2023 Edition

NSCA-CPT Practice Exam

Take this free NSCA Certified Personal Trainer practice exam to get an idea of the type of questions that appear on the actual certification exam.

The NSCA Certified Personal Trainer exam is comprised of 155 multiple-choice questions based on four subject areas. These subject areas are as follows:

  • Client Consultation and Assessment
  • Program Planning
  • Techniques of Exercise
  • Safety, Emergency Procedures and Legal Issues

For complete practice, check out the NSCA-CPT Practice Exam Kit with 400 questions and fully explained answers.  It was written by Amanda Chismar and Christy Hamilton, certified personal trainers and health and fitness writers, holding certifications as NSCA Certified Personal Trainers. 


Client Consultation and Assessments

1. Which of the following is a questionnaire that serves as a non-invasive, minimal health-risk appraisal designed to determine contraindications to exercise?
2. In which situation should the trainer refer the client to a dietitian?
3. What information does the Health History Questionnaire collect?
4. What information does the Informed Consent form collect?
5. What blood pressure measurement is considered to be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease?

Program Planning

6. What is the correct sequence of connective tissue found within the muscle from largest to smallest?
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7. What is the fuel source in the sliding filament theory?
8. What is considered the basic contractile unit of a muscle?
9. Torque produces ___________________.
10. What is the biomechanical definition of Work?

Techniques of Exercise

11. Beth is a 28-year-old woman who is looking to improve her overall fitness. How long should she rest for in between sets on a leg press exercise?
12. Abigail has been training with you for a year. She has begun seeing less results lately and is becoming discouraged. What is the best way to increase the results she is getting when she has reached a plateau and is unable to increase resistance or number of repetitions?
13. What is the general idea behind periodization?
14. Which training modality cannot utilize a 5% increase in training intensity as effectively?
15. James has been training for and competing in triathlons for 5 years. He wants to increase running speed and cycling power. How many times should you suggest he train per week?

Safety, Emergency Procedures and Legal Issues

16. Which of the following is an absolute contraindication to stretching?
17. When on the treadmill your client becomes dizzy and passes out. She hits her head on the ground. She is unconscious and non-responsive. What is an appropriate action to take?
18. Howard is a diabetic client whom you have been training for 3 months. While exercising he begins to show signs of hypoglycemia. What is the best course of action?
19. Upon approaching a client who is unconscious and non-responsive, what should you check and in which order?
20. You are training a client with Epilepsy and he begins having a seizure on the leg press machine. Which of the following is an appropriate action to take?

NSCA Personal Trainer

Quality starts with who wrote the material.
Our practice exam writer
Amanda Chismar
is a NSCA certified personal trainer and prior owner of a CrossFit gym. She has also managed fitness centers for various government agencies, including the military and law enforcement. Amanda is also certified as a NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist, CrossFit Level 2 Trainer and as a USAW Sports Performance Coach. She received her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from Penn State University.

Christy Hamilton
is an NSCA certified personal trainer and health and fitness writer.. She is also a group fitness instructor and ACSM inclusive fitness trainer.
The NSCA Certified Personal Trainer certification is for professionals who work with both active and sedentary clients in one-on-one situations.

Exam content covers:

Client Consultation/


Initial Interview

Health Appraisal

Medical History Review

Fitness Evaluation

Basic Nutrition

Weight management
Program Planning:

Goal Setting

Program Design

Training Adaptations

Special Populations
Exercise Techniques:

Resistance Machines

Free Weights

Cardiovascular Machines

Non-machine Exercise Techniques

Safety, Emergency Procedures and Legal Issues