundle, there are a few important things to remember as you start preparing for your exam—7 things, to be exact. From expiration dates to CPR/AED certification, here’s what you need to know as you get closer to taking your exam.




What is the ACE Resource Center and How Should I Use It?

By Christopher Gagliardi on Monday, December 03, 2012


Did you know the ACE Resource Center is staffed with professionals just waiting to help answer your questions? Whether you’re studying for your certification exam or are a new or seasoned fitness professional looking for answers about the industry, our Study Coaches are ready to offer their assistance. Here are some great reasons you might want to contact the ACE Resource Center today.




Stay Calm or Cram On?

By Michael Mantell on Monday, November 26, 2012


What’s the best way to prepare for your ACE exam? Dr. Michael Mantell offers some great studying strategies that will leave you feeling calm and assured as your exam date approaches, as well as tips on how to reduce anxiety on the day of your exam.




ACE Launches Study Center Facebook Page

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, August 06, 2012


After recognizing the high demand for connecting with fellow students and receiving study tips and answers to exam-related questions in real-time, ACE launched a Study Center community Facebook page. Learn how we are using social media to better prepare our students for exam day.




Can I take the ACE exam if I need special testing accommodations?

By Suzayn Chandler on Monday, April 09, 2012


Are you eager to register for your certification exam, but are unsure if you may be eligible for special test accommodations? ACE’s Exam Registration Manager discusses what you need to know and how to go about ensuring you are properly registered for your desired testing date with the accommodations you may need.




Anatomy of Multiple-Choice Tests

By Michael Mantell on Monday, April 02, 2012


Ever since Frederick J. Kelly, in 1914, at the University of Kansas, invented this approach, students have struggled with no real clue how to approach and analyze multiple-choice questions. Some people create so much stress and anxiety over these tests that they continually postpone taking it. To help you overcome anxiety and succeed, you simply need to understand the system behind multiple-choice tests.




Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? ACE Certification Exam Math Refresher

By Brian Greenlee on Monday, February 13, 2012


What’s one thing you can learn from a 5th grader? Math doesn’t have to be that scary! Whether it’s been a few years since you last formally practiced math or whether you’re just in need of a bit of a refresher, check out these helpful formulas and math tips to help you successfully prepare for your ACE certification exam.




6-Step Plan to Avoid Procrastination

By Michael Mantell on Monday, February 06, 2012


Don’t wait until tomorrow! Let’s take a look at what procrastination is all about and equip you with a six-step plan to successfully prepare for your ACE certification exam!





Are the practice tests similar to the actual exam and are they helpful?

By Alexandra Link on Monday, January 23, 2012


Many candidates often wonder if  practicing through the sample tests will truly help them on the “big day.” Learn more about how the sample tests are structured and how they compare to the actual exam in terms of format, content and difficulty.





How to Defeat Test Anxiety

By Michael Mantell on Monday, January 16, 2012


No matter how much you follow good test-taking and preparation advice, there's still that fear of mentally blacking out, those racing thoughts, difficulty concentrating, negative thoughts about past performance, the "what if's, the nausea, sweating, headache, fast heartbeat - well, you get it. It's test anxiety and it happens to the best of us. The good news is you can do something about it!




Strategy of Successful Candidates Who Passed Their Exams the First Time

By Robin Floyd on Monday, January 09, 2012


To those of you who have taken on the challenge of attaining professional recognition in your chosen field, kudos to you! While you may be overwhelmed by having to study for and take the test (we understand), take heart in knowing that successful test-takers who have gone before you have used common strategies that may also help you.




4 Factors to Help You Understand and Master Music Selection

By Leslie Mansour on Monday, December 26, 2011


Incorporating music into a group fitness class can be a fun component to class design, but in order to use it well, it’s important to understand it first. Learn the four




What's the Difference Between a Personal Trainer, Athletic Trainer and Physical Therapist?

By Alexandra Link on Monday, December 19, 2011


Often times, these professions are confused because they have many similar qualities and characteristics; however, there are some very distinct differences that you should know. Learn more.




Answers to 6 Popular Questions About the Exam Content Outline

By Alexandra Link on Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Perhaps you have heard or read the term ‘Exam Content Outline’ but do you know what it is and how to use it to be successful in studying for your ACE Exam?





