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On July 1, 2022, a new Exam Content Outline for the ACE Medical Exercise Specialist Certification exam will go live. Keep reading for more information about updates to the ACE Medical Exercise Specialist Exam Content Outline and to help you successfully prepare for the exam.

Why has the exam content outline changed?

The ACE Medical Exercise Specialist Certification exam content outline has been updated to reflect the current job role of a Medical Exercise Specialist, as the fitness industry has evolved since the previous exam content outline was created seven years ago. ACE reviews and revises the exam content outline for the ACE Medical Exercise Specialist Certification every five to seven years to keep it current with the requirements to enter the job role of a Medical Exercise Specialist. An overview of the process ACE uses to update ACE Certifications is included at the beginning of the exam content outline.

If you would like to view the new Medical Exercise Specialist Exam Content Outline prior to its launch on July 1st, you can do so here: MES ECO Interim PDF.pdf

How has the exam content outline changed?

The domain names have changed slightly and the percentage of exam questions within each domain has changed, as seen below:

 

Present Exam Content Outline Domain Breakdown

New Exam Content Outline Domain Breakdown (goes live July 1, 2022)

Domain 1

Interviews and Assessments - 27%

Assessments - 26%

Domain 2

Program Design, Implementation, and Modification - 35%

Program Design, Implementation, and Modification - 33%

Domain 3

Communication and Behavior Change - 21%

Communication and Behavior Change - 23%

Domain 4

Professional Conduct and Risk Management - 17%

Professional Conduct and Risk Management - 18%

Additionally, the associated task, knowledge, and skill statements for each domain have been updated to reflect the current role of an ACE Certified Medical Exercise Specialist.

When will the exam change to reflect the new exam content outline?

The exam will change to reflect the new exam content outline on July 1, 2022.

New questions are rotated into ACE certification exams on a regular basis each year keeping ACE exams up to date with changes in the industry. This is something ACE does with all four of our certification programs.

Can I still use ACE’s Medical Exercise Specialist Manual to study for my exam?

Yes, you can still use the ACE Medical Exercise Specialist Manual, and associated study materials to adequately prepare for the ACE Medical Exercise Specialist Certification exam.

In summary, you can still prepare for and have success on the ACE Medical Exercise Specialist Certification exam using the ACE Medical Exercise Specialist Manual and associated study materials.

You should continue with your current study plan and once you feel prepared for the exam and a career as a Medical Exercise Specialist, log into your My ACE account to register for your examination.

If you purchased study materials that included an exam voucher, you will want to make sure that you redeem it by the expiration date to register for an exam. You can choose an exam date beyond your exam voucher’s expiration date. You will need to be pre-approved to sit for the ACE Medical Exercise Specialist Certification exam and have current CPR/AED information in your My ACE account in order to register for the examination.

Additional questions about the exam or your preparation? 

Please visit ACE Answers where you can find answers to commonly asked study questions, review exam prep blogs, sign up for free webinars and virtual study groups, and watch helpful videos and recorded lectures.

You can also connect with ACE Study Coaches and other exam candidates by visiting the ACE Answers Facebook page where you can ask, and get answers to, questions from your peers.

 

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