ACE Personal Trainer Practice Exam

Take this free ACE Personal Trainer practice exam to get an idea of the type of questions that appear on the actual certification exam.

The ACE Personal Trainer exam is comprised of 150 multiple-choice questions based on 4 subject areas. These subject areas are broken down as follows:
  • Client Interviews and Assessments
  • Program Design and Implementation
  • Program Progression, Modifications and Maintenance; and
  • Professional Role and Responsibilities.

For complete practice, check out the ACE Practice Exam Kit with 300 questions and fully explained answers.  It was written by Christy Hamilton,  a certified personal trainer and health and fitness writer, holding certifications as an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, NSCA Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor and an ACSM Inclusive Fitness Trainer. 

Client Interviews and Assessments

1. In what stage of the client-trainer relationship are health-history and lifestyle questionnaires administered?
2. Dan is a new client whom you are meeting with for the first time today. He will most likely be evaluating you as a trainer through both your verbal and non-verbal communication. What stage of the client-trainer relationship are you in with Dan?
3. Kristin is in for her second session and you are conducting fitness assessments. While you are checking her body fat percentage you ask her about types of exercise she prefers to do. What stage of the client-trainer relationship are you in with Kristin?
4. Your client tells you that he understands that his family has a history of heart disease and that being overweight can increase his risk for such conditions. He is still wary of beginning any kind of exercise program and says that he has never had any weight loss success in the past. According to the Theoretical Model of Behavioral Change, what stage of change is your client in?
Practice Exam - ACE-Personal Trainer
5. In which stage of the Theoretical Model of Behavior Change is a client ready to adopt and live a healthy lifestyle?
6. According to the ACE Integrated Fitness Training Model, what step in the training process best follows the testing of resting measures such as heart rate and blood pressure?

Program Design and Implementation

7. Which of the following is typically considered by clients to be the most important factor in creating a positive first impression?
8. What is an example of non-verbal communication?
9. Saying things like, "I understand, 125 feels like your ideal weight." Is an example of which positive listening skill?
10. Which of the following is an example of a good open-ended question?
11. You have been working with Judy for 1 month now. Her initial goals were to gain strength in her lower body and you have been working on body weight squats and lunges. She can perform 3 sets of 15 squats without a struggle. What is the best course of action to continue to increase her lower body strength significantly?
12. What is an example of the "tell, show, do" technique used in the early stages of training?

Program Progression and Modification

13. Beth is a 28-year-old woman who is looking to improve her overall fitness. How long should she rest for in between sets on a leg press exercise?
14. Bob is a 30-year-old man looking to increase muscular endurance for distance running. How long should he rest in between sets on the leg extension machine?
15. Andrew is a 35-year-old man who is looking to increase strength in his upper body. How long should he rest in between sets of a bench press exercise?
16. When training a client to activate their core for the purpose of gaining proximal stability, what exercise modality should come first in the progression?
17. 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?
18. Bill is training at 80-90% of his 1 repetition maximum on leg press. How long should he typically wait before training his legs again?

Professional Conduct, Safety and Risk Management

19. Which of the following is within the ACE personal trainer's scope of practice?
20. Which of the following is appropriate according to the ACE personal trainer's scope of practice?
21. An ACE certified personal trainer must complete how many continuing education hours in what period of time to keep their certification active?
22. Which of the following is NOT a symptom of inflammation at a joint?
23. Which of the following is an absolute contraindication to stretching?
24. Which of the following is a form that notifies the client of the risk associated with exercise?