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Posts found under "Study Tips" within Exam Preparation Blog

The ACE Resource Center – How Can We Help You?

By Jessie Newell on Friday, May 30, 2014


Did you know ACE has a Resource Center to support you while you’re preparing for your certification exam? If you ever have a question or concern related to your studies (or a health and fitness question in general), we are happy to help. Here are some ways that our Resource Center can help get the most out of your studies and put you on the path to success.




Health Coach Helper: Lesson 5

By Jessie Newell on Friday, January 31, 2014


Feeling like you need a study partner to help you prepare for your ACE Certification Exam? Meet Jessie, a Study Coach in the ACE Resource Center. She is preparing to take the ACE Health Coach Certification Exam and is blogging about her experience and sharing her study tips. Here is her fifth installment, featuring Chapters 4, 10 and 13, which cover relationship building, client interviews and goal setting.




Health Coach Helper: Lesson 4

By Jessie Newell on Friday, January 17, 2014


When it comes to studying for your ACE Certification Exam, it can be helpful to have a study partner to keep you motivated and focused on your goals. Jessie, a Study Coach in the ACE Resource Center, is preparing to take the ACE Health Coach Certification Exam and is blogging about her experience and sharing her study tips. Here is her fourth installment, which covers chapters 8 and 9, which focus on the physiology of obesity and weight-management concepts.




ACE Health Coach Helper: Lesson 1

By Jessie Newell on Thursday, October 31, 2013


Are you studying for your ACE Health Coach Exam and want a study partner to keep you motivated and focused on your goals? Jessie, the new Study Coach in the ACE Resource Center, is preparing to take the ACE Health Coach Certification Exam and will be blogging about her experience and sharing her study tips over the next several weeks. Here is her first blog.




How to Remember What You Study

By Michael Mantell on Friday, July 26, 2013


Feeling nervous about trying to learn and memorize all the necessary information to pass your ACE certification exam? Dr. Michael Mantell offers some great advice and shares his tips for making the most of your study time and actually absorbing the material you are trying to learn.




My exam is right around the corner and I’ve completed the study materials. What should I focus on?

By Belinda Thompson on Friday, May 31, 2013


You’re in the home stretch and want to maximize your study prep in the week or two before the exam. Here are some great study strategies that have proven effective in the period leading up to your exam.




Which study guide should I use?

By Christopher Gagliardi on Wednesday, February 27, 2013


Having trouble deciding how to best prepare for your ACE certification exam? ACE offers two highly effective study guides designed to prepare you to successfully pass your ACE exam. Here’s how to choose the right one for you.




How to Get the Most Out of Flashcards

By Christopher Gagliardi on Monday, February 11, 2013


Flashcards can be an incredibly helpful study tool as you prepare for your ACE exam, and these tips for using them effectively will help you make the most of your study time. Didn’t purchase the ACE flashcards? No problem—follow these simple steps for making your own.




How much math do we need to know for the exam? And why do we need to know it?

By Christopher Gagliardi on Monday, February 04, 2013


The math section of the certification exam can be a source of major anxiety. To help calm your nerves and clear up any misunderstandings, ACE answers your frequently asked questions about fitness math.




Time to Review the Exam Review

By Christopher Gagliardi on Monday, January 21, 2013


Are you maximizing your study time by taking advantage of ACE’s online exam review courses? Available for each of ACE’s four certifications, the online exam review course is a great way to not only boost your comprehension of the material covered in the manual, but to increase your chances of success as well.




ACE Academy Elite…A Sane Approach to Studying

By Sarah Ramirez on Monday, January 14, 2013


Having trouble studying for your ACE certification exam on your own? Get the support and guidance you need with the ACE Academy Elite interactive study guide. A recent candidate shares her experience and demonstrates how this approach studying can dramatically improve your chances of successfully passing your ACE exam.




How should I study anatomy?

By Belinda Thompson on Monday, January 07, 2013


For the many exam candidates who are overwhelmed by the anatomy content, ACE Study Coach Belinda Thompson shares how - and how much - you should study anatomy in preparation for the ACE certification exam.




The Holidays are Here – To Study or Not to Study?

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, December 10, 2012


Do you really need to keep studying for your ACE certification exam during the holidays? While a little time off can be good, you don’t want to risk losing your momentum and motivation. Here are some great tips for squeezing in some time to study for your upcoming 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.




My Materials Just Arrived...Now What Do I Do?

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, August 20, 2012


Don’t let that feeling of excitement when you receive your ACE study materials turn into anxiety. In this article, we explain how to tackle all of the materials without feeling overwhelmed and how to utilize the resources that ACE provides, which are designed to assist and guide you through your exam preparation.




Mastering Master the Manual

By Alexandra Link on Monday, June 18, 2012


Making the most of your study experience will help you not only at exam time but it will help when you start putting what you learned to practice later on. Check out one of our key study aids, the Master the Manual book, which we designed to accompany your main ACE Personal Trainer Manual (4th Edition).




Remember What You Study?

