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Physical Fitness Test (PFT)

Physical Fitness Test (PFT) Schedule

February  - April, 2016- Grades 5th, 7th & 9th

Education Code Requirements

California Education Code Section 60800 requires each school district in California to administer a physical fitness test annually to all students in grades five, seven, and nine:

  • School districts shall administer the PFT annually during the months of February through May to all students in grades five, seven, and nine.
  • The California Department of Education (CDE) collects the physical fitness test results and provides aggregate results to the school districts and public.
  • The CDE reports the aggregate results to the Governor of California and the California Legislature.
  • School districts are to provide students with their individual results after completing the PFT either orally or in writing.
  • Schools report the summary results of the PFT in their annual School Accountability Report Card (SARC).  


The State Board of Education designated the FITNESSGRAM® as the required Physical Fitness Test (PFT) to be administered to California students.


The primary goal of the FITNESSGRAM® is to help students establish physical activity as part of their daily lives. FITNESSGRAM® provides a number of options for each fitness area so that all students, including students with disabilities, have the maximum opportunity to participate in these tests.
FITNESSGRAM® tests the following six fitness areas. Most of these areas have several options.

Aerobic Capacity

  • PACER (Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run)
  • One-Mile Run
  • Walk Test (only for ages thirteen or older)

Body Composition

  • Skinfold Measurements
  • Body Mass Index
  • Bioelectric Impedance Analyzer

Abdominal Strength & Endurance

  • Curl-up

Trunk Extensor Strength & Flexibility

  • Trunk Lift

Upper Body Strength & Endurance

  • Push-Up
  • Modified Pull-Up
  • Flexed-Arm Hang


  • Back-Saver Sit and Reach
  • Shoulder Stretch
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