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Hey ladies and gentlemen and welcome to my free CSCS study hub for the NSCA CSCS test. On this page, you will find a free CSCS practice exam (and answer key), A full CSCS study guide, and a helpful CSCS flashcard bundle to assist you with your studying. Make sure to bookmark/star this page for future reference.
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This CSCS Study guide covers all 24 chapters of the essentials of strength training and conditioning fourth edition by Gregory Haff and Travis Triplett. In my CSCS study guide below, you will find 24 separate links that will take you to each individual chapter’s study guide.
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FREE CSCS Study guide: 4th edition 2022
- Chapter 1: Structure and Function of Body Systems
- Chapter 2: Biomechanics of Resistance Exercise
- Chapter 3: Bioenergetics of Exercise and Training
- Chapter 4: Endocrine Responses to Resistance
- Chapter 5: Adaptations to Anaerobic Training Programs
- Chapter 6: Adaptations to Aerobic Endurance Training Programs
- Chapter 7: Age and Sex-Related Differences and their Implications for Resistance Exercise
- Chapter 8: Psychology of Athletic Preparation and Performance
- Chapter 9: Basic Nutrition Factors in Health
- Chapter 10: Nutrition Strategies for Maximizing Performance
- Chapter 11: Performance-Enhancing Substances and Methods
- Chapter 12: Principles of Test Selection and Administration
- Chapter 13: Administration, Scoring, and Interpretation of Selected Tests
- Chapter 14: Warm-Up and Flexibility Training
- Chapter 15: Exercise Technique for Free Weight and Machine Training
- Chapter 16: Exercise Technique for Alternative Modes and Nontraditional Implement Training
- Chapter 17: Program Design for Resistance Training
- Chapter 18: Program Design and Technique for Plyometric Training
- Chapter 19: Program Design and Technique for Speed and Agility Training
- Chapter 20: Program Design and Technique for Aerobic Endurance Training
- Chapter 21: Periodization
- Chapter 22: Rehabilitation and Reconditioning
- Chapter 23: Facility Design, Layout, and Organization
- Chapter 24: Facility Policies, Procedures, and Legal Issues
FREE CSCS Practice exam for 2022
The CSCS practice test is really broken up into two separate practice tests.
The first CSCS practice test is the Scientific foundation Exam. The scientific foundation exam Consists of questions from the first two domains (out of six total) from the CSCS textbook.
- Domain 1: exercise science (74% of the questions)
- Domain 2: nutrition (26% of the questions)
The second CSCS Practice test is the practical/applied exam. The practical and applied test consists of questions from the four remaining domains of study.
- Domain 3: Exercise technique (35% of the questions)
- Domain 4: Program design (35% of the questions)
- Domain 5: Organization and administration (12% of the questions)
- Domain 6: Testing and evaluation (18% of the questions)
CSCS Scientific Foundations Practice Test answer key below ⬇️ (Don’t Peek Until After!) 🙄
Q1: With consistent aerobic training, what are the possible adaptations?
A1: Rise in capillary density in muscle fibers
Q2: What is affected by the size principle?
A2: Motor neuron recruitment order
Q3: On which plane of the anatomy does the human body perform a vertical jump?
Q4: A glass of skim milk, a whole wheat tuna sandwich, and a green salad with a vinegar dressing are consumed. What is the source of omega-3 fatty acids in this meal?
Q5: Which electrical occurrences are undetectable during a normal electrocardiogram (ECG)?
A5: Atrial repolarization
Q6: While skating, which of these hip movements depends on the gluteus maximus for a hockey athlete?
A6: External hip rotation
Q7: What is the name given to the intensity or relative intensity of an exercise that promotes a build-up of resting concentrations of blood lactate levels?
A7: Lactate threshold
Q8: What is the daily recommended protein intake per kg of body mass for a rowing athlete?
A8: 1.4 to 1.7 g
Q9: The series elastic component (SEC) reserves energy for plyometric action in what body structures?
Q10: Which of these actions describes transverse plane abduction of the shoulder?
A10: backhand tennis stroke
Q11: Which of these, when changes occur in them, influence the muscle spindles?
A11: A muscle length change
Q12: Which of these substances is not banned by the NCAA?
Q13: What term describes the act in which red blood cell mass is increased artificially?
A13: Blood doping
Q14: A gradual decrease in which of these can lead to fatigue?
Q15: Which joint is stabilized by the following: supraspinatus, infraspinatus, subscapularis, and teres minor?
Q16: What does a nutritional supplement containing leucine stimulate?
A16: It buffers muscle protein catabolism and stimulates protein synthesis
Q17: While performing resistance training, which structure of the knee is most vulnerable to injury?
