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Physical Fitness Test (PFT) Schedule

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. 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