The Cooper Institute

Founded in 1970 by the "Father of Aerobics"
Kenneth H. Cooper MD, MPH


Certified Personal Trainer Sample Exam Questions

Screening and Assessment

You have measured your client's BP using a cuff, stethoscope, and sphygmomanometer. The results are: Trial 1 SBP (mmHg) = 110 & DBP (mmHg) = 68. Trial 2 SBP (mmHg) 114 & DBP (mmHg) = 66.

Which of the following is the BP that should be used in medical screening?

  1. dumbbell overhead (military) press
  2. external shoulder rotation performed at waist level with tubing
  3. standing barbell bicep curl
  4. seated cable low row

Goal Setting and Programming

Which is an example of a passive static stretch for the hamstrings?

  1. standing with the hip flexed, knee extended and leg propped on a bench
  2. standing with the knee flexed, holding the heel next to the glute
  3. standing bent over toe touch
  4. partner assisted knee flexion

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Exercise Science

Which exercises would be contraindicated for your client with rotator cuff tendonitis?

  1. 110/68 mm Hg
  2. 114/66 mm Hg
  3. 112/67 mm Hg
  4. BP must be measured again (Trial 3) to determine final BP value.

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Professional Responsibilities

Which is true regarding the use of current clients to provide referrals for future clients?

  1. It is never a good idea to ask current clients for names of potential new clients.
  2. Choose from those clients that you believe have benefited from your services to provide referrals.
  3. You should always provide a financial incentive for client referrals .
  4. None of the above are true.

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The sample exam questions are provided to give you an idea of the types of questions you will see on the CI-CPT exam. The sample questions do not appear on the CI-CPT exam.