How long you study for this exam is relative to your own individual study habits, current knowledge, and ability to translate those facts into real-life situations.
I studied intensely for 3 months for the ACE Health Coach exam. The exam is difficult, so I would over-prepare for it. There is very little regurgitation of data—so be prepared to put yourself in practical real-life situations with the information you learn. Use all of your study materials, take any practice tests, and even make flash cards. Also, although the exam was multiple choice, many of the possible choices came down to 2 possible good answers when I took it. That made the exam more challenging.
Good luck to you,
I spent six months or so studying for the Health Coach exam. I re-read the book, did the study guide, practiced flash cards, and did the practice test. About a month and a half before the test I made sure I was studying at least an hour a day. (I also think I have test anxiety so I was really nervous!) As mentioned above the test was REALLY hard. The information isn’t a whole lot of stuff from memory. Luckily I passed though! Good luck with your test and I totally agree, go in over prepared.
To answer Nancy’s question, I probably studied more for the ACE personal training exam because a lot of the information was new to me and I did not know what to expect from ACE.
For the health coach exam, I knew it would be challenging, but also felt I had a base of information to work from. So, I spent more time on the new information and any areas where I was weak. I meant to give myself 6 months, but it came down to 3 for me, but I was really at the books every night. Read through the manual 2x, did the workbook, and took practice tests.
Very challenging, but doable and worth it!