I was previously certified in cheap online personal training certification. It was terrible how easy it was. Since then I’ve realized the importance of having the right credentials and am getting certified online through AFAA. I would love some general advice about focal points. For example, do I really need to know the metabolic processes my heart? Any advice would be much appreciated!
There are really two sorts of preparation. There is the preparation to get through the exam, and there’s actual learning in a way that will be practical to clients. They don’t always overlap because in training we often have to consider several concepts at once and it’s more in the form of a narrative than a nice tidy question. Since you’re asking about the test, I’ll answer with respect to the test.
Single most helpful thing that I did was to make my own flash cards. It made me learn in several ways, by reading, writing, forming questions and answers and reconsidering them. I kept piles for cards I’d answered correctly 5 times and for those I hadn’t answered correctly 5 times yet, so I was only flipping through cards I still needed to learn. That’s the “old fashioned way” since there weren’t any testing apps when I took my group-ex and PT exams.
Does AFAA have a study app? One of my friends used the app for NASM as her preparation for the NASM exam. It helped her to think about the materials in the form of short Q&A, which helped her get through the test with flying colors.
Also, I found it helped for my PT certification if I re-read the chapters on the two areas where I felt the weakest, right before the exam.