By Michael Mantell on Monday, May 21, 2012


Maybe it’s been awhile since you’ve been in school and now you’re faced with studying a 700+ page ACE Personal Trainer Manual along with additional technical publications filled with words, concepts, definitions and material that you’re having a hard time remembering. It’s exasperating and maybe even stressful, especially when the certification exam is fast approaching. You begin wondering if you should postpone the exam date. The short answer is don’t!




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.




Tips on Successfully Making a Career Change Into Fitness

By Michael Davis on Wednesday, March 21, 2012


My own journey into the ranks of the fitness industry started at the age of 39 with a promise I made to myself to share the success I had battling type 2 diabetes. That success gave me the drive and a perspective I wanted to share with others. I transitioned from a 10-year run in the high-tech software industry to personal training in 2007. Here are lessons I learned and tips I share with many exam candidates who are also making a career change. 




Learning How to Make Continuing Education Work For You As a Newly Certified Fitness Professional

By Ted Ruch on Monday, February 27, 2012


Congratulations! You've passed your ACE exam and you are now an ACE-certified fitness professional! You may have questions now as to what your next step should be. Learn about two continuing education bundles that will help you thrive in your new career as a fitness professional.




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.





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?





Feel like getting schooled? Try one of ACE’s Educational Partners

By Chris Goudeseune on Monday, November 07, 2011


A speed bump on the cruise to studying for the ACE certification exam through hundreds of pages of text and information is bound to happen. Not everyone can breeze through all of the ACE study materials without hitting a bump or two. I know I did. At times, the volume of material is overwhelming…and that’s normal. Since ACE understands that not everyone enjoys learning out of a book at home on their own, we have a solution for those who want that live education aspect. Find out more.




10 Steps to Success When Preparing for the ACE Exam

By Brian Greenlee on Monday, October 31, 2011


Are you looking for an edge in passing the exam? Although there isn’t a magical pill or some special flash cards with all the answers available for purchase, I do hope to provide some valuable insight and directions. Hopefully, this will help improve your odds and make your preparation – and professional journey – more enjoyable. I hope my 10 steps will help guide you through the process and get you confident that you will be successful in taking the ACE exam. If I can do it, I know you can as w




The Fick Equation

By April Merritt on Monday, June 27, 2011


The Fick equation. You may have read about it in your Essentials of Exercise Science for Fitness Professional’s book (page 228) or heard about it on the street, but do you really understand it?




Do you want to be my study buddy?

By April Merritt on Monday, April 25, 2011


Sometimes one is the loneliest number. And what if you are one of those people who learn best in a group? Or with a partner? Maybe you need someone holding you accountable for your studies. What are your options then?




Anatomy - The Movie

By April Merritt on Monday, April 04, 2011


I know we talk about anatomy a lot on this blog (see here and here) but that is because anatomy is a challenging and anxiety producing subject for many candidates.




Are you average?

By April Merritt on Monday, March 28, 2011


Are you an average healthy adult? Or an apparently healthy individual? Do you know what those phrases mean and why they are important?




Are online diagnostic practice tests like the real test?

By April Merritt on Monday, February 28, 2011


ACE offers several of pre-exam testing opportunities for candidates. There is the paper sample test, the online diagnostic test (or tests depending on your certification) and the short quizzes at the end of each module of the exam review




But can you talk about it?

By April Merritt on Monday, February 14, 2011


You’ve read your manuals…you’ve reviewed your flashcards…you’ve even memorized a whole bunch of muscles…but can you talk about what you know?




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!




Exam Prep Blog CliffsNotes

By April Merritt on Monday, November 15, 2010


The Exam Prep Blog has been up and active for a year and a half so far. That’s about 70 entries – a whole bunch for candidates to go through, especially the first time you encounter the blog (hint, you aren’t supposed to read it all at once, some posts aren’t relevant until later in your studies).




Anatomy - Insert what? Originate where?

By April Merritt on Monday, September 27, 2010


Ahhh, anatomy…everyone’s favorite subject. It may be because anatomy comes first in your studies, or maybe because it’s so in depth, but anatomy seems to be the first and sometimes biggest frustration for candidates.




Help! I'm falling behind!

By April Merritt on Monday, August 09, 2010


We all know how it goes. You’re trying to find the time to read your manual, review your flashcards, cook dinner, walk the cat, get to work on time…and it never ends. Next thing you know you’re falling behind your Study Coach program.




Improve Your Reading Comprehension

By April Merritt on Monday, August 02, 2010


Are you reading and reading and reading your materials but they just aren’t sinking in? Have you read that one chapter so many times you’re starting to see it when you sleep? Does it seem like no matter how hard you try you just can’t get the information to stick?




Understanding Vocabulary

By April Merritt on Monday, December 07, 2009


Vocabulary is an often overlooked study tool. The thing to remember is that vocabulary is essential to understanding the questions on the exam. If you don’t know what the question is asking, it’s hard to choose the right answer.




Exam Content Outlines

By April Merritt on Monday, August 24, 2009


Do you know what's on your certification exam content outline? It's the blueprint to passing the exam!