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What should I expect when taking the exam?

The examination for each level of certification is composed of multiple choice questions drawn from the Job Task Analysis found in the ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, 9th Edition. Each level of certification includes "unscored" questions that are being tested for use in future examinations. These unscored questions are randomly distributed throughout the exam and will not be counted in the final results.

You will not be allowed to bring any materials or equipment into the examination area. A calculator will be provided within the exam as it is needed.

Metabolic Calculations for the ACSM Certified Health Fitness Specialist and ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist exams will be provided. Candidates should select the "Exhibit" tab within the exam to access the calculations.

If you need special accommodations for the exam, complete this form and return to certification@acsm.org before scheduling your exam.

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