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Frequently Asked Questions | ACSM Certification

Exam & Exam Preparation

  • Have there been updates or edits to any of the current ACSM study materials?

  • How do I access PrepU?

  • What should I expect when taking the exam?

  • How will I know what is on the exam?

  • After completing the exam, when will I receive my results?

  • How are the exams scored?

  • What is the best certification for me?

Scheduling an Exam

  • Registering for an Exam

  • Member Discounts

  • Does ACSM work with military spouses and the MyCAA program?

Sitting for the Exam

Standard Certification Testing

  • Identification Requirements

  • Personal Belongings (in-person testing)

  • Approved Exam Supplies (in-person testing)

  • Comfort Aids

  • Non-Disclosure Agreement & Ethics Code Compliance

  • Breaks (in-person testing only)

  • No Shows/Late Arrivals

  • Candidate Misconduct

  • Disability Policy and Special Accommodations

  • Irregular Behavior

  • Metabolic Equations

  • Score Reports

  • Random Auditing Process

  • Exam Score and Passing Criteria

  • Exam Rescheduling and Cancellation Policy

  • Retest Policy

Certification Online Proctoring (OnVUE)

  • International Testing

  • Breaks (online testing)

  • Special Accommodations

  • Metabolic Equations

  • Personal Belongings

  • Alerting the Proctor

  • Exam supplies (online proctored testing)

  • Scheduling the OnVUE Exam

  • Firewalls

  • External Equipment


Military Assistance 

Servicemen and women and their families make sacrifices every day. To show our appreciation, we would like to offer 20% off our certification exams. We also participate in the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill and the Military Spouse Career Advancement Account (MyCAA benefits). Both programs provide financial assistance to current and potential ACSM certified professionals to help them pursue a new career or enhance their current career. Please email the certification department to receive your discount voucher.

  • Post 9/11 G.I. Bill

  • How Can I Apply For Reimbursement?

  • MyCAA




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