Physical Fitness Testing

All California school districts are required to administer the Physical Fitness Test (PFT) to students in grades 5, 7, and 9.  The 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.


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:

  • by students to assess and plan personal fitness programs;
  • by teachers to design the curriculum of physical education programs;
  • and by parents and guardians to understand their children’s fitness levels.

The FITNESSGRAM® is composed of the following six fitness areas, with a number of test options provided for most areas:

  • Aerobic Capacity
    • PACER (Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run)
    • One-Mile Run
    • Walk Test (only for ages 13 or older)
  • Abdominal Strength and Endurance
    • Curl-Up
  • Upper Body Strength and Endurance
    • Push-Up
    • Modified Pull-Up
    • Flexed-Arm Hang
  • Body Composition
    • Skinfold Measurements
    • Body Mass Index
    • Bioelectric Impedance Analyzer
  • Trunk Extensor Strength and Flexibility
    • Trunk Lift
  • Flexibility
    • Back-Saver Sit and Reach
    • Shoulder Stretch

Additional information may be found at the California Department of Education by following this link.

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