2021 Version

ACE Personal Trainer Certification Test

ACE Personal Trainer Certification typically leads to professional growth and more money. The American Council on Exercise (ACE) designed the personal trainer certification to be the first step into a successful and growing career field.

This ACE Personal Trainer Certification Practice Test will give you an idea of the types of questions and sections on your actual exam. It was written by Christy Hamilton and Susan Hill, personal training experts.  The Practice Exam Kit for the ACE Personal Trainer Exam has 750 questions and fully explained answers, with a test simulator and more.


Client Interviews and Assessments

1. This Questionnaire serves as a non-invasive, minimal health-risk appraisal designed to determine contraindications to exercise.
2. What information does the Health History Questionnaire collect?
3. What blood pressure measurement is considered to be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease?

Program Design and Implementation

4. Saying things like, "I understand, 125 feels like your ideal weight," is an example of which positive listening skill?
5. What is an example of the "tell, show, do" technique used in the early stages of training?
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6. What is the recommended frequency of cardiorespiratory training generally accepted by ACSM for healthy adults?

Program Progression and Modification

7. James 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?
8. Mary has been training with you for 2 weeks. She can currently perform 45 sit-ups in 2 minutes. What is the best way to progress?
9. What is the general idea behind periodization?

Professional Conduct, Safety and Risk Management

10. Which of the following is an absolute contraindication to stretching?
11. When on the treadmill, your client becomes dizzy and passes out. She hits her head on the ground. She is unconscious and non-responsive. What is an appropriate action to take?
12. Upon approaching a client who is unconscious and non-responsive, what should you check and in which order?

ACE Personal Trainer Exam

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ACE Personal Trainer Exam

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Quality starts with who wrote the material.
Our practice exam writer
Theresa McCabe
is a certified ACE personal trainer who has trained personal trainers as both a lecturer and program director for over twenty years. She has helped others prepare for the ACE exam through the Athletics and Fitness Association of America and has taught continuing education courses.

Dirk Timm
is an ACE certified personal trainer with over five years of experience as a personal trainer and fitness director and is a health and fitness writer through the Personal Training Development Center.

Christy Hamilton
is a health and fitness writer who held the ACE CPT for five years, as well as certifications as an NSCA Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor and ACSM Inclusive Fitness Trainer.

Susan Hill
is a health and fitness writer who held the ACE CPT for ten years and now focuses on golf fitness training and has worked and trained on tour.

The ACE Personal Trainer exam is comprised of 150 multiple-choice questions based on four subject areas. These subject areas are broken down as follows:

Client Interviews & Assessments (31%)

Program Design & Implementation (33%)

Program Progression, Modifications & Maintenance (19%)

Professional Role & Responsibilities (17%)