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Active Study Tips Psst! Want to know what’s on the test?

Psst! Want to know what’s on the test?

Want to know what’s on your certification exam? Check out Appendix B in the back of your manual – it’s all there! That’s right; the Exam Content Outline (Appendix B) is the blueprint to passing the exam.

Active Exercise Science Little GTO

Little GTO

Proprioception. It’s that little sense that lets you know where the body is in relation to its various segments and the external environment. Also known as kinesthetic awareness. You have receptors (proprioceptors) located in the skin, in and around the joints and muscles, and in the inner ear that send back information to tell you where you are.

Active Personal Trainer Hands on Testing

Hands on Testing

Practical testing. It is a topic that occasionally comes up when discussing exam preparation. For the most part, people express the opinion that practical testing is the way to go. There is a belief that a multiple choice test cannot possibly measure all aspects of personal training and that all personal trainer exams should have a practical section where candidates can really show what they know. While this all sounds good in theory, have you considered what a practical test involves?

Active Study Tips Do you want to be my study buddy?

Do you want to be my study buddy?

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?

Active Study Tips Re-Test Anxiety...Trying it a second time

Re-Test Anxiety...Trying it a second time

We’ve talked here before about test anxiety and how to deal with it. But those candidates who are re-testing because they were unsuccessful on their first exam often experience a different kind of anxiety as well – re-test anxiety.

Active Personal Trainer Reading other people's diaries (food diaries, that is)

Reading other people's diaries (food diaries, that is)

Nutrition and scope of practice is, and will continue to be, a tricky area for ACE candidates and professionals. We’ve talked before about the limits of your certification with regards to nutrition, but I wanted to specifically address food diaries in this post.

Active Exercise Science Anatomy - The Movie

Anatomy - The Movie

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.

Active Personal Trainer Are you average?

Are you average?

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

Active Personal Trainer Ready for a second ACE certification?

Ready for a second ACE certification?

Have you considered sitting for a second ACE exam? I know, I know, some of you are just starting your studies for your first ACE exam…but now is a good time for me to put the idea in your head. Maybe you are a group fitness instructor who is being approached for small group or individual training. Or you might be a personal trainer who realizes that their client base is starting to develop more health issues as they age.

Active Group Fitness Instructor Group Fitness Instructor - It's not all about you!

Group Fitness Instructor - It's not all about you!

Really, it’s about your participants. When you review the Group Fitness Instructor Exam Content Outline you’ll notice that the two largest categories are Group Instructional Methods (37%) and Group Leadership (29%).

Active Study Tips Test Anxiety...again!

Test Anxiety...again!

Nearly everyone experiences some form of test anxiety. For some people it pushes them to study harder. For others test anxiety is debilitating, especially when it affects exam performance. So how do you deal with it?

Active Study Tips Are online diagnostic practice tests like the real test?

Are online diagnostic practice tests like the real test?

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

Active Professional Application It's New...It's Improved...It's the 2010 Dietary Guidelines!

It's New...It's Improved...It's the 2010 Dietary Guidelines!

The long wait for the 2010 Dietary Guidelines is over. But what does it all mean? Well, it means it is time to get yourself up to date.

Active Study Tips But can you talk about it?

But can you talk about it?

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?

Active Personal Trainer Stability and Mobility

Stability and Mobility

Stability and mobility are the cornerstones of Phase 1 of the Functional Movement and Resistance Training part of the Integrated Fitness Training model (IFT). We’re going to start with discussing the basics – the five programming components of mobility and stability. And just like with the IFT model, we need to understand the basics before we can move on.

Active Medical Exercise Specialist Measuring Intensity

Measuring Intensity

Understanding how to measure intensity is a key concept in effective programming for your clients. But before we can gauge how hard our clients are working, we have to know how to measure their effort. If our clients are whining about working too hard, we have to understand what they should be working at and why.

Active Study Tips Help! I've been audited!

Help! I've been audited!

ACE requires that all exam candidates sitting for a computer based exam (CBT) have a current CPR/AED certificate prior to their test date (it’s one of the pre – requisites).

Active Personal Trainer Understanding VT1 and VT2

Understanding VT1 and VT2

Ventilatory threshold is introduced in the ACE 4th edition Personal Trainer Manual as a way to measure a client’s intensity during exercise. Vt1 and VT2 play a role in the ACE Integrated Fitness Training Model, specifically as transition points between zones 1, 2 and 3 of cardiovascular training.

Active Study Tips Balancing work, life and your studies

Balancing work, life and your studies

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.

Active Personal Trainer The New 4th Edition Personal Trainer Certification Exam...

The New 4th Edition Personal Trainer Certification Exam...

There have been some rumors and thoughts that as ACE launched the new 4th edition Personal Trainer materials there would be a brand new 4th edition certification exam as well. I’ve even heard people talking about the 3rd edition test versus the 4th edition test, and discussion about how soon candidates need to sign up for their exam to still get the 3rd edition test. We're here to set the record straight.

Active Personal Trainer Periodization and the Adult Client

Periodization and the Adult Client

Personal trainers can play a key role in helping clients stay motivated by designing and modifying programs to introduce variety and work toward goal attainment. Periodization is one method for achieving this.

Active Study Tips ACE Educational Partners and live exam review courses

ACE Educational Partners and live exam review courses

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!

Active Study Tips Questions? I've got lots of questions but I want more...

Questions? I've got lots of questions but I want more...

Almost all candidates want to test their knowledge ahead of time. They want to see how they are doing, how much they comprehend, and find out what isn’t sticking in their brain. This is where sample questions come in handy. Now, not the typical raise your hand in class questions, but the more formal pre-tests, end of chapter questions, etc.

