Physical Fitness Testing (PFT)
The physical fitness test (PFT) for students in California schools is the FITNESSGRAM®. The main goal of the test is to help students in starting life-long habits of regular physical activity.
Students in grades five, seven, and nine take the fitness test. The test has six parts that show a level of fitness that offer a degree of defense against diseases that come from inactivity. The test results can be used by students, teachers, and parents.
How are students tested?
The FITNESSGRAM®is composed of the following six fitness areas, with a number of test options provided for most areas:
1. Aerobic Capacity
- PACER (Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run)
- One-Mile Run
- Walk Test (only for ages 13 or older)
2. Abdominal Strength and Endurance
3. Upper Body Strength and Endurance
- Modified Pull-Up
- Flexed-Arm Hang
4. Body Composition
- Skinfold Measurements
- Body Mass Index
- Bioelectric Impedance Analyzer
5. Trunk Extensor Strength and Flexibility
- Trunk Lift
- Back-Saver Sit and Reach
- Shoulder Stretch