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!