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    ACSM exam

    How did you guys do? I know they are tricky with thier words.

    Gonna be taking the exam in a few weeks
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    Originally Posted by Mr. Manlet View Post
    How did you guys do? I know they are tricky with thier words.

    Gonna be taking the exam in a few weeks
    Ive set a goal of taking the exam around December 15th-I'm studying hard-all three textboks [ACSM Resourcs for the Personal Trainer,Guidelines for exercise testing and prescription and certification review]it is very challenging..
    Please keep me posted on how you do and what you think of the test..
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    Originally Posted by vanfreak View Post
    Ive set a goal of taking the exam around December 15th-I'm studying hard-all three textboks [ACSM Resourcs for the Personal Trainer,Guidelines for exercise testing and prescription and certification review]it is very challenging..
    Please keep me posted on how you do and what you think of the test..
    Cheers from Canada
    ok will do!

    I took a ACSM test prep course...a month long school

    they said they have a 97% pass rate on the exam but idk ha

    national average is 66%?
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    the ACSM exam is tough. Make sure you know your special populations and contraindications for exercise. Those two categories were huge when I took the exam. Their is a section at the end of the Resources text with the KSAs you need for each chapter, so study those as well. You will need to know some of the formulas that are in the books as well. They'll give you a calculator and some paper to work them out. Any questions let me know.

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    Originally Posted by CSmit724 View Post
    the ACSM exam is tough. Make sure you know your special populations and contraindications for exercise. Those two categories were huge when I took the exam. Their is a section at the end of the Resources text with the KSAs you need for each chapter, so study those as well. You will need to know some of the formulas that are in the books as well. They'll give you a calculator and some paper to work them out. Any questions let me know.

    Good luck.
    Thanks for the info, that's good to know. I'm planning on taking the exam before the end of summer. It is a lot of take in though.
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    Originally Posted by Mr. Manlet View Post
    ok will do!

    I took a ACSM test prep course...a month long school

    they said they have a 97% pass rate on the exam but idk ha

    national average is 66%?
    I highly doubt that. That is not even realistic.
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    quick update

    took it today and passed

    didnt do much studying, bought the ACSM practice test tho

    know your terms! flexion, extension, isometric, isotonic, ect ect
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    Originally Posted by Mr. Manlet View Post
    quick update

    took it today and passed

    didnt do much studying, bought the ACSM practice test tho

    know your terms! flexion, extension, isometric, isotonic, ect ect
    Nice, I still lack confidence to book for the exam.
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    Mr. Manlet:

    Congrats! I have narrowed my cert down to ACSM and ACE. What study materials did you purchase/use when preparing? I'd like to earn your same outcome....with a passing grade on the test!

    Thanks!
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    Congratulations!

    I took ACE and finally passed and am looking to take the ACSM as well. For those that are interested, the practice test online (through the official website) helped ALOT, because the questions were damn near identical.
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    Originally Posted by Mack77 View Post
    Mr. Manlet:

    Congrats! I have narrowed my cert down to ACSM and ACE. What study materials did you purchase/use when preparing? I'd like to earn your same outcome....with a passing grade on the test!

    Thanks!
    thanks everyone

    I bought the ACSM study guide book. And took a ACSM prep course...also bought the practice test

    Know terms, and RISK STRATS!!! lots of questions regarding those. Id do ACSM, stronger cert then ace ive been told
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    Originally Posted by Mr. Manlet View Post
    quick update

    took it today and passed

    didnt do much studying, bought the ACSM practice test tho

    know your terms! flexion, extension, isometric, isotonic, ect ect
    I'm trying to study for it now...where do you buy the practice test? I couldn't find it on the website (or maybe I'm just slow..)
    I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying.
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    Originally Posted by Rap_Rocky View Post
    I'm trying to study for it now...where do you buy the practice test? I couldn't find it on the website (or maybe I'm just slow..)
    acsmlearning.org

    its 50 bucks
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    I've been doing some research on their site...couldn't find a $50 book...

    I did find this information in their FAQ section:

    The following texts are recommended to prepare for the ACSM Certified Personal TrainerSM exam:

    ■ACSM?s Certification Review, 2nd edition
    ■ACSM?s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, 7th edition (LWW)
    ■ACSM?s Resources for the Personal Trainer, 2nd edition (LWW)
    LWW publications can be ordered directly from the publisher, Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins (LWW) by calling 800-486-5643, at any major bookstore, or any major online distributor or reseller.

    This is for their "Personal Trainer" Exam Did you purchase all, or just one? I want to be well rounded in all aspects, but don't want to buy something that really isn't necessary.

    Thanks so much!
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    Originally Posted by Mack77 View Post
    I've been doing some research on their site...couldn't find a $50 book...

    I did find this information in their FAQ section:

    The following texts are recommended to prepare for the ACSM Certified Personal TrainerSM exam:

    ■ACSM?s Certification Review, 2nd edition
    ■ACSM?s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, 7th edition (LWW)
    ■ACSM?s Resources for the Personal Trainer, 2nd edition (LWW)
    LWW publications can be ordered directly from the publisher, Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins (LWW) by calling 800-486-5643, at any major bookstore, or any major online distributor or reseller.

    This is for their "Personal Trainer" Exam Did you purchase all, or just one? I want to be well rounded in all aspects, but don't want to buy something that really isn't necessary.

    Thanks so much!
    i bought the 2nd book you listed....good book...lots of important info

    the practice tests was worth it imo
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    Originally Posted by Mack77 View Post
    I've been doing some research on their site...couldn't find a $50 book...

