All NSCA CSCS exam candidates want to pass the examination on their first attempt and become CSCS certified. Currently, the cost for an NSCA member to register for the computer based exam is $310. Failure to pass any section of the exam results in additional financial costs which can be significant. An NSCA member who fails a section of the computer based exam will have to pay $215 to retake one section, or $260 to retake both sections.
Failing the exam will cost a candidate $215 or $260, even if you are a member of the NSCA. Exam preparation material represents an investment in your certification, and minimizes your chances of incurring these additional costs in order to become CSCS certified. The cost of exam preparation material pales in comparison to the retake costs.
“Failure of the examination due to lack of preparation material is being penny wise and dollar foolish”
A good study guide creates value by maximizing the utility and efficiency of your CSCS exam preparation strategy. The preparation text Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning contains 656 pages spread across 22 chapters. Simply memorizing every word in this text is a task very few of us can complete, and frankly it’s not necessary. You should not just study for the CSCS exam; you should study the right things. Based on the CSCS exam content description, a good study guide pulls out the requisite information from the preparation text and puts it into a more manageable format. To put this another way, a study guide consolidates the relevant information and presents it in a more accessible manner. This presentation should allow for quick review, application, and memorization.
The second benefit of a good study guide is practice questions. The more practice questions you can expose yourself to, the better your chance of success. Answering practice questions tests your knowledge, comprehension, and ability to recall key points. Practice questions also clearly identify deficits in your knowledge base, and suggest areas that need further review. Additionally, understanding the rationale behind correct/incorrect answers will reinforce the requisite information of the CSCS exam and aid in comprehension. A candidate should expose themselves to as many CSCS practice questions as they can find before sitting for the actual exam.
CSCStestprep.com is currently developing a study guide for the CSCS examination.
In the meantime, the following guides are in existence.
- CSCS Exam Content Description Booklet – this booklet provides a detailed listing of the major content areas of the CSCS exam and the specific knowledge and skills within each area that are expected of strength and conditioning specialists. A candidate can review a very detailed outline of the CSCS exam to identify weak areas that need to be remedied with focused review and preparation.
- CSCS Practice Exam Set- each 64-question self-assessment closely parallels the format, content areas, types of questions and level of difficulty of the CSCS exam. They also identify where you can locate excerpts in the Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning, Third Edition textbook that focus on the content covered in each question.
- Essentials of Strength Training Multimedia Symposium CDs – the multimedia symposium provides the opportunity to listen and follow along as NSCA Certification-approved speakers lecture on the content areas, scientific principles, concepts and theories relevant to the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) examination.
- Secrets of the CSCS Exam Study Guide- 3rd party material published by Mometrix Media LLC. Please read reviews before considering this product. Some have found it helpful others have not.