FREE ACE Study Guide + ACE Practice Test + Flashcards for 2019

FREE ACE Study guide + ACE Practice test + Flashcards

Hey everyone and welcome to my ACE CPT study hub. This page includes a FREE ACE study guide, ACE practice test (and answer key!), ACE CPT flashcards and a must watch video that talks about the top 10 secrets to passing the ACE CPT. I recommend that you bookmark this page.

While you were studying for the ACE exam, make sure to check out the five crucial study tips for passing the ACE CPT exam.

Also, make sure to check out the team over at Trainer Academy. They produce the best ACE study materials, will reduce your study time by 50% and even provided an exam pass guarantee. I even have a special limited-time discount for my readers on their website. If you want to know more about them, check out my detailed review on Trainer Academy here.

The menu at the top of this page will answer any question related to personal training that you have. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to leave me a comment here (I’ll respond within 24 hours). Also, visit the home page for the most recent and popular articles.

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This ACE study guide, practice test in flashcards cover the most recent American Council on Exercise personal trainer manual, fifth edition and is updated for 2019.

On top of covering each chapter of the textbook in my study guide, I also have individual ACE quizzes as well as ACE flashcards for each chapter! I also have an extensive NASM study guide/practice test as well! Let’s get started, shall we?

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FREE ACE study guide: 5th edition 2019

ACE study guide

FREE ACE practice test: 5th edition 2019

ACE practice test

This ACE fitness practice test is broken down in the exact same way of the real exam. Here is how the ACE practice exam is broken down:

  1. Domain I: Interviews and Assessments – 23% of the test
  2. Domain II: Program design and implementation – 31% of the test
  3. Domain III: Program modification and progression – 26% of the test
  4. Domain IV: Professional conduct, safety, and risk management – 20% of the test

ACE CPT Practice Tests Answers bellow ⬇️ (Don’t Peek Until After!) 🙄

ACE Practice Exam Answer Key (Questions 1-25)

Q1: When answering the Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q), your client answers “yes” to a bone or joint problem that could be made worse by a change in physical activity. What is the next step in his fitness program?
A1: Talk with her doctor about her readiness for exercise.

Q2: What blood pressure measurement is considered to be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease?
A2: 140/90 mmHg

Q3: Tight hip adductors and weak gluteus medius muscles can lead to which compensation?
A3: Knees moving inward

Q4: Which of the following assesses body fat percentage by measuring the amount of water a person displaces when completely submerged?
A4: Hydrostatic Weighing

Q5: Which man has a waist to hip ratio that puts him at risk for obesity-related disease?
A5: Alex with a ratio of .96

Q6: Jose is 18 years old. What is his estimated maximum heart rate?
A6: 202 bpm

Q7: Which of the following factors influence a client’s resting heart rate?
A7: All of the above

Q8: You have performed the Thomas test with Susan and have observed that her lower thigh does not touch the table and her knee does not flex to 80 degrees. What muscles do you suspect to be tight?
A8: Primary hip flexor muscles

Q9: Your client, Ben, comes to you with a goal of “being more flexible for his golf and tennis game”. You help Randy define his goals in more specific and measurable terms so that his progress can be evaluated. Helping him set these effective goals are commonly said to be:
A9: SMART Goals

Q10: Which of the following functional fitness tests is not contraindicated for individuals who suffer from low-back pain, have had recent back surgery, and/or are in the midst of an acute low-back flare-up?
A10: Apley’s scratch test

Q11: Which of the following is not a part of muscular endurance testing?
A11: Vertical jump test

Q12: You are watching your client’s heart rate during moderate aerobic exercise and notice that her heart rate is not increasing. Which antihypertensive medication could be preventing your client’s heart rate to rise even though she is exercising?
A12: Beta blockers

Q13: What is an example of the “tell, show, do” technique used in the early stages of training?
A13: Explaining the proper way to perform an exercise, showing your client, and then allowing them to try the exercise.

