Free NASM CPT Test
National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) is the place to go to obtain certification to become a personal trainer. To get that certification, you need to take a test, and it pays to be well prepared. Nearly four in 10 test takers failed the test, according to the NASM’s 2016 results. This guide, along with the tools offered by Mometrix, can help you better under the test, and offer some tips on how to study for the examination.
What is the National Academy of Sports Medicine?
The NASM was established in 1987 and is known for its certified personal training programs. The group has more than 100,00 members, and also offers sports performance training, workshops and a number of continuing education programs, including nutrition, weight loss, women’s fitness, and various self-study programs. The NASM is accredited by the National Commission of Certifying Agencies.
How long does the certification last?
Two years. After that, you can be recertified, provided you’ve taken the required number of continuing education courses.
What do I need before taking the NASM exam?
You must have a current CPR (Emergency Cardiac Care) and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) certification.
What type of education do I need before taking the test?
If you want to explore a career in personal training, you have to meet a few requirements before taking the test. You must have a high school diploma or its equivalent. You must be within 90 days of graduation in order to register for test.
Once I enroll, how much time do I have to take the test?
From the time you enroll, you have 180 days to take the test. During that time, you must make sure you meet the CPR and AED requirements. You can apply for a 90-day extension period at an additional cost.
When should I enroll to take the test?
At least 60 days before the date you want to take it.
How many questions are on the NASM test?
There are 120 graded questions on the test. There are another 20-research question that don’t count against your score.
How long does the test take?
What score do I need to pass?
What’s on the test?
The test is divided into six separate areas, called domains, and they are:
- Basic and applied sciences and nutritional concepts --- Tests your knowledge of anatomy, hydration concepts, diet myths, and several other areas.
- Assessment --- This section tests a number of areas including your ability to interpret assessments and your knowledge of medical risks.
- Program design – Tests how you take the assessment results and develop a program for your client.
- Exercise technique and training instruction --- Tests how you teach exercise technique to monitor safe movement.
- Client relations and behavioral coaching --- Tests your ability to react professionally with your client
- Professional development and responsibility --- Tests your ability to adhere to professional standards while growing your business.
What are the costs associated with taking the NASM test?
Course materials cost $699, and the exam costs another $599.
What do I need on the day of my exam?
Three things --- a government issued identification, your letter from the NASM confirming your examination date, and your CPR/AED certification card. There’s an important note on the government issued ID – the name on your identification must match the name on file with the NASM.
What else do I need to know about taking the exam?
You can only take the exam at the location you requested (the location at which you’ve registered). You won’t be allowed to switch locations. Once you’re in the room, you can’t leave, unless there is a scheduled break. If there is a break, you’re prohibited from taking about the test to anyone else who happens to be taking it.
Can I reschedule the exam?
Yes, you can reschedule the exam at no cost as long as you do so 24-hours in advance.
What happens if I don’t cancel or reschedule?
Anyone who doesn’t cancel or fails to reschedule 24-hours in advance loses the exam fee.
What happens if I’m late?
If you arrive late to your exam location, you will not be allowed to take the test on that day. You’ll have to reschedule, and will be changed a late cancellation fee.
Can I bring books or electronics into the testing room?
No. There’s a long list of items not allowed in the testing room, including reference books, cell phones, electronic tablets, watches, calculators, radios, and the like. In other words, no electronic devices of any kind are allowed in the room.
What happens if I fail the test?
After the first time, you can retake the test following a one-week waiting period. Those who fail the test a second time must wait at least 30 days before retaking the test. Anyone who fails the test after a third attempt has to wait a year before trying again. In each case, additional retest fees apply.
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NASM CPT Exam Practice Questions
Free NASM CPT Practice Test1. How much weight loss is appropriate for an obese individual with a BMI greater than 30?
a. 1 kg a week
b. 2 kg a week
c. 3 kg a week
d. 4 kg a week
2. Which of the following is not covered when obtaining informed consent from a client?
a. Benefits that the client should expect to gain
b. Risks and discomfort that may be associated with the training program
c. Purpose of the training program
d. How much the training program will cost
3. The end of a bone is called the
4. All are true of a synovial joint EXCEPT
a. The synovial cavity is filled with synovial fluid.
b. A synovial joint can flex and extend.
c. A synovial joint may be supported by ligaments.
d. A synovial joint never contains any other structures inside of it.
5. Leg raises are an example of
a. Hip extension
b. Knee flexion
c. Hip flexion
d. Hip abduction
Answers and Explanations
1. A: People who are obese have a BMI greater than or equal to 30. These individuals are at a high risk of cardiac problems, certain types of cancers, and diabetes. Among other areas, training programs can focus on weight loss, promoting appetite control, and lowering the risk of associated medical issues. Weight loss should be gradual-not more than 1 kg per week. Aerobic training sessions five to seven times a week lasting 45-60 minutes per session may be helpful.
2. D: Obtaining informed consent at the beginning of a professional relationship can protect against potential later legal action. An informed consent document will discuss the reason for the training program, the risks or discomfort that a client may experience, the responsibilities of the client, the benefits the client may reap, and it will offer the opportunity for a client to ask related questions. Fee structure and payments are not part of the informed consent.
3. A: When describing the anatomy of a bone, the epiphysis is the end of a bone and the diaphysis is the shaft of the bone. The periosteum is a membrane that covers the surface of a bone, except at the articular surfaces (joints). The endosteum is the lining of the bone marrow cavity and contains the cells necessary for new bone development.
4. D: A synovial joint is the most common type of joint found in the body and is made up of two articulating bones. Synovial fluid is present in the synovial cavity, which is lined by a synovial membrane. The joint is surrounded by a fibrous capsule, which can be supported by ligaments. Sometimes, a synovial joint may contain other structures, such as menisci (for example, in the knee) or fat pads. There are subtypes of synovial joints, including a hinge joint, ball-and-socket joint, and a pivot joint.
5. C: Leg raises are one type of exercise that works the hip flexor muscles. These muscles include the iliopsoas, rectus femoris, sartorius, and pectineus. Exercises for hip extension include squats or leg presses. Hip extensor muscles are the hamstrings and the gluteus maximus. Hip abduction exercises can be done with an exercise machine. Muscles involved with hip abduction include the tensor fascia latae, sartorius, and gluteus minimus and medius. Leg curl exercises involve knee flexion. Muscles involved with flexion of the knee are the hamstrings, gracilis, and popliteus.
Last Updated: 05/30/2018