There are two main categories to the NSCA”s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist examination. The two categories are Scientific Foundations and Practical/Applied. The questions are presented in multiple-choice format.
The fact that there are 2 different categories is important, because they are presented as almost separate tests, though taken back-to-back, and you must pass both sections to receive the CSCS designation. The 2 categories of the CSCS test are:
What is the purpose of non-scored questions? They are effectively practice questions that may be used on future versions of the examination. These questions are mixed in with the scored question, with the only difference being that they have zero impact on your final score.
Again, you have to receive a passing score on both categories of the CSCS test in order to became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, as well as completing your other prerequisite requirements. For more detail information on the categories and questions, including a Detailed Content Outline, you can download the NSCA’s Exam Candidate Handbook Manual or check out this guide to the CSCS Certification exam.