Q14: What is the main muscle group involved in the extension portion of a leg extension exercise?
A14: Quadriceps

Q15: Your client tells you that he wants to get into better shape because his wife loves to play tennis and he wants to be able to play with her. Which principle of behavior change is this an example of?
A15: Observational Learning

Q16: Which phase of cardiorespiratory training challenges the phosphagen system and is typically only entered into for clients with sport specific training goals?
A16: Anaerobic-power Training

Q17: Muscular Power takes what two performance factors into account?
A17: Force and Velocity

Q18: Which of the following is an example of a concentric contraction?
A18: Hamstrings in a leg curl

Q19: Achieving efficient movement through opposing and contralateral pulls at joints refers to which movement principle?
A19: Force-couple Relationships

Q20: When referring to the body’s “core” muscles, which of the following is not a part of this group?
A20: Rectus femoris

Q21: During the first two weeks of an exercise program, strength gains are typically a result of what adaptation?
A21: Motor learning

Q22: Which of the following best describes the principle of training overload?
A22: Gradually adding more resistance than the muscles have encountered.

Q23: Which type of exercise should older adults avoid in order to prevent spikes in blood pressure?
A23: Isometric contractions

Q24: What is the major benefit of performing a cool down?
A24: Prevents blood from pooling in your arms and legs

Q25: All of the following joints are responsible for stability except:
A25: Glenohumeral

ACE Practice Exam Answer Key (Questions 26-50)

Q26: Ben is a new client that has been released from his physician to take part in a basic exercise program. Ben is considered a low-risk cardiac client. What is Ben’s functional capacity?
A26: Greater than 7 METS

Q27: Mind-body exercise continues to emerge as an effective fitness and health-enhancement modality. Which of the following are core benefits from regular participation in programs such as tai chi, qigong, and hatha yoga?
A27: All of the above

Q28: Bob has been training for and competing in triathlons for 5 years. He wants to increase running speed and cycling power. How many times should you suggest he train per week?
A28: 4-7

Q29: This week Janet has 3 sessions at 60 minutes apiece with an RPE rating of 5. According to the training progression scale using RPE, what is Janet’s rating in points for this week?
A29: 900 points

Q30: Janet is a 55-year-old woman you have recently taken on as a client. She currently walks the mile in 15 minutes and wants to be able to run in a 5k in six months. Which is an example of a SMART goal for her?
A30: Janet will complete the mile in 12 minutes within two months.

Q31: In which resistance training phase should muscular strength and endurance be periodically assessed?
A31: Load training

Q32: How many days per week should a client do cardio exercise if they are in phase 2 of cardiorespiratory training and want to keep progressing toward their goal?
A32: 2-4 days

Q33: A one rep max test should be given in which phase of the ACE IFT Model?
A33: Phase 3 or 4

Q34: Trainers can utilize the ACE IFT model for core conditioning and balance training. Which stage of the ACE IFT model emphasizes seat and standing stabilization over a fixed base of support?
A34: Stage 2

Q35: Jon has been strength training for 6 weeks. He is excited the he can now perform 12 repetitions of a seated row easily. What advise should you give Jon if he wants to increase his strength with this exercise?
A35: Add 5% more resistance

Q36: Which of the following is not true when planning a resistance workout for an older adult?
A36: Clients should begin with unsupported resistance exercises to improve balance.

Q37: What type of activities would you recommend to a client with arthritis?
A37: All of the above

Q38: Using the overload principle, which of the following techniques are used to advance upper-body strength?
A38: All of the above

Q39: What would be a goal of exercising in the treatment of cancer?
A39: All of the above.

Q40: All of the following are ways to progress agility drills, except:
A40: Increase the base of support

Q41: Which of the following is appropriate according to the ACE personal trainer’s scope of practice?
A41: Teaching a client self myo-fascial releasing techniques.

Q42: You notice that a member of the gym has fallen to the ground. What is the first thing you should do?
A42: Ask her if she is ok

Q43: Which of the following is an example of negligence?
A43: Neglecting to spot a client during a bench press exercise.

