Practice the CSCS Test

The CSCS test is an exam that strength and conditioning coaches must pass to become certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

As a former athlete, track/strength coach, sport scientist, and educator, I've had lots of experience with strength and conditioning. But when I was offered the position of Head Strength Coach at a local high school, I had to become certified first. The County would not accept anything other than the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), the gold standard credential, so I had to prepare for the the CSCS exam.

Only 61% of those who take the CSCS test actually pass, according to the NSCA, so I studied hard for several months. To prepare, I purchased the required textbook, Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning (3rd ed.), as well as the NSCA's practice tests. 

I found that their sample questions give you a very good idea about what to expect on the exam, but there just weren't enough of them to cover the vast content of the text in sufficient detail. So, I created this interactive e-book to help others prepare for the exam:

  • CSCS Interactive Practice Tests ($9.99in Ibooks format and
  • CSCS Test Prep Questions ($4.95) in PDF format.

Here are the details of each:

CSCS Interactive Practice Tests ($9.99) contains over 600 questions to help you identify your strengths and areas for improvement to pass this very challenging exam. This version is ideal for those who plan to take the computer-based version of the test because the interactive format provides immediate feedback on the 43 chapter quizzes and the 220-question exam simulations.

CSCS Interactive Practice Tests contains quizzes on each chapter of the 22 chapters of the text, plus exam simulations both for the Scientific Foundations and Practical/Applied sections of the exam. The book is filled with images (photos, graphics, animations, and videos) to further simulate the content and format of the actual exam. 

And it's very affordable at a cost of $9.99.

Please note that the questions included in this e-book are not identical to those in any of the NSCA materials due to copyrighting. The questions do, however, cover the same material and are presented in a similar format.

Please check out the details and download a sample chapter at

CSCS Interactive Practice Tests.

NEW!!! While CSCS Interactive Practice Tests is an excellent resource, you have an Apple device for the Ibooks format. So, I created a simpler version in PDF format.

CSCS Test Prep Questions contains 562 questions to help prepare you for the CSCS exam. It is downloadable and printable, and includes graphics and photos for selected questions. 

This book covers all 22 chapters with questions that represent both the chapter objectives and content. I think of this as the "no frills" version--just chapter questions with answers in the back of the book. 

At just $4.95, it's an incredible value.

Download a FREE sample CSCS Test Prep Questions. Includes the Copyright, Preface, Table of Contents, 36 Sample Questions, and Author Bio.

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The CSCS Test Prerequisites 

Before taking the CSCS exam, you must meet certain standards:

You must hold at least a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. 

You must hold the CPR and AED Certification.

Be sure to visit NSCA CSCS Certification for update information, resources, and requirements to become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning (3rd ed.) is the current text.

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