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    NSCA CSCS Materials

    Does anyone have any study materials for the NSCA CSCS test they would be willing to lend or sell?
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    Originally Posted by bmdc25 View Post
    Does anyone have any study materials for the NSCA CSCS test they would be willing to lend or sell?
    What are you looking for. I have some books. Just not sure if they out of date since it seems books get redone often as new info comes out.
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    go to amazon for the 3rd edition...just took test today...hard as hell, im thinking i failed miserably...been a trainer for 10 years. questions are no where near the booklets or book test questions. you need to know exercise science very well and practically memorize the whole book. not trying to discourage you but unless your a savant...study your ass off and then study more. im a good test taker and smart but this left me very discouraged...i'll find out in about a week if i passed
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    Originally Posted by antho626 View Post
    go to amazon for the 3rd edition...just took test today...hard as hell, im thinking i failed miserably...been a trainer for 10 years. questions are no where near the booklets or book test questions. you need to know exercise science very well and practically memorize the whole book. not trying to discourage you but unless your a savant...study your ass off and then study more. im a good test taker and smart but this left me very discouraged...i'll find out in about a week if i passed
    The questions are all in the book. You don't need anything other than the book and maybe 1 practice test to do fine. Amongst the (public, not private) strength and conditioning community the CSCS is losing favor to the CSCCa because the test is too easily passable by people who aren't in the field



    OP just make sure you get the current edition because as research continues the test will change with it
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    Originally Posted by bmdc25 View Post
    Does anyone have any study materials for the NSCA CSCS test they would be willing to lend or sell?
    Not sure where this is best posted so reposting here for those who might find it useful:

    At a glance:
    Background: Medical School Student and MAG USAG Coach
    Study Time: 2 weeks (few hours a day)
    Primary Book: CSCS Prep Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
    Reference Book: Essentials of Strength and Conditioning (Fourth Edition) [Can find free link online - Used for exercise technique/60th percentiles for squat, bench, power clean. etc for each sport.
    Testing Knowledge: 100 questions in CSCS Prep book and 5 questions at end of each chapter in Essenticals of S&C, just from a read through of CSCS prep was able to answer most of the questions and the ones I got wrong I reviewed and make sure I understood the equations and how to apply them to specific situations or made sure I memorized the 60th percentiles for each exercise. I will try and post a link to my study guide for the equations and parts you have to memorize for the exam. And would recommend reviewing each exercise and spotting technique as well as the questions in the books to test ensure you feel ready.

    h t t p s : / / d o c s . g o o g l e . c o m / d o c u m e n t / d / 1 U - l _ w A w y u u r k l o a c 0 G p Q y t 8 _ s V M N x l F k 0 P n H S o l x C T c / e d i t ? u s p = s h a r i n g

    If anyone even finds this or finds it remotely helpful I can post answers to the study guide as well, but knowing this stuff will cover the majority of the knowledge you will need to know and apply, and outside this I we read through CSCS prep, review spotting/exercise technique for each weight lifting exercise and do the 100 questions in this book and in the Essentials of S&C (4th edition) found online. The more experience you have the less you'll need to study, but I think 4 weeks would be sufficient for anyone especially following this study guide.

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