ACE Exam Prep 2023 - How to pass the ACE Exam First Try

Howdy, PTPioneer folks!

And welcome to the American Council on Exercise, or ACE, Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) Study Guide Exam Preparation.

This page will not only provide you with articles and a variety of study materials to help you prepare for the certification exam but also with the following:

How to navigate this ACE CPT Exam Prep Study Hub
Tips on how you can pass the ACE Personal Trainer Exam
The next steps to take in your studies

Don’t hesitate to claim your copy of the ACE CPT exam cheat sheet and ACE study plan.

It helps immensely in studying for the ACE-certified personal trainer exam.

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ACE CPT Study Series

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How To Navigate The ACE Study Guide

To navigate through this page and the rest of the study articles for ACE, use the drop-down study hub at the top of the page just after the intro.

From this drop-down menu, you can navigate through all of the essential materials and go in the order that you desire, but I recommend going through in the order it is set in.

The PTPioneer ACE certification study hub will have all of the ACE study materials free that you need with some additional recommendations for utilizing any external resources.

In this order are the following:

  • ACE CPT Exam Prep Study Hub (this page)
  • ACE Study Plan
  • ACE Study Guide
  • ACE Practice Exam
  • ACE Flashcards
  • ACE Cheat Sheet
  • ACE Exam FAQs

I believe it to be best to follow everything in the order of the 7 articles, as this is the intended study experience, but if you have already gone through the 7 articles, make sure to bookmark or keep in memory the ones that you will primarily use during your studies.

The PTPioneer ACE CPT Exam Prep Study Hub Materials & Tips for Usage

There are 7 study hub pages that hold four main ACE study materials and three pages for tips and advice on the ACE personal trainer certification exam itself.

Let’s look at the primary study materials that PTPioneer suggests for you to use, along with how you can utilize them.

ACE Exam Prep

Learning how to study for the ACE exam is made so much easier with the ACE exam prep free study hub, which is the page you are currently on.

Here, I introduce the ACE exam materials and give tips for navigating the PTPioneer website and eventually obtaining your ACE personal training certification.

Make sure to read through the ACE personal trainer exam prep and familiarize yourself with the best way to study for the ACE exam and how to pass the ACE exam.

ACE Study Plan

My ACE study plan will work as a calendar for learners to help organize their study efforts and make sense of all of the various study materials offered within the PTPioneer, ACE study program.

This will be a form of blueprint so you can easily see a general idea of when you need to complete each part of the study materials mentioned next, like the study guide, cheat sheet, practice tests, and flashcards.

The PTPioneer study plan for this ACE certification of personal training will be found in an easy-to-use downloadable format. You can even edit it to fit more of an ideal personalized timeframe.

At PTPioneer, we offer four primary timeframes for study, which are going to be 1-year, 6-month, 3-month, and 4-week timeframes. The most commonly used time frames of these options are the 3-month and 4-week plans.

Try to utilize the study plan that best fits your certification timeline and the timeframe for when you will be taking the final exam.

ACE Study Guide

The Study guide for this ACE program will go from chapter to chapter, in order, and cover all of the main definitions, topics, and themes of the official textbook’s offerings.

There will be a total of 16 chapters that are discussed throughout this study guide, as that is consistent with the 6th edition, which is the latest, ACE materials.

The ACE study guide chapters will go over the main personal training topics, such as exercise programming, fitness assessments, program modifications, special populations, risk factors, blood pressure, professional conduct, biomechanics, exercise science, kinesiology, and much more.

The study guide will be the first of the main four study materials, and it comes first since it is filled with more direct study information than the other materials and is required for taking practice tests and such.

ACE Practice Exams

Next on PTPioneer for the ACE CPT certification prep is the ACE practice exams and quizzes, in which the full ACE personal trainer practice test is comprised of two parts.

There is also one domain quiz for each of the primary domains of knowledge throughout the ACE CPT program.

