ACE CPT Exam FAQ 2023 - Pass Rate, Costs, and More

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Welcome to my article on the complete breakdown of the ACE personal training exam questions for 2023, where you will learn all about the ACE PT exam, including:

Frequently Asked Questions
What is the ACE Test?
ACE Exam Questions and Other ACE-Certified Personal Trainer Study Materials

Besides your ACE personal trainer manual and ACE personal trainer textbook, there’s no better way to prepare than with a copy of the ACE cheat sheet and ACE study plan.

Also, I highly recommend Trainer Academy for its premium ACE CPT study materials which cut study time in half and have an exam pass guarantee.

Read my full review of them here and see how you can save $100 on their MVP study system using the code: PTPSUB.

With that said, let’s stop wasting time and get right into this article!

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ACE CPT Exam FAQ

PTPioneer’s ACE CPT Exam FAQ

Below are the most commonly asked questions regarding the ACE personal trainer final exam.

Whereas PTPioneers provides you with the ACE personal training exam cheat sheet and ACE personal trainer exam answers on the study guide, this page was designed to answer all questions you may have regarding the ACE test questions and study program.

Briefly put, I just want to help you ACE the exam.

Yes, pun intended.

So let’s dive in!

What does the ACE Test look like?

On July 1, 2018, ACE completely changed the exam content and how they break the exam down.

The biggest reason why this is important is that a lot of “test prep” websites or services have not updated their material accordingly and this leads to people focusing on the wrong content.

Here at PTPioneer, you can rest assured that I have updated my content accordingly to provide the best test prep information available online in 2023.

The exam is broken down into four primary domains of exercise science and fitness content, and each domain occupies a certain percentage of the test questions.

I will discuss here what each domain is, their percentage on the test, and the relative number of questions from each domain.

Domain I: Interviews and Assessments – 23% (approximately 35 questions)

Information for this domain is found in chapters 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8.

You will be tested on obtaining comprehensive medical, health, exercise, and lifestyle information from clients using interviews and questionnaires to determine their risk for exercise participation. You will be tested on your ability to assess client readiness for behavior change as well as evaluate their attitude toward exercise in order to build rapport and establish goals.

You will be tested on movement assessments and observations to develop appropriate exercise programming for enhanced function, fitness, health, and performance.

You will be tested by conducting baseline physiological assessments.

Domain II: Program Design and Implementation – 31% (approximately 46 questions)

Information for this domain is found in chapters 5, 9, 10, and 11.

You will be tested on your ability to establish appropriate functional, fitness, health, or performance goals based on your assessments and data in order to design specific exercise programs.

You will be tested on your ability to apply appropriate exercise principles and guidelines in order to improve muscular strength, cardiorespiratory fitness, endurance, and flexibility.

You will need to know about appropriate exercise equipment and how to integrate them into programs for improving function, fitness, health, and performance.

Domain III: Program Modification and Progression – 26% (approximately 39 questions)

Information for this domain is found in chapters 2-15 (new chapters being 13, 14, and 15).

You will be tested on your knowledge of promoting exercise adherence through education, motivation, and modification.

You will be tested on your ability to recognize and respond to problems with exercise adherence by noticing barriers and providing solutions to these barriers.

You will need to know how to evaluate client progress using observations, data, and client feedback in order to modify programs.

Domain IV Professional conduct, safety, and risk management – 20% (Approximately 30 questions)

Information for this domain is found in chapters 1, 15, 16, 17, and 18.

You will be tested on your ability to apply risk management strategies in accordance with guidelines, standards, laws, and regulations in order to protect yourself and your client.

You will need to know how to secure client information, communications, and progress in accordance with confidentiality and liability.

You will need knowledge of injury prevention and identifying potential hazards.

ACE CPT Exam FAQ Conclusion

Well, ladies and gentlemen, this concludes my full breakdown of the ACE CPT exam FAQ and test.

Overall, this test is extremely difficult but definitely a worthwhile certification with its industry gold standard NCCA accreditation.

