2024 Edition

NSCA CSCS Practice Exam

Take this free NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist practice exam to get an idea of the type of questions that appear on the actual certification exam.

The NSCA CSCS exam covers main two subject areas: Scientific Foundations and Practial/Applied. The sections are broken down as follows:

Scientific Foundations (95 questions; 1.5 hours)

  • Exercise Science
  • Nutrition
Practical/Applied (125 questions, 2.5 hours)
  • Exercise Technique
  • Program Design
  • Organization and Administration
  • Testing and Evaluatio

1. In preparation for the upcoming season, you are tasked with designing a program for a collegiate wrestling team. In order to train upper body stability through closed-chain movements, which of the following exercises would be best to include in your program?
2. When training for maximum strength, how many reps of an exercise would you program at 85% of 1RM?
3. One gram of protein contains _____ calories.
4. In the illustration, the yellow plane represents the:
5. When ordering upgraded equipment for an indoor/outdoor football strength and conditioning facility, which of the following would be the most appropriate addition?
6. Which of the following exercises primarily targets the highlighted muscles?
7. Which of the following aspects is not an increased performance benefit of good warm-up design?
8. While coaching a basketball team in the weight room, one of your athletes complains of excruciating pain during a walking overhead lunge. She states the pain began after a fall during the game last night, and resurfaced as soon as she tried to raise a plate over her head. Which of the following would be the best course of action?
9. In which part of the cell does fatty acid oxidation occur?
10. Which of the following describes the best way to spot a hang power snatch?
11. When setting up for a barbell hang clean, the bar makes contact with the body at the ___________.
12. During which phase of the General Adaptation Syndrome has an athlete begun to adapt to new stressors and started supercompensation?
13. During pre-season preparation, you need to test a group of hockey players on their ability to stop on the ice, change direction, and reaccelerate to chase the puck. Which of the following assessments would be best to score this information?
14. What is the primary action of the highlighted muscle?
15. A soccer player is preparing for the national championship, and he wants to optimally fuel his performance through 90 minutes. Which of the following represents the best nutritional intervention?
16. Which of the following is not considered appropriate exercise technique for a high plank?
17. During an explosive training day, which of the following exercises could logically serve as a main lift?
18. When designing a new free weights facility, where in the room should you place the dumbbells?
19. How could this coach immediately improve the safety of this athlete?
20. When performing a lower body one-rep maximum testing protocol, about how much should you increase the weight after a 3-5 rep initial warm-up load?
21. A freshman 400-meter sprinter starts the season as a novice in the weight room. After two weeks, however, she's able to increase her five-rep front squat load by 25lbs. Which of the following is the most likely reason for this improvement?
22. After aerobic endurance exercise, athletes should rehydrate with _________ of fluids for every pound of body weight lost.
23. The ________ phase of sprinting begins "when the ball of the lead foot creates forceful contact with the surface and ends when the foot leaves the surface".
24. During which portion of the athletic season would program design center on maintaining sufficient cardiovascular fitness, injury rehabilitation, low training intensities and improved weak spots?
25. Which of the following represents the most appropriate way to test and retest power in youth populations?
26. A written and posted emergency response plan covers all of the following, except:
27. Which energy system does an athlete's body primarily rely on during a 3-minute period in a wrestling match?
28. Which of the following nutritional interventions would most likely improve the anabolic response to resistance training, reduce muscle damage and slow protein catabolism?
29. Which of the following movement screens would be most appropriate for determining thoracic mobility?
30. A high school lacrosse team is holding summer practices to prepare for their upcoming season. The team captain wants to hold extra conditioning on Sunday afternoons, even though it's 90 degrees outside. You absolutely cannot be there due to a prior commitment. As a strength coach, which of the following is the best way to proceed?
31. Through which planes of motion does a reverse lunge primarily occur?
32. Which of the following is outside of the scope of practice for a personal trainer to do during their initial consultation with a new client?