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    Originally Posted by savvyrenee View Post
    Going through the practice exams to prepare for my exam coming up on Monday. One question asks "What type of exercise is used SECOND in a Phase 2: Strength Endurance superset?" I selected "Stabilization" and the question was marked wrong, with the feedback being that the answer is "Strength." Checked the book... "The first exercise is a traditional strength exercise... whereas the second exercise is a stabilization exercise." pg.11 This concept is again reviewed with the same information later in the book. So now I'm wondering, if I see this question on the exam, if I select the answer I know is correct (stabilization), am I going to miss it and lose a point? Makes me wonder if there are other questions that have me reviewing the wrong information. Has anyone else come across similar problems in the practice quizzes or exams?
    I had the same issue! I contacted NASM and they said go by the info in the textbook ("The exam is written by the NCCA or the company that accredits NASM through a rigorous process. The NCCA organization writes the certifying exam directly from the textbook." is what they wrote to me) and that they will correct the answer in the program (which I guess they didn't do). I'm assuming the actual exam isn't through the program and will HOPEFULLY not have stupid mistakes like the online quizzes have. I've found more than one mistake and multiple spelling errors.
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    So my exam is coming up soon and I have a few questions. I have the 5th edition of the NASM book, what pages/chapters specifically cover the overactive/underactive muscles? Also what's the best way that you guys think to really learn them?

    Also chapter 15 exercises seem like impossible to memorize. Any tips? I noticed a bunch of exercise stuff on the practice exam
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    Originally Posted by emileegrace21 View Post
    I had the same issue! I contacted NASM and they said go by the info in the textbook ("The exam is written by the NCCA or the company that accredits NASM through a rigorous process. The NCCA organization writes the certifying exam directly from the textbook." is what they wrote to me) and that they will correct the answer in the program (which I guess they didn't do). I'm assuming the actual exam isn't through the program and will HOPEFULLY not have stupid mistakes like the online quizzes have. I've found more than one mistake and multiple spelling errors.
    That makes sense. Also explains why the exam felt a lot different than the practice exams.
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    Originally Posted by GoodTimes777 View Post
    So my exam is coming up soon and I have a few questions. I have the 5th edition of the NASM book, what pages/chapters specifically cover the overactive/underactive muscles? Also what's the best way that you guys think to really learn them?

    Also chapter 15 exercises seem like impossible to memorize. Any tips? I noticed a bunch of exercise stuff on the practice exam
    I have the 6th edition so I'm not sure if the pages all run the same, but in my book those charts can be found in both the Assessment and Flexibility chapters. I just took my test on Monday and have some notes on this which I will provide below.

    I passed my exam on Monday and I have to say, I wasn't sure I would. For a reference point, I have 19 or 20 out of 20 on every chapter quiz, an 86 on the pre study guide exam, and then a 93, 96, and 98 on the practice exams, respectively. Taking the practice exams, I would mark any question I wasn't absolutely positive on to review at the end. By the third practice exam (the night before the actual exam) I was down to a small handful of marked questions. During the actual exam... a quarter of the way through the test I had already marked more than I felt comfortable with. This was probably partially accountable to exam jitters, but I would agree with some of the posts that claim the exam felt very different than the practice exams. Not all the questions, but certainly enough to throw you off a bit. Maybe they were trying to create a proprioceptively enriched testing environment... Bad joke, sorry.

    Overall takeaway:

    -KNOW the overactive/underactive, shortened/lengthened, postural distortions like your own address and birthday. Not even joking a little bit. It should go without saying that these will be extremely important to know as a trainer anyway, so why not have them down beforehand, but this is absolutely essential for passing the exam. I would go one step further to say not only should you MEMORIZE the chart, but you should understand the concepts behind it thoroughly so that you can apply it to any question/situation involving posture and muscle imbalances on the exam or in real life training. Go here for an amazing study guide that honestly kickstarted my ability to get that chart in my head: Thoroughly Thriving > Tiff's Corner > NASM Study Tools. Use her mnemonic devices or create your own. I created my own. They were incredibly stupid and incredibly helpful. They'll be stuck in my head forever. Copy the chart from memory every other day until it gets straight up boring because you know it so well. Bottom line (and it has been said countless times in this forum so this should not be a surprise to anyone): if you do not know the postural distortions & how to identify/correct them you will not pass the exam.

    - GoodTimes777... yes, there are a ton of exercises in the book. Start getting them down sooner rather than later. Don't wait until the night before your exam to review them. Regarding every exercise, you should know: what type of exercise it is (core, balance, etc.), which training phase it belongs in, how to progress/regress (if applicable), the potential cues a trainer would give during the exercise regarding posture etc., and any of the special notes listed with each exercise. I know it seems like a lot of info, and it is, but there is just no way around it. You need to know this stuff. I suggest (as does NASM) practicing each exercise yourself while reviewing the info.

    -Acute Variables. Yes, you need to know all of them. A little tip here: the practice exams are extremely heavy on resistance training acute variables for every phase. This may lead you to think you need to know resistance training acute variables for the exam... wrong. You need to know ALL the acute variables for every type of training. The practice exam questions involving acute variables provide a good framework, but you should be able to answer the questions regarding any type of exercise, not just resistance training.

    -Leading up to the exam, I spent a lot of time throughout my days identifying the agonist, synergist, stabilizer, and antagonist muscles for movements I made throughout the day. I highly suggest doing this (it is kind of neat to do anyway), and know the Muscles as Movers chart as well as you know the postural distortions.

    -By the time you get to the actual business of personal training in the book, you're probably anxious to be done and it seems like no-brainer stuff compared to all the science you just spent countless chapters on. Don't slack on it. I would also recommend re-reading the recertification documents and the code of professional conduct.