Q44: Your client wants to lose 10 lbs. and wants your advice. Which of the following is considered within your scope of practice?
A44: Show the client how to read nutrition labels

Q45: Which of the following does not fit within the scope of practice for an ACE Personal trainer?
A45: Provide specific diet advice

Q46: Catherine is a new client who has paid for 5 one-hour training sessions. In order for you to retain her as a long-term client, it is important that you develop a long-term exercise plan based on which of the following concepts?
A46: Concept of periodization

Q47: You are performing the risk-management protocol and are specifying the risks that may be encountered in the areas of instruction, supervision, facilities, equipment, contracts, and business structure. What step of the risk-management protocol are you performing?
A47: Risk identification

Q48: You notice that a piece of equipment is not working properly, but have seen others using the piece of equipment with no problems. Which of the following would not be an approach for managing risk?
A48: Solve

Q49: A personal trainer may own and operate his or her own business. Which of the following would be the risk that consists of the costs of such things as property rental fees, equipment, employees and marketing in the opening of a business?
A49: Barriers to entry

Q50: What role would a personal trainer play in keeping a client’s diabetes in control?
A50: Motivate and client to safely and regularly participate in physical activity

ACE CPT Flashcards (every chapter)

ACE CPT Flashcards

This ACE flashcard deck contains 100 terms that are mixed together from all 18 chapters of the study guide above. Just like the practice exam, I recommend checking out the flashcards first, and then come back to them after you have finished the study guide to see how much you have learned.

ACE CPT Study Tips

ACE CPT Study Tips

The ACE study guide on my website is designed to go along with the fifth addition ACE textbook. It is not a one-stop shop. In fact, I reference a lot of different tables and charts in the book that are extremely important to memorize and learn. This study guide is meant to guide you in the proper direction on what to study because the textbook is so massive. To get the PDF form of the top tips to pass the ACE exam, click here.

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

Here is how I recommend you use the study materials on my site:

  • The first thing is to take the ACE personal trainer practice test to see your current level of knowledge on the ACE CPT material.
  • Then, you should study along with the free ACE personal trainer study guide as you go through the textbook.
  • After you finish the ACE personal trainer exam study guide, come back and retake the ACE personal training practice test to see how much better you do.
  • Use the ACE flashcards as an additional resource to help cement the material in your head!
  • If you want an ACE pass guarantee, check out the team over at Trainer Academy. They offer study material such as a fantastic study guide, five full practice tests, spaced repetition flashcards study, study mnemonics, muscle coloring books, Study blueprints, and study cheat sheets. Or, check out my review on them right here.

58 thoughts on “FREE ACE Study Guide + ACE Practice Test + Flashcards for 2019”

    1. Yes I will be working on those in the coming year. I have a lot of requests to do study materials for a ton of different personal training certifications but the ACSM certification is definitely on the top of my list!

  1. Michael Tunney

    Hey Tyler! I’m very interested in purchasing the study materials package that you have for sale. Will that be all I need to get started on taking the certification test or do I need to buy additional materials from ACE’s main website as well?

    1. Hello Michael,
      The information on my website as well as the study materials I sell are only for studying. I have no affiliation with ACE and you will need to purchase, at the minimum, the exam from their website. I hope this helps

  2. When u take the multiple choice test here do u have to do all of them to find out the answers or will it tell me what I got wrong and right when I’m done w all of them ????

    1. Hello Elizabeth, The free exam on this page will not show you which ones you got right or which ones you got wrong. It will only tell you your overall score after you finish it.

      If you would like a complete breakdown of questions you got wrong, a breakdown of why it’s wrong and which one is correct, as well as giving you the correct direction of which domains of study you are good at and which ones you are bad at.

      I suggest taking a look at the premium study guides which includes 4 full ACE practice exams, the ability to randomize it as well as take individual domain related quizzes as well. You could check that out here

    1. Hello Nicol,
      My study programs for ACE are meant to have you follow along with the primary ACE textbook that you receive with purchasing the certification.

  3. I want to do a certification course for a personal trainer profile from NCSF and I live in India, u. p, Allahabad…I really need ur guidance on this as here in India, there is a huge difference in fees if I will persue it from local academies and the fees that NCSF is charging for this online certification course.Help me out…

    1. Hello, I do not know the specific details for different countries. I basically only have a good understanding of how these certifications work in the United States, Canada and some parts of Europe. You will have to do your own investigation to see what types of certifications are accepted there in India. Sorry I could not be of more help.

