The Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) administers the Certified Group Fitness Instructor (CGFI) exam to assess your ability to perform adequately as a group fitness instructor.
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AFAA Exam Eligibility
To be eligible to take this exam, you must meet the following requirements:
- You must have earned your high school diploma (or an equivalent)
- You must have earned CPR and AED certifications
AFAA Exam Outline
The AFAA CGFI exam contains 120 multiple-choice questions, and you will be given a time limit of 2 hours.
The exam is split into four performance domains.
I. Fundamentals of Exercise Science (32%)
The questions in this domain assess your knowledge and skills pertaining to the fundamental scientific bases on which all group fitness instructors perform activities.
II. Class Design and Planning (28%)
The questions in this domain assess your knowledge and skills pertaining to the essential tasks performed when designing a well-structured and balanced fitness class for a diverse group of participants.
III. Class Instruction and Presentation (28%)
The questions in this domain assess your knowledge and skills pertaining to the essential tasks performed to deliver a positive, effective, and safe group fitness class.
IV. Professionalism (12%)
The questions in this domain assess your knowledge and skills pertaining to the essential tasks focused on working within the confines of scope of practice and safety, legal and ethical requirements, and increasing success as a group exercise professional.
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AFAA Exam Registration
To register for the exam, you must submit an application to AFAA along with the $249 exam fee. Once your application is approved, you will be sent a confirmation email with information on how to schedule your exam appointment with PSI.
Regardless of your exam-taking method, you will be asked on test day to present two current and valid forms of identification, one of which must contain your photograph. Both forms of identification must have your signature for verification.
On the day of your exam, you should arrive 15-30 minutes early for your scheduled appointment time. If you are more than 15 minutes late, you will not be admitted, and your test will be canceled.
Before the exam begins, you must secure any personal items (including your phone, wallet, keys, and accessories) in a provided locker. A pencil and a sheet of paper are provided, so there is no need to bring those items with you to the testing center.
Live Remote Proctoring
You should log in to your account 15-30 minutes before your examination appointment. Once you are logged in, a proctor will ask you to scan your testing space with your webcam to ensure your testing area is clear of books, notes, and electronic devices. You are allowed a pencil and a blank sheet of paper on your desk; all other items need to be removed from the area.
The launch button for the exam is enabled when the exam and proctor are ready.
How the AFAA Exam is Scored
Your final AFAA CGFI exam score is determined using a modified version of the Angoff method. This means that a panel of AFAA subject-matter experts have decided on a minimum cut score for this exam.
To pass, you must answer at least 70% of the questions correctly.
Retaking the AFAA Exam
If you do not pass the exam on your first try, you may retake it after a mandatory one-month waiting period. The retesting fee is $149.
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How many questions are on the AFAA CGFI certification exam?
There are 120 questions on the exam.
How long is the AFAA CGFI certification exam?
The time limit for the exam is 2 hours.
What is the passing score for the AFAA CGFI certification exam?
To pass the exam, you must answer at least 70% of the questions correctly.
How much does the AFAA CGFI certification exam cost?
The examination fee is $149.