    I did find this information in their FAQ section:

    The following texts are recommended to prepare for the ACSM Certified Personal TrainerSM exam:

    ■ACSM?s Certification Review, 2nd edition
    ■ACSM?s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, 7th edition (LWW)
    ■ACSM?s Resources for the Personal Trainer, 2nd edition (LWW)
    LWW publications can be ordered directly from the publisher, Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins (LWW) by calling 800-486-5643, at any major bookstore, or any major online distributor or reseller.

    This is for their "Personal Trainer" Exam Did you purchase all, or just one? I want to be well rounded in all aspects, but don't want to buy something that really isn't necessary.

    Thanks so much!

    Make sure you join the ACSM. The cost is $50 but they take $60 of the cost of your test when you register so its like making $10 in the end. As a member you have a lot of materials at your disposal and you get constant updates on CEU which you will need to keep your cert. By the way, I'm a little partial because I have my ACSM cert but I believe it to be the most respected cert in the industry and definitely the most clinical. Good luck to all.
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    Originally Posted by beakerfunk View Post
    Make sure you join the ACSM. The cost is $50 but they take $60 of the cost of your test when you register so its like making $10 in the end. As a member you have a lot of materials at your disposal and you get constant updates on CEU which you will need to keep your cert. By the way, I'm a little partial because I have my ACSM cert but I believe it to be the most respected cert in the industry and definitely the most clinical. Good luck to all.
    I am a member and the benefits are AWESOME!

    Thanks for all of the info...I am taking the test in the next week or so. I've been really studying the review this past week, I did the workshop last month and I just started shadowing in a gym today so I HAVE to pass! They already have 3 clients and one small group they are going to hand me, I need to get on it!
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    Hey everyone so IM getting all my materials together to study for the exam I play to take in the next few months and just wanted to make sure I have all the necessary items.
    From reading here It sounds like of the "recommended" items the Certification Review book is not really needed for the exam.
    Am I correct on this?
    IM sure its a good book to have at some point but reading what it covers on the lww.com site it seems to be more of a Broad review of the entire ACSM certification's not specifically the CPT.

    Am im safe in just focusing on the GETP and Resources for the PT book?
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    I thought the Cert. Review book was helpful, but that's just me. I don't think their questions were tricky at all, they were much like the questions in the review book. As mentioned, know your special populations, your terms, etc...
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    ACSM has pretty decent exams and there HFI program is realy good. When will you know if you passed or not?
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    I recommend all 3.

    ACSM?s Resources for the Personal Trainer, 2nd edition
    ACSM?s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, 8th edition
    ACSM?s Certification Review, 3rd. edition
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    I've read all of the books, haven't gone through the review book yet though. I am taking notes over Resources for the Personal Trainer and probably will take notes of GETP as well.

    As a sidenote for the people who were deciding between ACE and ACSM, one gym I went to said if you only have an ACE cert, they won't hire you. You have to something in addition to ACE. Must be bad.
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    Thanks for the replys.
    I wont know when I have passed the test until I take it lol. But I plan on studying for a few months or until im comfortable with the info. I just took finished a workshop last weekend and it was VERY helpful. I am just going to go ahead and get the 3 book package and run with it.
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    Originally Posted by alf1 View Post
    Thanks for the replys.
    I wont know when I have passed the test until I take it lol. But I plan on studying for a few months or until im comfortable with the info. I just took finished a workshop last weekend and it was VERY helpful. I am just going to go ahead and get the 3 book package and run with it.

    The books are much cheaper on half.com . They're are available used and new. Taking my test in a few months.
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    Originally Posted by b18cyaaa View Post
    The books are much cheaper on half.com . They're are available used and new. Taking my test in a few months.
    Make SURE you get the newest editions, they changed in June.
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    I'm taking the ACSM HFI exam in a few weeks here. I was going to just do the CPT one but I figured since I got the bachelors degree in exercise science anyways I might as well go for the better cert. I hope it's not too much harder than the CPT.

    Honestly I don't have the resource manual book just the other two. Think I will need it since I studied all this stuff before? Even though it was 2 years ago.
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    Originally Posted by loxleynew View Post
    I'm taking the ACSM HFI exam in a few weeks here. I was going to just do the CPT one but I figured since I got the bachelors degree in exercise science anyways I might as well go for the better cert. I hope it's not too much harder than the CPT.

    Honestly I don't have the resource manual book just the other two. Think I will need it since I studied all this stuff before? Even though it was 2 years ago.

    I took the hfi exam. I studied the review book 3 times over and took the review exams in the back of each chapter 3 times and i passed. Good luck! I focused on exercise phys, risk stratification, and exercise testing.
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    so how long did everyone study for acsm?

    Just curious-for those of you that took and passed the ACSM exam, how long did you study for?I'm about three months in in studying took the practice test at the back of the certification review, it gave me a good indication of areas where I need imporvement and areas where I'm strong.My goal was to write the exam on December 15th or thereabouts,but I want to make sure its right!
    I'm going to do the online practice test in the next two weeks....
    so how many months did you study for?
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    Originally Posted by szym23 View Post
    I took the hfi exam. I studied the review book 3 times over and took the review exams in the back of each chapter 3 times and i passed. Good luck! I focused on exercise phys, risk stratification, and exercise testing.
    How fast did you find a job and/or what are you doing now with it? More hospital/clinical work or gym stuff?
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    acsm exam.

    I'm studying for ACSM PT exam. what do i need to know to pass the test.
    My plan it to take it in Jan,
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