These free materials will always be available for you to access at any point in your studies.

Some of the learners on PTPioneer may already be personal trainers certified with another organization. If so, you can easily take these practice tests to find out more of the information that is specific to ACE.

If you are new to fitness and training, then you can take the tests to find out what you need to learn altogether.

If you find yourself struggling with individual domains, you can go through those domain quizzes, as well, for more understanding of specific areas.

Practice testing has been shown to help with studying for many obvious reasons, with the best reasoning being that they emulate the exact test-taking experience and ready you for that.

ACE Flashcards

Flashcard studying has been proven time and time again to be one of the most helpful study resources in just about any kind of field.

On top of being proven to be useful, it is one of the most used study resources because it can be done in short bursts and is easy to make for individual study efforts.

The PTPioneer free ACE study flashcards cover the most valuable and efficient materials to study and come in a chapter format going in order of the book.

Following my recommendations set in the Study plan, you would be introducing each chapter’s sets of flashcards once you have finished reading the official textbook and also our study guide chapters.

If you are looking for an even greater and more efficient version of flashcard studying, make sure to be on the lookout for Spaced-Repetition flashcards, like the flashcard studying offered by Trainer Academy.

Still, flashcard study is quite valuable for you to remind yourself daily of important and essential topics that may or may not be as emphasized on the ACE practice tests or in the ACE prep course.

ACE Cheat Sheet

The PTPioneer ACE Cheat Sheet comes from Trainer Academy.

Trainer Academy offers premium study materials for all of the top organization exams, such as ISSA, ACSM, NSCA, and the NASM CPT exam.

You can never go wrong with their 99% guaranteed exam pass on certification exams.

The PTPioneer Cheat Sheet for the ACE CPT program will hold all of the major topics from the personal training textbook’s teachings, all within one singular jam-packed page.

The ACE Cheat Sheet provides all the most important information and topics from your training program in an easy-to-locate resource all on one page.

This PTPioneer ACE cheat sheet is most helpful during practice testing and simple memorization studying.


The last page of the PTPioneer study hub is the FAQ, or frequently asked questions, page.

This page will take care of all of the remaining questions you have regarding both ACE and the ACE CPT exam.

Some essential topics for the FAQ page will be general test prep, tips for the exam, professional fitness advice, and just general comprehensive answers to all of these topics.

What’s next?

Let’s dive into the next section for recommendations on your next steps.

Next Steps in Your ACE Prep

If not already done, make sure you have read through my review of the ACE CPT certification, as this will give an idea of the total offerings and teachings of the official ACE organization.

The ideal exam prep, in my opinion, for the ACE certification for personal training would have you reading through the entire ACE study hub on PTPioneer and using the study plan next after this page.

My study plan will give you all of the organization and calendar visualization needed to put together a successful study program.

If, after its study program intro page and after the ACE CPT review, you are still somewhat unsure about choosing ACE for your future as a trainer, make sure to check out ACE’s competition with organizations like the NSCA CSCS, ISSA CPT, NASM CPT, and ACSM CPT.

These are some of the other top programs along with ACE, and similarly, only require that you are at least 18 years of age, have a high school diploma (or the equivalent (GED), and hold a current and valid CPR/AED certification.

Start looking for specializations to add to your personal training credential after completion, as they will only complement your current certificate and ability to program design most effectively.

For example, you can look into becoming a group fitness instructor, health coach, corrective exercise specialist, pilates instructor, risk management specialist, and more!

Finally, you may also have some success with taking the practice test to assess your knowledge level and see how you would do with the ACE exam if it were taken today.

ACE Test Prep Conclusion

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Overall, adequate preparation is key to passing the ACE exam.

So next time you find yourself mindlessly scrolling through social media apps, stop and use that time wisely to study instead.

Even with a background in fitness, don’t just think you can ace the exam.

Make sure that you take your time studying and you utilize of the materials you can.

Best wishes on your studies!

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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