Just read through your ACE personal trainers manual, take the practice exams, and prepare with the respective study materials, including the free exam prep that PTPioneer offers.

If you are still not sure whether ACE is the right certification for you or not, then I recommend you take the quiz to find which certification best fits your training style.

Best wishes to you on your journey to becoming a personal trainer certified by the one, the only, ACE!

Tyler Read

Tyler Read, BSc, CPT. Tyler holds a B.S. in Kinesiology from Sonoma State University and is a certified personal trainer (CPT) with NASM (National Academy of sports medicine), and has over 15 years of experience working as a personal trainer. He is a published author of running start, and a frequent contributing author on Healthline and Eat this, not that.

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27 thoughts on “ACE CPT Exam FAQ 2023 – Pass Rate, Costs, and More”

  1. PTPioneer User

    I have purchased the ace personal trainer study guide. I’m about a third to half way through. I haven’t schedule the exam yet but I think I need to take it by October. I’m getting very nervous bc there is a LOT of material I need to cover in a short amount of time and I’m nervous I’m not retaining it all. There is just so much reading and bold text and the quizzes seem very granular so I’m not sure what I really need to focus on as Ace makes it seem like everything I read is really important. Maybe it is? Should I continue with the ace study guide until I finish and then check out your study guides, flash cards, practice exams? Or should I switch over and start checking out your stuff now? I guess my question is, is your material “in addition” to the Ace study material… or “instead of” the ace study material? Thank you so much for help!

    -Sarah

    1. Tyler Read - Certified Personal Trainer with PTPioneer

      Hey Sarah,
      Which study guide did you pick up for ACE? My study materials for the American Council on exercise exam is merely supplemental information to the textbook. I recommend checking out Trainer Academy as this will give you the best chance to really focus on what’s needed to pass the exam in a short period of time. Is this the study guide that you already picked up? If it is, make sure to go through each assignment question in their study guide in that is going to be enough to help you pass the exam. Let me know

  2. PTPioneer User

    This may sound like a dumb question but if I went though the course by the cooper institute but have found not alot of gyms want their cert and I still have the study material will any of it apply to a different exam like ACE? Or should I study ACE specific materials?

    1. Tyler Read - Certified Personal Trainer with PTPioneer

      Hey Mark,
      You will need to pick up the new study materials from ACE if you want to study praise. Obviously, some things will transfer over such as anatomy and general exercise science concepts, but for specific program design, you will need to study ACE in particular. You probably will not do very well on the test if you don’t.

  3. PTPioneer User

    Hey Tyler, i got the ace personal training study material in 2015. Once I received it I couldn’t believe how complex it was! I did the first assignment and quit. I recently got an email from ace saying my study material is only good til Jan 1st 2020 because they’re changing some of the material. I decided to look at the material again tonight and honestly got pissed. I can’t believe they expect you to learn all this shit. Fricking frustrating! My wife is an RN and was surprised by the material. I’m very discouraged. I need to get my mind right. I feel a lot better with all the help your giving on this site. Thanks man.

    1. Tyler Read - Certified Personal Trainer with PTPioneer

      Hey Mike,
      the ACE CPT is definitely a difficult exam to pass. I am glad that you find my study materials helpful. I also recommend checking out Trainer Academy as they have some excellent study guides and practice tests that will help point you in the past the exam. Just looking at the American Council on exercise textbook can be very overwhelming for most people. Getting the correct guidance is very important. Good luck with all the studying and you got this!

  4. PTPioneer User

    I studied exercise science at uni over a decade ago but never completed it due to my athletic commitments. I booked the ACE test a few weeks after signing up thinking it’d be a walk in the park. Man… I was greatly mistaken! The difference in the testing is that ACE has just one final test, you don’t get tested on each subject then move on to the next subject. There’s so much information to retain.

    Don’t take this test lightly guys.