A17: Patella (knee cap) and surrounding structures
Q18: Which of these physiological variables is likely not to decrease due to aerobic training?
A18: Levels of ATP stores
Q19: Relative to the latissimus dorsi, where is the trapezius positioned?
Q20: Which of these is an indicator of protein quality?
A20: Protein digestibility corrected amino acid score (PDCAAS)
Q21: Which joint action is occurring when an increase in the angle between the radius/ulna and humerus occurs, what joint action is responsible for?
Q22: The force-velocity curve is influenced by a rise in the rate of force development in what way?
A22: Shifts the curve to the right
Q23: What knee motion immediately follows push-off during a running motion?
Q24: A 250-pound football linebacker, is recommended a weight loss plan by a nutritionist. What is the ideal daily protein intake recommendation for such a plan?
A24: 204 to 306 grams
Q25: For an abdominal crunch, what is the name of the starting body position?
Q26: An activity that involves active muscle engagement and a rebound-like motion where the end position is not maintained is known as what?
A26: Ballistic stretch
Q27: Which circumstances of chronic performance can result in overtraining?
A27: High volume, high-frequency, minimal rest intervals
Q28: Initial weight loss due to a low carb diet results from what?
A28: decrease in water weight
Q29: What effect does arginine have on the circulatory system?
A29: Stimulates vasodilation
Q30: Which of the quadriceps muscles is positioned closest to the centerline of the body??
A30: Vastus medialis
CSCS Practical/Applied Practice Test answer key below ⬇️ (Don’t Peek Until After!) 🙄
Q1: What term describes the methods prescribed to achieve maximal force in minimal time?
Q2: A strength and conditioning professional’s acceptable duties’ legal guidelines are defined as:
A2: Scope of practice
Q3: What is the minimum suggested number of fans to ventilate a 400sqft strength and conditioning facility?
Q4: What is the term given when training intensity or duration decreases, or training stops completely due to program intervals, disease, or injury?
Q5: Low-speed muscular strength is defined by which other term?
A5: Maximum muscular strength
Q6: For medicine ball plyometric throws, what is the ideal stance for movements such as the two-hand overhead, two-hand side-to-side, and chest pass throws?
A6: Parallel feet at the width of the shoulders
Q7: Where should the handles be relative to the body with the pec deck machine?
A7: Aligned with the middle of the chest
Q8: As compared to training on a level surface, what is the percentage of total power achievable by training on an uneven surface?
A8: Up to 70%
Q9: When administering jump tests for vertical, reactive, and standard long jump, what is the allowable number of trials?
Q10: Which values are affected by repetition volume?
Q11: “Melissa is preparing to execute a one-arm DB snatch with the right arm. this is her positioning: foot placement a bit wider than hips, dumbbell placed in between foot position, Shoulders are higher than hips Neutral spine, eyeline is straightforward, the dumbbell is marginally behind her right shoulder, Is this initial stance ideal? Otherwise, what changes should be made? “
A11: This is the appropriate position
Q12: What adaptation will be achieved by an athlete performing at 70-85% of their 1RM for 8-12 reps
A12: Muscle hypertrophy
Q13: Which of these options would support training focus for a training block with a significance on optimizing acceleration?
A13: Incline sprinting
Q14: For maximum muscle growth and an allowance to train daily, what would be the suggested training method?
A14: Split workouts
Q15: Relative to the hips, what is the preferred shoulder position during the max velocity phase of a sprint?
A15: Directly above the hips
Q16: For every inch of elevation, how many inches of horizontal surfacing must be provided for a wheelchair ramp in a strength and conditioning facility?
Q17: For administration of an aerobic endurance test in hot conditions, which of these is an important guideline?
A17: Make a reasonable determination of temperature, wind, and humidity
Q18: Name the PNF method that starts with the same initial phase as the hold-relax, but the second phase is a contraction of the antagonist’s muscle through a complete range of motion against partner applied resistance?
A18: Contract-relax technique
Q19: What is the first necessary step before a release or waiver form is signed by an athlete?
A19: Informed consent
Q20: Which of these sorts of plyometric drills is of the highest intensity?
A20: Depth jumps
Q21: When the cable handle is pulled to the chest, which muscles are involved?
A21: Latissimus dorsi, teres major, middle trapezius, rhomboids, and posterior deltoids
Q22: During a fast-foot speed drill, how high should the swinging leg swing?
A22: Mid-shin height
Q23: The measurement of human body attributes such as weight, height, and girth are known as what scientific study?
Q24: The dip occurs at what phase of the push-jerk?
A24: The setup phase
Q25: A 16-year-old athlete has been training for two years with a strength and conditioning coach. he is considering the use of creatine and asks the coach which brand he should use. How should the coach respond?
