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May 31, 2013, 12:00AM PT in Exam Preparation Blog  |  0 Comments

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

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As your exam day approaches, it is sometimes difficult to know what areas you should be focusing on the most. While we do suggest that you relax instead of cram the day before your exam, here are some study strategies that we’ve found to be effective in the period leading up to your exam.

By now you have completed reading your manual and your Academy Elite lessons, and you’re probably wondering, “What should I do now?” Now is the time to take full advantage of the online practice tests. These tests are a great way to identify your strengths and, more importantly, areas that need improvement. Once you complete the test, spend time going over each question and create a “Topics to Review” list for the ones that you answered incorrectly. It is important not to get caught up in the idea that you should re-read entire chapters or study guides. Instead, focus on the following questions:

  • Did I get this answer wrong?
  • Why?
  • What area in the textbook is this content coming from?
  • Do I see a pattern or topic that I seem to struggle with?

As you’re going back into the textbook and reviewing these topic areas, make sure you understand the entire topic, instead of only the concept you missed on the exam. For example, maybe you answered a question about types of negligence incorrectly. Instead of learning just that one type of negligence, go back and review all of the types of negligence.

Also, look at your correct answers. Did you get the answer correct because you guessed, or did you know the information? Are there any other answer options in the questions that you do not know of? If you were guessing, make sure you understand why the correct answer is what it is, and if you don’t recognize any of the answer options, take the time to review them in your manual.

Once you feel comfortable with all of these topics, you can reset and retake the practice tests. Here are the steps to reset the test:

  1. Open online diagnostic practice test.
  2. Click start quiz.
  3. Click on quiz setting in the upper left hand corner of quiz screen.
  4. Check the box to delete on all answers.
  5. Click Proceed with delete.
  6. Close quiz, re-open and have fun re-taking practice test!

While you can take the practice tests as many times as you’d like, we don’t suggest getting to the point where you are just memorizing the answers. Instead, try printing out the tests and have a friend or family member quiz you on the questions without giving you multiple-choice options. This will force you to think of the correct answer without using the process of elimination.

Because the practice tests are a reflection of the types of questions you can expect to see on the certification exam, it is extremely important to take advantage of this study resource. For further questions, feel free to contact our Resource Center at 888-825-3636, Ext. 796, or resource@acefitness.org. Also, make sure to check out our Study Center Facebook page for study tips and Live Q&A Sessions!

By Belinda Thompson


Belinda Thompson is a Study Assistant Representative for the American Council on Exercise. She is an ACE-certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor and Health Coach, holds a bachelors degree in Exercise Science and moved to the USA from Australia in 2011. Belinda is an exercise fanatic who loves to take on new challenges, recently completing an Ironman triathlon just for the fun of it!