Active Study Tips Domain 4 - Professional Role and Responsibility

Domain 4 - Professional Role and Responsibility

Each of our professional certifications has a Domain 4 in their Exam Content Outline – even though the wording and tasks may vary slightly from manual/certification to certification. In the grand scheme of your Exam Content Outline, Domain 4 is a relatively small domain – worth 7% - 15% based on which exam you are taking. But that small size doesn’t diminish the importance of Domain 4 for you as a professional.

Active Mastering Master the Manual

Mastering Master the Manual

The goal of your Master the Manual study guide is to help you review the material you just read about in your manual and to help you focus in on the important concepts. Just like some people learn better visually/auditory/kinesthetically, the Master the Manual tries to reach those candidates who learn best from multiple choice/fill in the blank/listing questions.

Active Professional Application You Passed! Now what?

You Passed! Now what?

Congratulations! You passed your ACE certification exam! All that studying and stressing finally paid off. But now what do you do?

Active Study Tips The Certification Candidate Handbook - a hidden exam prep tool!

The Certification Candidate Handbook - a hidden exam prep tool!

Prepare for your certification exam with the Certification Candidate Handbook.

Active Exercise Science Anatomy - Insert what? Originate where?

Anatomy - Insert what? Originate where?

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.

Active Study Tips Military? Get Financial Assistance towards Your ACE Exam Fees

Military? Get Financial Assistance towards Your ACE Exam Fees

ACE participates in programs to provide assistance to active duty military, activated National Guard and Reserves, veterans and dependents towards ACE certification exam fees and/or study materials.

Active Group Fitness Instructor What do I need to know about different types of group fitness classes?

What do I need to know about different types of group fitness classes?

Well, for the test the answer would be ‘not a lot’. For your professional career, however, that can vary. The ACE Group Fitness Instructor certification exam focuses on the learning the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to teach safe and effective group fitness, regardless of the type of modality.

Active Study Tips Help! I'm falling behind!

Help! I'm falling behind!

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.

Active Study Tips Improve Your Reading Comprehension

Improve Your Reading Comprehension

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?

Active Use the Force! Dealing with Resistive and Motive Forces.

Use the Force! Dealing with Resistive and Motive Forces.

A motive force causes an increase in speed or a change in direction. A resistive force resists the motion of another external force.

Active Study Tips What Percent Do I need to Pass the Certification Exam?

What Percent Do I need to Pass the Certification Exam?

I hear this question from exam candidates frequently and the short answer is…I can’t give you an exact percent. But I can give you some details about how the certification exam is scored.

Active Personal Trainer Professional Boundaries - Toeing the Line

Professional Boundaries - Toeing the Line

When preparing for your ACE certification exam, you’ll read in your manual about the importance of establishing rapport with your class participants/ clients.

Active Exercise Science Obey the Law! The Laws of Motion, That Is.

Obey the Law! The Laws of Motion, That Is.

If you’ve reviewed kinesiology and/or biomechanics in your studies, you should already be familiar with our mathematician friend Isaac Newton.

Active Personal Trainer BMR Versus RMR

BMR Versus RMR

The terms RMR and BMR are often used interchangeably. But do they really mean the same thing? Are they measured the same way? What are they trying to measure?

Active Exercise Science The Heart of the Matter: the Cardiovascular System

The Heart of the Matter: the Cardiovascular System

The cardiovascular system. We’ve all got one. We all know circulation of blood is fundamental to our survival. But what is the primary purpose of the cardiovascular system? And why is it so important?

Active Exercise Science Food Labels and You

Food Labels and You

Nutrition, along with physical activity, is a cornerstone of weight management. Understanding food labels is part of applying nutrition to your daily life. It is also something you may see during the certification exam.

Active Study Tips Dissecting Multiple Choice Questions

Dissecting Multiple Choice Questions

Understanding how multiple choice questions are created can benefit you as a candidate by making an exam seem less confusing and scary when you first open it up. You’re more prepared for the questions and can put more focus into the content rather than trying to understand how questions are set up.

Active Personal Trainer Code of Ethics

Code of Ethics

When preparing to become an ACE certified professional, it is important to study up on the topics and code of ethics covered under the professional responsibility umbrella.

Active Personal Trainer Muscular Strength and Muscular Endurance

Muscular Strength and Muscular Endurance

Muscular strength and muscular endurance are qualities that often go hand in hand. When we are testing/evaluation clients we focus a lot on body composition and then sometime cardiovascular tests. Is it really necessary to see how strong our clients are before we start them out?

Active Personal Trainer Understanding Vocabulary

Understanding Vocabulary

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.

Active Personal Trainer The way clients learn...

The way clients learn...

People learn in a variety of ways, learn how to teach your clients new skills and habits whether they're a visual, auditory or kinesthetic learner.

Active Study Tips It's not a trick question!

It's not a trick question!

What you see when you are looking at a test question can sometimes be what isn’t there. I talk to candidates about reading into the question too much, otherwise known as ‘but what if there is this and that issue as well?’ My response...

Active Study Tips All I want to do is take the test!

All I want to do is take the test!

Extra tips and tricks to make sure you have all your ducks in a row on exam day.

Active Study Tips Exam Content Outlines

Exam Content Outlines

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

Active Exercise Science Absolute and Relative VO2

Absolute and Relative VO2

Are you absolutely confused about relative VO2?

Active Study Tips CPR/AED Requirements

CPR/AED Requirements

Be sure you properly meet the CPR and AED requirements to sit for the ACE certification exams.

Active Study Tips Test Anxiety

Test Anxiety

Worried about taking the ACE exam? Check out these helpful tips to conquer anxiety.

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