NASM CPT Exam
The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) examination is a test for personal trainers in pursuit of certification. Before taking the test, candidates must be a minimum of 18 years old, have no balance due for the test and hold valid CPR and AED certificates. There is no specific academic requirement.
The content of the NASM test is broken down as follows:
- 25 questions on assessment
- 25 questions on exercise technique
- 25 questions on program design
- 10 questions on nutrition
- 10 questions on client relations and administration
- 5 questions on professional practice and responsibility
- 20 pre-trial research questions – not scored
There are 120 questions on the NASM test, 20 of which are for pre-trial research purposes and not scored; these questions may appear on future exams as scored items. Candidates will not know which questions are scored and which are not, so it is better to put forth best effort on each question. Candidates will get their results as soon as the test is finished. The final raw score will be scaled. The minimum passing scaled result is 70. If unsuccessful on the attempt, wait three days before applying to take the NASM test again.
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NASM Practice Test
NASM Practice Test
- A number of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease risk factors exist. A client who has which of the following would be considered to have a positive risk factor for hypertension?
- Systolic blood pressure ? 140 mm Hg on two separate occasions
- Diastolic blood pressure ?75 mm Hg on two separate occasions
- Systolic blood pressure ? 140 mm Hg and diastolic blood pressure ? 100 mm Hg on one
- Having taken an antihypertensive medication in the past
- Which of the following pulses is not commonly used to determine an individual’s heart rate?
- An individual weighs 187 pounds and is 6 feet tall. What range does his BMI fall into?
- Obese class I
- Obese class II
- The primary function of the respiratory system is
- Delivering nutrients to tissues in the body
- Regulating the body’s pH level
- Facilitating the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide
- Maintaining fluid volume to prevent dehydration
- Which of the following inhibits a person’s joint flexibility?
- Having cold muscles
- Being a woman
- Having more relaxed muscles
- Having a more physically active lifestyle
NASM Practice Test Answers and Explanations
- A: Hypertension is defined by the Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure as a systolic blood pressure of ? 140 mm Hg and a diastolic blood pressure of ? 90 mm Hg on two separate occasions. In addition, current use of an antihypertensive medication is considered to be a positive risk factor for hypertension.
- D: The popliteal artery, located behind the knee, can be difficult to palpate. The carotid pulse is felt by placing one’s fingers lightly in the lower neck, along the medial aspect of the sternocleidomastoid muscle. The brachial pulse can be palpated between the triceps and biceps muscles on the anterior and medial aspect of the arm, near the elbow. The radial artery can be palpated on the anterior arm, near the wrist.
- B: BMI stands for body mass index, and it can be calculated by dividing an individual’s weight in pounds by the square of their height in inches, and then multiplying the result by 703. In this example, the person is six feet tall, which equals 72 inches. Multiply 72 x 72 to find the square, which is 5184. Then divide the person’s weight of 187 by 5184, which yields 0.0360725308. Multiplying that by 703 yields 25.3589, which is his BMI. BMI ranges are: 19-24 Normal, 25-29 Overweight, 30-35 Obese Class 1, 35-40 Obese Class 2, and 40+ Obese Class 3. So a person with a BMI of 25.35 falls in the Overweight range.
- C: The respiratory system involves the lungs and is where the exchange of oxygen for carbon dioxide occurs. The cardiovascular system, which involves the heart and blood vessels, is responsible for delivering oxygen and nutrients to all tissues in the body, regulating the body’s pH level to prevent acidosis or alkalosis, and maintaining fluid volume to prevent dehydration.
- A: A person’s flexibility is reflected in his or her ability to move a joint, without pain, through a range of motion. In general, a number of factors are associated with increased flexibility. Younger people are more flexible than older individuals, and women are more flexible than men. Warmer, more relaxed muscles allow more joint flexibility than colder muscles. Individuals who are physically active are often more flexible than those who are not. In addition, the joint structure and health of the joint and its surrounding tissues affect an individual’s flexibility.