Here is my criteria Esta. My Dad taught this to me many years ago: “You can’t give away what you don’t own.” In the case of your question, you can’t give away the correct answers if you don’t own understanding of the JTA and Performance Domanins associated with passing the ACSM GEI exam.
That is how I approached preparing for ACSM most challenging exam the RCEP. I studied for a year. Please know that I am not suggesting that you study for a year as the RCEP exam is a different kettle of fish all together. All I am saying is study in such a way that you have clear in your mind how the questions on the exam relate to the performance domains so that you can pass the exam.
Esta as you teach our classes try to find opportunities to apply your newly acquired knowledge. In this way you will be successful.
All the best!
every time I read textbooks I find things that I did not know as well as I think I should. It’s almost like having layered questions: you only know the second set of questions to ask once you have acquired a certain understanding of the basics. And you can only hope that this never goes away because it is a sign of growth. That way you get deeper and deeper into any material.
ACSM exams are not easy to pass but they are not impossible either. You have set the bar very high for yourself by selecting this organization. Once you have studied all material and feel grounded in it, go ahead and take the exam. I am sure you will do well.
Best of luck!
Both of these upstanding, professional women have offered some great advice. My ACE personal trainer exam was not simple, but I have heard some sob stories about ACSM exams. I don’t have a great deal of time in the industry, so I can only offer to you what has helped me and continues to help me as I learn new things.
Take what Joanne said about not being able to “give away what you don’t own,” and take what Karin said about getting deeper and deeper into the material.
Joanne made a great point about teaching the material to someone else. I find that this is the best way, hands down, to learn anything! Karin made a great argument that can be applied to educating others. As you teach this information to others, you should find that you’re mastering it yourself, and it should get easier and easier to explain the information both more in depth and in a simpler way that is easy to understand.
Just like I do everything with my clients, take it a step at a time, and you’ll find yourself at that point where the “correct form” comes natural and it makes absolute sense. Take all the advice you can, and when you’re ready, you’ll know!
I wish you the best, and I hope you have a great exam-writing experience!
Hi Esta. I’ve been on both sides of the whole testing spectrum. I am an ACE University Instructor, and have also had to take many, many proficiency exams myself (certifications, GRE, LSAT exam, Bar exam…) I totally understand your uncertainty. Take solace in the fact that we can NEVER know everything that there is to know about any subject. Understanding concepts, systems and simply allowing yourself to become good at critically reading test questions (because unfortunately some test givers like to try to give us trick questions 🙂 will be your best preparation. Take sample tests and then say “enough, I’m ready!” Trust yourself and know that you’ve put in the time and effort to prepare.
I try to approach test preparation as I do physical training and preparation. Schedule the time to study and prepare. Give yourself a timeline and then when you reach the end of your prep time – TAKE THE TEST! One of our worst enemies (and allies) is our own mind. Don’t let doubt or fear keep you from taking that final step of taking the exam that you know you have done your best to prepare for, and like sports or any other endeavor, go into it KNOWING that you will not get EVERY question correct, and that “that’s ok.”
Good luck, you’ll be fine.
In addition to the excellent advice already given, I would like to emphasize LaRue’s brief suggestion to take practice tests. Make the practice test environment just like the ACSM exam you’ll take. This includes making sure you put the same time limits on the practice test as will be on the actual certification exam.
Good luck! Perhaps one of the most important considerations is that you approach the exam with the confidence that you know the material, rather than being uncertain and fearful that you aren’t prepared. It seems that you’ve prepared very well.