Everything you need to know about retaking your ACE Exam!

By Alexandra Link on Monday, November 14, 2011


You studied for the ACE Exam, the big day finally arrived and you were not as successful as you had hoped…now what? Read on for more information about the important steps to take when preparing for and scheduling your ACE retake Exam!





What does it mean to be am ACE Health Coach?

By Alexandra Link on Monday, September 26, 2011


Are you a Personal Trainer and considering the Lifestyle and Weight Management Coach Certification, but unclear on what it really means to be an LWMC? Continue reading to find out more about this NCCA-accredited advanced credential, and how it can benefit both you and your clients.




Who Is the ACE Group Fitness Instructor and Should I Become One?

By Leslie Mansour on Monday, September 12, 2011


The two most common questions I receive from individuals who are studying for an exam or selecting between certifications are: “What is the difference between the ACE-Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) and Group Fitness Instructor (GFI)?” and “Which certification is best suited for me?” Find out who the GFI is, and if it's the right profession for you.




6 Q&A: What is NCCA accreditation and why is it important?

By Alexandra Link on Wednesday, September 07, 2011


The acronym NCCA gets thrown around in conversation but many people are not familiar with what NCCA even stands for, let alone why an accreditation from this organization is important when choosing a fitness certification. Let’s dive into this topic a little more.




I’m Ready To Book My Exam! Where Did That Testing Site Go?

By Suzayn Chandler on Monday, August 29, 2011


Congratulations on completing your studies! It’s now time for the test. But wait, you’re no longer seeing the testing site you were looking for. Your initial thought might be to scream or cry, but have no fear! Let us unravel the mystery of the “hidden site.”




Understanding the AHFS

By Alexandra Link on Monday, August 22, 2011


Wondering if the Advanced Health and Fitness Specialist Certification is right for you? Read on to find out what this advanced credential is all about, and how it can benefit you and your clients.




I've Got a Voucher...Now What Do I Do?

By April Merritt on Monday, June 20, 2011


Maybe you’ve bought your study materials recently and received an ACE Certification Exam Voucher (aka voucher) as part of your package. You know it’s good for one exam registration…but what else do you know? And what do you need to know?




Re-Test Anxiety...Trying it a second time

By April Merritt on Monday, April 18, 2011


We’ve talked here before about test anxiety and how to deal with it. But those candidates who are re-testing because they were unsuccessful on their first exam often experience a different kind of anxiety as well – re-test anxiety.




Ready for a second ACE certification?

By April Merritt on Monday, March 21, 2011


Have you considered sitting for a second ACE exam? I know, I know, some of you are just starting your studies for your first ACE exam…but now is a good time for me to put the idea in your head. Maybe you are a group fitness instructor who is being approached for small group or individual training. Or you might be a personal trainer who realizes that their client base is starting to develop more health issues as they age.




Balancing work, life and your studies

By April Merritt on Monday, January 03, 2011


Many ACE exam candidates begin their studies while balancing work, home and the books. For some it is the first return to the academic world of studying, reading and note taking since high school or college. Except this time around it seems more challenging because instead of just your studies, there is family to take care of, work to go to, dinner to cook, kids to pick up, etc.




ACE Educational Partners and live exam review courses

By April Merritt on Monday, November 29, 2010


Did you know that ACE has partnered with colleges and universities around the country to help candidates prepare for their certification exam? There could be a college near you that is offering an ACE exam prep course!




The Certification Candidate Handbook - a hidden exam prep tool!

By April Merritt on Monday, October 04, 2010


Prepare for your certification exam with the Certification Candidate Handbook.




What do I need to know about different types of group fitness classes?

By April Merritt on Monday, August 16, 2010


Well, for the test the answer would be ‘not a lot’. For your professional career, however, that can vary. The ACE Group Fitness Instructor certification exam focuses on the learning the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to teach safe and effective group fitness, regardless of the type of modality.




CPR/AED Requirements

By April Merritt on Monday, June 22, 2009


Be sure you properly meet the CPR and AED requirements to sit for the ACE certification exams.