  4. Jeremy Berberena

    Hello coach Tyler, my name is Jeremy Berberena writing to you from Grand Prairie TX. I have been around fitness for most of my life but unfortunately not lately. Due to circumstances larger than me, plus injuries and emotional issues I have been putting this off for a long time but I am finally doing this, although I am pretty sure you heard that a lot lol. Ok, my first issue is that since my finances are not great at the moment by any stretch of the imagination, it would be incredibly beneficial to me if you had study materials that I could use with the fifth edition textbook instead of the 6th. The 5th edition is the textbook I do have. I wonder how much difference there is between them.
    Coach Tyler congratulations on taking on what you are doing here. I think it is a great thing for us trying to get in the industry and for yourself as a thriving business and the rewarding feeling it must bring you. I love to assist and help where I could be of benefit and I believe I can make a difference in this field. I have done it for free in past for youth and for my parents during various surgery rehabilitation and for friends, but life is getting tougher and seems counter productive for someone my age (47) to get into stuff that is not familiar to me or that I have to learn from scratch so I wish to become a paid professional in the field although I will still find a way to donate my services as well. Well I am sorry for the essay but I am really trying to wrap my head around this study plan that I must develop. It has been a very long time since I had to get into a study regimen of any kind so it is not a comfort zone for me at all but I must do it. Thanks for reading.

    1. Hello Jeremy,
      Congratulations with stepping back into the world of fitness. It seems like it is something that you are passionate about. In regards to the study materials for ACE, these free study materials are all that I currently have for it. I do not have paid study materials anymore for ACE. So the study materials are only going over the fifth edition of the textbook. On the other hand, I do believe that you will be able to use the fifth edition as these certifying agencies usually allow a bit of leeway in regards to the additions of the textbooks that are able to be used for studying for the exams. I suggest not having any addition older than two versions old.

    1. Hello Hannah,
      For the free exams on my website I do not have the correct answers available on my website. Thanks for that suggestion though and I will try to work on building the answer keys somewhere on my website for!

    1. Thank you for the kind words. Usually ACE has this deal going on on their website but it is not guaranteed all the time. It all depends on them whether they have it up or not.

  5. Michael Zelasko

    Hey Tyler! how are you?

    I cant thank you enough for providing this helpful website. I am trying to fully pass the ACE exam and I was just wondering. I do have fully all the ACE study material’s and I was just wondering what chapter can I find the postural imbalances in so I can study that appropriately.

    Thank you

    1. Hello Michael,
      At this point I do not have a cram guide for the ACE cpt. I am no longer selling my premium study guide and practice tests. I hope my free study materials helps you pass the test and good luck with all the studying!

      1. Michael Zelasko

        Alright no problem, any chance will they Be on sale anytime soon? And also mostly everything for imbalances posture will Be found in chapter 7 correct?

  6. Hi Tyler, in regards to the study guide should we be looking at these specific things in each chapter and making notes on them? Or just reading the study guide as it is.

    1. Hey Aniya,
      I definitely would not hurt to take notes on the ACE study guide. That being said, my study guides are pretty broad and information and do not really narrow down the specific stuff you study in order to pass the exam. I basically cover everything but that can be overwhelming for some people. If you want study materials that show you exactly what you need to know to pass the test I suggest checking out trainer Academy, The team over there is great. I hope this helps and good luck with all the studying!

  7. Thank you so much for this completely free information! It is extremely rare to find so much helpful material without having to pay for something, I hope all of this good karma pays off for you in your career as a trainer!

    1. Hey Alec,
      Thank you for the shout out. I hope these free ACE study materials help you study for the ACE exam and pass it! Let me know if you have any other questions and don’t feel shy to drop off more comments 🙂

  8. Hi Tyler,

    Thank you so much for your content! My ACE exam is this Friday and your site has really helped me be more prepared 🙂

    1. Hello Jeunesse,
      I am glad to hear that my material has helped to prepare! I am sure that you will do great on the ACE CPT exam and stop by to let me know how it went for you!

  9. pradeep srivastav

    hello sir i’m from india and present time i’m doing ace cpt course from fitness academy , lucknow (india) but i think i’m not satisfy to their mathod and sir i want to join your class is free of coas

    1. Hello, you can use our free ACE study materials on our website. These are free of charge. Let me know if there are any other ACE CPT study materials that you would like me to create!

    1. Hello Luis,
      I do not have the ability to download flashcards from my website. There are however plenty of applications that you can use in order to study flashcards for the ACE test. I recommend checking out Trainer Academy as they have intelligence based repetition flashcards that can be used with an application. This is helped tons of my students. Good luck with all the studying.

  10. Outstanding materials, tools, and information. Thank you for the hard work and beautifully designed study guides. This is what we need in schools teachers who creative articulate and masters of their profession through the learning process. Much appreciation and a well earned like/ subscribe.

