The ACE Health Coach exam determines whether you have the expertise in fitness, nutrition and behavior modification necessary to design and implement effective exercise programs and guide clients to a healthy lifestyle.
The 3-hour, 150-multiple choice question exam tests your ability to determine the most appropriate course of action in a variety of real-life scenarios. You must earn a score of at least 500 out of 800 possible points to become an ACE-certified Health Coach. Only 125 of the 150 questions will count toward your overall score, as the remaining questions are experimental and are being evaluated for use on future exams.
You can take the exam in either of the following two formats:
Not quite ready to take the exam?
Although a Computer-Based Testing (CBT) voucher is only included in our Premium program, you can purchase one separately. The voucher, which must be redeemed within 6 months from purchase date, will automatically appear in your MyACE account. As long as candidates redeem the voucher within that timeline, they can register for any exam date posted on the ACE website. Vouchers are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Questions on the ACE Health Coach Certification Exam cover the following performance topics:
You can read more about the specific topics assessed within each performance domain and find out the percentage of exam questions covered by each domain in our ACE Health Coach Exam Content Outline.
Of course we do. Our goal is to help you not only study for the exam, but retain the knowledge so it will help you become a better ACE Health Coach.
We have a number of study resources to help:
You’ll need your admission ticket, which you can access and print from your exam registration portal and a government-issued ID with photo and signature that matches the name on your exam registration. We recommend extra layers of clothing for comfort in the exam center. For questions about proper identification or if the name on your admission ticket doesn’t match your ID, call (888) 825-3636, ext. 783.
Once you arrive at your exam center, you’ll see that some testing centers administer multiple credentialing exams – not just those dedicated to ACE Health Coaches. To keep distractions at a minimum, you’ll take your exam in a room with a closeable door and either adequate space or partitions between other test takers.
Some important things to keep in mind: