Hi Patricia. The difficulty of any certification exam will depend, to a great degree on your background and experience with exercise, anatomy, physiology and the other components being tested. Do an ‘honest self-assessment’ and take a look at your strengths and weaknesses in these areas and study accordingly.
Good luck to you. Make sure you know all the information forward, backwards, upside down and inside out. A tip that helps me to relax is, writing all the formulas down before answering the first question. You will have them to look back on and will find yourself not needing the reminder, anyway.
I passed it at the first attempt but I did not think that it was easy. I have taken other exams and found this to be more difficult in comparison.
What I like about NASM is that they provide plenty of practice exams. When you run through those a few times successfully, you should be able to pass.
Wish you good luck.
I think it depends on how prepared you are. Do you understand assessments from head to toe? I found that to be a huge part of the test when I took it. Overall, understanding the body and biomechanics of each exercise is very important.
I found the test as compared to the ACE test much less difficult and more specifically based on body movement/assessment. If you have that down, you’ll do great! And as Karin, mentioned the practice exams give you a good taste of what NASM is expecting from you on the test.