    1. Hey Logan,
      Thanks for letting me know that you are enjoying the American Council on exercise study materials. Stay tuned as there will be a lot more to come for all of the other certifications as well as new quizzes I’m working on for ACE!

  11. Charles Gerety

    Thank you so very much for all that you do for countless people beginning their path as a personal trainer. My question is just how similar is your practice test consistent with the actual ACE exam?

    1. Hey Charles,
      Obviously the sample test questions are not exactly the same as what is on the exam as those are constantly changing. They are however taken from many testtakers that have frequently seen similar questions. You will most likely see very similar questions on the real exam yourself.

    1. Hey Karah,
      I am glad that you are enjoying the free study materials for the American Council on exercise. Good luck with all the studying and don’t hesitate to drop me off another comment if you have any other questions!

  12. Hey Tyler,
    Very grateful to find your study guide. I am an older student, actually already a health professional, who is attempting to get certified as a personal trainer. I am finding the huge manual overwhelming because of the volumes of material and knowledge. Some of it seems excessive and I am bogged down by note-taking and reading all of the chapters. Does your study guide flush out the materials that are not focused on in the exam? I feel like some of this info is overkill. Thoughts? Really what I’m asking is can I just read the chapters and use your study guide to hone in on the most important info. Thanks, Gabe

    1. Hey Gabe,
      My study guide for the American Council on exercise CPT is a decent place to start. It will really help you focus on some of the more important parts. If you really want to hone in on what information you really need to know in order to pass the exam, I suggest checking out the Trainer Academy study materials for ACE. They will narrow down even further what you need in order to pass the exam.

  13. Hi Tyler!
    Super thankful I stumbled onto your page. I am going to be studying for the ACE exam and I am going to use your tools.
    Do I need to purchase a text or throughout your chapters included on your website is sufficient enough?

    1. Hey Jenna,
      You will need to purchase the primary textbook for the American Council on exercise. Currently they are in version number five and you can either purchase it from their website, it comes in a digital form when you purchased the exam as well. There is also the option of getting the textbook off of Amazon. I hope this helps and good luck with all the studying.

    1. Hey Josh,
      Thus not on normal as the practice questions provided by the American Council on exercise can change from time to time as well. I will try to keep these questions as of today as I possibly can. Either way, these practice questions will help you understand the material and you will most likely see very similar questions on the real exam.

  14. Hello Tyler, I am a first-timer. I need to pass the exam by the end of 12/19. I will bypass the excuses for why I am ready. I want the best and most effective study cards that will help me pass the exam (I am overwhelmed with the magnitude of info to memorize). I want to learn and I want to pass. I just haven’t much time. What sequence should I study? Are there particular flashcards? Is there a set for different topics? Should I just practice answering questions first? I am nervous.

    1. Hey CJ,
      I totally understand the anxious feeling that you are feeling. For one of my personal training exams I myself had to cram a good amount as well. What I recommend is picking up a good study guide, flashcards and practice test. Going through his many practice test questions will be very helpful for sure. Is not just memorizing definitions from the textbook. I highly recommend checking out the program from Trainer Academy as they have a very high success rate even for people that are Studying in a very short time. Such as yourself.

  15. Tyler,
    thank you for all of the materials and study guide. I’ve been a trainer for 6 years but my work wanted me to get a new CPT and I used your materials and took it within a month of studying. I got a 720/800 90% on the exam!

    1. Hey patel,
      This is a good place to start for studying for the final exam for ACE. That being said, these are not the best study materials or practice guide available. I highly suggest checking out Trainer Academy if you want to learn more about an exam pass guarantee for the American Council on exercise test. Check them out here

  16. Thomas Arillotta

    Tyler, I can’t believe how fantastic your website it! I’m an ACE GFI, ACE Certificated Senior Fitness Specialist and Silversneakers FLEX Instructor. I’m going to my ACE CPT certification, taking the test after the New Year. I’ll be going through your links when I need to purchase anything.

    1. Hello Thomas,
      That’s pretty cool to hear that you’re already a certified senior fitness specialist. The general personal training certification from the American Council on exercise is definitely a very good certification to choose. Let me know if you have any questions on the certification and I hope that my study guide and practice tests help you out.

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