A25: Recommend the athlete consults qualified nutrition and diet expert
Q26: What are the common goals of a resistance program during the prep period?
A26: To optimize size, endurance, and strength of muscles
Q27: What is the ideal spacing between cones for the set-up of the 300-yard shuttle when testing for anaerobic capacity?
A27: 25 yards
Q28: Male decathletes have what average body fat %?
Q29: The stretch involving pulling an arm over the chest with the other targets which muscles?
A29: Rear deltoid, mid trapezius and rhomboids
Q30: Which of these describes a group of sequenced reps executed before rest?
Q31: In order to manage aerobic intensity, which of these is not an ideal method?
A31: Blood pressure
Q32: With the initial pull of the power snatch, which of these is true?
A32: Maintenance of torso angle as the bar passes from the shins to the knees
Q33: How does race-intensity training contrast to pace/tempo training?
A33: Same or marginally lower intensity
Q34: Which of these is not advisable as a landing position during the performance of lower-body plyometrics?
A34: The torso should be upright on landing when viewed from the side
Q35: A supinated grip would be ideal for which exercise?
Q36: Which grip forms should be used by the lifter and spotter during the downward phase of a barbell tricep lift?
A36: Lifter: pronated grip; Spotter: supinated grip
Q37: Which of these training types can be described as a superset involving a back squat followed by cycled split squat jumps?
A37: Complex training
Q38: “The following are the results of a 20-year-old, division 1 college-level basketball player. based on this data, which area of performance needs more work? 1RM power clean: 200 lbs, 1RM back squat: 300 lbs, 1RM bench press: 240 lbs”
A38: Maximal power
Q39: For female athletes, which of these requires additional consideration when creating an exercise program as opposed to men?
A39: Prevention of ACL injury
Q40: Which of these suggestions is relevant for a sophomore college football athlete with a 315 lbs 1RM bench press who wants to put on some mass?
A40: Bench press 4 x 10 with 240 lbs; Back squat 4 x 10 with 320 lbs
CSCS Flashcards for 2022
CSCS Study Tips
The CSCS study guide located on this page is meant to supplement the full 4th edition Of the essentials of strength and conditioning. This is the primary textbook for the CSCS test. S go over some additional study tips and techniques I have for you guys so that you guys can ACE the CSCS exam without any difficulty.
Here are some excellent CSCS study materials/study techniques that I like to use with my students.
CSCS Practice Tests:
In addition to the CSCS practice exams that I have on this page, I also suggest picking up additional practice tests and practice quizzes for each of the individual domains of study in the CSCS (there are four domains).
My practice test only has 70 questions in total and I recommend practicing with at least 10 times this amount in order to get fully accustomed to how the CSCS will word their questions.
Practice exams are extremely important because they let you know if you are 100% ready to take the real exam. I have had hundreds of students come to me asking me why they failed the CSCS exam.
It turns out that most of them never took one full practice exam. How can you know if you are ready if you have never gotten back from a practice exam? Personally, I recommend checking out the practice exams over at Trainer Academy. Check out my review on Trainer Academy right here.
Premium CSCS Study guide:
Although this study guide here is a great place to start, it really goes over a lot of content and is not organized in the best way possible.
This might seem counterintuitive, but the best study guides or the shortest study guides. What I mean is that the best study guides will point out exactly what you need to study in order to pass the exam. My study guide on the other hand basically goes over everything but does not pinpoint the most important parts to study.
I suggest picking up the Trainer Academy CSCS study guide if you want to save the most time while studying for the CSCS.
Spaced repetition flashcards:
The old-school way of using flashcards is done. Physically writing down the information on hundreds of flashcards is tedious and time-wasting. In addition to this, the flashcards you study after you create them are not nearly as effective as they could be.
What you need to use are spaced repetition flashcards. This is the flashcards system I have used to learn Spanish as well as study for all of my personal training certifications. It has really worked fantastic for me as well as for all of my students that have tried it.
Spaced repetition flashcards use an algorithm to learn which flashcards you already know, and which flashcards you have trouble with. The program will continuously show you your difficult cards until you know them well. The cards you already know well will show infrequently. This saves you a ton of time and really drills the difficult concepts until you have mastered them.
The last study tip I have for you for the CSCS exam is to use memorization mnemonics. Using these can really work wonders for difficult-to-remember topics from the textbook. The key to these is to make an incredibly weird and memorable mnemonic story in your head. Honestly the weirder the story is, the most memorable it will be.
Well, that’s it ladies and gentlemen for all of my CSCS study tips. If you utilize all of these tips that I have given you, I am sure you will have no problem passing the CSCS test. Good luck and get to studying!
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