2020 Edition

NSCA-CPT Practice Exam

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

The NSCA Certified Personal Trainer exam is comprised of 155 multiple-choice questions based on four subject areas. These subject areas are as follows:

  • Client Consultation and Assessment
  • Program Planning
  • Techniques of Exercise
  • Safety, Emergency Procedures and Legal Issues

For complete practice, check out the NSCA-CPT 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 NSCA Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor and an ACSM Inclusive Fitness Trainer. 


Client Consultation and Assessments

1. Which of the following is a questionnaire that serves as a non-invasive, minimal health-risk appraisal designed to determine contraindications to exercise?
2. In which situation should the trainer refer the client to a dietitian?
3. What information does the Health History Questionnaire collect?
4. What information does the Informed Consent form collect?
5. What blood pressure measurement is considered to be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease?

Program Planning

6. What is the correct sequence of connective tissue found within the muscle from largest to smallest?
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7. What is the fuel source in the sliding filament theory?
8. What is considered the basic contractile unit of a muscle?
9. Torque produces ___________________.
10. What is the biomechanical definition of Work?

Techniques of Exercise

11. 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?
12. Abigail has been training with you for a year. She has begun seeing less results lately and is becoming discouraged. What is the best way to increase the results she is getting when she has reached a plateau and is unable to increase resistance or number of repetitions?
13. What is the general idea behind periodization?
14. Which training modality cannot utilize a 5% increase in training intensity as effectively?
15. 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?

Safety, Emergency Procedures and Legal Issues

16. Which of the following is an absolute contraindication to stretching?
17. 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?
18. Howard is a diabetic client whom you have been training for 3 months. While exercising he begins to show signs of hypoglycemia. What is the best course of action?
19. Upon approaching a client who is unconscious and non-responsive, what should you check and in which order?
20. You are training a client with Epilepsy and he begins having a seizure on the leg press machine. Which of the following is an appropriate action to take?