    Final thoughts... please don't hate me for saying this, but it is all important to some degree. If you want to be a personal trainer, you need to know this stuff regardless, so study like your career depends on it, not just your exam score. Do you need to know how to assign and regress exercises for special populations? For the exam? Maybe. If you come across the situation as a trainer? Definitely.

    Read the book. Take notes. Make notecards. Come up with mnemonic devices that you'd be embarrassed to say out loud. Do the practice exams, do the practice exams, do the practice exams (tip: the Domain quizzes in the study guide portion change every time you take them. Keep taking them until you run out of new questions). I found the Pocket Prep app very helpful, I definitely recommend it. I also purchased the anatomy coloring book others have mentioned. Anything that helps you learn is going to be worth it.
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    Originally Posted by Ryuhadoken View Post
    How long did you have to wait to retake the test and how much time do they give you to restudy the material? Thanks
    First fail 30 days but if you buy the retake you have up to 6 months again
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    So I just took the test a few hours ago and I passed!

    I didn't really learn any of the exercises but I made sure I learned everything else 100%. The way I saw it is most of those exercises are garbage/not optimal and they were incredibly time consuming to learn so I just skipped them (seriously there is a reason no one who makes serious gains does them). Like others have said there is a ton of postural/overhead squat questions so know all those charts by heart. I only got 1-2 questions on the heart. Only 1 question on bones (they are levers). Tons of questions on subjective/objective. Tons of definition questions as well. Tons of questions on chapter 16 on the 5th edition (all the behavioral stuff) Tons of questions on stretching and rep ranges for each level. Didn't get many exercise questions, maybe like 5-10 at most and I made educated guessed on all of them.

    Make sure you take BOTH practice exams as many times as it takes to get at least a 93-95+. I got a bunch of questions that were either the same or incredibly similar to those exams. Good luck everyone

    Cliffs: if you're like me and want to pass the exam with the least amount of effort pay minimal attention to the first 8 chapters in the book and focus hard on chapters 9-14 and chapter 16 in the 5th edition book.
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    I went for my third attempt, studied hardcore for the last 6 days. I've been taking my adderall prescription cramming as best I could. I felt so stressed out, today I woke up for my test felt out of it. I told myself to push forward and go do it. Even though I just wanted to throw up and go home.

    I previously got a 52.. and a 58. I got a 66 today The problem for me is all of my college exercise science classes are ACSM based and the OPT model keeps throwing me. Then there was a question on heart rate max the options were all 208 x 208 x HRR and it threw me off, I know HR as 220 - age like it says in the nasm book and all of ACSM.

    I somehow got my highest grade ever in assignment, I focused so hard on lower crossed upper crossed pulling pushing davies test. I think I may just do ACE so I can get a job and come back to NASM.
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    I took the test last week and passed! The whole exam was extremely varied and much different from the practice tests and quizzes. I did not have a single question on the functions of the muscles and did not have many on the compensations and OH Squat assessment, which I thought there would be a lot of. There was also stuff on the exam that I've never seen before but I assume those were the research questions. There were errors on the exam which was frustrating but I was still able to pass.

    My advice is to read the textbook and make sure you look at the tables. Go through the textbook as many times as you can. The test is so different for everyone so you shouldn't just go and memorize all the overactive/underactive muscles and leave it at that. Have a decent understanding of everything. Take the entire six months, study 5 days a week, do whatever you can to get the textbook into your brain.
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    Hey everyone!

    I had to take another small break from the fitness industry due to my chronic disease returning but it means so much to me to see what this thread has blossomed into and how many people ot has helped.

    It really has taken a life of its own and its amazing to see, it makes me truly happy to see so many people excited to learn and grow.

    I will be working with NASM soon to update some of the references and thank you everyone for making it so great.
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    Official practice tests

    Has anyone found actual practice tests (free or paid) that are similar to the actual exam? I have used the one provided with NASM materials but I am looking for some more. There are many sites offering questions, but many don't sound like actual NASM questions. Thanks in advance!
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    Passed earlier today. I could not believe how many questions I had on client relations. I honestly think it made up more than any other section. I focused mostly on the OPT model and the assessments domain. I was quite taken off-guard.

    That and the exercises/cues were big... and I actually thought I may have failed. Go figure, those were the two I probably reviewed the least. I was so hyper-focused on the acute variables, overactive/underactive, postural distortions... etc... I was very relieved when I got the thumbs up afterwards.
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    My test is in 2 days on Saturday. My anxiety has been real these last 2 months. I've been out of highschool for 10 years & hated school, hated studying & all that. Also never went to college. I've always enjoyed working more than school. So this has been a huge hurdle for me, just with studying alone.

    I read through the entire textbook once when I first got it. Made about 400 flashcards, which I used occasionally. Utilized the online stuff a lot, watching the videos, completing the activities & taking the module quizzes. I'm still constantly going through all the online modules as of now to keep everything fresh in my head. I went from getting around a 60% on the first practice exam when I was just starting out, to getting an 81%, then an 87% and lastly a 93%.

    I've used the NASM Upward Mobility App as well as the NASM Pocket Prep app, and answer majority of the questions correctly. I seem to have really been able to absorb & comprehend much of the material, which I did not think I was going to be able to do when I was first reading through the textbook.

    I commute to work on public transportation, so I also use that time to study with the apps, and printed out study guides & some of the important charts that I would always look over on my train rides.

    I've also read through this entire forum, which has helped!!!

    My confidence is high some days, but then I hear people talk about it being the hardest test of their lives & how they keep failing, and then I become less confident. Ughhh. Wish me luck & send good vibes my way!!!
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    Thanks so much for all of this information.
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