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February 27, 2013, 11:11AM PT in Exam Preparation Blog  |  0 Comments

Which study guide should I use?

ACE Academy EliteWhile there are many ways to prepare for the ACE certification exam, you may be unsure which preparation method is best for you and the materials you have at hand.  Although some of us work best by following a detailed schedule or syllabus, others prefer to come up with their own game plan and outline an exam-prep strategy that covers all of the core text books and online materials they have access to. Regardless of which path you choose, it’s important to make sure you’re using one that will utilize all of the study materials you have.

ACE offers two main forms of study guides—The Study Coach Email Series, and Academy Elite (PT)/Academy Select (HC). The Study Coach Emails are designed for individuals who are not using Academy Elite or Academy Select and want a study guide to follow as they move through their materials.

Study Coach Email Series

Available for all four certifications (Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, Health Coach and Advanced Health and Fitness Specialist), Study Coach emails outlining what to study and when are sent out once a week for 12 weeks. In addition to letting you know what to study, the emails provide information about what you should be learning within each chapter and what your next steps should be, as well as helpful hints from the chapters covered in that week’s studies. The emails also guide you through the Master the Manual study guides and online exam review courses, and let you know when to use your practice tests. These emails are designed for individuals who have at least the main textbook for the certification they have chosen. It is important to note that, while the emails are available to those who purchased bundles that include Academy Elite/Select, they are not designed to be used in conjunction with these study tools.

Academy Elite and Academy Select

Available for the Personal Trainer and Health Coach certifications, these study formats provide a self-paced online course syllabus that breaks down all of the study materials into convenient lessons featuring video lecture, reading assignments and lesson quizzes. These programs offer custom progress tracking, which allows you to monitor your study habits and make sure that you stay on track with reaching your goal exam date. These programs are designed to be used with the PT and Health Coach manuals as well as with the Master the Manual study guides, online exam review course and online diagnostic practice tests. Academy Elite and Select are included with the Premium and Premium plus bundles, but can also be added on later if you would like to upgrade to a more comprehensive study package.

Regardless of which path you choose, the Study Coach Emails and the Academy Elite or Academy Select will help you to stay on track and cover all of the information needed for the exam. Please keep in mind that these tools are not designed to be used in conjunction with each other. However, when used appropriately they can effectively guide you in preparing to sit for an ACE certification exam.

By Christopher Gagliardi


Chris Gagliardi is the Study Assistance Administrator at ACE. Chris holds a BS in Kinesiology from San Diego State University, as well as a Certificate in Orthotics from Northwestern University Fienberg School of Medicine. As an ACE-certified Personal Trainer and Lifestyle and Weight Management Coach, as well as a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and NASM certified personal trainer, Chris takes great pride in sharing his enthusiasm for fitness with others and is committed to life time of learning. The idea of leading a healthy lifestyle was first introduced to Chris at the age of 12 when his father brought him to the gym for the first time. This first gym experience ignited a passion for life long fitness that would only grow stronger as the years went on. Chris has worked in the field of Health and Fitness in many capacities over the past 10 years, working with both youth and adult populations.

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