      1. PTPioneer User

        Hey Tyler,

        I would have used your content but I only found your site last night after a last-minute panic study cram! Sat the test this morning and passed 🙂

  5. PTPioneer User

    Hi, Tyler. First of all, thanks a lot for all the amazing material and help you offer on your site.

    I have a question regarding your practice exam questions, are these
    very similar (or in cases, the same) as the questions found on the ACE Exam?

    1. Tyler Read - Certified Personal Trainer with PTPioneer

      Hey Lews,
      The practice exams that we do here on PTpioneer try to replicate as much as we can the real exams that you will see from the American Council on exercise test. That being said, we cannot copy exactly the questions and answers used on their real exams otherwise that would be illegal. We do try to create our own questions that are as similar as possible though. I hope this helps.

  6. PTPioneer User

    I’m 71 and in great physical shape. I have been working out for 53 years now and have owned two very large fitness centers. I understand the equipment well. I have put hundreds of people through workouts already, but never bothered to get certified because I owned the fitness Centers.
    I’m retired now, but I was thinking about working part time as a trainer at a Fitness center near me.
    I have taken several practice tests online, but have not studied at all. I usually get around 55% correct each time just using the common sense that I have learned throughout my years.
    Do you think it is possible for me study your free materials and pass the test without without getting all the materials from ACE?

    1. Tyler Read - Certified Personal Trainer with PTPioneer

      Hey Danny,
      it’s great to hear that you are looking to get certified. I know a lot of people that have been training for a long time but are not officially certified by any certifying agency. It seems more and more common that most gyms are requiring every single one of their trainers to be credentialed. It’s never a bad idea to get a certification after all because you can brush up on some knowledge and learn about some of the current trends and scientific studies that have been done over the last couple decades. I think that you could use my free study materials and do very well. However, if you really want to guarantee that you pass your training exam, I suggest checking out Trainer Academy as they have the best personal training study materials online.

  7. PTPioneer User

    Hey Tyler!

    I have about a month to study for the ACE test and I’m going to have to really hustle. I delayed studying since I ran into some long weeks at my 9 – 5 and now I’m in a bind. Which one of your packages on Trainer Academy do you think will help push me past the finish line?

    Thanks!
    Amanda

    1. Tyler Read - Certified Personal Trainer with PTPioneer

      Hey Amanda,
      if you are forced to cram for the American Council on exercise than I definitely recommend going with their MVP program as it is the most comprehensive and provides study blueprints and cram guides for you to get the job done in time.

    1. Tyler Read - Certified Personal Trainer with PTPioneer

      You can take the American Council on exercise exam as many times as you want but you will have to take a retest fee that is approximately $150 each time you want to take the exam if you fail. I do not think there is a limit to how many times you can take the exam though as long as you keep paying the exam fee.

  8. PTPioneer User

    I noticed that the sections in the ACE CPT Essentials of Exercise Science are not covered on your study guide. These cover the anatomy portion which is what I’m struggling the most with. I apologize if I missed it but will you be adding this or have any suggestions on how to tackle this?

    1. Tyler Read - Certified Personal Trainer with PTPioneer

      Yes I do not cover that simply because a lot of the same information is in the primary textbook as well. I definitely recommend memorizing the overactive and underactive muscles for a lot of the postural assessments.

  9. PTPioneer User

    Hi Tyler,

    glad I found your website before I even booked the exam! I’m thinking to take the exam before June ends, which leaves me about 2 months. Do you think it will be enough time?
    I’ve been into the whole fitness thing for 5 years, from nutrition to bodybuilding, all the backgrounds I have for the exam are from my experiences and common sense.
    I really want to get this done before ASAP, do you think the time would be too tight?

    1. Tyler Read - Certified Personal Trainer with PTPioneer

      I think the two months will definitely give you enough time. Especially since we are all locked down, there’s nothing better to do but to study as hard as you can. You shouldn’t have no trouble.

  10. PTPioneer User

    Hi Tyler!

    I love your content! I take my ACE PT exam on Saturday, but I feel discouraged because I get 70% on all my practice exams. Do you have any advice for me?

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